It has never been easier to publish your own book. Online tools such as Amazon's CreateSpace and Smashwords provide channels for successful niche and e-publication, also known as 'indie publishing'. Some of these channels offer printed paper books as part of the publication package. However the basic principles of successful publishing haven't changed: these include an excellent manuscript; quality professional editing; striking cover design; appropriate lay-out, and brilliant marketing. Many aspiring writers publishing through niche and online channels fail to honour these well-established principles, and their publication sinks without trace amongst the tens of thousands aspiring authors now using these new methods.
NZ's most successful publisher, Geoff Walker (formerly head of Penguin), leads you through the maze of new niche / online publishing options and tells you how to maximise your chances of having your book noticed. He will showcase examples of recent successful niche published authors. Over 25 years Geoff was responsible for publishing Michael King, Witi Ihimaera, Patricia Grace, Lloyd Jones and most of New Zealand's leading novelists.
Creative Hub graduate and author Tui Allen will talk about her path to success. Tui published her novel 'Ripple' through niche channels and was selected by the Society of Authors for presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair last year (the world's largest). This workshop is chaired by Creative Hub Director, John Cranna, Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, and former managing editor of New Zealand's largest circulation magazine, AA Directions, whose e-version went out to 60,000 clients.