Amazon KDP Self Publishing: A Comprehensive A-Z How To Guide
What you'll learn
- Determine writing goals from the outset
- Understand and apply the concept of 'Writing to Market'
- Create book covers for eBooks, paperbacks and hard covers
- Create an author brand
- Create and activate an author social media platform
- Build and nurture an opted-in subscriber email list
- Understand the strategies to get 4 and 5 star book reviews
- Format and upload a book to Amazon
- Know their way around Amazon's promotional and advertising options
- Organise a book launch
- A smartphone or laptop
What is the title of this course?
‘Amazon KDP Self Publishing: A Comprehensive A-Z How To Guide’
Who is it for?
You and absolutely everyone else who aspires to write, whether you are just starting out or have a part-work gathering dust in a drawer or on a half-forgotten computer file. Whether you’re retired or retiring soon and want to fulfil a long-standing ambition to write a book, or at the beginning of your writing career and looking to set up a solid foundation.
What does it cover?
By the time you complete the course, even if you are a complete beginner, you will be in a position to self-publish a deftly-plotted, well-written book in an attractive cover for an audience of thousands of readers in your genre who have subscribed to your author newsletter. And if you are already on your author journey, you can skim through the lecture descriptions and pick and choose whatever looks useful.
Why is this course the best?
The course is comprehensive. It’s well-organized. Every lecture contains need-to-know information. It’s a step-by-step guide that will take you from your original idea to print. Each section is supported by notes: summaries, useful websites and resources.
Why will this information change or improve my life?
It will save you time. You will make mistakes on your author journey, for sure, but at least you can avoid making the mistakes I made. It will save you money. I made some costly blunders but I also made some good decisions in subscribing to particular sites.
Why should I care?
If you have a burning desire to share your stories, this course is a step-by-step blueprint to get you from A to Z. You will gain a huge sense of satisfiction in seeing your work in print. The hard work will have been worth it.
Why is now the time to learn this topic?
In my experience, and no doubt in yours, ‘Now’ is always the best time to start. You never know what’s round the corner. Start now and you will continue. Continue and you will complete.
Why are you the best teacher for this topic?
Not only am I a highly qualified teacher, but I also set up and ran a successful education company for many years. Thousands of students took the courses I wrote with very high satisfaction rates. I am also on my own author journey and have self-published several books. So with my background and experience, I am well-placed to deliver a hands-on course in a serious but engaging way.
Do you get excited about teaching the course?
Researching, writing, revising, recording and editing this course has been a labour of love. Fortunately, I love teaching. I have been a teacher all my working life. But what is most rewarding is the success of my students.
Now let me pose a question.
How many sales do you need to make in your launch week for your book to take off via word of mouth?
According to a niche London-based publisher, it’s 2000.
This course has one paramount aim. To find those 2000 sales you need in your launch week.
And here’s how
First, I will show you how to research the market before you start writing, so you write a book that readers in your genre will love. It’s a strategy called ‘Writing to Market’.
So. Step One. You now have a book that people want to read.
Secondly, I will show you how to format your book beautifully so that you can upload it to Amazon without a glitch. And I will show you how to create free or bespoke book covers that will appeal to your market.
So. Step Two. You now have a book just one click away from going live on Amazon.
3. Thirdly, I will show you how to find thousands of readers in your genre completely legitimately who will happily subscribe to your opt-in email list.
So. Step Three. When you publish your book you will already have a substantial pool of buyers, before you even start advertising.
4. And fourthly, I will show you how to create buzz across the Author Platform we’re going to build leading up to your book launch on Amazon
So. Step Four. You’re a published author and your book is selling. So what next?
Now you’ve been through the process once, it’s going to be so much easier to publish your second book.
I’m Charles Palmer. Former Assistant Headteacher. Former CEO of a successful London-based education company. And now an independently published author and course creator.
Welcome to my course.
This course contains over seven hours of content on how to self-publish your book.
Here’s what’s inside.
How to work out what your writing goals are.
How to set yourself up for success.
How to write the best book you can.
What the Traditional Route is.
What the Independent Route is.
How to overcome procrastination and minimize distractions.
How to re-launch a book that bombed.
How to create both free and bespoke book covers.
How to create a reader magnet.
How to build a large opted-in email list of subscribers interested in your genre.
How to maintain your email list and keep your subscribers happy.
How to create your author brand.
How to create and activate your author social media platform.
What to consider when creating your author website.
How to upload your ebook and other book formats to Amazon.
How to get 4* and 5* reviews.
How to find your way round Amazon promotion and advertising tools.
How to organize your book launch.
If you’d like to get access to all this, then click the button to enrol. I’d love us to work together.
Who this course is for:
- Authors who want to self-publish who are at or close to the beginning of their author journey
Hi, I'm Charles Palmer. Thanks for checking out my course.
I am a self-published author of two collections of dark fairy tales and five other books in the genre.
I have been involved in education all my adult life so I'm very happy to be joining Udemy as an instructor.
This is what guides me as an educationalist.
The best interest of students always comes first.
This straightforward principle has guided me from the moment I first stepped into a classroom as a young English and History teacher in a large girls’ secondary school in south London, through promotion to head of department, head of faculty, assistant head teacher, and CEO of Clarity, the education company I founded.
Clarity Education worked with gifted, talented and able students in more than forty London schools and provided consultancy services to raise educational achievement.
I refer to this principle whenever I am confronted by an educational dilemma or a clash of interests. It drives me to strive for quality in all that I do within education.
To return to my writing. I was brought up in Edinburgh and my family is from the Scottish Highlands. One day, I returned home from school and my grandmother asked me about my day. I told her we were learning about very bad people called the Vikings. My grandmother was not pleased with my description. For the first time in my life, two authority figures were saying things that contradicted each other.
Perhaps this is the reason that, many years later, at the School of Scottish Studies in the University of Edinburgh, I wrote my dissertation on The Impact of the Viking Invasion of Orkney in the 10th Century for my Masters degree. I wanted to resolve the contradiction. One way or another it ignited my passion for the fantasy genre and I am currently working on an epic fantasy trilogy.
I'm really looking forward to helping you on your writing journey. I’m totally committed to supporting you. Don't hesitate to get in touch.