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Self-publishing: How to do it

Your name, your book, your terms.

It’s more than simply pushing ‘print’! Learn the steps and costs involved, along with how to edit, design, market and distribute your way to self-made success. More detail

Upcoming course dates

StartsNew date to be announced

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenOne EVENING seminar (two hours)


Presenter Geoff Bartlett

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Course description

What you need to know about DIY publishing

Self-publishing is becoming a popular option for writers, especially when it can be hard to get your foot in the door with mainstream publishers. Self-publishing a book is a useful strategy for professionals or business owners who want to write a book based on their professional experience – a book can often be a credible marketing tool or “calling card”. It is also a suitable option for some non-fiction books.

Bestselling thriller author, Matthew Reilly, and the hugely successful Sandra Cabot – author of The Liver Cleansing Diet – both started off as self-publishers. They were both picked up by major publishing houses soon after.

This seminar is presented by Geoff Bartlett and will help you determine if self-publishing is right for you.

This seminar will cover:

  •     self-publishing versus mainstream publishing
  •     the steps to successful self-publishing
  •     the importance of editing and layout
  •     how to get your book printed
  •     marketing and distributing your book
  •     what’s it all going to cost?

This seminar focuses on self-publishing printed books. If you would like to find out more about self-publishing ebooks, check out our seminar How to Create and Sell Your Ebook. There isn’t enough time to do justice to both topics properly in one seminar so we hold separate seminars to cover print and digital books.

Your presenters

  • Geoff Bartlett

    Geoff Bartlett, Sydney

    Geoff Bartlett is an author, journalist, actor and producer. He has published a number of books including Mutterings (2007), Cattitude (2006) and Comedians... View Profile

Graduate testimonials

  • "Thank you so much for the Self-Publishing course. It was so informative – the advice on printing was excellent but the advice on the "small business" you become when selling your own book was invaluable. "The information about advertising, publicity, methods of selling etc would be essential to anyone with a small business, whether they're selling a book or not. "The presenters were very honest and generous with your time and experience. It was not just theory, you've both achieved this, and that was really motivating."

    - Claire O’Connor

    "I knew within the first three minutes I had already made my money back... and then some."

    - John Myers

    "All the necessary knowledge required to self-publish was available and conveyed simply. Geoff is excellent and willing to help during and after the course. His knowledge of the subject is boundless and he shares that willingly. Don't even think about writing to get published without first doing several Australian Writers' Centre courses."

    - James Pratt

    "Thanks so much for your seminar, it was awesome! I thought the seminar was extremely well organised and the content was to the point and very helpful for aspiring self publishers. My partner and I are going to work on our book – thanks so much!"

    - Vanessa Volpato

    "Our books How To Grow Your Business By Taking 3 Months Off and The Invisible Entrepreneur would have never seen the light of day without the knowledge gained as a result of attending the Australian Writers' Centre workshops. We were greener than green in the field of self publishing, writing and crafting a book, and PR in promoting books. The Australian Writers' Centre provided us with a blueprint to get us on this journey. "We do not believe that we could have succeeded to the level we are enjoying today without the help of the Australian Writers' Centre. We are deeply indebted, privileged and blessed to have found Australian Writers' Centre and be coached by its tutors."

    - Louise Woodbury and William de Ora