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Self-Publishing in the Digital Age

Writers & Artists Conference Digital Non-fiction Fiction Self-publishing

We're pleased to announce that our annual Self-Publishing in the Digital Age conference will be returning for 2015, taking place on Saturday 7th November at the Wellcome Collection, London, and chaired by Orna Ross.

As ever, if you're looking to self-publish your book, this full-day event will provide you with the very best advice from self-publishing industry experts. From editing your manuscript to getting your finished book into readers’ hands, and from winning the Amazon game through to building book buzz, our conference is informative and inspiring in equal measure.

Self-publishing is no longer the last resort of the struggling author dispirited by the thought of facing another rejection letter. Thousands of authors across the world are self-publishing, and in doing so they're not just taking charge of the writing of their manuscript but also the way it's presented, where it's distributed, how it's marketed and the price it's sold at.

These processes, however, don't come without costs; self-publishing takes entrepreneurial spirit and absolute dedication. In order to self-publish successfully, you need to do your research.

But where do you start?

Our conference offers advice on each of the critical stages of the self-publishing journey. We'll give you an insight into the industry and then we'll go into specifics – from editorial and the nitty-gritty technical part, through to marketing your finished book. With speakers ranging from industry insiders to bestselling self-published authors, you'll go away with all the expertise needed to produce a completed book of the highest quality that will reach the hands of readers.

Sat 7 November 2015, 9:30am to 6:00pm

Self-Publishing in the Digital Age

Schedule/Speaker profile(s)

09.30-10.00 Teas, coffees and registration

10.00-10.30 Introduction to self-publishing by Orna Ross

10.30-11.10 Roz Morris on editing

11.10-11.40 Mel Sherratt on cover design: what to ask for, the process and making sure you get what you want

11.40-11.50 Break

11.50-12.35 (To be confirmed)

12.35-13.05 IPR Licensing: knowing your rights as an indie author

13.05-14.05 Lunch break (lunch not included)

Hints and tips from self-publishing authors

14.05-14.40 Joanna Penn on getting your book into readers’ hands

14.40-15.20 Advice for authors on all stages of the self-publishing process from bestselling author Tracy Bloom

15.20-15.30 Short water break

15.30-16.15 Cath Quinn on the differences between self- and traditional publishing, and what being a hybrid author entails

16.15-17.00 Why you don’t have to go it alone: the communities, tools and support network available to you as an indie author (with Orna Ross)

17.00-18.00 Networking drinks

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