New in the UK: Get an MA in Self-Publishing

February 19, 2014

The University of Central Lancashire has launched the first degree program in self-publishing. Beginning in September this year, the Master’s program aims to “legitimize” self-publishing and consists of a mix of lectures, seminars, and workshops. It will also feature expert speakers and modules addressing production, marketing, and creation of ebooks. The program does not, however, intend to teach the craft of creative writing, though there will be editing help provided. The program also does not guarantee publishing success but rather promises future students the skills required to get their manuscripts printed and in the market.

Despite the indisputable growing popularity of self-publishing, there is still immense negative opinion regarding self-publishing. American author Sue Grafton advises, “Don’t self-publish. That’s as good as admitting you’re too lazy to do the hard work.” Bestselling English author Jeffrey Archer says, “it doesn’t work, don’t do it. The only person who reads it is the person who gets it published.”

But Lancashire instructor Debbie Williams disagrees: “Self-publishing is becoming a global phenomenon. Everyone has a book in them, and many of us have a manuscript sitting in the drawer, unsure what to do with it. Think of all the literary treasures that have never had the chance to see the light of day because their authors were put off by the traditional publishing model. Our new MA will help guide these individuals through the process to help them realize the dream of seeing their book in print.”

Source: The Guardian

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