Publishing Talk is a magazine I only recently discovered at a self-publishing seminar at Kingston University, which goes to show that seminars really are great for learning from the experts as well as meeting interesting people. The editor, Jon Reed, had brought a few copies of Publishing Talk with him and there was a scramble as authors rushed to get their hands on his limited supply of copies during one of the presentations. As ex-publishing director at McGraw-Hill and a social media marketing guru, Jon wanted to develop an online learning community for both authors and people who work within publishing to clue themselves up on everything from digital marketing to the latest self-publishing trends. There is a regularly-updated blog but Publishing Talk also produce an excellent magazine every quarter.
The latest issue of Publishing Talk, which can be downloaded here, covers all angles of self-publishing. Best-selling self-published author, Ben Galley, teaches you how to get started on social media, Dr Alison Baverstock shares her experience and expertise on how to market books and Jon Reed shows you how to build an effective content strategy – to name just a few highlights. There are also in-depth articles on production elements such as editing and jacket design, written by people who know how to get it right. We were delighted to be involved with this issue and wrote a piece on the top 3 self-publishing mistakes and how to avoid them. Do you think you already know them? Are you sure? Read the article on page 5 to find out if you are right. We also produced a self-publishing checklist for the magazine, which details everything you need to have in order to self-publish successfully. Tick things off as you go to make sure you get self-publishing right at every stage.
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