SELF-PUBLISHING Workshop Seminar


Offered by Invisible Cities Network

The Self-Publishing Workbook will guide you on your way to Self-publishing. Register for the ICN Workshop now!


This 7-hour workshop is designed for all those wishing to gain skills and knowledge of the publishing process.


  • Network with colleagues
  • Formulate a clear idea of one's personal book format
  • Gain a basic understanding of the technical requirements and bureaucratic procedures involved in book production


  • Book Genre: initial concept and preparation
  • Identity, trade logos
  • Industry standard (DTP) Desk Top Publishing software
  • Principles of cover, page and book design, thumbnail sketches
  • Size, type, quality of paper
  • How to handle illustrations, photographs, etc.
  • Methods of book binding,
  • Finding a suitable printer
  • Typical print runs, printer specifications, dealing with printers
  • Typical price schedules for standard book formats
  • Pitfalls of the printing process
  • Audiotape and CD production, audiobooks
  • Acquisition of ISBNs and Barcodes
  • Copyright issues
  • Official book title registration,
  • Cataloguing in Publication Data,
  • Legal Deposit requirements
  • Advance information sheets and press releases
  • Personal or commercial distribution
  • Getting your book into the bookshops
  • Book launches

FOR MORE INFO: Call 514-807-4171


9.15 am to 4.15 pm

Image Contact Christina at 514-807-4171 to book an individual session of the Self-publishing Workshop.

What people say about this course

Your Self-publishing workbook is really helpful.
Nancy Robinson, Publicist, Twinski Publications
Good show, the material you assembled looks really good.
Jim Lewis, Rainbow Summit Press
Thanks a bunch for the workshop
Valerie Kerr. Writer
Another big thank you for the wonderful presentation. It was an amazing day.
Margaret Goldik, Director, AELAQ
Thank you very much for all the effort you put into the workshop. I came away knowing a lot more than when I walked in, and am already incorporating a number of suggestions…
Angela Leuck, Winds of Haiku Press
'I enjoyed the seminar and got some idea what self-publishing means,
Irene Even, Teacher, Author-Publisher
This has really opened my eyes.
Jeannette Moscovitch, Culturama
'Thanks for a great exposé on the challenge of self-publishing.
Jennifer Ottaway.Artist, Writer
Thank you for the Self-Publishing Workbook. I followed it step by step when I was preparing my first book. I couldn't have managed without it.
Whilma Kinsey, Sienna Publications and Design.
The session inspired me to take courses in desk top publishing...
Alex Del Vecchio
Thank you for such a wonderful and informative day last week during your ‘self-publishing workshop’! I walked away with more than just a wealth of knowledge on how to approach publishing my next project, I also walked greatly inspired...
Kathy Slamen, Writer, Film-maker, Photographer
Just wanted you to know that your day seminar on self-publishing helped.
Richard Tardif, Former Features Editor, The Concordian News
Thanks for the great workshop.
Cecile Ghosh, Artist, Librarian, Researcher
Your workshop was very helpful. Of course I am still digesting alot of the information and I am also surprised at how much I remember. You are truly an inspiration and a great teacher, thank you so much for your passion, determination and commitment the self publishing process, it really came through for me during the workshop.
Rosa Bergola
I wanted to actually write and thank you so very much for such an in-depth, extensive as well as intensive workshop. I have to tell you again just how impressed with your knowledge and your ability to impart it so clearly. Kudos to you!
Kiki Bakshi, Writer, Naturopath
Thank you very much for the nice day, we learned a lot and we were very pleased with all the information we obtained today, it will help us a great deal.
Henri & Lise Schmit
Thank you for the pleasant and very informative afternoon.
Ildigo David, Legal consultant
Thank you for the day and attention. You brought me to a whole new level in this process.
Len Richman, Perspectives
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, it was truly a lovely day.
Nancy Harvey, Writer
I really enjoyed your workshop. It really inspired me.
Jackie Samson, Writer
Thank you so much for the entertaining and informative evening.
Rosalie Avidgor, Canadian Writers Society
I really enjoyed...the Self-publishing workshop...I now have direction and the info I need to proceed.
Barbara Silverman, Writer/Researcher
I would like to thank you for opening my eyes to the possibility of self-publishing this book...memoir...and it was by attending your one-day workshop that I was able to envisage that it would be possible. Many thanks for your knowledge and encouragement.
Crichton Wilson, Ascot Publishing


VENUE: 1192 Egan Street, Verdun, H4H 1W7. Green line, Metro Jolicoeur, Bus 37, Direction Vendome (two stops) Bus 112, Direction Airlie (three stops).

FEE: $95.00 (lunch and 82-page workbook included) Maximum: Five participants each session

FOR MORE INFO: Call 514-807-4171

Please send a cheque for $95.00 made out to CHRISTINA MANOLESCU to be mailed to 1192 Egan Street, Verdun, H4H 1W7. When? 10 days before the next scheduled session. Please specify DATE of workshop requested.



From Initial Concept to Production, a tried and tested handbook for emerging self-publishers, by Christina Manolescu. 82 pages. 8.5" by 11" Spiral bound. List price $20.00 Cdn. Free Shipping. ISBN: 1-894967-51-8.



PRINTERPHOBIA: How to & How NOT to get your book into print.

Excerpted from the Self-publishing Workbook, by Christina Manolescu

Had I known all that lay ahead of me, would I have had my first baby? Self-published my first book? The answer is a resounding YES; although, since I now know some of the potential pitfalls of publishing, I am developing a mild case of Printerphobia which, in the vernacular, translates roughly as:


A word of advice: When those densely packed boxes arrive on your doorstep, containing your literary lovechild, cloned 500 to 1,000 times over, should you break open a bottle of bubbly, after having trustingly handed over to your printer a wad of promised cash, without first carefully scrutinising the contents? The answer is an emphatic NO!

I should have had some inkling when my most recent printer (who for the moment, at least, shall remain nameless) smiled at me in a sanguine manner, acknowledging quite openly that: PRINTING IS NOT AN EXACT SCIENCE. At the time we were discussing the expected end-results of a certain Pantone shade to be printed directly onto a neutral base colour.

"We can't guarantee that your frontispiece line drawing will come out Maroon, exactly matching Shade Number XXX you have just chosen. With a bit of luck, it might; but, on the other hand, I should warn you that it might also end up resembling a murky shade of cadaverous leech-eye. You see, (continued my printer, grinning all the more broadly) we've never actually blended those two shades before, so we won't really know until we try!"

"Then cancel Pantone Number XXX, let's go for the black print instead," I replied. Conventional, but safe. Given the substantial cost of even a small print run, a risk-taker I cannot afford to be. Now what else, I wondered, could possibly go wrong? To my dismay, over the course of my brief self-publishing career, I have had occasion to find out.


Covers and binding:

  • Ragged edges caused by a blunt trimmer, or because the total number of bound pages is too bulky for the saddle-stitch binding.
  • Varnished covers that are soiled too easily by drops of moisture or grease. Please note: Laminated covers are more expensive, but far superior.
  • Flimsy casebound covers which split apart in your hands.


  • Faulty registration of colour images, causing a nauseatingly blurred effect.
  • Inadequate scanning of half-tone images, causing flatness, lack of depth, essential contrast between light and dark.
  • Permanent smudges around the borders, caused by insufficient drying time during the printing process or because the images contain too many large, solid black areas that are difficult to print accurately.

Interior Pages:

  • Grey anemic-looking typeface that is almost too faint to read
  • Interior pages bound out of sequence and/or back to front.
  • Sporadic blank pages (which have inadvertently failed to receive an impression) in amongst the correctly printed text.
  • Individual pages bound double, i.e., two copies of page 37, bound one after the other.
  • Text margins too narrow; text & images printed too close to the inside fold.

Important Note: Find out your individual printer's requirements; when doing your page make-up, remember to leave the necessary minimum width of blank spacing around the edges of the page.

The Self-publishing Workbook from Prince Chameleon Press will guide you on your way to Self-publishing. Register for the ICN Workshop now!

2006 © Christina Manolescu, Publisher, Prince Chameleon Press, Invisible Cities Network: http://www.invisiblecitiesnetwork.org

Self-Publishing Workbook

Table of Contents

Schedule of Topics to be covered

* Coffee, introductions, Questionnaire, Page 5

* Introduction: 7 plus reasons for self-publishing, Page 6

* Discussion in pairs: Important considerations, Is self-publishing for you? Page 7

* Book Genre: Initial concept and preparation. How do you get started?

* Identity, trade logos. Do you need one? How do you go about it?

* Industry standard (DTP) Desk Top Publishing software

* Book Design cover pages Page 9,

* Principles of design: contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, balance, Page 12

* Font styles, Page 13

* Some essential definitions of typography, Page 15

* Type and quality of paper: Opacity, brightness, weight, caliper, gloss finish, matte finish (Samples available to examine) Page 16

* How to handle various types of illustrations, spot colour, line art, full-colour, black and white photographs, etc.

* Methods of book binding: saddle-stitch; perfect binding; wire/plastic spiral binding, case-binding (or hardcover), wire-binding enfolded by outside spine

* Pitfalls of the printing process, Printerphobia,

* Dealing with printers, Page 18

* Commercial versus quick printing, Page 23

* Sending Files to Your Service Bureau, Page 25

* Sending Graphics to Your Service Bureau, Page 28

* Sending Fonts to Your Service Bureau, Page 30

* Using blank template of book cover and questions from Specifications for your Book Design, discuss and try to visualize your final book format; fill in as much provisional information as you can; examine commercially published books for ideas. Brainstorming session. Page 32, 35

* Finding a suitable printer and/or service bureau: See Professional Resources for Publishing for recommended printers/service bureau, Page 36

* See Instaprint Canada, Page 37

* See Helpful Internet Links for list of local printers, Page 38

* Personal or commercial book distribution?

* Helpful internet links, reference books, governmental agencies, departments, Page 38-40

* Legal Deposit to Library and Archives Canada, Dépôt Légal, Bibliothèque national du Québec, Page 41. Copies of official forms provided

* Company Names Registration in Quebec, Page 42

* The Self-Publishing Adventures of Leila Albala Peltosaari, Page 43

* Creative Musings/Mewsings, A creative approach to publishing & distribution by Barbara Florio Graham, Copyright 2002, Barbara Florio Graham, Reprinted with permission. Page 45

* Audiotape and CD production, Seek and you shall find: The real-life adventures of an audio book publisher, by Christina Manolescu, Page 48

* Acquisition of ISBNs: Free to publishers. Copies of official forms provided, Page 51

* Barcodes: Do you need one? Various formats, film and digital. See Professional Resources for Publishing, Page 36

* Copyright issues: See printout from Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Page 54

* Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) disseminates pre-publication information about your book to booksellers, librarians and wholesalers. Free service to publishers. Page 55

* Listing in Canadiana Form, Page 64

* Bowker (Publishes the definitive global list of books in print. Provides free listing to publishers who can monitor and update their entries in the Bowker Books-in-Print directory through Bowkerlink, a Publisher Access System). Page 65

* Independent Publishers Association, formerly Publishers Marketing Association, PMA, Page 66

* Getting Ready for the Small Press Fair, Page 67

* Distributors/Fulfillment Houses, Services to Publishers, Page 71

* Writers’ and Self-Publishers’ Support Group: Invisible Cities: Who are we? Page 72

* Some Self-Publishers in the Montreal area, Page 73

* Testimonials

* Final remarks: Media Kit, Web Page, Press Release, Book Launch

From July 24 until August 14, 2006. Dialects Program on RADIO CKUT Christina Manolescu discussed some of the tasks in Self-publishing with host, J.J. Locke, on RADIO CKUT, 90.3FM. Monday, July 24, July 31, August 7 and August 14, between 11.30am and 12noon.

FOR MORE INFO: Call 514-807-4171