Amazon Kindle eBook and Book Self-publishing for Beginners
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Amazon Kindle eBook and Book Self-publishing for Beginners

Learn Amazon Kindle eBook and paperback self-publishing. Self-publish with free Canva book covers. Publish & marketing.
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Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 12/2018
English
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You'll be able to self-publishing your manuscript on Amazon Kindle and paperback for free
  • You'll be able to create a free professional looking book cover using Canva
  • You'll be able to market your book to get readers
Requirements
  • You'll require a finished book manuscript that has been copy edited
  • You'll require a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later to format your manuscript
  • You'll require a web browser to create a Canva book cover and publish via KDP
Description

How would you like to be a published author by the end of the day... for free?

Welcome to the only Udemy complete self-publishing guide that shows you how to do it all yourself for free.  Nothing is left out of this video guide that covers everything from creating a book cover to marketing your published book.

My name is Brian Jackson and during the last 8 years I've created hundreds of book covers and published well over 100 books.  In this course I'll explain the entire process to you allowing you to quickly become a published author given nothing more than a finished manuscript.

This course covers:

Book Cover

Fast and easy, create a free professional quality book cover using the Canva online graphic design tool and free images from Pixabay.  All you need is a web browser to have a finished book cover in under 10 minutes.  The process I demonstrate utilizes free Canva Kindle book cover themes to quickly create professional quality book covers including free images from Pixabay.

Format Your Manuscript

Quickly format your manuscript for Amazon publication using Microsoft Word 2010 or beyond (Word 2016 running on Windows 10 is demonstrated).  Learn both traditional style and use the free Kindle Create Word plugin to format your manuscript.  Following my detailed instructions guarantees a polished finished product.  The process I demonstrate ultimately augments the use of the free Kindle Create Microsoft Word plugin with traditional formatting techniques to produce very clean manuscripts that are a pleasure to read.

Self-publish on Amazon

Self-publish your book in minutes on Amazon in Kindle and Print on Demand (POD) paperback formats using the free Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) web-based interface.  Note that you can publish paperbacks via KDP or use the traditional method of switching to CreateSpace.  Once complete, you're a published author, but that doesn't mean that your done...

Market Your Book

Take the first steps toward marketing your book for free to become an Amazon bestseller.  Make money and friends as you gain readership.

And the whole process is free because you do it yourself.  Given a finished manuscript, a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later and a web browser you can become a published author by the end of the day.

In fact, I'm embarrassed to have to admit that purchasing this course could be your greatest expense... though I assure you it's well worth any reasonable cost considering the money and time you'll save to become a published author today!

Mac users should be aware that the Kindle Create method is currently only available on Windows.  However, the traditional method is my preferred method anyway ;-).

Don't forget the Udemy 30-day no questions asked money back guarantee.  If you're not happy with the course, just return it.  So, there's no risk involved.  That should make your choice a no-brainer.

I'll see you in the classroom,

---Brian

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone with a finished manuscript wanting to self-publish their book for free
  • Anyone needing to create a free professional looking book cover
  • Anyone wanting to market their published book using proven techniques
Course content
Expand all 37 lectures 04:41:00
+ Introduction
3 lectures 18:14

I introduce the course in rather an unusual way -- by asking the student to watch the course twice:

1) Watch fast (1.5 - 2.0 time speed) while making bookmarks.
2) Watch again slower (1.0 - 1.5 times speed) and pause while following along.

By the end of watching this course the second time you should be a published author.

Of course, this lecture explains how to set watch speeds and use bookmarks.

Preview 05:51

In this lecture I provide an overview of the self-publishing process which mirrors the course outline.  After providing details on the four self-publishing steps of creating a books cover, formatting your manuscript, publishing your manuscript and marketing your book I conclude with a discussion of SmashWords and why it's not invited to the party.

Preview 06:38

The requirements for this course are simple:

1) Any web browser running on any computer.
2) Microsoft Word 2010 or greater.
3) A finished manuscript.

Note that a finished manuscript has been copy edited.

Preview 05:45
+ Book Cover
6 lectures 46:52

In this lecture I discuss the fundamentals of book cover design focusing on images, text and colored boxes.  All addressed are making text pop, full page vs inset images and branding.

Fundamentals of Book Cover Design
09:16

In this course addendum I correct and clarify directions provided in the following videos regarding Canva book cover creation.  There are two:

1) Click the "Create a design" button near the upper left of the screen and search for the "Book Cover" design by scrolling down in the design list rather than selecting "Kindle Cover" which appears for no one but me.
2) When exporting images, click the Download button then change the default download format from PDF to either JPG or PNG by clicking on the down arrow to the right of the selector.

Please report any problems or confusion as you encounter them so that I can produce the best course possible.

---Brian

Addendum: Book Cover Design and Download JPG/PNG
05:03

In this lecture I provide a demonstration of creating a free book cover using a Canva theme, which pretty much lays out the whole book cover allowing you to change the text and picture to make it yours.

Using Free Canva Themes and Pixabay Images to Create a Book Cover
12:38

In this lecture we use Canva to build a book cover from the blank page up.  No more depending upon themes.  Here I demonstrate the use of raw Canva.

Canva From a Blank Page Up
07:52

In this lecture you graduate from novice Canva book cover creator to expert.  Watch as I delve into the guts of Canva's inner workings.

Canva Advanced Techniques
11:42

This is the first section project in which you'll be asked to post a piece of your work based on this course to the Q&A section found in the menu at the top of the screen.

Share Your Book Cover
00:21
+ Format Your Manuscript with Word
7 lectures 44:52

In this lecture I include the self-publishing options including traditional vs Kindle Create formatting and the new option to publish you manuscript in Print on Demand (POD) paperback via the KDP interface.

Self-publishing Options
03:36

In this lecture we begin the process of formatting your manuscript for publication using the traditional or manual process.

Traditional Document Formatting Part 1
11:19

In this lecture we conclude the process of formatting you manuscript for publication using the traditional process.

Traditional Document Formatting Part 2
10:49

In this lecture I explain how to install the Kindle Create Microsoft Word plugin in preparation for using it to format your manuscript for publication.

Install the Kindle Create Microsoft Word Plugin
03:35

In this lecture I demonstrate the use of the Kindle Create Microsoft Word plugin to format your manuscript for Amazon publication via KDP.

Format Your Manuscript Using Kindle Create
10:52

I conclude with the Kindle Create formatting odds and ends.

More Formatting, Table of Contents and Preview
04:29

This section project involves providing a status update to let me know how you're doing on formatting your own manuscript.

Status Update
00:12
+ Self-publish Your Book with KDP
6 lectures 43:33

In this lecture I demonstrate how to publish your manuscript for Kindle distribution using the Amazon KDP web based interface.

Publish Your Book in Kindle Format Using KDP
14:40

In this lecture I provide a few pointer on how to write compelling copy for your Amazon book description.

Copywrite Your Amazon Book Description
09:23

In this lecture I demonstrate how to publish your book in POD paperback format using KDP.

Publish Your Book in Print on Demand (POD) Paperback Format Using KDP
04:23

In this lecture I discuss the Amazon review process and things you can do after your book is published to monitor sales, change your book and run promotions.

Book Review Process, Approval and Monitoring
03:12

In this section project you're asked to let me know if you're a published author yet.

Are You a Published Author?
00:13

In this lecture you'll learn the two options for creating a paperback book cover in KDP.

Addendum: Creating a Paperback Book Cover in KDP
11:42
+ Book Marketing
6 lectures 53:02

This is the beginning of 10 book marketing tips that are free and easy to implement.

10 Book Marketing Tips (Part 1)
11:41

This is the conclusion to 10 book marketing tips that are free and easy to implement.

10 Book Marketing Tips (Part 2)
09:35

This lecture includes two more book marketing tips on going permafree and using KDROI to advertise you book promotions.

Additional Book Marketing Tips
06:31

This lecture provides a concluding grab-bag of tips on marketing your book.

Websites, Mailing Lists, Amazon Bestseller Categories, Author Central, GoodReads
13:31

In this lecture I provide updated statistics showing the free promotions made possible via including in the KDP Select program do improve book sales and Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP) Read.

Update on KDP Select Free Promotions (7/20/2018)
06:27
Update on KDP Select Free Promotions (8/24/2018)
05:17
+ Alternate Free Book Cover Options
3 lectures 35:54

This lecture provides a short demo of using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) in place of Canva to create your book cover.

Create a Free Book Cover Using the GIMP
16:35

This lecture provides a quick demo of using Microsoft PowerPoint to create your book cover instead of Canva.

Create a Free Book Cover Using PowerPoint
12:26

This lecture demonstrated using Canva to create the sample book cover.

Create a Free Book Cover Using Canva
06:53
+ Amazon Self-publishing Demonstration
5 lectures 35:17

This demonstration lecture shows how to create a book cover using Canva.

Create a Free Book Cover Using Canva/Pixabay
14:29

This demonstration lecture shows how to use the traditional formatting method to format your manuscript for Amazon publication.

Format Your Manuscript (Traditional) Part 1
12:52

This lecture concludes the demonstration of using the traditional method to format your manuscript for Amazon publication.

Format Your Manuscript (Traditional) Part 2
07:55

This lecture demonstrated the use of Kindle Create to format your manuscript for Amazon publication.

Format Your Manuscript (Kindle Create)
00:00

This lecture demonstrated publication of your Kindle ebook and POD paperback using KDP.

Publish Your Book in Kindle and Paperback via KDP
00:00
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 03:14

Some concluding suggestions on what to do now.

Bonus Lecture: What's Next?
03:14