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From Manuscript to Bookshelf

Stylized book with text Ottawa Book Awards

Novelist Ian Shaw, founder of Deux Voiliers Publishing, the Ottawa Review of Books and the Prose in the Park Literary Festival, will take participants through alternative approaches to traditional publishing and experience in working with small presses. The presentation will cover a quick review of the three stages of editing (structural, copy-editing and proofreading); layout and book interior and cover design (how to lose the self-published look); options for printing (Createspace, IngramSpark, and local printers); distribution to bookstores direct (consignment) and through distributors; the basics of book promotion (back cover blurbs; book reviews; newspaper and magazine features; radio and TV interviews; literary festivals and literary awards). 



Age group

Adults 50-plus