Self-Publishing Basics

This course is designed to help authors who’ve never published or never self-published get started down the path.

Self-publishing is a fantastic way to publish a book, allowing you to learn all the ins and outs of the business and be able to control each stage. However, it can be overwhelming when you’re an author first getting started. You want to produce the best book you can and have it stand up next to the traditionally published books out there.

Between formatting, editing, book cover, all the different eBook vendors, writing the blurb, and much more, self-publishing requires many different steps and skill sets. Some self-published authors do everything themselves, and some utilize services provided by others. In this class we’ll go over the basics of self-publishing so that authors new to the process can feel comfortable knowing what has to be done, doing much themselves, and with a good idea how to decide what parts to pay others to help complete and what options are out there for them.

Read the posts and respond at your own pace. We encourage you to do all the homework. We also encourage you to post as many questions, comments, or suggestions in the forum as come up for you. Chances are, someone else is/was thinking it, or someone else might benefit from working through it.

Workshop Content

Lessons Status
1

Why Self Publishing?

2

Stages of Self Publishing

3

The Importance of Self Editing

4

Types of Editing

5

Critiques & Beta Reads

6

Front & Back Matter Pages

7

Options for Publising

8

eBook Formatting

9

Print Book Formatting

10

The Blurb

11

Book Covers

12

ISBN, Copyright, & Pen Names

13

Publishing Through a Retailer (Amazon)

14

Publishing Through a Distributor (Smashwords)

15

Publishing Print-On-Demand (POD)

16

Wrap Up

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