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3 December, 2023

Learn the ins and outs of publishing your own book

LEARN all the ins and outs of publishing your own book with Trinity Beach author Sam Woodgarth.


Trinity Beach author Sam Woodgarth will share her journey to becoming a self-published author of her fictional series.
Trinity Beach author Sam Woodgarth will share her journey to becoming a self-published author of her fictional series.

All keen writers, want-to-be authors and anyone interested in learning more about publishing a book are welcome to attend at Atherton Library on 9 December between 10.30-11.30am. 

Sam, a retired teacher, said participants will learn how she got it wrong in the beginning and the experience she now carries with her to continue on her novel journey. 

“I was a teacher and then a writer and then you have to become an entrepreneur,” Sam said. 

Sam was devastated when she realised reality didn’t match the fictional worlds she read about. 

So, she did what any sane person would: she created her own worlds where the good guys always win, and the bad guys get their just desserts. Flambe style. 

From short women’s fiction - and shelving that in the bottom of her drawer - to a fictional series with hundreds of thousands of words, Sam will help answer questions writers might have. 

Sam said if people want to write a book, they just need to start and learn along the way - get the story out and then work on the rest. 

She encouraged people not to go out and start with a novel but to create short stories. 

She wanted to publish a book her way and, with a team of helpers, she was able to do so. 

“It is a team effort. It has been an enormous learning experience,” she said. 

“You have to put your ego in the bathroom cupboard and let it have a tantrum there. Be humble, you do need to be open to advice. People can be horribly brutal but learn to take good feedback.” 

Learn more about Sam’s journey to become a self-published author at Atherton Library, 9 December from 10.30 to 11.30am. 

Contact the library for more information on 4091 2229.

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