Self Publishing with Melissa Addey
Self-publishing is now the way forward for many authors. It is a quick, relatively cheap process and simple when you know how, but often people hold back because they are not sure how to get started. If this is your worry then these workshops are for you! We will cover every stage of the process from a completed manuscript to holding a published book in your hands. . The workshops will cover both paid and DIY options for:
- Ensuring your manuscript is the best it can be
- Adding extras (maps, illustrations, etc.)
- Having it formatted (eBooks, paperback, hardback)
- The vital importance of cover design
- Which platforms to use (Amazon, iBooks, Google, Kobo, etc.) and each step of how to upload to them.
You will leave inspired and with a clear set of steps to take to get your book published. Specific contacts will be provided (e.g. book cover designers, editors, etc.).
These 2 workshops are for anyone wanting to self-publish. It could be the beginning of your career as an author, a non-fiction book to draw positive attention to your own expertise and your business, or even for the simple pleasure of writing and publishing a book that matters to you, such as a memoir. We will cover fiction, non-fiction and briefly discuss the specific needs of picture books.
Marketing your Book: the first 10 steps
So you’ve self-published your book: now what? It won’t sell itself: you need to market it. In fact, there are ten great marketing steps you should be taking before you even publish. Put these foundations in place to give your book a head start in finding readers. We will look at:
- The most important thing on which to spend your marketing budget
- Making your book discoverable on Amazon and other platforms
- How to get readers to engage with you for future sales
- Dealing with social media
- After the basics: how to choose what marketing to invest in over time
If you’re about to self-publish, don’t do it till you’ve attended these sessions. There’s a lot of great marketing content that can be placed within your manuscript! You’ll leave with a super-clear list of things to do and in what order to give your book its best possible start. We will think about your aim in publishing a book and tailor marketing ideas accordingly: whether you’re starting your career as an author, using a book as a business communication tool or achieving a dream on your bucket list (such as writing a memoir or a children’s book for your little ones).
What People Said
Loved it – thank you. Very knowledgeable and experienced tutor, brilliant advice and tips.
Engaging speaker: honest and real.
Picked up so many great ideas – can’t wait to put them into practice!
Your workshop facilitator is Melissa Addey (www.MelissaAddey.com)
Melissa Addey spent fifteen years in business, first as an Innovation Project Manager for Sainsbury’s head office, followed by six years mentoring entrepreneurs for a government innovation grants programme. In 2015 she went fulltime as an author, self-publishing 15 books to date, including fiction, non-fiction and a children’s picture book. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and was the 2016 Leverhulme Trust Writer in Residence at the British Library.
After the two webinars you will be sent the resource-filled slides from our main talk and two free eBooks: Melissa Addey’s Merchandise for Authors, which offers a wealth of ideas for using your book as the basis for developing merchandise and The Storytelling Entrepreneur, to help you tell your business story.