The next self-publishing meeting is . . .

The next self-publishing meeting takes place on Tuesday May 29th from 6 to 8. I will be bringing my laptop and showing how I make the covers for my books, both eBook and paperback. I will give some tips and tricks to make your own covers look fabulous.


Meeting Reminder – Self-publishing Branch

The next meeting of the season for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on self-publishing takes place Tuesday April 3rd. We will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The meeting will begin at six sharp. Please arrive a few minutes earlier to get settled.

Anyone interested in learning how to self-publish their books is welcome to attend. We have room for 12 members and 8 spaces are already filled. If you are interested in attending, please contact Diane (

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

The next self-publishers writers’ meeting takes place tomorrow night (January 5th). We will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, NS, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


Anyone who is interested in writing is welcome to attend.

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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