Instructor: Jen Blood
Date & Time: Saturday, February 10 | 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: The Memorial Union building at University of Maine, Orono
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12 FULL / WAIT LIST ONLY
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $125
Registration Closes: February 1

Navigating the seeming avalanche of information and advice on the self-publishing industry can be a frustrating roadblock for writers interested in exploring alternative methods of publication.

This workshop is a comprehensive introduction to self-publishing, designed both for those who are new to self-publishing and those who may have self-published before but feel their less-than-thorough understanding of independent publishing may be hampering their sales. The workshop will include:

  • A brief conversation about the pros and cons of self-publishing, and what it takes to be a “successful” self-published author.
  • How to find and work with subcontractors, including editors, cover designers, and formatting professionals. Attendees will learn about the current rates for these services, as well as how to navigate contracts, deadlines, and correspondence.
  • How to create an online presence, focusing specifically on the author website, Facebook page, and mailing list.
  • Where to sell books. Attendees will learn the basics of selling on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Draft2Digital, Kobo, and Smashwords, with attention paid to realistic pricing of books; royalty rates and payment schedules for each sales outlet; and the pros and cons of selling exclusively through Amazon.
  • An analysis of the book package, including a brief discussion on ISBNs and copyrights.

Attendees with completed works will receive feedback on their author bios and book blurbs. The day will conclude with a discussion on author photos, cover design, and choosing promotional items for book launches and author events.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will have a clear understanding of how to self-publish their book; a working author’s bio and book blurb (for those with a completed manuscript); and a step-by-step plan for how to proceed in their self-publishing journey.

+ SUBMIT After registering, participants with completed manuscripts are asked to submit their author bio and book blurb for in-class feedback by no later than 9:00 a.m. on February 1. Please email the manuscripts as attachments (Word files are preferred, but PDFs are acceptable) to with the subject line: “BLOOD WORKSHOP.”

+ PLEASE NOTE This workshop will not address technical issues, such as how to format a manuscript or how to upload a manuscript to Amazon or other sales outlets, but attendees will be provided with resources to find that information if needed.

BloodJen Blood is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Erin Solomon Mysteries and the Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mysteries, which have sold more than 100,000 copies since she self-published her first novel in 2012. Jen provides expert editing of plot-driven fiction for independent and traditionally published authors around the world through her business, Adian Editing, and has worked as a publishing and marketing consultant for authors for the past five years, as well as conducting workshops on self-publishing and book marketing at conferences throughout New England. She is a regular blogger on the Maine Crime Writers website, and her articles on writing, editing, and marketing for authors have been featured on award-winning websites including The Creative Penn, Crime Fiction Collective, and Fiction University.

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If you prefer to pay by mail, please print this registration form (downloadable PDF) and mail it to the MWPA with a check or credit card information.




The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on January 29 at 9:00 a.m.

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