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Be Your Own Publisher: A Real Guide to Self Publishing

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 8 October 2020
  • Course duration: Thursdays 6 – 8:30 pm, ten weeks


Become part of the ‘indie’ crowd.

This course will help you develop the skills needed to self-publish a novel or short story.

It provides a realistic A-Z guide through the self-publishing process, delivered by an experienced writer who’s established in this exciting field.

Today, the line between published and self-published is blurred.

Once the poor relation to the publishing house, self-publishing has become big business.

In fact, publishers are trawling the world of indie-writers to find their next big talent.

On this course, you’ll explore how to be a fully-realised indie-writer and how to avoid the pitfalls.

You’ll examine case studies, work through practical exercises and learn the process step-by-step.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have gained the knowledge needed to launch your first self-publishing venture.

You’ll also have a supportive network of fellow writers to potentially work with, and have access to a variety of online resources dedicated to self-publishing.

Tutor profile: Sam Maxfield is the author of six published novels.

Her novel The Last Resort was longlisted for the Mslexia Women’s Novel of the Year.

Sam’s other books include Mapton Rising, Must Be Mapton, West Of The Sunset, The Army Of Righteous Deliverance and the children’s book Maddie’s Magic Christmas.

She is a writer and freelance lecturer with an MA in Writing.

She specialises in teaching, English literature, creative writing, and film studies.

Sam lecturers in FE and HE, and gives talks to a variety of organisations and groups.

She has also worked as Film Education Officer at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, developing and delivering courses to a range of ages, and still regularly teaches courses for Broadway.

Her courses include film literacy, fairy tales in film, star theory and literary adaptations.

Indicative maximum class size: 14

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During this course, you will:

  • learn how to know when your story is actually ready
  • consider the importance of having a team: how to find editors, proof-readers and beta readers
  • understand genre, and be confident in knowing where your book fits in the marketplace
  • explore the importance of cover design and how to find the right designer - the dos and don’ts
  • learn how to use Amazon & Kindle to create successful ebooks and print books
  • start a marketing plan for your book
  • begin to love social media, and learn which are the best websites to approach
  • address how to get those all-important independent reviews
  • balance the creative process with an eye on the business.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £325.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £325.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418