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Workshops: Singapore Book Council’s October workshops

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1. Good, Clean Copy – How good editing can make you a great writer

1 OCTOBER 2018 (Mon) | 9:30AM – 5:30PM

Truman Capote famously said: “I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” In fact, many great writers refer to the editing stage as “where the real work happens.” The fine art of editing really can make good writing great and time and time again proves the old adage that less really is more. This workshop looks at distilling and crystallizing your writing to make it shorter, sharper and – most importantly – better. The workshop will include practical exercises and will teach you a number of tried and tested editing techniques. As Dr Seuss says: “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

Suitable for: Writers of any experience level, from both fiction and non-fiction, who want to develop a disciplined approach to their work and gain an understanding of the importance and effectiveness of good editing.

Trainer: Simon Clews – Simon is in great demand as a writing coach and has delivered training around the world, including in Singapore, Canada, the UK, Thailand and Hong Kong. Prior to that he ran the Melbourne Writers’ Festival for fourteen years, as well as a slew of other literary events, including Writers at Como, Writers at the Convent, Stories Alive and Crime & Justice.

Register here or https://academy.bookcouncil.sg/courses/detail/good-clean-copy-how-good-editing-can-make-you-a-great-writer#discount

 

2. The New Self-Publishing – How the entrepreneurial writer can challenge publishing’s status quo

2 OCTOBER 2018 (Tue) |  9:30AM – 5:30PM

There has never been a better time to be a writer; the power balance is shifting away from the traditional gatekeepers, the commercial publishers, and back into the hands of the writers. The traditional publishing process is fast becoming known as ‘legacy publishing’ and the canny writer is reinventing themselves as an entrepreneur with a significant digital presence. As part of this revolution, self-publishing has been reborn and is now a force to be reckoned with. Done properly, the new self-publishing allows the writer to carefully cultivate their audience and deliver a book to them that is a hotly anticipated product, rather than just being a small cog in the machine of the very speculative process that is traditional publishing. But it’s crucial to get this right. This workshop will look at taking advantage of this publishing revolution and avoiding any pitfalls that might come your way.

Suitable for: Writers of any experience level, from both fiction and non-fiction, who are new to self-publishing and who have a specific publishing project in mind.

Trainer: Simon Clews – Simon is in great demand as a writing coach and has delivered training around the world, including in Singapore, Canada, the UK, Thailand and Hong Kong. Prior to that he ran the Melbourne Writers’ Festival for fourteen years, as well as a slew of other literary events, including Writers at Como, Writers at the Convent, Stories Alive and Crime & Justice.

Register here or https://academy.bookcouncil.sg/courses/detail/the-new-self-publishing-how-the-entrepreneurial-writer-can-challenge-publis

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India: Online self-publishing goes desi

By Bhaamati Borkhetaria
Stories are an imperative part of the human experience. Whether we consume them as television dramas or Hollywood films or Stephen King novels, they underscore our need to share and encounter different narratives. As the internet becomes an integral part of the human existence, it has become a place for people to gather and share stories.

Online platforms and internet-based apps provide writers with a space to tell their stories, and readers with a space to interact with each other and with the author. FictionPress (founded in 1998) and Wattpad (launched in 2006) have captured over 60 million online readers in the US, Canada, the UK, and many other countries. India is just recently becoming a market for such platforms as more people gain access to the internet.

Wattpad has been accessible in India since it was launched, but only in the past couple of years has it taken off among the Indian consumer base; this August alone, 1.3 million users from India accessed Wattpad’s website to add to or consume content. Read more

Source: Forbes India


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India: Do-it-yourself publishing: New success story for authors

Blogger Rasana At reya’s first novel Tell ‘A Thousand Lies’ was shortlis ted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize in 2012. The response to Atreya’s foray into published writing was tremendous. She lacked up sales in India and the UK, drew a swathe of positive reviews on platforms like Goodreads and Atreya is now out with her second book.

Then there’s Sri Vishwa nath, who’s authored nine bo oks, with readers in the US UK and India, and Viji Varda rajan who has written a string of cookbooks on South Indian cuisine. The three aut hors share at least one thing n common: their books have all been self-published, in the e-book format on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing KDP) platform. It’s among several avenues available today for authors who want to self-publish their books, and among the most popular.  Continue reading


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Event: Amazon for Authors, KDP in Delhi, 16 Feb 2014

Amazon for Authors: Navigating the Road to Self-Publishing Success

Hear how Indian authors have used Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to build and reach audiences across a variety of genres

This event is free, but registration before 13 Feb 2014 is a must.

Guest Speakers:

  • Ajay Jain, KDP author and founder of Kunzum Travel café
  • Rasana Atreya, KDP author of Tell A Thousand Lies
  • Sri Vishwanath, KDP author of books like Give Up Your Excess Baggageand The Secret of Getting Things Done

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Publishing: Central Lancashire launches self-publishing MA

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will launch the country’s first MA in self-publishing this year to help writers gain the skills they need to “become the next E L James”.

Course leader Debbie Williams said the MA would also help those “put off by the traditional publishing model”. Continue reading


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How much money do self-published authors make?

(A Forbes report)

In short, not much.

According to data from a new survey from Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest, the median income range for self-published authors is under $5,000 and nearly 20% of self-published authors report deriving no income from their writing. Continue reading


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Self-Publishing output jumped 59% in 2012

A new analysis of ISBN data by Bowker found that the number of self-published books in 2012 rose 59% over 2011, growing to over 391,000 titles. The gain has been led by the increase in the output of e-books, although Bowker reported, print books still accounted for about 60% of self-published titles that carried an ISBN. In 2007, print books accounted for 89% of self-published titles.

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