Meeting Recap – Self-publishing

Meeting RecapThis meeting took place on January 5th. Five members were in attendance: Art, John, Donna, Diane and Barb.

During the meeting we discussed self-publishing in general, as well as the results of 2015 Smashwords Survey Reveals Insights to Help Authors Reach More Readers.

We paid particular attention on the following topics: preorders, giving away the first book in a series, the free book, the price that sells well and ones that don’t, length of books and categories that sell well.

Meeting Reminder

Tomorrow night (November 3rd) is the second meeting of the self-publishing branch of the East Hants Writers. We will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, NS, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

I’ll share my thoughts on HalCon, a fantasy/science fiction event that took place in Halifax over the weekend, and I’ll start a discussion on the different types of publishers out there today.

Anyone who is interested in self-publishing or learning more about the process to see if it’s right for them is welcome to attend.

Meeting Recap

Meeting RecapFive members attended the self-publishing meeting: Lynn, Diane, Art, John, Donna and Phil.

We began the meeting by introducing ourselves because a new member was in attendance. We gave a brief summary of our self-publishing history and what we’d like to accomplish.

Diane gave a brief overview of what the group would discuss in the coming months. This included:

  • The focus of this group will be on the business of self-publishing only. Whether this is the first time or tenth.
  • Mini workshops on the steps of self-publishing. Members will provide these on the aspects of self-publishing they are familiar with.
  • Editing: Mini workshops and discussions of the many aspects of editing.
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to self-publish a book over the course of the year (to June).
  • Discussions will include topics such as copyright, ISBN, CIP, Access Copyright, library donations
  • Formatting the working manuscript as well as the finished product that goes into book form will be discussed.
  • Marketing: How do you sell your books? This will be an ongoing topic.
  • Print Costs: The wide-range of possibilities. What’s good? What’s bad?
  • Publishing the East Hants Writers’ Anthology.

We expanded the discussion on ISBN, CIP and Access Copyright. We also spoke about marketing and how it was difficult for a lone writer to sell their books. It was agreed a self-publishing co-op would be a good idea, but no plans were discussed on how this could come about.

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Self-publishing Branch First Meeting Tonight

Tonight is the first meeting of the self-publishing branch of the East Hants Writers. We will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, NS, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

We’ll discuss what we’d like to see from this particular meeting session, and I’ll give a small presentation on the Ten Easy Steps to Self-publishing.

Anyone who is interested in self-publishing or learning more about the process to see if it’s right for them is welcome to attend.