Be Your Own Publisher: A Real Guide to Self Publishing - Online - with Nottingham Trent University

Be Your Own Publisher: A Real Guide to Self Publishing - Online - with Nottingham Trent University


Become part of the ‘indie’ crowd.

On this online course delivered via Zoom, you will develop the skills needed to self-publish a novel or short story.

It provides a realistic A-Z guide through the self-publishing process, delivered by an experienced writer who’s established in this exciting field.

Today, the line between published and self-published is blurred.

Once the poor relation to the publishing house, self-publishing has become big business.

In fact, publishers are trawling the world of indie-writers to find their next big talent.

On this course, you’ll explore how to be a fully-realised indie-writer and how to avoid the pitfalls.

You’ll examine case studies, work through practical exercises and learn the process step-by-step.

On this course, you will:

- learn how to know when your story is actually ready
- consider the importance of having a team: how to find editors, proof-readers and beta readers
- understand genre, and be confident in knowing where your book fits in the marketplace
- explore the importance of cover design and how to find the right designer - the dos and don’ts
- learn how to use Amazon & Kindle to create successful ebooks and print books
- start a marketing plan for your book
- begin to love social media, and learn which are the best websites to approach
- address how to get those all-important independent reviews
- balance the creative process with an eye on the business.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have gained the knowledge needed to launch your first self-publishing venture.

You’ll also have a supportive network of fellow writers to potentially work with, and have access to a variety of online resources dedicated to self-publishing.

In addition to these online sessions, there'll also be an online after-care session with your tutor and the group to discuss any technical questions you have.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: You should have a piece of writing (short story or novel) in development that you’d like to publish.

Tutor profile: Charlotte Baker is an author and an associate lecturer and PhD student at the University of Derby.

She has an interest in horror, identification, true crime and fandom.

Charlotte has over thirty fiction and non-fiction publications.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Ten weeks of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative online class size: 15


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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users
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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.




10 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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