Media release: Murder, mayhem and indie publishing; Book Scotland Week – 19 November

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Dalmuir Library, Clydebank 7pm

EVER wondered if you could make it as an author? The internet, Amazon, Kobo, Apple Books and more have made it ridiculously easy to self-publish, and the quality of books available in this sphere is better than ever, thanks to the wide range of self-publishing services now available.

As part of Book Week Scotland 2018, independent authors, Emma Baird and Caron Allan, will discuss their books, and their writing and publishing process from start to finish. Do you need beta readers?

And what are beta readers, anyway? How do you typeset a book? What’s the best way to edit your work, and what free online tools are available for authors?

The discussion will address these and other queries such as visibility in a competitive market and take any questions the audience want to ask. The talk takes place at Dalmuir Library at 7pm on Monday 19 November, and is part of the Book Scotland Week events organised by West Dunbartonshire Council Libraries and Cultural Services.

Friendship is murder

Caron Allan is the author of the Friendship Can Be Murder trilogy and the Dottie Manderson mysteries. Her latest book, Scotch Mist, came out this year, and The Last Perfect Summer of Richard Dawlish is scheduled for publication in November.

Caron published her first book in 2012, and her books have gone on to sell thousands of copies and providing her with a full-time income. She lives in Derbyshire with her husband, daughter and three cats.

Emma Baird is a freelance copywriter and has four books to her name—Katie and the Deelans, The Diabetes Diet, The Girl Who Swapped and Artists Town. She lives in Dumbarton with her husband—and yes, a cat.

Quality books

She said: “What better opportunity to find out what you could do with that book you know you have in you! In recent years, the market for publishing services has exploded and you can find all you need to produce a book that will rival anything the household name publishing houses can produce.

“Between us, Caron and I have written and published ten books and we can tell you all about the pros and cons of indie publishing.

“Thanks to the internet, these days the pros far outweigh the cons. You can publish a great book AND you can make money, if you’re willing to put in the effort.”

A transcription of the talk will be available on both writers’ websites ( and after the event for anyone who can’t make it in person.

For more information, please contact Emma Baird

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