Online: Self Publish Your Book
23 August to 26 November 2021, online
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Considering self-publishing your book, but feel daunted by the process? Get step-by-step guidance from publishing expert Joel Naoum in our 14-week online self-publishing course. By the end, you’ll be able to have your book available for sale globally in ebook and print on demand formats.
Hundreds of thousands of books are self-published every year, but many of these fall below professional standards. After all the time you’ve put into writing your book, it’s essential to ensure it’s presented to readers professionally and attractively. Cover design in particular is a major factor in a book’s success. People really do judge a book by its cover!
There are many aspects to consider when self-publishing, including cover design, digital conversion, typesetting, and distribution, as well as file types, metadata and other technical issues. Expert guidance will help you make the best choices for your book.
In this practical course, you’ll learn how to publish your book to a professional standard while being guided through the process week by week, all from the comfort of your computer. The course includes typesetting and cover design by an industry-experienced graphic designer.
To enrol, you must have a completed, edited and proofread manuscript ready for publication without need of any further edits or changes as of the start of the program, 23 August 2021. Your manuscript must be primarily text; some B&W photos/illustrations can be included, but this program is not suitable for illustrated or picture books.
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How to Enrol
1. Download our course enrolment form>>
2. Return your signed enrolment form
3. Our staff will be in touch regarding payment
Please note, members of Writers Victoria and ACT Writers Centre are eligible for the Writing NSW member price. Quote your member number on your enrolment form to receive this discount.
Questions? Email our program officer via our online contact form >
Internet access and confidence using computer software are essential for this course. If you are not so familiar with using computer programs, you can contact our program officer to find out if this course is right for you.
We’ve designed this online course to meet your learning needs. You can work through the lesson material, ask questions, and engage with fellow writers throughout the course.
There are no live meetings during this course. You will receive an email with an invitation link to join the online classroom by 10am on the day the course starts.
Please expect to dedicate a minimum of three to four hours per week to this course.
Lessons open on a weekly basis. You will have the week to work through the content. Read our FAQ and course guidelines and download the course schedule here.
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About the tutor
Joel Naoum is a Sydney-based book publisher, bookseller, editor and consultant. He is currently the non-fiction category manager at Booktopia and runs Critical Mass, a publishing consultancy. Joel previously ran Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital-first imprint Momentum Books. He is the chair of the board of Writing NSW and in 2011 he completed the Unwin Trust […]
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