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One-Day Short Course: Introduction to Self-Publishing

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


This one-day course will answer your questions about self-publishing and help you to determine whether it’s for you. You will leave with a clear idea of what things you need to do and how to go about doing them.

We will cover the following topics:

  • Myth-busting: the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing.
  • What have I written, and how will I describe it?
  • Looking at book covers
  • Editing: the different types of editing and why you might need them
  • Your brand and how you will present it to the world
  • Where will you find readers?
  • Preparing the manuscript for publication
  • Timetable for launch

In order to complete the course, you will need to have a finished piece of work, or a work in progress.



Heide Goody and Iain Grant have co-written fifteen novels in the past six years. Their debut novel, Clovenhoof, a comedy in which Satan loses his job and has to move to Birmingham, was a bestseller on the Amazon comedy fantasy charts and was optioned by a Hollywood film production company. They have delivered workshops on different aspects of story-writing at festivals and events across the Midlands and have been guests on BBC Radio numerous times to discuss their work and writing.

Their website has lots of resources and ideas: www.pigeonparkpress.com

Course dates:

Saturday 2 February 2019, 10am-4pm.

Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.


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9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, B3 3BS United Kingdom
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