1. Self Publishing Is Easy (according to some!) Firstly, choose a size for your print book, format your Word manuscript to fit that size, turn your Word doc into a PDF, create some cover art in Photoshop, turn that into a PDF, and upload it all...

A Seminar I Attended

In July I attended an excellent seminar held at the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) in Ultimo, Sydney, titled "Pitch Perfect". The convenor, Emily Booth, an editor from Melbourne company, Text Publishing, led the workshop on how to pitch our manuscript to agents and publishers. One of the most helpful pieces of information, as well as the guidelines on synopsis writing and pitching, was a classification of principal publishing firms:

There are three main publishing streams in Australia:

Large Traditional Houses:
Interested mainly in already published authors, or those with a social presence, such as Bill Clinton, whose books will sell in the thousands:  Not available to new authors, unless you have an agent: also called The Big Five: Random Penguin House is an example; Hachette; Pan Macmillan; Harper Collins; Simon & Schuster.

A Seminar I Attended

In July I attended an excellent seminar held at the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) in Ultimo, Sydney, titled "Pitch Perfect". The convenor, Emily Booth, an editor from Melbourne company, Text Publishing, led the workshop on how to pitch our manuscript to agents and publishers. One of the most helpful pieces of information, as well as the guidelines on synopsis writing and pitching, was a classification of principal publishing firms:

There are three main publishing streams in Australia:

Large Traditional Houses:
Interested mainly in already published authors, or those with a social presence, such as Bill Clinton, whose books will sell in the thousands:  Not available to new authors, unless you have an agent: also called The Big Five: Random Penguin House is an example; Hachette; Pan Macmillan; Harper Collins; Simon & Schuster.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350" class="zemanta-img"] English: A web banner in use during Open Access Week. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] I recently attended a seminar on Publishing at the NSW Writers Centre entitled "Open Access". The main message I came away with was: "You must be an author...

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I have been researching e-book and traditional book publishing for several years now, but I'm going to be lazy and share with you these points passed on to me by Andy McDermott, head of Publicious Publishing, http://www.publicious.com.au/, which I can highly recommend as Andy published Bondi Tides, Bondi Writers Group's anthology of short stories. http://www.andymcdermott.com/

Printed books Pros: 1. Most books nowadays are printed using sustainable and/or recycled materials 2. Print on Demand (POD) books can be sold via the online stores and printed one at a time at the buyer’s expense 3. With digital printing, high quality books can now be printed in smaller quantities while remaining affordable 4. For authors, books are essential for book signings and events 5. For entrepreneurs, books can be sold at seminars and events and are often referred to as the modern day business card 6. Children’s books can be interactive with music and buttons and also used for colouring in 7. Books make great gifts 8. Books look good on bookshelves especially a leather bound classic or a colourful coffee table book 9. A good book will be cherished and read 10. A bad book can still be used as a door stop