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Having well and truly matured into a legitimate choice for many writers today, self-publishing is a great way to take that book you’ve written from something sitting on your hard drive or in your drawer, and turn it into beautiful digital and paper books. Whether you’re wanting something your family can read, or if you want to sell it to readers around the globe, publishing it yourself is a terrific option.
But it's also a process, and most of us don't know where to start. With a great many decisions to make - from editing and formatting and ISBN numbers, to choosing paper or digital options - or both - to deciding on which platforms to sell your book, it can easily feel like an overwhelming task.
Which is why Dunedin writer and independent publisher Kate Genet has started Write & Publish. Her new Self-Publishing course is set to begin on March 14th, and is an intensive 8 week course that will lead participants step by step though the decisions and process of taking your manuscript or file and turning it into beautifully designed paper and digital books - and then arm you with the information to sell those books online.
Kate has been writing and publishing her work since 2011 and has learnt by trial and error the business of publishing and selling books. She writes under two pen names as well as her own, and calls herself a working writer.
'It's what pays the bills,' she says. 'But I wouldn't be able to do it, if it weren't for self-publishing. There's a lot of freedom in being in control of your own work.'
Kate studied Creative Writing at Massey University, and last year took Sue Wootton's poetry course at Otago University, before travelling to the US. She now makes her home in Dunedin and says she looks forward to helping other writers meet their publishing goals.
More information on the Self-Publishing course can be found at writeandpublish.nz