Any of you who has written anything they own outright — whether educational, travel, series of blog posts, epigrams, poems (You’ll see mine when you pry them from my cold dead hands) novels, short stories or end-time-prophecies — and who wishes to try his/her/its/dragon’s luck at self-publishing on Amazon (from my experience, HONESTLY what sells will shock you. As will what doesn’t sell) but is sitting there going “But it’s a complex process. I have no idea how…” Amanda Green who often comments here and who is my co-blogger at Mad Genius as well as a member of my critique group, is doing a workshop. She has done this for two years for Naked Reader Press for which I am now — poor them — art director.
I asked her to send me the info and she did.
Publishing is changing. We all know it. We’ve seen how traditional publishers have struggled, and are still struggling, to adapt to changes in technology and customer demand. Every aspect of the industry has been impacted. But those who have been impacted the most are writers. The question each of us face is whether we view these changes as a door closing on our careers or one opening. In my opinion, it is a door being thrown wide open and, for the first time ever, giving writers the chance to take full control of their careers. This workshop will deal with a number of the issues facing writers as they determine whether or not to take advantage of new opportunities to digitally publish their work.
Here is a brief overview of what we will be discussing during the workshop:
Some business and legal considerations.
Preparing to digitize
Editing, copy-editing and proofreading
General formatting considerations
Repackager v. doing it yourself
Where can you do it yourself
Pros and cons of each
Specific manuscript formatting issues based on upload method (Smashwords, Lulu, Amazon, B&N, etc)
ISBN, copyright, etc
Where to find artwork for cheap/free
Misc. topics including promotion, print on demand, etc.
The workshop is free, although donations are welcomed.
I’m taking it also, since the method I use I learned at Oregon Writers and though it works well, it can drive me bananas with some things — like Smashwords — and glitch majorly on longer works. Amanda uses different methods/software and I figure if I know both I can pick and choose.
If you have Amanda’s email contact her and she’ll add you. If not, leave your interest here, and make sure the email is active on your avatar, or leave an email you don’t mind leaving, in occluded format, and she’ll ping you.
Oh, and those of you who are waiting for Witchfinder, I’m working on it right now. It’s … an ODD chapter.