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Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald Launch Get Your Book Published

Experienced publishers, Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald, formerly of Penguin Books SA, have launched Get Your Book Published, after running the first of their publishing seminars, The Suitcase Under the Bed – Practical Advice about Publishing for Aspirant Writers, in February.

Get Your Book Published offers practical advice and runs “seminars, workshops, events and consultations on practical advice about publishing” for writers. The next seminar will be held on Saturday 13 April at the Monchique Guest House in Muldersdrift, Gauteng.

Press release:

For writers who have ambitions to see their work published in one format or another – or indeed several different formats, from traditional print, to, to downloadable pdf files – the route to publication can be something of a minefield.

Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald, both of whom have many years of experience in the publishing industry, have launched Get Your Book Published, where they will give writers some useful tools to help them navigate their way through that minefield by offering seminars, workshops, events and consultations on practical advice about publishing.

Whether writers are hoping for a commercial book publishing contract or are pondering the pros and cons of self-publishing, Alison and Tracey’s separate and combined guidance and expertise, and a thorough understanding of how the book world works, will give them invaluable insight to how best to go about this.

In today’s tough commercial world, there are many routes to market available to aspiring authors, but the first and most important way to have the best chance of getting there is, firstly, identifying and understanding what your own hopes and expectations are and, secondly, getting your manuscript into the best possible shape before you launch it into the world, whatever its destination.

Together, Alison and Tracey are an indomitable team and their connections and experience of the publishing industry can give writers the edge they need.

The date for the next seminar, The Suitcase Under the Bed – Practical Advice about Publishing for Aspirant Writers, has been set for Saturday, 13 April 2013 –

About Alison Lowry

Alison has been in the publishing industry for 30 years, as an author, editor, publisher and chief executive. Most of her career has been with Penguin Books, the company she led for 10 years until 2012. She has looked after the writing careers of and published authors such as Damon Galgut, Marguerite Poland, Ceridwen Dovey, Gareth Crocker, Shaun Johnson, David Lambkin, Martinique Stilwell, Mamphela Ramphele, Greg Mills, Reuel Khoza, and John van de Ruit, among many others. Van de Ruit’s series of Spud titles broke all South African publishing records and all four books continue to dominate the bestseller charts since the first one, Spud, was published in 2006. Click to visit Alison Lowry’s website.

About Tracey McDonald

Tracey has been in the publishing industry for thirteen years. Her career at Penguin Books began in 2001, and in the role of sales and marketing director, she has sold, marketed and publicised bestselling authors such as Jamie Oliver, Marian Keyes, Lesley Pearse, John van de Ruit, Stephenie Meyer, Clive Cussler, Patrick Holford, Alexander McCall Smith, Lauren Liebenberg and Jeff Kinney of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame, to name but a few. Having left Penguin she now owns I Love Books where she focuses on creating 360° sales, marketing (inclusive of social media) and publicity plans for South African writers – published, about to publish, and hoping to publish. Click to visit I Love Books’ website.


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