Self-Publishing Workshops

Kāpiti Libraries periodically offer a series of workshops on self-publishing. The dates for 2018 are yet to be confirmed, but read on if you'd like to know what will be on offer.

The series begins with a comprehensive three-hour workshop:

Everything you need to know about self-publishing

This workshop will take a look at publishing today and pre-publication essentials, before focusing on what's required to turn your manuscript into an eBook or print-on-demand book available for sale at online stores. It includes formatting, cover, metadata (title, description and keywords etc), uploading to retail stores, and marketing.

The series continues with workshops on the following:

Formatting eBooks using Microsoft Word

This practical workshop will show you how to format your book using Microsoft Word so it can be uploaded as a Kindle eBook onto Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform with a .mobi file, and onto other retail platforms such as iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo with an .epub file. An intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word is required.

Formatting Print Books for Createspace using Microsoft Word

This practical workshop will show you how to format a print-on-demand book for uploading onto the Amazon subsidiary CreateSpace, for distribution to Amazon and other online stores. An intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word is required.

Marketing Workshop

Marketing can often appear scary to authors but it shouldn't be! Some of the aspects of marketing we will cover in this workshop include: planning, finding your audience, social marketing, advertising, reviews, other marketing opportunities. Other aspects of marketing are covered in other workshops (the book itself--branding, metadata, website and newsletter email list).

Using Cover Design to Brand your Book

Whether you decide to contract out your book cover design (which we advise) or have a go at doing it yourself, this workshop will help you to understand the basics of cover design and how these should be used to complement your 'brand'.

Websites and Newsletters

This is a practical workshop focusing on two of the most important marketing tools for authors: collecting emails from readers in order to send out newsletters, and websites--we'll look at what's entailed, the different options available, and try our hand at creating a website.

Retail Platforms Workshop

In this workshop we'll look at different retail platforms where you can sell your eBooks, the information that is required (keywords, categories, book description etc), and how to upload your book.

You can find out more information and / or register your interest in individual workshops at