The Chichester library hosted a panel discussion with four independent writers talking about their experiences of self-publishing on the evening of 23 June as part of the 2015 Chichester Festival. CHINDI members Jane Cable, Helen Christmas, Jeremy Good and Ray Green answered questions from the panel chair and fellow CHINDI member Jill King. Topics covered everything from how they started writing, to tips on editing and proof-reading, and experiences of choosing book cover images and using social media to promote their work.
There was an audience of around sixty budding writers and published authors who listened attentively to the responses of panel members about what they had learnt along the way in publishing their own work and what they would do differently. Each CHINDI author had taken a slightly different path, and there was a variety of experiences, so it was fascinating to hear about the pros and cons of each approach. Jane Cable and Jill King have worked successfully with an author assist company called Matador, while Helen Christmas and Jeremy Good have both published their books using Create Space, an Amazon IT platform, that enables writers to self-publish and print on demand. Ray Green on the other hand has used both methods and was able to explain the key differences.
After the panel session questions were taken from the floor and there was a lively discussion about trends in self-publishing, as well as specific questions and advice about copyright, obtaining ISBNs and marketing techniques. At the end of the evening there was a chance for networking and individual discussions with the authors. The Chichester library did a fabulous job in hosting the event and finding just enough chairs for everyone given how popular the event proved to be.
Feedback from those that came along was really positive, with lots of people asking for future events on other writing and publishing topics.
“An excellent informative evening with five very well informed speakers.”
“It was really interesting to hear about the different routes for self-publishing, their pros and cons, and trends in publishing.”
“I really appreciated the panellists’ honesty and openness about their experiences.”
“The event was very well organised with unbiased comprehensive advice.”
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