preparing for publication

we don’t know what we don’t know until someone opens our eyes

It takes a deal of work to make a manuscript into a book – and it’s a minefield trying to get it published. After three sessions with publishing professional Alison Shakspeare you’ll be better equipped to produce a professional-looking volume at a realistic cost – whether it is just for you and your family or whether you want to sell it.
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Session 1
Manuscript Preparation

Wednesday 26 January, 7-9pm

There is more to preparing a professional manuscript than proofreading; and editing is more than correcting a few Ps and Qs and commas. Your manuscript is far more likely to get accepted for publication – and cost less to typeset – if you’ve tightened up on a host of essential elements. This session also covers: improving consistency and formatting; avoiding copyright issues; the value of supporting content, such as a glossary or bibliography

Session 2
Design and Layout

Wednesday 2 February, 7-9pm

Having fun with styles in Microsoft Word is all very well but professional typesetting has different requirements. You’ll begin to appreciate what formatting is worth spending time on and what you can leave to the design stage. You’ll understand more about images, page layout and the dark arts of cover design. This session will save you time as a writer and your awareness of the processes involved will help you plan your publishing journey

Session 3
The Art of Publishing

Wednesday 9 February, 7-9pm

After this session you’ll have a better understanding of the options for publishing (or maybe self-publishing) your manuscript. You’ll know what POD and ISBN mean. You’ll know how to maximise your budget and avoid vultures. You’ll appreciate the time and effort needed to achieve book sales

If you have any questions about the sessions please email

If you’ve already got a finished manuscript then bring it along (preferably on your laptop or on a USB) for some personal advice about preparing it for publication – but you don’t have to come with one to benefit from these sessions. Participants will receive useful resources and a discount on suggested books bought through The Bookery.

  • Venue The Hub at The Bookery, 21 High Street, Crediton EX17 3AH
  • Cost £30 for all three sessions (concessions available)
  • Dates Wednesday 26 January, Wednesday 2 February, Wednesday 9 February 2022
  • Time 7.00–9.00pm
  • Tickets from The Bookery, 01363 774740

These sessions are restricted to 10 participants maximum and will only run with a miminum of 4 (single session bookings will be taken but participants must accept that they may not understand the whole context).

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