Publish Your Own Book


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Presentation for 9+ age group to be given at the Linton Children's Book Festival 2012 by Catherine Condie.

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  • Remember how proud I was if I was lucky enough to see my poetry pinned to the classroom wall. 3. S till try to be poetic in the patterns of my writing.
  • In children’s books the hero will be a child who has to overcome a challenge in order to reach a goal.
  • A. Show Microscope.. READ . . .
  • Most writers construct their stories to a formula. CLICK
  • 1. Jon Mayhew – Mortlock, The Demon Collector.
  • 1. US based society for children’s authors and illustrators. British Isles section meets socially. 2. Local writers’ networks or writing groups. 3. Most colleges run creative writing courses as evening classes.
  • The important bit
  • 1. Author Profile for Amazon. 2. Downside – Postage.
  • eBook formatting is different to formatting for a printed book as page breaks are deleted.
  • Publish Your Own Book

    1. 1. Publish Your Book Catherine Condie 1
    2. 2. Introduction This week is a celebration of reading, writing and publishing books; Building your story; Different ways of getting your book published; Things I’ve learned along the way. 2
    3. 3. Where I began  Queen Edith Primary School, Cambridge;  Writing poetry and short stories – creative writing;  Composing songs with my guitar aged 9 and performing at the youth club aged 11  30 years later I began to write Whirl of the Wheel. 3
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    5. 5. What interests me about writing What interests me most is the feeling that a pattern of sentences or collection of words gives you; Stories, short or long, and poetry are no different to pieces of music – from Vivaldi to Jessie J and each composed the same way. 5
    6. 6. Stories – where do you start andwhat should you write?  Write what you know or what interests you;  Think of a great plot;  Create your characters and their voices;  Show the action, don’t tell it;  Imagine your story as a film – changing scenes, different atmospheres;  Use Post-its on the wall or in a notebook to order your scenes or ideas. 6
    7. 7. Whirl of the Wheel  A story for 8 to 12-year-olds led by a heroine who happens to be in a wheelchair;  Light-hearted time-travel adventure into World War II – time portal is a potter’s wheel;  Historical account of evacuation;  With goodies and baddies. 7
    8. 8. The Switch  Young teens’ thriller about a girl on a French exchange trip who witnesses a raid at a bar from an apartment window;  Set in Paris, with some spoken French; 8
    9. 9. Building your storyIn a children’s book the hero will be a child or animalthat has to overcome a challenge to reach a goal. HOORAY! High point of the story Almost there Mystery solved Challenges or scenes that 3 build the story 2 OH NO! Tension 1 Rug-pulling moment Lull THE QUEST BEGINS Main event or discovery that starts the story off Time 9
    10. 10. Becoming a good writer Read lots of different styles of books, plus you can read books about writing books; Have a go and see what you like to write! Ask your English teacher’s or your parents’ advice; Start up or become part of a writing group in or outside school; Find out about local writing workshops or courses (you might consider; Enter a competition. 10
    11. 11. My story is complete! Fantastic, take a break and celebrate! Ask friends, family, teachers to read and comment; You could send it to a literary consultancy for comment but there is a cost; Think about posting it online via critique sites like www. or; Look again at your story in the light of what you have learned. 11
    12. 12. ‘Local’ writers’ networks 12
    13. 13. Critique sites 13
    14. 14. I’ve finished . . . what next?  Editing – read and re-read, making notes by hand or by making changes as you go, on- screen. Go through your writing a final time – line by line to look for mistakes, or ask someone to help;  Think about publishing – you could show your work to a recognised agent or publisher to see if they are interested in taking you on as an author . . . or you could self publish. publish 14
    15. 15. Traditional publishing  Look through the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (published by A&C Black);  Choose agents and publishing companies suitable for your genre of writing;  Each agent or publishing company has a different set of submission guidelines. Most ask for a few chapters by post;  Check for errors in your work, send off your chapters and wait . . . 15
    16. 16. What is self publishing?  Using reputable online sites to produce any number of printed books or e-books via your netbook or home computer. 16
    17. 17. Why self publish?  ‘I have always disliked writing to order; I write to please myself.’ Beatrix Potter  Creativity is a personal thing – self publishing is one answer to keeping it that way. 17
    18. 18. Seeing my book in print  You can take an electronic copy of your work to a local printer where you pay up front, for example, for the print of 250 copies;  Or start a free account with one of the major online suppliers of printed books (print on demand) : or www. Order one or two copies – they cover costs by taking a percentage of each book. 18
    19. 19. Print on demand Lay out your pages using the guide at Lulu or CreateSpace; Upload the document and use the cover wizard to create front and back covers; These companies will put your book on their websites and distribute to and selected online shops for free; Think about a selling price for your book. 19
    20. 20. Seeing my book as an e-book  You can do this via Lulu or Createspace or independent sites e.g. Freado/Bookbuzzr , Bibliotastic and Feedbooks;  Kidpub (American organisation)  or set up a free account with Kindle Direct Publishing. Note that e-books are laid out in a different way to printed books;  KDP makes its money by taking a percentage of each book you or others buy. It sends your e-book for free to 5 international Amazon sites. 20
    21. 21. Spreading the word I’m published!  Friends and family, school fetes or your local bookshop – Waterstones and Heffers;  Facebook author page;  Blog/blog interviews;  Twitter;  Goodreads;  Free online press releases;  Make a book trailer;  Printed leaflets/postcards. 21
    22. 22. Let’s publish a book Lulu publishing wizard 22
    23. 23. and finally. . .  . . . there is no hurry;  so have fun!  and enjoy forming your plot and creating characters;  practise writing a few chapters and see where your story goes;  if or when you finish, you might now have a plan for what you can do next. 23
    24. 24. Any questions?  This presentation Publish Your Book for the Linton Children’s Book Festival 2012 is available at or via 24