The New Self-Publishing – How the entrepreneurial writer can challenge publishing’s status quo
Synopsis:There has never been a better time to be a writer; the power balance is shifting away from the traditional gatekeepers, the commercial publishers, and back into the hands of the writers. The traditional publishing process is fast becoming known as ‘legacy publishing’ and the canny writer is reinventing themselves as an entrepreneur with a significant digital presence. As part of this revolution, self-publishing has been reborn and is now a force to be reckoned with. Done properly, the new self-publishing allows the writer to carefully cultivate their audience and deliver a book to them that is a hotly anticipated product, rather than just being a small cog in the machine of the very speculative process that is traditional publishing. But it’s crucial to get this right. This workshop will look at taking advantage of this publishing revolution and avoiding any pitfalls that might come your way. Outcomes:Participants will leave with a strategic plan to develop their presence, to grow their potential readership and to take their publishing projects from idea to paperback, hardback or eBook, and from print-on-demand to digital delivery. Participants will be expected to bring along a brief publishing proposal (responding to a pro forma to be distributed prior to the workshop) and a 500-word sample of the writing they are looking to self-publish. Please note the workshop will be targeted to a specific publishing idea so participants with general interest only will not benefit to the full extent possible.
Target Audience:This workshop is suitable for writers of any experience level, from both fiction and non-fiction, who are new to self-publishing and who have a specific publishing project in mind.
Trainer:For nearly fifteen years now Simon Clews has overseen the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Engagement Lab program delivering professional development training in writing, communication and engagement to both graduate researchers and University staff. He in great demand as a writing coach and has delivered training around the world, including in Singapore, Canada, the UK, Thailand and Hong Kong. Prior to that he ran the Melbourne Writers’ Festival for fourteen years, as well as a slew of other literary events, including Writers at Como, Writers at the Convent, Stories Alive and Crime & Justice. He has also written widely for newspapers and magazines and is currently exploring digital publishing. Before becoming involved in writing and publishing, his background and original training was in theatre, dance and performance and he was one of the official British representatives of acclaimed Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski.www.simonclews.com
CANCELLATION & SUBSTITUTIONThe workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.
Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who idid not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund. In place of the refund, participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.
Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.
*Please note that there is no lift access to the Singapore Book Council Training Room (at 3rd level).
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