Want to publish your book? Kāpiti Coast District Libraries periodically offer a series of workshops on self-publishing at Paraparaumu Library.
The next series is scheduled to begin in November 2021. More details to follow.
Please note each workshop costs $45 per person and pre-payment is essential to secure a booking.
If you are a library card holder, please use your card number and the charge will be added to your card. Payment can then be made in person at any of the Kāpiti Libraries.
The first workshop will be held in the meeting room, ground floor, Paraparaumu Library. All other workshops will be held in the Learning Centre, 1st Floor, Paraparaumu Library. Times and dates to be advised.
Guide to 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.
Formatting Print and eBooks using Microsoft Word & Draft2Digital
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 Apple Books and Kobo.
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 & Newsletters
In this workshop we'll look at two of an author's most important marketing tools -- website and mailing list. In the first part of the workshop, we'll look at the different elements of a website, and try our hand at creating one. The second part of the workshop will be an introduction to Mailchimp -- an online platform which allows you to collect emails from readers in order to send out newsletters.
This workshop looks at the different marketing tools available for authors to market their books successfully. It will include connecting with your audience (brand, how to communicate, social media, content marketing), a close look at the metadata of your book, and advertising.
If you have queries about the workshops, please email [email protected]