The University of Central Lancashire is now offering the world’s first masters degree in self-publishing because it’s ‘a highly successful and respected business model for both new and established authors.’
In an interview with the Guardian, course leader Debbie Williams said:
The idea of launching a self-publishing MA was sparked by demand, she said, and would-be students are already applying. The course will consist of a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops, featuring expert industry speakers, with modules to include production, marketing and the creation of ebooks. It is not a creative writing course, Williams stressed, although the university will help “with structural editing”.
Exorbitant university tuition fees will surely put off the majority of would-be self-published authors, and the likelihood of becoming a bestselling author will be small, therefore any prospective student wishing to sign up will have to seriously consider how they’ll pay for their course – whether upfront or later via a loan.
I assume the course itself would be teaching the common sense steps in the publishing process easily found given a few hours of research time using Google, so it strikes me as a waste of £5,000 (or £525 per module).
Between the lack of impartial major national or international organisations for self-published authors and the fast-growing popularity of this sub-section of the publishing industry, there’s an opening in the market to support those wishing to join the community. Relevant and up-to-date information from a reliable source is needed in the fast-changing market, but not at this exploitative price.