The Business of Self-Publishing with Kylie Dunn

Date and time: 19th February 2017 - 2nd April 2017 12:00 am

Location: Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Rd, Moonah Tasmania 7009

Self-publishing has become an increasingly popular activity for new and established authors. As well as people who have always wanted to publish their stories, business professionals are seeing a book as the best way to promote their expertise on a topic. The advent of print-on-demand vendors and ease of ebook publishing has made publishing a more achievable dream for many, but there is still the risk of that dream turning into a nightmare. After all, self-publishing also requires self-managing, self-marketing, self-organising and greater self-confidence than most authors possess.

In this course, Kylie will cover the three stages of the self-publishing process, and provide details of some of the pitfalls that ‘would-be’ self-published authors need to avoid in each area. Each participant will receive a copy of Kylie’s book Write to Launch.


The first 10 people to enrol in the full course will receive a free 1-hour session post-course to discuss any elements of their self-publishing journey with Kylie. It is valid from 3 April 2017-2 April 2018 and details will be provided with your training materials.


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The course will cover the following content:


19 February, 10am-4pm: Workshop #1

Turn your manuscript into a book. Learn writing tips, how to build your author profile, and an overview of the technical aspects of creating a book. This is not a technical writing course: we will start with a brief overview of pulling your manuscript together. Importantly, we’ll discuss referencing, copyright and plagiarism of and for the content in your book. BYO lunch to this full-day event, morning and afternoon tea provided.

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2 April, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Workshop #2

How to make an ebook. This is a hands-on intensive on self-publishing your book. This training session is limited to 15 people. Participants must have strong technical skills for this course and understand the basics of applying Styles in Word. Participants must also download and install the free latest versions of Calibre and KindleGen prior to the course, along with a Word or Open Office document ready to format and play with on the day. The course will cover:

  • Setting up your initial document to make conversion easy – this includes the need to apply Styles to the document and remove troublesome formatting
  • Converting and editing your book in Calibre – participants will learn how to use the Calibre editing tool to customise formatting in their ePub file, guaranteeing a more professional appearance
  • Converting to mobi – the final step of converting your ePub to Kindle’s mobi format, and checking your book.

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2 April, 10am-1pm: Workshop #3

Promote your self-published book. Kylie will show you how to launch and market your self-published book. This session is also useful for published authors interested in marketing their book. Kylie will talk about distributors, book launches, and more. This course will discuss the post-production steps of launching your book into the world. It includes:

  • Finalising your platform – the steps that you should take to make sure you are set up to release your book to the world
  • Getting into bookshops – getting into bookshops, professional distributors and how to manage those relationships
  • Your book launch – organising a physical launch, online launches and tips for both
  • Marketing ideas and options – advice and tips on promoting your book online and offline.

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Each workshop will go ahead with a minimum of 10 participants.

*Concession Members of the Tasmanian Writers Centre

About Kylie Dunn

Kylie has led a diverse, successful and sometimes complicated life – like many of us do. After three significant career changes, two failed marriages and a nagging lack of fulfilment, she knew there was a problem, but wasn’t sure how to fix it. With a reputation for turning theory in practice, Kylie created her own self-development program; a year long project of 30 day activities, based on TED Talks. My Year of TED took these ideas worth spreading and turned them into 21 tangible activities – allowing Kylie to rediscover her authentic self, change her life, and finally take ownership of what she wanted.

Through the well-loved children’s story The Wizard of Oz, Kylie shares her journey in a way that honours her new commitment to vulnerability and authenticity. Having finally removed the shackles of perfectionism (well loosened) she is free to share her meltdowns, anxiety and failures; alongside her triumphs and achievements. Now a TEDx speaker herself, Kylie’s story has inspired thousands through TED, National Geographic Learning, ABC Radio and the My Year of TED blog. TEDxHobart speaker and author of Living with Intent: The 10 Steps to Discovering Your Why from My Year of TED; Kylie shares the wisdom of 54 TED Talks, and a range of experiences and lessons from her project. She takes audiences on a Yellow Brick Road journey with a difference, where they’ll discover that there is no place like home – living your authentic life and pursuing your own goals.

Cancellation Policy

All bookings are confirmed upon full payment to the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, and subject to the following conditions:

Credits and Refunds

  • Within 5 days of event – no credit or refund.
  • Within 6-12 days of event – 90% credit or refund.
  • Over 12 days before event – full credit or refund.

Credits are only valid within the same calendar year.


Tasmanian Writers’ Centre reserves the right to cancel any activity due to lack of bookings up to two days prior to an event or course. Staff will make every effort to contact you as early as possible. Please contact us to confirm that your event will go ahead before booking travel or accommodation.