Friday, February 23, 2024


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Discover the Art of Publishing a Children's Book

Avid writers and aspiring children’s authors from across the region are invited to Bowen Library tomorrow where they will experience an opportunity to connect with other like-minded people and learn about the ever-growing publishing industry for children’s books.

Whitsunday Creative Writers and Illustrators (WCBWI) group will host a free event, taking place at 9:30 am, on the 24th of February, titled "Publishing Houses vs. Self-Publishing.”

WCBWI President, Dr Sofia Fortunato, a local writer and illustrator of environmental children's books, will highlight the significance of understanding the nuances between traditional publishing and self-publishing in today's literary world.

“I will emphasise the rigorous process involved in traditional publishing, from manuscript submission to editorial, refinement, illustration process and eventual distribution, underscoring the invaluable role of publishing houses in shaping literary works,” said Sofia Fortunato.

Drawing inspiration from her journey, Dr. Fortunato will also illuminate the landscape for self-publishing, as well as highlight the empowering journey, from controlling the publication timeline to retaining higher royalty rates as she showcases how to maintain creative control over every aspect of the book’s production.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange perspectives, and there will be an open discussion about the advantages and challenges inherent in both traditional and self-publishing routes," Dr Fortunato said.

Topics will range from editorial support and marketing strategies to royalty structures and distribution channels, offering aspiring authors invaluable insights into making informed decisions about their publishing journeys.

All material will be provided for the sessions and bookings are essential. For more information please contact the Bowen Library on 4761 3670.

WHAT: Publishing Houses vs. Self-Publishing Workshop

WHERE: Bowen Library

WHEN: Saturday 24th February, 9.30am

Caption: WCBWI 2023 Proserpine meeting

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