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Self-Publishing 101

5 October @ 10:00 - 11:30 BST

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In the first in a series of events focused on self-publishing, SoA Consultant Contracts Advisor Kate Pool talks through members’ most frequently asked questions about self-publishing. In this 90-minute session she will look at what self-publishing is (and what it isn’t), picking the right approach, the impact of format, the jargon and much more.

Also coming up in our SoA @ Home Self-Publishing series: 


What will this session cover?

  • What is self-publishing? (and what is it not?)
  • How does it compare to other publishing approaches?
  • Decoding the jargon
  • Choosing the format and how that might affect sales


Please note that this event will cover the general principles and practices of being your own publisher. For guidance on specific issues email info@societyofauthors.org to get customised advice from our team.



  • Welcome from Theo Jones
  • Presentation from Kate Pool, Consultant Contracts Advisor
  • Q&A A beginner’s guide to common themes in self-publishing with Theo Jones and Kate Pool


Send us your questions in advance

 If you would like to send questions in advance, email tjones@societyofauthors.org  with ‘Self-Publishing 101’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can on the day.

N.B Please indicate what sort of book you have in mind and whether you have previously self-published.


SoA @ Home Fundraising Bookshop


Browse our virtual Bookshop.org and Blackwell’s stores featuring books by authors and speakers taking part in the SoA @ Home Festival. When you make a purchase using our affiliate links a percentage will go to the Authors’ Contingency Fund, providing hardship grants to authors in financial difficulty.


The Line-Up

Kate Pool – Consultant Contracts Advisor

Kate Pool advises members on publishing contracts and issues. Former managing editor of The Author.


Theo Jones – Senior Contracts Advisor

Theo Jones is a member of the Contracts Advisory team advising members on contracts and queries, including those pertaining to self-publishing. He is also a co-ordinator of the Scriptwriters Group, representing writers and makers across digital, broadcast, AV and theatre.

Theo advises members on publishing contracts and issues. He is a coordinator of the Scriptwriters Group.



Book your place using the registration form below.

All SoA @ Home professional development events are free for members only but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE


5 October
10:00 - 11:30 BST
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