Lulu Jr., the children’s division of the self-publishing platform Lulu.com, has teamed up with educational software firm FableVision Learning for a new venture called My Awesome Publishing Company!, a self-publishing platform for kids.
The online book publishing platform teaches kids how to create a book from idea to print edition. The tool guides young writers through writing, production, marketing and distribution until they ultimately publish their own book.
Video interview – Mick Higham, Meet The Author BBC News
When Tina Seskis book, One Step Too Far, was rejected by the publishing world four years ago she decided to take matters into her own hands.
You can now get an MA (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time) in Self-Publishing – though some might think it might be better spending that time writing your book.
This course will equip you with all of the necessary skills you will need to be a self-published author including how to edit your book, how to lay it out, how to monitor sales, how to manage yourself and your finances, marketing yourself and your book and how to create an eBook. The final part of the course will give you the opportunity to complete a finished copy of your book.
The course is taught by industry experts with contributions from successful self-published authors. Students have round the clock access to our bespoke publishing house in the state-of-the-art Media Factory with all the latest equipment and industry-level software such as Creative Cloud, InDesign and Nielsen Bookscan.
Katherine Roberts, interviewed by Nicola Morgan on why she has self-published some titles from her backlist:
Like many authors these days, I know what it feels like to write a publishable book that is not considered commercial enough for a mainstream publishing contract, and it’s those kind of books that are finding a home on the self publishing platforms, sometimes exceeding everyone’s expectations. I actually think the traditional publishing/bookselling model broke a while ago with the abolition of the Net Book Agreement – deep discounting coupled with the old returns system has always seemed rather crazy to me! Too many experienced authors are finding themselves out in the cold because of this, which might be good for debut authors but what next? Today’s sparkling debut is tomorrow’s self-publisher, unless something changes… and ebooks could be part of that change if everyone stopped fighting over them!
Very comprehensive blog post from Sarah McIntyre… Highly recommended
We KNOW our publishers can’t do everything, that readers look to authors themselves to be inspired to buy their books, that publishers have limited budgets, and that it makes business sense not to devote quite as much of their time to a book that’s selling millions of copies versus a book that sells hundreds.
At the same time, we’re expected to be writers, artists, bloggers, e-mailers, stage performers and educators. (I itemised the jobs from my blog post, The McIntyre Way™, and added two more jobs: accountant and housewife. Possibly lobbyists, too.) I estimated that I can easily spend 70% of my time doing publicity work when, really, I’d rather spend 70% of my time writing and drawing. So what CAN our publishers do to help us so we actually have time to write and illustrate?