Workshops for Authors


Sea Never Dry offers a variety of workshops to help you navigate today’s complex publishing landscape. Each seminar can be tailored to a variety of audiences. E-mail with questions or to schedule a session.

Self-Publishing Basics
If you follow the publishing press, you’ve probably heard that self-publishing is the wave of the future—or at least a great new option for authors. But where do you start? This workshop will give you the foundation you need to understand the shifting self-publishing landscape and make the best decisions for your personal publishing projects—whether you’re hoping to write the next big bestseller or just publish your memoirs for family and friends. Topics covered include:

  • Developing your concept
  • Legal issues for authors and publishers
  • Getting the most out of the editing process
  • Covers and interior design
  • Print and e-book production
  • Financial considerations
  • Sales channels, including bookstores and online retailers
  • Marketing your book and building a community of readers
  • Social media for authors
  • Publisher beware: scams and pitfalls to avoid

This course and “Self-Publishing Your E-Book” can be offered as a multiweek course, a rapid one-session overview, or a single-topic seminar.

Self-Publishing Your E-Book
E-books are the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to self-publish today. This workshop will walk you through the A to Z of turning your manuscript into an e-book for Kindle, NOOK, iPad, and more—from concept to sales and marketing.

The Traditional Publishing Process: What Lies Ahead
Agents, proposals, contracts . . . these are standard elements of the publishing process, but they strike fear into the hearts of authors. This seminar will walk you through the process of finding a publisher and the path that lies ahead once the contract is signed.

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Which Path Is for You?
Twenty-first century publishing offers a world of options for authors, but all that choice can be overwhelming. This workshop will offer a look at the pros and cons of both self-publishing and traditional publishing and will equip you to make the decisions that are best for you and your book project.

Self-Publishing on Any Budget
The freedom of self-publishing is matched by the unlimited opportunities it offers to throw good money after bad. How do you self-publish without breaking the bank? This workshop will focus on getting the most bang for your buck with budget-savvy strategies and inexpensive (and free!) tools for self-publishing.

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