Projects: Self-Publishing

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In the early days of printing, authors delivered their manuscripts to printers and the printers were book sellers. An example of today’s online version of this is to be found at

Authors do their own editing, typesetting and design then upload their .pdf files to Lulu who print books on demand. Authors then arrange their own book signings and other publicity.

Authors keen to self-publish should answer the following questions:

What is your Publishing Project?
What activities will help you to achieve it?
How much of each activity do you need to do?

and then:

Draw up a `to do` list for each activity.
Enter a time and date in your diary to action each outcome.

This `to do` list becomes your working tool which links all your activities together to bring about your publishing project.

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Storytelling Projects: The live telling of a compelling tale

interactive storytellingOnce upon a time, a very long time ago, there were no storytellers.

Today, as millions of people upload video-diaries and self-publish books, articles and blogs, you might think the World was overflowing with storytellers. This is not the case. However, the result of all this activity is an abundance of raw story material that we storytellers use to evoke our rich tapestry for the community’s entertainment.

The Storyteller’s skill is to gather threads from many sources and weave them into yarns thereby keeping the Oral Tradition alive and updated. By audience participation, we make a valuable contribution to the self-confidence and personal motivation of learners.

Each Storyteller evolves a style of storytelling.

My personal style of storytelling often incorporates fresh elements and storyline suggestions from the audience as living tales evolve. This gives my audiences a degree of control over story direction as it flows. My natural manner, part-improvised, comes from the earliest oral tradition of community life – when people met, stories were told.

Read more at WoW Storytelling

Image below:
Poster produced for our first public storytelling as
part of the
Birmingham Readers and Writers Festival.

interactive storytelling