How to Become an Independent Publisher
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How to Become an Independent Publisher

Learn how to publish books and ebooks using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and build your website for free all in one day!
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Created by Zorina Frey
Last updated 7/2019
English
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Get a free download of the ebook, "The Right Way to Self Publish".
  • Design your own book cover like the professionals using Adobe Photoshop. Learn how to do this in one hour!
  • Professionally format the interior of your book using Adobe InDesign. Learn it in one hour!
  • Learn how to publish your paperback book using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).
  • Learn how to publish an ebook. Get a one-hour crash course in basic HTML coding for ebook and website publications.
  • Build your own website at little to no cost. Learn it in less than 15 minutes.
  • Find out how much Wordpress will cost and what other website builders are best for publishing entrepreneurs.
  • Get a basic overview of Xlibris and Lulu publishing platforms.
  • Discover what you need to know about publishing an audio book.
  • Learn how to submit a copyright registration of published and unpublished works to The Library of Congress.
  • Get a basic understanding of how to market your book through popular social media platforms.
  • Learn how to organize and launch a book tour, write a press release, a 30-second sales pitch, and manage book inventory.
Requirements
  • A computer with enough speed to download Adobe's free trial software.
  • Notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes.
  • [Optional, but helpful] - A completed manuscript in Word. Students who do not have a completed manuscript can still benefit from this course.
  • [Optional, but helpful] - Read "The Right Way to Self Publish" book. - Free downloadable ebook is available in this course.
Description

PUBLISH LIKE THE PROFESSIONALS!

· FREE DOWNLOAD of "The Right Way to Self Publish" ebook.

· Adobe InDesign - Format your book's interior without the hassle of readjusting your page numbers and paragraphs. Create a manageable table of contents. Free 7-day download link included.

· Adobe Photoshop - Design a professional-looking book cover without paying an artist hundreds of dollars. Free 7-day download included.

· HTML Coding - Learn basic computer coding language so that you can better manage your website and format ebooks.

· Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) - Go through a step-by-step process on publishing your paperback and ebook on one of the most popular independent publishing platforms. Sell your book on Amazon!

· Xlibris Publishing - Explore Xlibris' website to discover if it's the right independent publishing platform for you.

· Lulu - Explore Lulu's website to discover whether or not it's the right independent publishing platform for you.

· Copyright Registration – Learn about protecting you and your clients' published works and registering them to the Library of Congress.

· Ebook Publishing - Learn how to format your manuscript for ebook publication on Word. Also, learn how to format and save your manuscript as an .epub document on Google docs.

· Audio Book Publishing - Learn about publishing your book on audio.

· Facebook/Instagram/Twitter - Get an idea about how you can use social media to promote your books and/or publishing business.

· Wordpress - Discover what you need to know about creating a website through Wordpress.

· Yolasite - Learn how to create a website for free in less than 15 minutes!

· Plan Your Book Tour - Learn how to organize a book signing tour, write a press release, a bio, a 30-second sales pitch, and manage your book inventory.

Who this course is for:
  • Entrepreneurs, writers, authors, teachers, and instructors.
  • Authors who need help marketing their book.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to build their own website on the cheap.
  • Business professionals who want a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Professionals who want a basic understanding of paperback publishing.
  • Marketers who are looking for a creative way to give their clients more credibility.
  • Professionals who are looking for a way to gain more credibility for themselves.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to learn the basics of HTML.
  • Writers' clubs and associations.
  • Self promoters.
  • Writers who are tired of waiting to get rejected!
Course content
Expand all 41 lectures 04:29:37
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:22

What You Will Learn

  • How to publish your own paperback book. This will cut the costs of paying a publisher to do the work for you.

  • How to format your book's interior using Adobe InDesign.

  • How to design a basic book cover using Adobe Photoshop. No design skills required.

  • How to format an ebook.

  • Get a basic understanding of HTML coding.

  • Get a better understanding of publishing an audio book.

  • How to navigate your way through Createspace’s new publishing platform, Kindle Direct Publishing. Also, learn about Lulu and Xlibris publishing platforms.

  • How to market your book.

  • How to build your own website for free.

  • Learn basic social media management.

  • Free ebook download of The Right Way to Self Publish.

  • How to organize a book tour.

Questions?

Go to the IWA Publications Facebook page, like us, and ask away!

COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK TO YOUR BROWSER TO FIND IWA PUBLICATION'S FACEBOOK page -->>

https://www.facebook.com/iwapublications/


DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE EBOOK

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Preview 01:22
+ Format Your Book's Interior Using InDesign
9 lectures 52:59

Learn how to set up your InDesign document and familiarize yourself with its tools to help you create a professional-looking book.

  • Learn how to properly format the interior of a book.

  • Learn how to place text and graphics in an orderly fashion.

  • Learn how to insert page numbers, design table of contents, and export your manuscript as a pdf file.


Preview 02:39
  • Learn how to set up your Adobe InDesign document.

  • Familiarize yourself with the tools to format your manuscript and set proper margins for book publishing.

Preview 08:48

Set up your page numbers and headers for the title of your book,  author's name, and chapters in InDesign.

Setting Up Page Numbers and Static Headers in InDesign
08:35
  • Learn how to properly insert your manuscript into an InDesign document.

  • Use InDesign tools to format your chapters so that you can make adjustments throughout your manuscript without compromising the rest of the document.

Properly Placing Your Manuscript Into InDesign
13:43
  • Learn how to insert photos and other visual graphics into InDesign.

  • Learn how to adjust the graphics so they will fit well within your text.

Properly Placing Photos and Visual Graphics in Your InDesign Manuscript
06:57

Learn how to set up your table of contents without losing your mind!

Setting Up Your Table of Contents
08:13

Learn how to delete page numbers for the introduction of your book as well as the preface, foreword, dedication, copyright, and table of contents in Adobe InDesign.

Deleting Select Page Numbers
02:59
Test what you know about InDesign
3 questions

Review everything you've covered in the lecture: Formatting Your Book's Interior Using Adobe InDesign.

Recap: What You Now Know about InDesign
01:01
  • This is optional. You do not need Adobe InDesign to proceed with this course.

  • You may want to use your free trial period for formatting your manuscript!

OPTIONAL: Download a FREE 7-Day Trial of Adobe InDesign link
00:04
+ How to Design a Custom Book Cover Using Adobe Photoshop
8 lectures 56:25

Save hundreds of dollars designing your own book cover. Here, you will learn how to create a captivating book cover that is original and unique. No previous design skills are necessary!


Preview 00:50

Learn how to set up your Photoshop document and familiarize yourself with its tools to help you create a professional-looking book cover.

  • Place photos to create a vibrant book cover.

  • Create your own margin template to ensure that your text doesn't get cut off in print.

  • Learn how to manipulate shapes and text.

  • Work with color and font options.

Setting Up Your Photoshop Document
10:35
  • Learn how to work with layers in Photoshop.

  • Learn how to manipulate text and shapes for a more unique looking book cover design.

Playing with Text and Shapes for an Eye-Catching Book Cover
12:41
  • Design the front and back of your book cover using text and shapes in Photoshop.

  • Learn shortcuts that will help you design quality artwork faster.

Using Text and Images to Make Your Book Cover Pop!
14:02
  • Ensure that all of your text and images are within the margins.

  • Learn how to save and export the front and back cover of your book design.

Minding the Margins and Saving Your Photoshop File
05:59
  • Learn how to calculate the measurements for a book spine based off the number of pages in your book for Kindle Direct Publishing's platform.

  • Design a book cover with spine using the two book covers that we created at the beginning of lesson 2.

BONUS: Calculate the Spine of a Book Cover for Kindle Direct Publishing
11:17

Test what you now know about Adobe Photoshop.

How to Design a Custom Book Cover Using Adobe Photoshop
3 questions

Review everything you've covered in the lecture: How to Design a Custom Book Cover Using Adobe Photoshop.

Recap: What You Now Know about Adobe Photoshop
00:57
  • This is optional. You do not need Adobe Photoshop to proceed with this course.

  • You may want to use your free trial period for formatting your manuscript!

OPTIONAL: Download a FREE 7-Day Trial of Adobe InDesign link
00:04
+ Formatting Your Ebook
8 lectures 01:01:08
  • Get a crash course in HTML Coding.

  • Learn how to format an ebook using WORD.

  • Learn how to format an ebook using Google Docs.

  • What you need to know about publishing an audio book.


Preview 02:53
  • Learn the basics of HTML coding for ebook publication.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Part I: Learning HTML Coding Basics for Ebook Formatting
07:09
  • Learn how and why HTML tags are used for ebook publication.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Part II: Learning HTML Coding Basics for Ebook Formatting
08:57
  • Learn how to code images and hyperlinks.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Part III: Learning HTML Coding Basics for Ebook Formatting
14:50
Practice more coding! Use the same code that was demonstrated in this lesson.
Practice Coding
1 question

Test what you know about formatting an ebook for publication.

Formatting Your Ebook
3 questions

Learn how to apply HTML coding to your manuscript for ebook publication.

Learn how to code a list.

Applying HTML Coding to Your Manuscript for Ebook Publication
12:46
  • Format your manuscript into an ebook using Microsoft Word documents and a Google document.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Format Your Ebook Using Microsoft Word and Google Docs
08:55
  • Learn about publishing your book on audio.

  • Get insight on hiring a producer and recording your own audio book.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Part I: What to Know About Publishing an Audio book
04:03
Watch Audible ACX's video: Narrate Your Own Book on YouTube.
Part II: [Video] ACX - Narrate Your Own Book - 6 minutes 35 seconds
1 question

Were you paying attention? Test yourself and find out!

ACX: Narrate Your Own Book
3 questions

Review everything you've covered in the lecture: Formatting Your Ebook.

Recap: What You Now Know about Publishing an Ebook
01:35
+ Easy-to-Use Independent Publishing Platforms
8 lectures 55:24
  • Familiarize yourself with Lulu, Xlibris, and go through a step-by-step publishing process using Kindle Direct Publishing's platform.

  • Learn about copyright registration.


Preview 00:45
  • Explore Xlibris' website and learn about the different tiers of publishing packages they offer.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Getting Familiar with Xlibris' Publishing Platform
10:13
  • Explore Lulu's website and learn about the type of services they offer.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Getting Familiar with Lulu's Publishing Platform
04:59
  • Learn how to publish your manuscript using the InDesign and Photoshop documents that were created in the earlier lectures.

  • Fun fact: Kindle Direct Publishing used to be an ebook format that worked alongside Createspace print publishing. Now, it works as both an ebook and print publishing platform!

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Part I: Getting Familiar with Kindle Direct Publishing
13:10
  • Learn how to publish your manuscript using the InDesign and Photoshop documents that were created in the earlier lectures.

  • Fun fact: Kindle Direct Publishing used to be an ebook format that worked alongside Createspace print publishing. Now, it works as both an ebook and print publishing platform!

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Part II: Getting Familiar with Kindle Direct Publishing
08:36
  • Learn how to publish your manuscript using the InDesign and Photoshop documents that were created in the earlier lectures.

  • Fun fact: Kindle Direct Publishing used to be an ebook format that worked alongside Createspace print publishing. Now, it works as both an ebook and print publishing platform!

  • Don't forget to reference the provided website links and downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Part III: Getting Familiar with Kindle Direct Publishing
13:50
  • Get some of your questions answered about the Library of Congress regarding copyright registration for published and unpublished works.

  • Find out the cost for copyrighting you and/or your clients' written work.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and downloads. Click on "Resources"!

What to Know About Copyright Registration
03:13

Review everything you've covered in the lecture: Publishing Platforms.

Recap: What You Now Know about Publishing Platforms
00:38
Publishing Platforms
3 questions
+ Marketing Your Book
6 lectures 40:18

Learn how to:

  • Build your own website for free in less than 15 minutes.

  • Create and manage social media pages.

  • Schedule a book tour.

  • Write a press release.

  • Track your book inventory.

Preview 01:28
  • Learn how to build a website on the cheap.

  • Discover the pricing tiers for website upgrades.

  • Familiarize yourself with the Yolasite and Wordpress website builders.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Part I: Building Your Own Website
04:24
  • Learn the how to build a website at little to no cost in 15 minutes or less!

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Part II: Building Your Own Website
14:55

Get a quick overview about promoting your publishing business and books through:

  • Facebook

  • Instagram

  • Twitter

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Promoting Your Book Through Social Media: An Introduction for Beginners
10:20

Learn how to:

  • Give a 30-second elevator speech.

  • Write a press release.

  • Keep track of your book inventory.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

The Right Way to Self Publish: Worksheets
06:30
  • Schedule a book tour! This lecture will teach you how to do this.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Organizing Your Own Book Tour
02:41

Test what you know about marketing your book.

Marketing Your Book
3 questions
+ Course Recap: How to Become an Independent Publisher
1 lecture 02:00

Review everything you've covered in the entire course How to Become an Independent Publisher.

Don't forget to reference the provided website links and/or downloads. Click on "Resources"!

Recap: What You Now Know about Becoming an Independent Publisher
02:00