Residential Author Learning Sessions

Learn. Share. Relax

If you fancy spending a long weekend away in Matarangi with four other authors learning, sharing, writing and relaxing, then read on.

I run long-weekend courses from a lovely property not far from the beach in the small Coromandel town of Matarangi. It’s an idyllic location for learning and inspiration.

This is NOT a writing craft course, but a 'sell more books' course. It is aimed at those that have written and published and don't want to miss out on marketing opportunities through lack of knowledge or awareness. Things change so fast in the publishing world it can be hard to keep up and still find time to write.

All meals and accommodation included. You are free to bring extra wine!

The house comfortably sleeps 8 though there will be a maximum of four guests plus myself, Linda Coles. You will have your own bedroom and shared bathroom facilities. Why not get together with your writing friends and come as a group?

The sessions are structured as follows:

Friday 10 am until 12 pm, then 1pm until 3pm. Free time to follow.

Saturday 8.00 am until 10 am, 10.30am until 12.30pm. Free time to follow.

Sunday 9.00 am until 11 am then travel home.

Total dedicated learning time is 10 hours giving you time to do your own thing or take a nice long walk along the beach for inspiration and cogitation. Each module is interactive and includes ample time for asking questions. Conversation and experience sharing is encouraged throughout with time to work on your own project if you wish.

Modules in Learn. Share. Relax include:


Dictation or typing?

Copy editor and developmental editor

Professional book covers

Updating blurbs

Your brand

Amazon navigation


Promotional sites including Bookbub

Pricing strategies – regular and promotional

Wide or Kindle Unlimited?

Amazon categories

Author page

Updating and refreshing







KDP Dashboard

Book Report

Your own Excel records





Findaway Voices or ACX exclusive?

Finding a narrator


Free Time

Relax, walk on the beach or work on your manuscript.

Be prepared to learn and share your own experiences throughout the weekend so everyone benefits. The environment makes it a relaxed way of learning and if the group sees fit, we could deviate as discussion moves on. The important thing is the group as a whole get what they require.


Your investment for the three-day learning weekend is $900. A 50% deposit is required on booking with the remainder due 1 week beforehand.

Please email me to express your interest and payment options.

Courses run May, July and September 2021.


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