Self-Publishing Workshops

Want to publish your book? Kāpiti Coast District Libraries offer a series of workshops on self-publishing held in the Learning Centre.

The 2018 series begins with the Comprehensive Guide to Self-Publishing workshop on Saturday 28 July and continues with three weekly workshops held on Thursday evenings. $45 per workshop. Email to register. Payment can be made on the day.

Comprehensive Guide to Self-Publishing

Saturday 28 July 2018: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

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.

Formatting Print and eBooks using Microsoft Word & Draft2Digital

Thursday 2 August 2018: 5.30 - 7.00 pm

This practical workshop will show you how to format both print and eBooks using Microsoft Word and Draft2Digital (an online distributor of eBooks) to sell on Amazon and other online retail stores such as iBooks and Kobo.

Note: There will be no workshop on 9 August 2018

Using Cover Design to Brand your Book

Thursday 16 August 2018: 5.30 - 7.00 pm

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

Thursday 23 August 2018: 5.30 - 7.00 pm

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.


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