Bud­ding writ­ers’ workshop

Pub­lished au­thors share knowl­edge

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD - Erica Mur­ree

COV­ER­ING six North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil li­braries in five days has been ac­com­plished by multi-pub­lished au­thors Suzi Love and Imo­gene Nix

The duo were un­der­tak­ing self pub­lish­ing work­shops funded through a Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund grant.

Imo­gene Nix said dur­ing the work­shops, she had met with a dearth of as­pir­ing au­thors.

“All have de­sires to pub­lish their ti­tles and tell their stories,” she said.

“The tyranny of dis­tance has reg­u­larly been cited, through­out these work­shops, as a bar­rier to seek­ing hon­est in­for­ma­tion on op­por­tu­ni­ties for pub­lish­ing.”

Ms Nix said at each venue they had met at least one as­pir­ing au­thor.

“All be­lieved that the process of pub­lish­ing re­quired spend­ing thou­sands of dol­lars to pub­lish their ti­tle,” she said.

“We have been able to show them it will cost them sig­nif­i­cantly less money than they pre­vi­ously thought.

“They were in the ball­park of $5000–$10,000 but and we’ve shown them how to do it for say $1000–$2000 de­pend­ing on the length of the story and num­ber of il­lus­tra­tions, etc.”

At­ten­dees were given in­for­ma­tion on re­tain­ing their rights ver­sus sign­ing them away and los­ing their value, and a guide to self-pub­lish­ing writ­ten by the two au­thors.

PHO­TOS: ERICA MUR­REE

WORKSHOP: At Biggenden Li­brary, Tony McIn­tyre, Vanessa and Zara Bam­bling, Ter­ena Staib, (in front) Char­lotte Pitt, He­len Thomp­son and au­thors Imo­gene Nix and Susie Love.

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