The real world of self-publishing


5:45pm, Wednesday 25 May 2016
Ferguson Room, upstairs at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place

You know how people tell you that self-publishing is so easy a child could do it in their sleep? All you need to do is watch a YouTube video, sign up to a publishing platform like CreateSpace or Smashwords, and half an hour later, BINGO! you’re selling books! Well, actually, that’s not true.

Trying to turn your manuscript into a published book can be confusing, frustrating, time-consuming and seriously expensive. Not to mention actually selling any books and making money! Pippa’s presentation on DIY publishing will cover the various publishing platforms, the differing formatting demands of digital and print-on-demand, enabling software systems (e.g. ePub, Mobi, KF8, Scrivener, Calibri and Sigil), getting a great cover design inexpensively, solving ISBN and EAN barcode problems, digital rights management, pricing, sales and marketing, and probably lots more.

Dr Pippa Carron is a professional writer, editor and creativity coach, with considerable experience in both fiction and non-fiction writing skills. She provides high-level editing services and delivers writing development courses to the public service and private sector under the business name Writing in the Gap ( Her writing experience includes a vast range of non-fiction document types, plus she has written young adult and adult fiction.

Dr Carron has a PhD in ecology (ANU 1985) and is a member of the Australian Society of Authors, the Canberra Society of Editors and the ACT Writers Centre. In 2015 she led a fiction-writing group. She is also an expert in self-publishing print-on-demand and digital books, and provides a mentoring program through her business My Self-Publishing Secrets (


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