Create your digital profile

I’m running a workshop for the Tasmanian Writers Centre in Hobart on the 27th of November on creating a digital profile.

This is a comprehensive hands-on workshop to create an author brand that reflects your style and personality. You will learn how to create a professional author blog, and maximise your social media presence, with your own unique look. Readers like to know more about their favourite authors and your digital author profile is an engaging way to develop an ongoing fan base.

This workshop will cover:

  • creating a simple website and blog to promote your book and author profile
  • how to create pages, style content, create menus, upload images and video, links to Amazon (if you have a book to promote) and embed social media pages including Facebook and Twitter on your blog.
  • the advantages of a self-hosted blog to normal blog on WordPress
  • adding plugins and widgets using social media – Facebook and Twitter account – to support your profile

For further information and to book a place go to the following link:

Create Your Digital Author Profile with Sue Bell


Social Media strategies


We all use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogs and more.

But are we using them effectively?

In this workshop Sue, Tim, Brett and Julianne discuss their use of social media and how to publicise, promote and inform your professional practice.

Print-on-demand and eBooks


eBook readers been around for a while on various devices and platforms.

eBooks are easy to publish and distribute but now, with print-on-demand, paperback books are also an option.

In the past, self-published authors took their manuscript to a printer and ordered copies. These books could be sold to friends and family or left abandoned in the spare room.

Now, with print-on-demand, authors no longer have to worry about storing boxes of unsold books. Instead companies like Blurb or CreateSpace print your book when somebody orders it. This takes all the hassle and expense away from the author who need only sit at home and wait for a royalty cheque.

Having both eBook and print versions is a great way to increase your sales as well as impress friends and family.

In this workshop Sue Bell will demonstrate how to convert your manuscript for both print and eBook and upload to Amazon.

Grammar for the self-publisher

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Proof reading your manuscript before publication is an essential step in creating a professional book. Yet, so many self-published authors overlook this crucial step.

Qualified English teacher Julianne Clifford will show you how to spot common grammatical errors and awkward phrasing as well as avoid common mistakes.

Never let your commas, semi-colons and full stops get in the way of telling a good story again.

Why use a video trailer to promote your book?

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There are a lot of books out there.

How do you make your book stand out?

A good video trailer uploaded to your site and social media pages gives the reader further information about the book and helps promote your text across platforms including YouTube and Vimeo.

In this workshop Dr Tim Kitchen will demonstrate how to film, edit, mix audio and create credits for your own trailer.

If you’ve never touched a camera or editing equipment then this workshop will be a comprehensive introduction on using Premiere Elements to create a short trailer.

Making a book cover

burning book

Join professional photographer Brett Kent as he shows you the tips and tricks to make a fantastic book cover.

Using simple Photoshop techniques and a whole lot of creativity, Brett will demonstrate how to make the most of your cover art.

A good book cover contributes to whether your book finds a readership or not.

Create your own original images to make your book stand out from the crowd.

Your manuscript deserves it.

What is a flip book?


You’ve seen digital flip books. You see them online. You click the pages and they do this cute page curl and you can make your mouse “flip” the pages.

You can also add interactive elements like video, sound and animation.

A flip book works in the Flash Player (SWF) that you can upload to your site or social media page. And they look cool too.

Even Pope Francis has a flip book.

Flip books are easy to make and lots of fun.

Publishing Workshops at MONA

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Publishing Workshops at MONA:

 October 31 – November 2, 2015

Writers, educators, journalists, designers and bloggers turn your self-publishing idea into reality at Hobart’s world famous MONA gallery. Join Adobe evangelist Dr Tim Kitchen, author and Adobe education leader Susan Bell and artist Julianne Clifford, ​in a series of ​​workshops to help your project stand out in a competitive industry.

Workshops include:
  • ​Flip book creation
  • ​Book cover design
  • How to film and edit a book promotion trailer
  • Self-publishing options including print-on-demand and eBooks
  • Effective social media strategies
  • ​Networking ideas​
  • ​An introduction to publishing software including Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere
  • ​Grammar and punctuation for the self-publisher.

Enjoy a weekend at MONA and imbibe​ the creative atmosphere of ​this ​​unique, world-class gallery.​

​Retreat cost​ includes MONA entry,​ morning & afternoon tea and lunch.

Download a brochure for further information.

* Workshops run over October 31 to November 1. Workshop ticket guarantees entry to the Gallery on November 2 or at your earliest convenience.

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Digital Art Retreat


April Residency: April 15-19, 2015 (this residency is now closed)

TasRes Art and Technology offers a unique residential retreat on Tasmania’s beautiful North West coast for artists, writers, journalists, art curators, researchers, digital film makers, photographers, textile artists, dancers and educators who want to improve their digital design skills to promote their own work and learn how to incorporate cutting-edge digital technology into their art.

TasRes Art and Technology’s digital residential retreat is the first of its kind in Australia. It’s a perfect opportunity for artists, writers and educators to congregate in a beautiful environment and learn about digital skills and how they can be applied to promote their own artwork or for the creation of innovative technology-driven art installations, eBooks, clothing designs, performance art, photography and movie-making.

TasRes Art and Technology retreats are held in the pristine Tasmanian environment and give participants plenty of time and space to reflect. Residents will be encouraged to engage in trans-disciplinary discussions in the production of their work and will be exposed to Tasmania’s inspirational galleries, delicious food and wine and the spectacular light and colour of the landscape by way of excursions and nature walks.

There will also be a focus on Tasmania’s ecological and conservation issues and international links are being forged with like-minded residencies in other countries.

Retreat participants may undertake short courses in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere and Indesign, all of which are presented by an experienced digital media teacher. Retreat participants may choose to attend only the workshops that interest them and can indicate their preferences on the application form below.

Residents will learn how to promote their work through social media such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and on the TasRes Art & Technology website.

All participants will enjoy the immense benefits of upskilling, creating and relaxing in a dynamic group environment comprised entirely of fellow artists.

Accommodation is at Hawley House which is situated on 400 acres of spectacular countryside in Port Sorrell.

Additionally, this residency includes a qualified yoga teacher to ensure participants have time to unwind and relax with gentle yoga and mindfulness meditation sessions.

Each participant will be asked to contribute the rights to use a piece of work on the TasRes Art & Technology website at retreat’s end, or a written piece edited for publication by Midlifexpress.

Contact Sue or Julianne for details or fill in our expression of interest form below.

Complete and submit form online  registration form.

For further information please refer to our FAQs.