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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: 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, there will be a mentoring day with publishing guests who will consult on your book design and manuscript. You will be paired with a mentor who will offer feedback on your work-in-progress to help you revise and prepare your book for publication. Even if you’ve self-published before, Darcy and her team of mentors can help you advance your next project.


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