27 November @ 19:00 - 21:00
For many writers, traditional publishing is baffling, its operating methods baroque and opaque. Yet understanding how the publishing industry works can greatly increase a writer’s chances of getting published, enabling them to have a long and successful career. This course is designed to demystify the world of traditional publishing so that today’s writer can make informed choices about which publishing route to embark on, and how best to get a foot in the door of a publishing house, be it a small indie press or one of the “Big Five”.
Throughout this 2-hour workshop, you will:
The first hour will cover the basics of the traditional publishing model, what it is that publishers actually do, and the role that bestsellers play in keeping the model sustainable. An analysis of a book’s RRP and how that relates to an author’s earnings, alongside the ins and outs of bookselling, will complete the picture of the current publishing scene.
In the second hour there will be practical exercises in which attendees can assess the commerciality of their own writing and reflect on what it is that they want from their writing career, with a consideration of the many and varied publishing options open to them. Attendees will leave with a tailored plan of how to go about getting the success they want.
About Dr Teika Bellamy
Dr Teika Bellamy is the founder and director of Mother’s Milk Books. She is also one half of The Book Stewards – a husband and wife team that empowers writers to achieve their publishing goals. In 2015, Teika was the recipient of the Women in Publishing’s New Venture Award for pioneering work on behalf of under-represented groups in society, in recognition of her work publishing books that celebrate femininity and empathy. Teika is a popular speaker who is passionate about the role of independent presses and women authors within the publishing world. She regularly facilitates workshops at Nottingham Writers’ Studio (NWS) and Writing East Midlands, and she received the accolade of ‘Writing Teacher of the Year’ at the 2018 NWS Awards.
Book your place
The price of this 2-hour workshop is £13 for NWS members and £19 for general admission.
Book your place below, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.