AN all-day workshop will be held for aspiring and emerging writers as part of the 2015 Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, May 29-31.
Festival director Helen Allan said three publishers and a self-publishing expert would present workshops to writers.
“We are fortunate that our festival, the seventh run by Arts Margaret River, attracts a range of authors, journalists and publishers from around Australia. Consequently the festival committee felt we should take advantage of their expertise and hold some workshops for aspiring authors.”
Ms Allan said the first workshop, run by Now Age Publishing proprietor Anita Revel would guide people through how to publish their own books both hard copy and online.
“Ms Revel has self-published 18 books, in both print and digital formats and she specialises in giving seminars on how to self-publish. Her workshops help authors to learn about the pitfalls and the pleasures of self-publishing and how to take their initial concept through to a finished product,” she said.
The second workshop will be conducted by Margaret River Press director Caroline Wood, Spinifex Press director Dr Susan Hawthorne and publisher Nicky Zubriski.
“These publishers will accept the first chapter of emerging writers’ work and give them specific feedback on how to make sure their manuscript is noticed and gets the best chance of being published.”
“The workshop numbers are limited to 40 and people must get their chapters to me by the end of March by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org,” Ms Allan said.
Margaret River Press director Caroline Wood said small publishers were sometimes overlooked by emerging writers, but established writers were well aware of the benefits of going with a small publishing house.
”Small publishers are often overlooked but in truth many small publishers are renowned for their author care and are often more engaged with authors,” Ms Wood said.
She said emerging and aspiring authors should come to the workshops to hear what small publishers could offer but more importantly what their obligations as authors are in the publishing process.
The workshop, which costs $150, will be held at the Margaret River TAFE on Friday, May 29 from 9.30-3.30 and tickets can be booked by phoning Arts Margaret River on 97587316 or www.artsmargaretriver.com.