A Degree in Self Publishing…What?!

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Everyone knows that self-publishing is the fastest growing branch of the industry. Its’ become a global phenomenon, with the commercial success of stories, such as 50 Shades of Grey. But despite all  the negative light in which self-publishing has been viewed, the DIY-ers are taking over the publishing world.

Self-publishing has stopped being that ‘Dirty Word,’ used by publishing companies for those who don’t have the goods to go the traditional route. Especially now that more legitimate authors have  started to opt out and self-publish.

But a Degree in Self-Publishing?

The idea of launching a self-publishing MA spring from the mind of course, leader Debbie Williams at The University of Central Lancashire.  “Everyone has a book in them –said Williams. “Our new MA will help guide these individuals through the process to help them realise the dream of seeing their book in print.”

Is this just a creative course with a different name?

According to Williams, it’s a completely different animal. The course will consist of a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops, featuring expert industry speakers, with modules to include production, marketing and the creation of ebooks.

I wonder why no one has thought of this before?  I mean, what  a platform to tap into. Here are some Stats on Self-Publishing according to Bowker’s latest self-pubishing report. The amount of self-published book titles available in the marketplace went up 59% between 2011 and 2012 and a massive 422% in 2007. Digital self-publishing also continues to boom, accounting for 40% of self-published titles in the US in 2012, up from just 11% in 2007, according to Bowker.

UCLAN is the first self-publishing MA in the world. Williams hope is that students will go on to publish future bestsellers, like the university’s former student Kerry Wilkinson, who self-published his Jessica Daniel crime series and hit Amazon’s bestseller charts.

So a degree in Self-publishing, why not?

Copyright © 2013 Glynis Rankin

9 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Jill-of-Fun-Trades and commented:
    I love perusing other blogs for hidden gems like this. Who’d have thought there was a degree for self-publishing? There’s not even a degree for being an editor or literary agent! I’d love to know all the inner workings on those jobs, I will have to look into this more.

    1. Thank you Bre! It might very well be too late for me too. But, I’m so glad the industry is coming to the Self-pulbishing way of thinking. 🙂
      Thanks for the Reblog!!

  2. I never considered a degree in Self-Publishing. Something of interest I did note in the stats you linked to, Publish America’s numbers went down from 2011 to 2012. So that’s a good sign. I can see how having a degree in Self-Publishing might be able to help you get a job with an editor or publisher though. It gives you a bit more experience in the area at the very least. 🙂

    1. So true, to understand the ins and out of the industry is something everyone, not only writers, should understand if they hope to accomplish anything in the publishing business. Thank you Fantasywriterwannabe. Wow! I love that name!

  3. Reblogged this on Book Peeps and commented:
    I learn something new every day…The University of Central Lancashire offers a degreed course in Self-Publishing. From the UCLAN Website : “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.”

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