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Writing for Publishing - a creative writing course for the modern publishing age

posted 30 Sep 2012, 15:11 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 4 Jan 2015, 12:34 ]

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Writing for Publishing
- a guide to writing and publishing today -

Writing for Publishing is the title of a new educational initiative being spearheaded by The Manuscript Publisher and designed specifically for authors, writers, independent publishers. It aims to equip authors and writers with both the tools and the skills necessary to write and reach a public audience in today's publishing environment.

It is a creative writing course for the modern publishing age, emphasising the all-important connection between writing and publishing: how one informs the other and how the two operate in today's era of digital media and mass communication. Prospective authors and writers will learn how to develop their writing skills with a view to getting published. They will learn to seek out, identify and take advantages of writing and publishing opportunities that present themselves.

Focus and attention is given both to the practical aspects, as well as matters to do with confidence building and motivation.

"The message that we strive to convey is that writing and publishing are long-term projects - not get rich quick schemes. Enthusiasm sometimes has to be balanced with circumspection, caution and even restraint before you can let your talents off the leash," says Oscar Duggan, course director.

Themes and subject areas covered include:
  • creative writing
  • writing for a niche
  • identifying your target audience
  • presentation
  • approaching publishers
  • self-publishing
  • printed and non-printed solutions
  • marketing and selling your work
  • managing your web presence as a writer.

A complete course outline, including contact details and how to book a group seminar or presentation is available from the Writing for Publishing website - www.writingforpublishing.com

The course will be available at venues across Ireland and the intention is to bring it further afield with time. One idea that is in the planning stage is to make it available via distance learning techniques, using a range of audio-visual presentations and materials.

Interested enquiries from individuals and and writers groups are welcome. Talks and presentations tailored to groups, large or small can be arranged - see website for information on how to book. Details of upcoming workshops, seminars and events will be posted on the course website as well as on Facebook and Twitter, where you can also follow and keep in touch.

A lot is changing in the world of publishing; changes that are long-term and irreversible, ushered in mainly by advances in technology.

"As writers, we are no longer content to simply write and let publishers publish. Nor should we be so content: if we want to be successful in our various enterprises, we cannot afford to be.The world of publishing today is opening up, after a long period when it seemed like it was closed off. But this is only the starting point in the journey, not the end."

Introducing The Manuscript Publisher - publishing solutions for the digital age

posted 30 Sep 2012, 14:41 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 4 Jan 2015, 12:37 ]

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Introducing The Manuscript Publisher
- publishing solutions for the digital age -

Mainstream publishing has always been an exclusive affair. But these days the publishing opportunities for authors and writers willing to explore the independent route have never been more plentiful. A new enterprise, The Manuscript Publisher offers professional and affordable services that assist in the goal of getting your books into the public domain. And while the venture may be new, the personnel behind it have a wealth of experience in publishing, marketing, editorial services and design.

According to Oscar Duggan, the group's founder and General Manager:

"We have worked with dozens of authors, writers, independent publishers from Ireland and further afield, helping to produce quality self-published titles which have been well received by the book-buying public. We work with clients on a one-to-one basis and offer a level of personal support that is unrivalled and unsurpassed. We are literally never more than a phone call away and when you do call it is a real person, not a machine, who you are talking to. Furthermore you are talking to people who readily understand the principles of publishing in the modern era and how your needs can be met."

The Manuscript Publisher offers the full range of assisted publishing services. These include:
  • manuscript preparation to output a print-ready PDF or ebook
  • a print management service that includes price brokering helping you to match print runs to anticipated demand, resulting in more books for your money without having to print more books than you need
  • free, impartial advice on all your printing and publishing options
  • practical assistance, services and support to those interested in the non-printed route to getting published
  • whatever publishing route you choose The Manuscript Publisher can help you to market and sell your book, availing of both traditional and online channels.

The aim of The Manuscript Publisher is to be author-centred in its approach to publishing:

"We would like to see a lot more investigation and debate as to how present and future trends in the publishing, including but not limited to advances in technology, can be harnessed to support authors and writers who choose the independent publishing route. In industry terms 'the publisher' is the person who puts up the investment capital and incurs the financial risk if the venture doesn't succeed. Where the author is also the publisher, it stands to reason that he or she should reap the dividends of success. Independent publishing is not something you need to feel daunted by if you have the benefit of the best possible, practical assistance and advice."

According to The Manuscript Publisher's website, "we don't offer 'publishing package deals' because we don't believe that these models are fair to authors; nor do they reflect the reality of publishing today." The services which are offered are designed to assist rather than unduly complicate an already vast and considerable undertaking. You pick and choose those services which you require. Because book production doesn't lend itself to a 'one size fits all' approach the packages which The Manuscript Publisher offer to you are those which are tailored to your real and present needs, ambitions, budget, etc.

For information about how you can turn your manuscript into a book, including free, impartial and fair advice on all the options available to you in this regard, contact The Manuscript Publisher today:

Telephone: 01 8569566 or 087 7604547
or visit their website where you can even Get a Quote online.

A free Information Leaflet is available to Download Here.

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