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Self or Indie Publishing: Answering the Big Questions 2017 | June 19 – June 22, 2017

Considering self or indie publishing? Let us help you prepare.

Thanks to advances in technology, it’s easier than it’s ever been for anyone to self-publish a book–but to do it successfully you’ll need many of your questions answered:

  • What is the difference between “self” and “indie” publishing?
  • How much will it cost to publish my book myself?
  • Where can I find resources to help with my writing process?
  • How will I know if my book is ready for publication?
  • How do I find a professional editor for my book?
  • What do I do if the book needs to be illustrated?
  • Who can design the book’s layout and cover?
  • Where should I get the book printed?
  • How do I get the book placed for sale with bookstores and online retailers?
  • How much should I charge for the book?

This workshop will answer all of these questions, and more. Our workshop leader is author and indie publisher (Mims House) Darcy Pattison. Big questions like these led her down the path of starting a publishing company and creating a successful self-publishing career. Her books have been recognized for excellence: Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: The Spider Who Learned to Hunt in Space was named a 2017 National Science Teacher’s Association Outstanding Science Trade Book,Wisdom, the Midway Albatross received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma was a 2015 National Science Teacher’s Association Outstanding Science Trade Book. She has published over 20 books through Mims House in the last four years. She’ll share her experiences and expertise to help you avoid the pitfalls that are common in the self-publishing business.

During the workshop you will discover:

  • What’s needed to structure your writing
  • The mind shift needed to successfully self-publish
  • Today’s new publishing opportunities and resources
  • Ways to successfully market a self-published book
  • Technical details of creating a picture book or novel
  • Business planning basics
  • How to hire a freelance editor

In addition to learning the business of self-publishing, optional manuscript critiques are available for writers.

Faculty Blog Posts
Darcy Pattison: 4 Tips for Self (or Indie) Publishing Children’s Picture Books or Novels
Harold Underdown: How to Start Revising That First Draft

Faculty Videos

Big Questions:
About the Workshop:

Preliminary Schedule
Afternoon: Optional tour of Highlights Magazine for Children and Boyds Mills Press
Appetizers, Ice Breakers and Dinner
After dinner: What’s the mind shift needed to successfully self-publish?

What will I publish? What vision do I have for my publishing program?
How do I set up my business? What are the legal issues I’ll face?

How will my business plan support my vision?
How do I market my book? Trade market, education market, and special sales.

Appetizers & Dinner
After dinner: More on marketing and advertising

Harold Underdown: What freelance help will I need and where do I find it?
Developmental editor, copy editor, cover artist, picture book artist, other illustration needs. Creating spec sheets for freelancers.

Technical details of creating a picture book and a novel:
DIY or freelance? Learning Indesign or working from MSWord? Choosing a printer, creating specs, getting quotes. What files do I need? How do I create those files? What software do I need? Are there templates that will help? Buying ISBN. CIP info on copyright page.

Free Time for working on your Publishing plan.
Discussing individual publishing plans.

Appetizers & Dinner
After dinner: Informal conversation: The switch from author to publisher.

How Do I Grow My Business?

Lunch & Farewells

Faculty & Special Guests