Self or Indie Publishing: Answering the Big Questions 2019

About This Event


Considering self or indie publishing? Let us help you prepare.

Thanks to advances in technology, it’s easier than it’s ever been for anyone to self-publish a book – but to do it successfully, there are many things to consider. Your workshop leader is author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison (Mims House). After being traditionally published, Darcy started a publishing company and created a successful self-publishing career, publishing over 20 books through Mims House in the last four years. She’ll share her experiences and expertise to help you avoid the pitfalls that are common in the self-publishing business.

Nate Zaur and Jessica Repa from Spencer Printing will be special guests at the workshop. Nate has been in the commercial and book printing business for over a decade, working with authors and illustrators to package books for publication.

What You’ll Learn

Our goal is to answer these questions and more:

What is the difference between self-publishing and indie publishing?

How much will it cost to publish my book myself?

Where can I find resources to help with my writing process?

How will I know if my book is ready for publication?

How do I find a professional editor for my book?

What do I do if the book needs to be illustrated?

Who can design the book’s layout and cover?

Where should I get the book printed?

How do I get the book placed for sale with bookstores and online retailers?

How much should I charge for the book?

During the workshop, you will discover:

What’s needed to structure your writing

The mind shift needed to successfully self-publish

Today’s new publishing opportunities and resources

Ways to successfully market a self-published book

Technical details of creating a picture book or novel

Business planning basics

How to hire a freelance editor

In addition to learning the business of self-publishing, optional manuscript critiques are available for writers.

Who Should Attend

Anyone planning to self-publish and would benefit from a step-by-step guide to doing so.

Anyone who would like to know more about self-publishing, its benefits, and its challenges.

Writers with out-of-print titles who would like to make them available again.


Competing with Large Publishers – Shifting the Mind-Set

Breakfast with a story

What Will You Publish?

How to Set up Your Business: Legal Issues of Self-Publishing

How Will Your Business Plan Support Your Vision?

How Will You Market Your Book?

Marketing and advertising

Editing Your Self-Published Book

Technical details of creating a book – Printers

What if? The Opportunity of Special Sales

Free Time for working on your Publishing plan

Discussion of individual publishing plans

Q&A: Legal, practical, visionary, technical or other questions.

How Do I Grow My Business?

Decisions: What Will YOUR Publishing Program Look Like?


Watch some videos about the workshop

IBPA Member Spotlight: Darcy Pattison

Darcy Pattison: 4 Tips for Self (or Indie) Publishing Children’s Picture Books or Novels

The 50 Tasks of an Indie/Self Publisher

Harold Underdown: How to Start Revising That First Draft

Faculty Spotlight: Self-Publishing Q & A with Book Printer Nate Zaur

Top 10 Questions about Self-Publishing


“Darcy Pattison’s Highlights Self Publishing Workshop gave me all the tools I needed to start my own indie publishing company. Her expertise was amazing, and her enthusiasm was contagious; I’ve never attended a better professional workshop!”—Lynn Rowe Reed, Plaid People Press

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