Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Self-Published Writer: MWA NorCal Workshop

The Self-Published Writer: January 27, 2018 

Mystery Writers of America welcomes self-published writers—so MWA NorCal will be hosting an all-day workshop for the indie writer.

Rockridge Public Library, Oakland, 10:30-3:30 

From research to cover art and promotion, the Indie writer runs a one-person business. This is a one-day NorCal academy that covers the nuts and bolts of getting your Indie career moving. Free and open to the public—but with limited seating, priority will be given to MWA members.

I. 10:30-11:20: So many publishing options!
Where on the spectrum am I, from Big 5 to self-pub? Drawbacks and delights: what are my own strengths?

II. 11:30-12:20: The Editorial Tangle: finding your way to a good, clean manuscript.
Yes, you need fresh eyes! Editorial software—how well does it work? Professional help—editor vs. book doctor; editor vs. copyeditor How much does help cost? Finding good help.

III. 12:30-1:15: Lunch ($8.00 or bring your own)
 …and networking

IV. 1:15-1:45: An Intriguing Face: great cover art 
 DIY covers: how to? Cover design services: how much?

V. 1:45-2:35: The Web of Connections—from web site to social media.
What’s the bare minimum? Do I have to do it all? How to get the most out of my efforts

VI. 2:45-3:30: Money money money—an outline of writer as retailer
Setting up Square; using PayPal ISBN? LLC? MWA! Pricing your e-book E-book only, or print? Rights: audio, print, etc

Ongoing during the day: professional photographer Charles Lucke doing author head-shots! MWA NorCal is covering the cost of a low-res digital image for covers, promotion, and what-have-you, or order a high res for just $20.

Sign up for the workshop, the portrait, and for the $8.00 sandwich lunch, here.

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