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Self-Publishing POD – love your own books


I’m excited to be holding a Online Writing Lab (OWL) for Romance Writers of Australia this April. Please join me as I share my self-publishing journey with tips and tricks without the pitfalls. Learn from my own lessons. I’ll also be sharing plenty of free templates to use in your publishing business – to make life easy.

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RWA OWL: Self-Publishing POD – love your own books

There’s no better joy to an aspiring romance author than the arrival of that first book baby. Holding that début book in your hands, flipping the pages, rubbing the cover and staring at your author picture may seem a surreal dream, but it’s not. Advancements in technology make it possible for you to self-publish simply – if you know how.
I’ll eliminate the worries from your self-publishing journey by teaching you tips and tricks; what worked for me and what didn’t.
As an indie author of two romance novels The Zanzibar Moon and Kendwa’s Secret and successful freelance writer, I can show you how to take the next steps. I have worked in publishing as a book marketing publicist, developed writer websites and ghostwritten to help other writers achieve their goals. My qualifications include a writing diploma, TESOL certificate, graphic arts, printing, publishing, public speaking, event management and writing for over thirty years.

Let me help you:

  • Avoid the common pitfalls.
  • Celebrate your ability.
  • The A, B, Cs of self-publishing (Aptitude, Belief, Creativity).
  • Drafts, edits, re-drafts and re-edits and the tricks to help.
  • Network with your tribe for the processes you can’t do yourself.
  • The dozen of self-publishing (1. Write, 2. Drafts/Edits, 3. Register, 4. Market, 5. Layout, 6. Book Cover, 7. Proof, 8. Last Edit, 9. Print, 10. Distribute, 11. Social Media, 12. Website and other marketing).
  • Enjoy the creative freedom of self-publishing.
  • Checklists to make the best decisions to produce a book that mixes it with the traditionals.
  • Keeping records that don’t dampen your enthusiasm.

The course will run for four weeks.
Lessons will be disseminated each week in downloadable Word and PDF handouts, along with YouTube videos. The presenter will email all participants once a week before the next lesson.
Prior to the course, a questionnaire will need to be completed so the presenter can see where each participant is at with their romance writing.
To get the most out of this course it’s best to have intermediate computer skills and access to the internet. Anyone who is enthusiastic and willing to learn is welcome to join in.

FOR BOOKINGS

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Presenter’s Bio:

Donna Munro is the indie author of two adventure romance novels and a successful freelance writer who has been published in national magazines. She has a background in publishing, book marketing, graphic design, printing, WordPress/Wix websites and ghostwriting. She helps other writers aspire to publication through her website http://www.warmwittywords.com.au

Course Dates: 1st to 28th April 2019
Cost: RWA-Member – $55.00 Non RWA-Member – $88.00
* Please note, there is a $0.50 Trybooking fee at checkout.
Venue: Online – RWA Moodle Platform
(Course attendees will be notified of access/login details via email from the OWL Registrar a few days prior to the start date of the course)

RWA OWL Courses
PO Box Q740
Queen Victoria Building
NSW 1230
Contact Details:
Tania Lee
OWL Registrar
owlsregistrar@romanceaustralia.com

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Dad Love for Father’s Day and every day


‘Dad Love’ was released on Smashwords. If you didn’t buy one for Father’s Day it’s still a great gift any time of year.

‘Dad Love’ is a non-fiction book about family releationships hat uses quotes, poems and memories by everyday people as well as celebrities, to help us better understand the love we have of our fathers. I am proud to have published this book and though it’s no great literary revelation it is a unique and poignant book that will appeal to anyone.

Thank you to those who contributed. I would have liked to include more quotes from real people but time was running out. I believe it’s a nice collection of quotes of memories, feelings, love, wonder and admiration for dads. I’ve also explained why we love our dads so much and included dads from history and now as well as quotes from celebrities as well as average Australians. I hope you enjoy it.

SEE AN EXCERPT AT SMASHWORDS

The cover of Dad Love by Donna Stafford-Munro

‘Dad Love’

by Donna Stafford-Munro

ISBN: 978-1-4661-3461-4

Publisher: Smashwords, Inc.

Buy it for only $2.00

at Smashwords where it is available for download in all formats.