Courses / Bring Your Book to Market - Bloomsbury House, London

Course bookings

22 - 24 Feb 2013


The digital publishing revolution has transformed self-publishing from a last resort into an ever-expanding world of opportunity that writers at all stages of their career can take advantage of. This hands-on, three-day course is aimed at writers who want to take the first step towards finding their readership through digital self-publishing, and then market their work online.

First you'll learn how to prepare your manuscript for publication, to a professional standard, and decide which of the many options out there is best for you. Successfully self-published author Catherine Ryan Howard will explain - in practical terms - the steps to self-publishing a finished work through print-on-demand and e-book websites. At the end of day one, a Faber editor will also outline golden rules for authors - and the most common pitfalls to avoid. Then, on days two and three, equip yourself with the skills and confidence to build an author platform across the main social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and so on) with the help of social media consultant Ben Johncock. Ben will cover everything from setting up accounts to building your online profile, showing you how to use your author platform effectively to promote and sell yourself and your work.

So if you want to build a readership, showcase your work, publish high quality books and - if you're pursuing traditional publication - build the kind of online platform, fan base and sales record that will convince an editor to say 'yes!', this could be the course for you.

There are 15 places on this course. The course costs £425.

Bring Your Book to Market with

Throughout this three-day course, taking place at Faber's offices in Bloomsbury, Catherine Ryan Howard and Ben Johncock will guide you through the steps to self-publishing your work online, and promoting it once it's there.

Please note the subject matter of the sessions listed below is a guide only and may be subject to change.

There are 15 places on the course; lunch will be provided.


Day One, with Catherine Ryan Howard:

10am: Introductions





There will be a break for coffee and tea at 11.15.

1-2pm: Lunch



And Finally...




Faber Editor: Sarah Savitt How to Edit Your Work: Rules for Authors

There will be a break for coffee and tea at 3.15.


Day Two, with Ben Johncock:


Part I: Do Not Be Afraid!

Part II: Your Toolbox, The Internet


Workshop: Twitter - beginnings

There will be a break for coffee and tea at 11.15.

1-2pm: Lunch


Workshop: Twitter - getting the most out of Twitter


Workshop: Twitter - essential knowledge

There will be a break for coffee and tea at 3.15.


Day Three, with Ben Johncock:

The Morning After the Night Before: A look at last night's Twitter activity


Workshop: Blogs, Tumblr and Pinterest


Workshop: Blogs, Tumblr and Pinterest

1-2pm: Lunch


Workshop: Facebook - the essentials

Workshop: YouTube, Audioboo

3.30- 5pm:

Putting It All Together

Final Thoughts - your digital future

There will be a break for coffee and tea at 3.15.


Where is this course?


Come to one of the world's great literary cities and study creative writing at Faber Academy's home in historic Bloomsbury. Our London courses take place at Faber and Faber's offices, which have played host to some of the great writers of our times and provide an inspiring space in which to learn.

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