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Porcupine Press presented over the weekend of 4/5 October 2014 a workshop entitled Tricks of the Trade for effective self-publishing. Porcupine staff and an array of guest speakers dealt with every aspect of self-publishing from writing and editing to production, marketing and distribution. An entire morning was devoted to digital publishing.


‘What an absolutely inspiring and informative experience!,’ wrote one participant on the assessment forms provided. ‘I’ve enjoyed every minute and learnt so much.’


Other participants were equally enthusiastic. ‘Great content, presenters wonderful; nice mix of info, and the price was reasonable.’ ‘The knowledge shared was valuable; walked away with so much I don’t know.’ ‘The discussions were very informative.’ And ‘We need more of such seminars.’


There were criticisms and suggestions as well. The documentation taken away by participants was often considered insufficient. Might it be possible to reduce costs, someone asked? Some of the PowerPoint slides required editing – they were too detailed. And one delegate didn’t much like the catering arrangements.


‘There’s a growing conviction that an increasing responsibility for the publishing of literature in South Africa is shifting onto the shoulders of independent authors and publishers,’ said Porcupine’s Clare-Rose Julius, organiser of the event. ‘Because of this conviction, our concern is for higher quality and improved distribution opportunities for self-published work.’


More workshops are being planned for the future. When asked if they would like to be kept informed of these, participants were unanimous: Yes, please! If you would like to be placed on Porcupine’s workshop mailing list, please let Charle know on


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