How to self-publish your novel – a workshop is announced

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As some of you may know, I was a teacher for thirty four years before I became a writer. Now that I have co-founded an indie collaborative, published three novels, (one of which became a bestseller in its genre), reached the final of the prestigious Exeter Novel Prize, and written 52,000 words of my fourth novel – it seemed a natural progression that I should share what I’ve learned with other writers.

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my last day as a deputy headteacher

Over the last year and a half I have given talks  to writers’ groups, Ladies’ Luncheon  Clubs, RNA chapters,  third year Arts students at De Montfort University, Leicester and organised self-publishing workshops. I am very excited about my latest venture – outlined above – a four hour talk on how to self publish one’s novel.  It wasn’t until I started planning my talk that I realised how far I’d come and how much I’d learned since publishing Tall, Dark and Kilted in November 2012.


So what will I cover during my talk?

here’s a brief outline –

  • what to do now you’ve finished your novel
  • where to have your manuscript critiqued, edited, proofread, formatted for kindle
  • where to buy stock images/ have front cover images professionally designed
  • Amazon ISBN vs Nielsen ISBN – which is best for an indie author?
  • point attendees towards two  ‘how to’ self-help books available in the kindle library
  • explain the difference between formatting a ms for Kindle and Paperback
  • how to negotiate your way round CreateSpace and create your ‘free’ paperback
  • Tax witholding for non-US publishers
  • explain how KDP Select/ KNRP/Kindle Unlimited works for indie publishers
  • to preorder or not?
  • how Scotch on the Rocks became a best seller within two weeks of publication
  • how to form an indie collaborative

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Many thanks to Alison Knight, fellow member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association for inviting me to give this talk. Here’s Alison’s latest novel – Rosie Goes to War..

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If you are interested in attending this workshop, book a place by contacting the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre on: 01249 705500



  • I also present workshops on how to sell books through social media
  • readers – where to find them and how to keep them!
  • how to write contemporary romance
  • I am available for Weddings, Christenings and Bar Mitzvahs (just kidding)
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A recent workshop held in Leicester

About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which our books are published. I have published six books since 2012, the latest being Harper's Highland Fling. I am currently working on #7 which I hope to publish in 2022. In the meantime, do check out my Amazon page: and click 'FOLLOW' to keep up to date with me and my news.

Posted on May 7, 2016, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Shame have you got any plans to do one in Cambridge ….

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  2. Good luck Lambster ..make sure you mention building a supportive Twitter community who will RT, blog and get your book out there. I have benefitted immensely from what I built up over the last 4 years since I went solo!

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    • I will, if time allows, Carole. That is the subject for another of my talks, hopefully they’ll ask me back!


  3. Lizzie really does share all, ( I’ve had personal experience!) She tells it like it is, but is completely open and generous and giving with hints, tips and advice. (Its that deputy headteacher mode! She’s never lost it.)


    • Thanks June. I want people to have success and so I’m happy to share. Thank you for being a big part of my self-publishing journey. NRP ROCK.


  4. The best support one could ever get. You are a wonderful teacher and inspirational should be your middle name. Having benefited from your advice more than once, and I’m not even a writer, nor I want to become one, I know the attendees will be glad to have chosen your talk. Go you xx


    • Thing is Isabella, Writers would be nowhere if it wasn’t for fabulous readers and supportive friends like you. I’m just glad that I am able to carry forward the skills I learnt as a primary school teacher into my present love of writing and talking about it. I love telling people how to self publish as I like to see other writers having success.


  5. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:

    Read about my success as an authority in self publishing


  6. Total masterclass I would say and having shared the journey – we’re still thoroughly enjoying – this is not to be missed. Entertaining, energising and enlightening … a generous writer and a great chum. Go Lambster!

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    • Thanks Adrienne, we’ve hosted a couple of literary lunches and charity events together. Always great fun. I wish you could be there next week.


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