There was a good turn out at the meeting this week with fifteen (including Digby the Dog) to hear a talk by our own member Grahame Anderson present A Guide to Self Publishing.

Before that we were given the latest SAW news from Lesley Holligan about her trip to Write Up North where she herself won a place with her Scot’s themed short story.

A guide to Self Publishing was based around the Amazon company and how simple it was for anyone to use this service and produce a book within a short timeframe.


Grahame guided the audience from set-up to adding your text to designing a cover and finally publishing it online for both print purchasing and digital downloads.

During a question/answer section there were many questions asked about the different aspects of digital publishing, which software to use, how to design a book cover and many more productions points.

The business end of royalties, costs etc. were discussed at length and overall by the end of the evening the members were a bit more enlightened on the subject of  Self Publishing.

There are many talented writers at the club and after the presentation some realised Self Publishing was not the overwhelming task they had imagined it to be. With a better insight to the subject many of the members felt more likely to go further to publishing their work.  A good FREE guide to Digital Publishing can be found here

The evening ended with Lesley Holligan reading her winning story of a boy and hi


Lesley Holligan

s kilt. It was very funny and she was a well deserved winner.

Next week October 28th is our Hallowe’en night of Spirits and Spooks. Fancy Dress Optional.

Please Note This is also submission night for Competition 2 (Article on a Key Anniversary).

This should be a factual piece written with a view to publication in a newspaper or magazine.  The article may be serious or humorous.  Members should indicate on the manuscript cover the publication(s) for which the article might be suitable.  Pictures or photographs may be attached to the article, but should not be included in the body of the text.  1000 to 1500 words.