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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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Day 94 to 101 of 365 Days of Gratitude


Day 94 to 101 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Another week of gratitude for the beauty of nature, the gift of life and the happiness of being.

Currumbin Beach, Queensland sunrise
Sunrise Currumbin Beach April 2017. Magic.

Day 94 I am grateful for:

Two black swans and their three baby cygnet gliding along the mirror shiny lake, because the parents are front and back protecting the young. They travel majestically like the royalty of the lake.

Day 95 I am grateful for:

A butterfly in my garden while I’m hanging washing on the line, because though it may rain, and the washing will probably get wet, one pretty butterfly makes me smile.

Day 96 I am grateful for:

Hundreds of white cockatoos flying overhead, because they make a raucous (though they sound happy), but the sight of the white flock overhead in a cyan blue sky, shows that there’s plenty of native bird life in the area. Nature at its best.

Day 97 I am grateful for:

The work shipment came in and we get to see some cute new pet products, because it makes the drama of importing from China worth the effort.

Day 98 I am grateful for:

Meeting up with a couple of great friends and their two awesome sons, because the conversations are easy and the company a breeze.

Day 99 I am grateful for:

It’s my husband’s birthday, because celebrating him turning 55 makes us realise how many wonderful years we have spent together.

Day 100 I am grateful for:

Another motivating kick fit session with my favourite team of women, because there’s nothing better than encouragement and support to keep you going to a fitness class. Also I don’t mind smashing the bag in a round kick (extremely satisfying).

Day 101 I am grateful for:

Waking early to first see the full moon setting in the west and then drive to the beach and see the rising sun in the east, because the subtle golden morning light is spectacular and beautiful in equal measures.

Make gratitude a part of your day, every day.