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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.

Special guests include editor Harold Underdown and copyright lawyer Aimee Bissonette. There will also be a visit from a short run printer.

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:
Competing with Mo Willems – Shifting the Mind-Set
Discussion: Mindset Shifts

Breakfast with a story
What Will You Publish?
How to Set up Your Business: Legal Issues of Self-Publishing–Aimee Bissonette

How Will Your Business Plan Support Your Vision?
How Will You Market Your Book?

Appetizers & Dinner
After dinner: More on marketing and advertising

Breakfast with a story
Editing Your Self-Published Book, Harold Underdown
Technical details of creating a book – Printers

What if? The Opportunity of Special Sales
Free Time for working on your Publishing plan.
Discussing individual publishing plans.

Appetizers & Dinner
After dinner:
Q&A: Legal, practical, visionary, technical or other questions.

Breakfast with a story
How Do I Grow My Business?
Decisions: What Will YOUR Publishing Program Look Like?
Lunch & Farewells

Faculty & Special Guests