An online masterclass with bestselling self-published historical fiction author Clare Flynn

Wednesday 22 September 2021, 6:30pm BST / 1:30pm ET

Led by bestselling self-published historical fiction author Clare Flynn, this three-hour masterclass will show you how to make a success of self-publishing historical fiction. Drawing on her experience of self-publishing nearly a dozen highly successful historical novels, Clare will reveal the secrets to her success and help you navigate the challenges and opportunities of self-publishing historical fiction, covering the topics outlined below in depth and answering your questions. The masterclass will end with an optional one hour discussion session with other writers who are interested in self-publishing historical fiction or have already started.

Key topics

Self-publishing or not?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing historical fiction, and who is it best suited for?

The practicalities of self-publishing

A guide to the financial and time commitment required to self-publish a book, how to approach the key tasks before publication – including editing, formatting, and cover design – and getting professional assistance vs. doing it yourself.

Debates and decisions

Going wide vs KDP Select, whether to sell paperback copies and audiobooks (and how), and selling in different geographic markets.

Book marketing as a self-published author

Email marketing, social media, book promotion services, and paid advertising opportunities for historical fiction authors.

Making a living as a self-published author

Is it possible? What kind of income can you expect, and how long will it take to become profitable?

Structure and schedule

The masterclass will take place on Wednesday 22 September, 2021. All times are given in British Summer Time (BST) and US Eastern Time (ET).

6:30pm BST / 1:30pm ET

 The masterclass begins. Clare will welcome all participants and deliver a talk covering the key topics. There will be opportunities for you to ask questions in the middle of the talk and at the end, allowing plenty of time for interaction. This is the main section of the masterclass and will last two hours.

8:30pm BST / 3:30pm ET

We will invite participants to join an optional hour-long discussion session with other writers who are interested in self-publishing historical fiction or have already started and are looking to exchange ideas.


Both parts of the event will be delivered live and online via Zoom. You must have access to a computer or smart device capable of supporting Zoom and a reliable internet connection in order to participate. A recording of the masterclass will be made available to all participants for two weeks after the event takes place.

Your tutor

Clare Flynn

Clare Flynn is the author of thirteen historical novels – most of them self-published – and a collection of short stories. A former International Marketing Director and strategic management consultant, she is now a full-time writer.

Having lived and worked in London, Paris, Brussels, Milan and Sydney, home is now on the coast, in Sussex, England, where she can watch the sea from her windows. An avid traveler, her books are often set in exotic locations.

Clare is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of The Society of Authors, ALLi, and the Romantic Novelists Association. When not writing, she loves to read, quilt, paint and play the piano.


See what previous participants have said about our masterclasses…

“Thank you to The History Quill for organising such an excellent masterclass; I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot but was also reassured that I’m moving in the right direction with my writing.”

Veronica White

“I was engaged from beginning to end. I really enjoyed the tutor’s presentation and the exercise afterwards. I’m usually too shy to participate, but I really wanted to join in. I am so pleased I found The History Quill!”

Susan Jennings


Select your country for the correct pricing and currency (USD, GBP, or EUR)

$94.80 USD

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Frequently asked questions

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When will the event take place?

Wednesday 22 September 2021, 6:30pm BST / 1:30pm ET.

How can I participate in the event?

The first step is to book your place. For everyone who has booked, we will email you a link the day before the event. You’ll use this to join the event on the day. We’ll also send you a reminder about an hour before the event begins.

The event will take place live and online via Zoom. You must have access to a computer or a smart device capable of supporting Zoom, and you must have access to a reliable internet connection to take part.

When is the booking deadline?

15 September, 3pm BST.

How interactive will the event be? Can I ask questions?

There will be lots of scope for interaction during the event. You will be able to ask questions during the Q&A sections of the talk, and you can join our virtual Zoom room for the optional discussion section, where you can share your reactions to the talk, discuss your own experiences, and ask questions.

Equally, if you’d prefer not to interact, you don’t have to. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the talk. You don’t have to participate in the discussion session if you don’t want to, although you’re welcome to watch it.

How will the discussion session work?

At the end of the talk and Q&A, we will invite you to join an hour-long discussion session, where you can talk to other writers who are interested in, or have experience with, self-publishing historical fiction.

You can join this discussion no matter what stage you’re at in your writing journey, whether you’re just starting to think about self-publishing or you already have several self-published titles under your belt – and anything in between! The discussion session is an opportunity to share your perspective and learn from others.

If you wish to watch the discussion but not speak yourself, you’re very welcome to do so.

Which countries do you accept bookings from?

We welcome bookings from people who are resident in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada (excluding Saskatchewan), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and any EU country. If you are not resident in one of these countries, unfortunately we won’t be able to accept your business at this time.

Please note the stipulation about time zones below.

Do you accommodate different time zones?

This is a live event, and we have scheduled it to align well with time zones in North America and Europe. If you are outside of these locations, you can still participate, but it may not align well with your local time zone. You also have the option of watching the recording for up to two weeks afterwards.

Will the event be recorded?

Yes, the whole event – the talk and the discussion session – will be recorded in case you miss it or want to rewatch it. You will be able to access this recording for up to two weeks afterwards.

What accessibility options will you provide?

We will activate live AI captions for the event, and these will also be included in the recording. Please note, these captions won’t be 100% accurate and may be delivered with a short delay, but they should help people who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate.

How do I pay?

You can pay by credit or debit card when you book.

Which payment currencies do you accept?

We accept three payment currencies: USD, GBP, and EUR. The currency you pay in will depend on your country of residence. People resident in the UK will pay in GBP, people resident in the EU will pay in EUR, and people resident in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa will pay in USD.

What are the full terms and conditions?

You can view our full terms and conditions here.

More questions?

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at

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