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Self-Publishing MA

Self-Publishing MA
Having produced commercial success stories, such as 50 Shades of Grey, self-publishing is now a highly successful and respected business model for both new and established authors. This dynamic course, the first of its kind in the world, reveals how to make self-publishing work for you.

Perhaps you are an independent author who wants to retain full editorial control and/ or a higher percentage of royalties? Or you have a completed draft of a book and you'd like to understand your options? Or you are interested in setting yourself up as an independent author and want to know more about the processes and costs involved?

This course will equip you with all of the necessary skills you will need to be a self-published author including how to edit your book, how to lay it out, how to monitor sales, how to manage yourself and your finances, marketing yourself and your book and how to create an eBook. The final part of the course will give you the opportunity to complete a finished copy of your book.

The course is taught by industry experts with contributions from successful self-published authors. Students have round the clock access to our bespoke publishing house in the state-of-the-art Media Factory with all the latest equipment and industry-level software such as Creative Cloud, InDesign and Nielsen Bookscan.

If you are serious about self-publishing and want to learn practical skills which will be valuable for life, meet like-minded people who will be a good network for you and gain advice from industry experts and successful self-published authors this course is for you.

Read about UCLan launching the UK's first self-publishing course

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

MA

Level:

Postgraduate

Study Mode:

Full time and Part time

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

Full time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

School:

School of Journalism and Media

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

September

Entry Requirements:
2:2 or above (or equivalent experience). We also require that you submit a sample of writing with your application.
Programme Spec:

To download the Programme Specification for this course, please click here.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This course will equip you with all of the necessary skills you will need to be a self-published author including how to edit your book, how to lay it out, how to monitor sales, how to manage yourself and your finances, marketing yourself and your book and how to create an eBook. The final part of the course will give you the opportunity to complete a finished copy of your book.

The course is taught by industry experts with contributions from successful self-published authors. Students have round the clock access to our bespoke publishing house in the state-of-the-art Media Factory with all the latest equipment and industry-level software such as Creative Cloud, InDesign and Nielsen Bookscan.
If you are serious about self-publishing and want to learn practical skills which will be valuable for life, meet like-minded people who will be a good network for you and gain advice from industry experts and successful self-published authors this course is for you.

 

 

Modules you will take include:

• The Publishing Environment
• Editing Principles and Practice
• Self-Employment in Publishing, Writing and Editing
• Electronic Publishing and the Creation of E-Books
• The Production Process
• Marketing for Writers
• Creative Publishing Project

Learning Environment & Assessment:

We believe in doing it, not just talking about it and in that spirit we have set up the only fully operational, commercial publishing house run by students on the course. This is housed within the state-of-the-art Media Factory. Learning is mainly through interactive lectures, seminars and workshops.

Assessment is by coursework. This takes the form of essays, presentations (individual or group), reports, critical reviews, in-class essays, or portfolios of work/learning logs.

Academic Expertise

Debbie Williams

Alistair Hodge

Wayne Noble

Helen Day

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to develop publishing professionals who are independent thinkers and doers and give them the practical skills to be a self-published author.

Industry links & professional accreditation

Our industry links are extensive and cover all major genres of publishing and self-publishing. All of our teaching staff have experience in the industry and maintain their contacts to ensure the best experience for students.

Work experience and international opportunities

We try to offer many students with the chance to do a project abroad. Previous students have done book projects with communities in the Arctic, Zambia, Kenya, Greenland, Australia and Fiji.

Graduate Careers

The MA Self-Publishing is a brand new course offering. Our MA Publishing has been operating for a number of years and has an employability rate of 96% of graduates gaining jobs in the industry within 6 months. Graduates from the MA have gone onto successful careers in Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Penguin, Osprey, Manchester University Press, HarperCollins to name but a few.

Testimonials

“The sessions were informative, topical and really opened up discussion about key factors affecting the publishing industry. I was encouraged to engage in critical debate with experts actually working in digital publishing. This really boosted my confidence and ultimately helped me get a job in publishing.”

Rachel Winterbottom, MA Publishing graduate now working at Manchester University Press.

Progression Routes

Students who complete the MA Self-Publishing may choose to undertake a PhD at the University.

Fees & Funding

The standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course is below. For further information including the availability of bursaries/scholarships or student financial support please view our Fees and Finance pages.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

For an informal chat about MA Self-Publishing and to arrange a visit, please contact course leader Debbie Williams.

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE,

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk