Self-publishing: an introduction

Course Dates: 20/06/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

Want to publish your own novel, poetry / short story collection, memoir or non-fiction book? Self-publishing allows you to keep full creative control of your project. But how do you give your book the best chance of achieving high sales and what does a writer need to consider when taking the giant leap of publishing their own book? This course offers students introductory information on the world of self-publishing.

Description

What is the course about?

This course is designed for students who already have already planned a self-publishing project (poetry, fiction or non-fiction) and are looking for guidance on the writing, editing and marketing of their book.

What will we cover?

- Myths about the world of publishing.
- Finding your audience.
- The role of research.
- Perfecting your manuscript to publishable standard.
- Platforms for promotion.
- Budgetery considerations.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand how to research your topic and audience.
- Understand how to give your book the best chance of achieving higher sales.
- Understand how to create a realistic budget for publication.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Students should have completed a beginners course in creative writing and have a specific self-publishing fiction or non-fiction project in mind.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A mix of pair work, group discussion, tutor instruction, analysis tasks and writing tasks.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials. An outline for your book.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

All students are invited to join us at City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tutor Biographies
Helen Cox Tutor Website

Helen Cox is a Yorkshire-born novelist and poet. She started out as a self-published author and has since been published widely in journalism, non-fiction and poetry. Helen currently writes novels for Quercus Books and has taught creative writing for more than a decade. She holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of York St John and has been invited to speak on numerous radio programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HW514

Sat, day, 20 Jun - 20 Jun '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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