Help! I’ve got a book in me

About time too…

I’ve been planning to do this talk and series of workshops for a while now. Wanted to have it perfect before I started, but there’s been so much demand, I’ve finally just jumped in. Here’s the info we sent out in the weekly newsletter for the local indie bookstore, Kalk Bay Books:

Do you have a special story or gift of knowledge to share?

Perhaps you’ve been somewhere amazing or done something incredible…
Perhaps your life has brought you experiences from which others can learn…
Maybe your wild imagination has conjured a fantasy that would entertain and delight…

You might have written it all down already, or perhaps you’re still wondering whether it’s even worth it.

What to do next?
How do you send your manuscript or idea to a publisher? (And, if so, which one?)
What can you expect from them?
What are your self-publishing options?
What’s this business of independent publishing?

Actually, hang on… what’s the business of this whole thing altogether? Is there money? What’s in it for whom?

You have questions. Dominique le Roux and Ann Donald have answers and suggestions.

Join us for an evening of publishing talk in which we’ll map out your options for you as a South African author-to-be.

You’ll leave knowing:
• The pros and cons of traditional vs independent publishing
• How to pitch your book to a publisher
• How to create and sell an ebook (and where Apple, Amazon and Kindle fit into the whole story)
• What really sells
• How others like you have done it.

Dominique le Roux was previously a publishing manager at Struik, and now runs Moonshine Media(www.moonshinemedia.co.za), a consultancy that specialises in helping others tell their stories. (And sell them, of course.)

Ann Donald is a former journalist and magazine editor, and is now the proprietor of Kalk Bay Books, with knowledge to share on which books sell, how to sell them, and who to sell them to.

If this sounds like information you could use, then make sure you don’t miss the opportunity…

[Update: The response was overwhelming and we were almost immediately oversubscribed. Plenty more of these to come. And I had a lot of fun doing it.]

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7 thoughts on “Help! I’ve got a book in me

      • I have no negative critical feedback. Time was a limiting factor but you gave a brilliant “introduction” into the topic. The presentation was clearly well prepared. Those who are interested , and i gather there were a few , would gladly attend more detailed workshops. Maybe expand on digital media / e books / digital marketing for self publishers – the kind of writers you don’t like to work with. lol!

  1. Thanks so much, Francois. Re self publishers – I actually love working with them. But I want them to be proud of themselves and their work. I want them to be true to their creativity. This requires delivering a quality product. Of being deliberately and purposely powerful:

    “How odd it is, I thought, that a story can sneak up on us on a beautiful autumn day, make us laugh or cry, make us amorous or angry, make our skin shrink around our flesh, alter the way we imagine ourselves and our worlds. How bizarre it is that when we experience a story – whether in a book, a film, or a song – we allow ourselves to be invaded by the teller. The story maker penetrates our skulls and seizes control of our brains. … squatting there in the dark, milking glands, kindling neurons.” – Jonathan Gotshall in ‘The Storytelling Animal’

    This means they will invest excellence into their products. They will be independent publishers. (Okay, I’ll stop now. You can tell you’ve hit a chord. It’s a subject I’m passionate about.)

    • One day, one day I will write the story in me… I just love the moment when creativity arises and I can press the share or publish button on a website or blog. After all it is at that moment that I have a need to tell my story. As you mentioned at the start of your presentation : It depends on your motivation. I write for a few of my own websites and I had a professional editor helping me until she sadly passed away. (RIP Prem Egert) . And I definitely saw the value she was adding, especially with English being my second language. I will get around to having my website(s) professionally edited again. And when I do write my story, the story in me, you will be contacted. The story is just too special to not be done 100% at ”my” best. Once again thanks for the presentation.

      • Thumbs up to that, Francois. Thought you might enjoy this quote I found myself highlighting last night as I started reading my latest Amazon acquisition: “How odd it is, I thought, that a story can sneak up on us on a beautiful autumn day, make us laugh or cry, make us amorous or angry, make our skin shrink around our flesh, alter the way we imagine ourselves and our worlds. How bizarre it is that when we experience a story – whether in a book, a film, or a song – we allow ourselves to be invaded by the teller. The story maker penetrates our skulls and seizes control of our brains. … squatting there in the dark, milking glands, kindling neurons.” – Jonathan Gotshall in ‘The Storytelling Animal’

        DOMINIQUE LE ROUX http://www.moonshinemedia.co.za About me: http://about.me/dominiqueleroux Read my blog: http://www.moonshinemedia.wordpress.com Follow me on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/moonshinemedia Phone or text me: +27 82 823 0460 / +27 21 788 6261 Skype me: justdominique

  2. Yes i did enjoy that quote. (You already shared it last night.) It’s people who write like that , that puts us mere mortals off from wanting to write the story in me. The only way our stories will be published is if the story itself is worth it. But the author of that quote probably lived and pondered on the emotion he is describing for a while before penning it down. So maybe we should not be put off and maybe we should have our own moments reflecting on our own stories. Maybe its time to write the story and not write about writing the story. lol! Hope you have a lovely day. See the sun is shining and I myself will be heading to Kalk Bay for breakfast whilst working.

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