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Are You Considering Self-publishing?

February 28th, 2020

First, thanks to Esther for last week’s blog. I enjoy reading both ‘proper’ books and e-books.  As I’m sure I’ve said before, for me it’s all about the most cost-effective way of getting my hands on what I want to read, whether it’s physically visiting my local library, using their library app, browsing in a good bookshop or downloading a book from Amazon. But I do tend to have a preference for my Kindle when I’m reading in bed. As Esther said – less strain on the arms!

I know that even young children are now savvy when it comes to tablets and phones and there are so many channels on the TV fighting for their attention. But I still get a buzz out of the fact that my 14-month-old grandson loves his books. He likes nothing better than making his choice and then staggering over with his favourite picture book so that we can sit down and enjoy it together. Let’s hope it lasts.

Now for something that you might want to put in your diary if you are considering self-publishing.  The UK’s only dedicated self-publishing conference will be held on 25th April at the Stamford Court Conference Centre at the University of Leicester. The conference provides a wide range of publishing options, the chance to hear from and question those who work within the self-publishing world and to network with fellow authors, many of whom will already be experienced self-publishers. Registration is currently available online and costs £75 per delegate.

Incidentally, if you are interested in this topic, you might also be interested in the Writers Bureau course: How To Market Your Book which takes an in-depth look at how to do this in both the real world and the world of social media. Whether you find a publisher for your book, or publish it yourself, it is becoming increasingly important that you know how to promote yourself and your work as effectively as possible.

We’ve heard a lot from the government recently about re-balancing the country, putting more emphasis on the ‘North’. So, I thought I’d mention a very northern competition today. The Lindisfarne Prize for Debut Crime Fiction is inviting entries. The £2,500 prize will go to a new crime/thriller writer who is from, or whose work celebrates, the north of England. In addition, the winner will receive editorial mentoring and support from an independent publisher. To enter, send a short story no longer than 10,000 words or the first two chapters and a synopsis of a work in progress. The closing date is 31st March.

And, of course, another very northern prize is our own current Short Story Competition (well, we are based in Manchester!) Prizes are £300, £200, £100 and £50 plus each winner receives a Writers Bureau course of their choice. The entry fee is £5 (£4 if you are a member of the Association of Freelance Writers) and the closing date is 31st March. Let me remind you what we want from you: the most creative, imaginative and perfect short story, in under 2000 words, that you can produce – not an impossible ask!

My guest next week is Ruth Clarke-Irons, who took third place in our recent Flash Fiction Competition. She’ll be talking about how working with a friend can help with inspiration for your writing.

Author: Diana Nadin



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