What we're about

We formed this group in order to support you as a writer and author. It’s our mission to ensure new authors get through the self-publishing of their books seamlessly, swiftly, and affordably. We regularly hold meetings and workshops that will help you with writing, structuring, titling, editing, designing, publishing, distributing, and marketing your book-baby.

It’s a fast moving industry and we’re staying on top of the changes so you don’t have to. If you want to put together a professional book you need all the details that go beyond your passion of writing. So join Self Publishing Experts of Denver and stay on top of….

• how to choose the editor that’s right for you

• what copyright permissions you’ll need and what you don’t

• the ingredients for an eye-catching book cover

• the art of an enticing back-of-book blurb

• ho•w to create a book title with buzz

• everything e-book

• how to avoid predatory publishing vendors

• what costs should be for each step of your publishing journey

• what’s the difference between a distributor and a wholesaler and how to get one

• book marketing do’s and don’ts

• how to get your book on the shelves of Tattered Cover! (We all love that as Denver-ites, don’t we?)

• And of course much more as we keep an eye on this publishing revolution…

Upcoming events (5)

Self-Publishing Boot Camp: A 1-Day Master Class on How to Publish Your Own Book

Self-Publishing Bootcamp A step-by-step master class on how to publish your own book ****** At My Word Publishing part of our mission is to educate writers as to how to professionally self-publish their books without getting ripped off. We also understand that not everyone can afford to hire us to manage their publishing project. And some people are naturally do-it-yourselfers who want to learn the process. So we have put together a balls-to-the-wall Self-publishing Boot Camp that will give you all the directions, how-to’s, flow charts, lists, and tutorials to produce and publish a book by yourself, while maintaining 100% of all your rights and royalties. Self-Publishing Boot Camp is an all-day intensive that will include: • Your options in publishing, and why we recommend the method we do. • Costs to expect (from free DIY services to professionals) • Tutorial on how and why to set up your own publishing company • A flow chart to keep you in proper steps and timelines • Comparisons of the best Print-on-Demand (POD) service for you • Cover and interior layout rules to follow • Lists of free services to use for cover, editing, layout – as well as a list of proven, vetted professionals if you choose to up your game. • Template copyright page • Tutorial on how to write a compelling back-of-the-book promo • How to research your best retail price • The ABCs of eBooks • Tips for a great book launch • Charts to keep proper sales tax records, and what you can write-off Self-Publishing Boot Camp: • DATE: Saturday, August 3 • WHERE: My Word Publishing Writers Nest: 1621 South Jackson St, Denver, CO 80210 • 9am – 5pm • $249 • 35 hand-outs in 3-ringed binder • Lunch! • Only room for 13 people Self-Publishing Boot Camp is an all-day practicum, chock full of information. You will walk out armed with a binder full of the proper steps to produce, publish, and distribute a REALLY great book, and moreover, will know the mistakes NOT to make. So please arrive with an empty head, cuz we’re going to FILL IT UP! RSVP HERE: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=o4lo4tcab&oeidk=a07egfkskbv17c498b3 PSST: This Boot Camp will not cover anything about writing or book marketing, just book production and publication.

The BUSINESS of Being an Author

Financial Services Management

We’re all right-brainers, aren’t we? We like the creativity of writing, building a character with weird tics who might be hiding behind a personality disorder, and we love tossing in an unexpected twist in plot. Unfortunately, for our fragile little creative brains the IRS insists we engage the left side of our noggins, too, and actually treat our authordom as a business. Oh, the insanity! Have you found yourself fussing over these insane questions? • What tax licenses do we need? Colorado? County? Occupational tax? • Come on, do we reaaaaallllly need to claim sales tax if we only sell 100 books a year? • How do I keep records? • What can I write off? • How do I collect taxes if I sell a book in Jefferson county in the morning, Denver county in the afternoon, and Arapaho county in the evening? • Do I need a sales tax license for every f-ing county I sell a book in? • If I put all charges on a credit card, do I also need the receipts? • Can I file my sales tax annually instead of quarterly? • If we ONLY sell wholesale on Amazon (via POD) do we need a sales tax license? • Do we need to charge sales tax if we’re selling out of state? • How do I pay myself? • Do I need Quickbooks? Can’t I just use an excel spread sheet? • Should I set up my publishing company as a sole proprietorship or an LLC? We have wrangled in a left-brained guy who does all this crap for a living and has agreed to answer all of our questions. The Business of Being an Author is a free-for-all. There is very very little official program, instead it’s going to be largely Q&A, an opportunity to ask questions so you walk away and know the answers to these horrible, brain-numbing questions. AND IT’s FREE. PS: Loooooord knows, DO NOT ASK ME TO SEND YOU A SYNOPSIS. You must show up if you want the answers to this nonsense. No one wants this coming second hand from me.

Writer's Retreat - Write Your Book, Finish a Project, Get it Done!

The Writer's Nest (aka Polly's Garage)


Are you ready to write your book, finish a big project, or give your idea some attention? We know it can be hard to make the time to write your book, and it's hard to get out of town for a writing retreat, so join us our in town Writer's Retreats in Denver this summer. - Carve out time to work on your book or project - Receive feedback, coaching, and ideas on your work - Get support from a My Word consultant and other writers - These retreats are designed to get you focused on your project, so you can make progress, and gain momentum to get it done. Only $99 per day To register for the event, click the link below. http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=o4lo4tcab&oeidk=a07eggfxln6dfda4365

Summer Writers Mingle!

Bar Louie - DTC & Belleview Promenade

We're at it again! Your friends at My Word Publishing are throwing our annual summer party. It's always a hoot. A late summer Colorado night where you just show up with no agenda whatsoever except mingling with other writers. If you've published a book, tuck it under your arm and show it off. If you want to write a book come and chat with other writers or editors, cover designers, layout designers. Have a children's book idea? Come chat with Shelly, but get her before she has too many! It's on us, so just come on out, eat, drink, chat, mingle, brag, ask, peruse, flirt, learn, and eat some more. Tuesday, August 20, Bar Louie in Greenwood Village, 5pm to 8pm. PS: LOTS of free parking.

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Writer's Retreat - Write Your Book, Finish a Project, Get it Done!

The Writer's Nest (aka Polly's Garage)


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