UCLan Publishing: World’s first Self Publishing MA launched in September
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In a move that pushes the boundaries of Higher Education publishing provision, the University of Central Lancashire UCLaniscreating a new Master’s degree in self-publishing.
Hosted by UCLan Publishing, the course – a world first in self publishing – will provide the tools and the know-how to self-publish within an increasingly competitive industry. Recent research from book data firm Bowker suggested that, in the US alone, some 390,000 titles were published during the course of 2013.
Course leader and head of UCLan Publishing Debbie Williams said: “With the digital innovations we are seeing in the book industry, self-publishing is becoming increasingly important as a way for many authors to reach their audience. Yet most do not have the skills to make the most of the new opportunities.
“This course will help writers to shape their manuscript, edit, produce, lay out, market and manage their work. By the end of the course we will aim for each of the writers to have a finished product which they can bring to market and will also have built a good support network for the future.”
The MA in Self Publishing course will span practical tools that authors require to self-publish in e-book form, or in print, along with publishing theory and knowledge of the constantly changing global publishing marketplace.
UCLan Publishing also seeks to capitalise on strong industry links, and provide students with real-world experiences along with those gained in the classroom.
Williams, who works from the Media Innovation Studio, also suggests the MA in Self Publishing would enable authors to avoid the potential pitfalls of publishing services organisations, who can charge up to £15,000 to bring a book to market.
“Everyone has a book in them – and many of us have a manuscript sitting in the drawer, unsure what to do with it. Our new MA will help guide these individuals through the process to help them realise the dream of seeing their book in print,” Williams added.
You can also check out a short documentary involves students from UCLan Publishing and a trip to see the Northern Lights here.