In collaboration with Aleesah Darlison we will be presenting an intensive workshop on publishing and marketing.
Waking your imagination: March 18th
This workshop will help you turn that idea into a story everyone will want to read by showing you how to add excitement, depth and intrigue.
April 8th and 9th. Publishing and Marketing:
Saturday 8th: Publishing: With Elaine Ouston
What are your publishing options?
No matter what you have written, 200,000 word novel, or a picture book, when most writers type ‘the end’ a feeling of satisfaction washes over them. They feel like they have completed a long and exciting journey, and so they should.
But what most writers don’t realise is that if they want their book to be chosen by a publishing house or to sell well as a self-published book, a whole new journey now begins, and unlike their writing journey this is one they have little control over.
In this workshop we talk about your publishing options and I will go into the pros and cons of those. We will examine industry standards and publisher expectations.
Publishing has become a lot more flexible in the last few years. Once, a self-published book would not attract a distributor, end up in a library, or have any credibility at all with readers. That has changed somewhat. Now books are mostly judged on their merit.
I will show you the easiest and best way to self-publish, and if you choose to go the traditional route, I help you create a killer synopsis, perfect pitch and submission letter.
Elaine Ouston holds a Master of Letters (MLitt) from Central Queensland University, and is a published author of a number of books for children. She is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia. She edits and sets up books for self-publishing at Gondor Writers' Centre and organises literary festivals through Australian Literary Festivals and Book Fairs.
She is an experienced writing tutor, editor and designer, and has had many recommendations from students for her workshops.
Sunday 9th: Marketing: With Aleesah Darlison from Greenleaf Press.
Magnificent Marketing and Super Social Media
If you’re looking for new and innovative ways to promote your book or your author brand, you simply must attend this incredibly informative and comprehensive workshop.
These days, being an author is about more than just writing books. Often, people think the hard work is in getting a manuscript accepted for publication. But the real challenges start once your book is published.
How do you get your book into bookstores? How do you create market awareness? And how do you get people buying your book? The publishing industry is highly competitive and is constantly evolving. If you want to stand out, if you want people to buy your books, they first have to know who you are.
Learn tips and techniques for marketing and self-promotion including how to establish your author brand, create awareness and carve out a niche for yourself. Learn the truth about book launches, school and library visits, securing book reviews, why publishers love self-promoters and more.
Plus, there will be a special focus on social media marketing. Online marketing isn’t the way of the future – it’s the way of NOW. Don’t get left behind. Creating a social media platform is within your reach and Aleesah will show you how to do it.
Whether you’re an aspiring, emerging, experienced or self-published author, you’ll pick up crucial knowledge in this informative session. Real life, real formulas for success that can be.
Aleesah Darlison is a multi-published, award-winning author. She’s published thirty-six books in six short years. In a previous life, Aleesah was a university degree qualified marketing manager working in the corporate world. And now in this super-charged session she’s going to share with you the secrets of her success!
Go to the workshop page to book. Choose the Workshops tab at the top of the page, or put this address in your browser. http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/workshops.html