Home Workshops Workshops Writing THE BEGINNING AND BASICS OF GETTING PUBLISHED [26.10.17 & 27.10.17]



In this 6 hour workshop held over two days, aspiring authors will learn what book publishers wished you knew but don’t have the time to tell you.

For many aspiring authors it can be quite challenging to get a foot in the door of a publishing house. And if you’ve never published a book before, how would you know where to even begin?

This workshop initiates aspiring authors into the somewhat aloof world of publishing. By sharing some insights and information that she has gained during her four years of working as a book editor in the book publishing industry, Vilien will teach you the basics that you need to know before even putting pen to paper. She will start at the very beginning with the dream and the motivation behind the dream; look at some industry realities and how to overcome them, and then go on to helping you decide on a target market, form, genre and medium. She will be walking you through the pros and cons of traditional versus self-publishing, until finally she will touch on the most vital document in publishing: your proposal.

This is a great starting point for aspiring authors at the beginning of their writing journey.  Also for those considering self-publishing.

What’s in the box:

  • A six hour workshop offering you a starting point to your writing journey
  • Tips and tricks of the trade helping you better navigate the publishing world
  • Support and guidance in an often lonely process
  • A writing kit for some further motivation
  • Snacks and refreshments

What to bring:

  • An idea for a book you’ve been carrying around
  • An eagerness to learn
  • The questions that you’ve been wanting to have answered around book publishing


Vilien-Miri Coetzee holds an honors degree in Afrikaans, having done postgrad subjects in editing. As a student she worked for Protea Book Shop. After that she became a lifestyle assistant for YOU/Huisgenoot and quickly became the creative producer of some of their major brand extensions. Up until May 2014 she was working as a book editor for NB Publishers. Currently she is still serving them as well as other major publishing houses on a freelance basis. She is a qualified ILS (Inner Life Skills) coach and the organiser of The Cape Town Book Club. She recently became the editor of KnysLifestyle, a lifestyle website soon-to-be digital magazine. Vilien is passionate about developing creative sustainability, especially in fast-paced environments such as newsrooms and the like.

This workshop is hosted at AvoPomme Creative Hub in Woodmill Lane, Knysna.

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Event Details

Date: 26/10/2017

Start time: 18:00

End time: 21:00

Venue: AvoPomme Creative Hub

Coordinates: -34.036622, 23.048464

Directions: Shop 45, Woodmill Lane, 4 St Georges St, Knysna, 6571.

Phone: 0443821575

Email: info@knyslifestyle.com