Engaging with Fellow Writers

April 30, 2018

During the past few weeks myself and fellow authors of The Watford Writers group have been engaging with other writers and readers as part of Watford’s Big Word Fest.  On the Friday evening of 20th April some of us read at an “Open Mike” event at Watford Museum and on Saturday 28th April a few of us exhibited some of our books and took part in a self publishing workshop at Watford Central Library.  Thanks to the staff at both venues and to those who took part, I had an amazing time.  I recommend that anyone visiting Watford should visit both venues which are open most days and are outstanding examples of their type.

Keith Jahans

 


Watford Museum

 

Watford Central Library

 

Self Publishing Workshop

 

More photographs can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/watfordwriters

 

 

 

 

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First steps in self publishing

April 3, 2013

Treating your writing as a business is a must for anyone taking first steps in self publishing.

New technologies in printing have made it possible to produce books in small quantities at low cost.  Authors can be their own boss, have editorial freedom, be responsible for pricing and advertising and keep all the profits.  The disadvantage of this means that as they have no track record in the publishing industry they become a small fish in a big pond and their publications thought of as “vanity publishing” and inferior.  They can make basic editing errors and are responsible for all losses.

http://wokingwriters.wordpress.com/self-publishing

Self Publishing


Ten Proofreading Tips For Self-Publishers.

February 27, 2013

http://tinyurl.com/c5erxfz


The Price of Self-Publishing

February 26, 2013

The Real Cost of Self-Publishing.  http://tinyurl.com/arnkyjn


A Self-Published Wonder

February 14, 2013

Another self published author finds success.  http://tinyurl.com/bmjnko4


More Tales of Successful Self Publishing.

December 10, 2012

Mainstream publishers are cutting back so self publishing may now be the way that struggling authors will get their work into print.  Digital technology and social networks makes this easier than ever for novice writers.  For little cost they can produce printed books on demand, ebooks to download, audiobooks, podcasts and even video trailers.

Self publishing has always existed.  There are many examples out there.  The key to success is for writers to get their books noticed and that means strong marketing.

http://www.grandrapidsmn.com/grand_people/article_74401f00-407b-11e2-ad63-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57558088/authors-exercise-their-write-to-self-publish

http://goodereader.com/blog/indie-author-news/new-york-times-book-reviews-include-a-self-published-title/


Mainstream Publisher Acknowledges Self Publishing

November 29, 2012

Self publishing is no longer frowned upon.  Readers do not mind who the publisher is.  All they care about is having a good read.  The most successful way to promote books is by word of mouth starting with the authors themselves and spreading via their friends and family to a wider public.

Advertising is expensive particularly in this austere age.  A large publishing company will always plump for a book written by a celebrity rather than a newcomer because they know it will sell.  However, the quality of writing is often poor and the reading public are being let down.

Writers become good writers because they have been plugging away for years honing their art without success because mainstream publishers are unwilling to take a risk on an unknown talent.  There are legions of stories of authors who receive rejection after rejection before getting that big break through.  There must be many great novels out there which never see the light of day.

Self publishing means that there is now no need for this to happen.  It is marvellous that a big publisher has at last realised this.  Simon and Schuster are leading the way.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-27/entertainment/sns-rt-us-books-simonschuster-selfpublishingbre8aq17e-20121127_1_simon-schuster-carolyn-reidy-author-solutions