Introduction to the Business of Self-publishing a Book
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Introduction to the Business of Self-publishing a Book

Introduction to the business of self-publishing a book for beginners: Self-publish in Amazon Kindle and paperback
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Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 1/2020
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Why write and publish a book
  • Why self-publish your book
  • Why you should self-publish a Kindle eBook via KDP
  • Why self-publish your book exclusively on Amazon
  • Why self-publish a Print on Demand (POD) Paperback via Amazon
  • When you should self-publish outside of Amazon
  • Why you should not self-publish and audiobook via ACX
Requirements
  • This is an introductory course with no requirements
Description

This short course provides a free introduction to the business of self-publishing for beginners.  This course is intended for those new to self-publishing in search of advice regarding the complexities of the self-publishing process.  The course provides answers to the most common novice questions including:

  • Why publish your book

  • Why pursue self-publishing instead of traditional publishing

  • Steps to self-publishing a book

  • Where you can self-publish your book

  • Why you should self-publish your book exclusively on Amazon

  • Benefits of entering the Kindle Select program

  • Why self-publish a Print on Demand (POD) paperback

  • When to self-publish your eBook everywhere through Smashwords

  • Why you should not publish an Audiobook through ACX

After finishing this course you will understand the self-publishing process, your publishing options and which of those options are the best for you.

The course concludes with an article providing pointers to additional Udemy courses explaining how to self-publish a book in multiple formats and on multiple book distributor sites, options for creating a book cover and book marketing tips.

Before attempting to self-publish a book, you need to watch this course!

I'll see you in the classroom,

---Brian

Who this course is for:
  • Those new to writing books for money
  • Those new to self-publishing books for money
  • Those unfamiliar with the benefits of self-publishing on Amazon
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 49:12
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:59

An overview of the course and how to watch it optimally.

Preview 01:59
+ Why You Should Self-publish Your Book
4 lectures 32:26

You’ve got a book, now what?

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Preview 06:00

Self-publishing over traditional publishing.

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Preview 13:12

In this lecture, I describe the steps involved in self-publishing your book.

Steps to Self-publishing Your Book
08:46

In this lecture, I explain the myriad of sites on which you CAN self-publish your book.  In the following section, I'll discuss where you SHOULD self-publish your book.

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Where You Can Self-publish Your Book
04:28
+ Intermission
1 lecture 00:07

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Thank you for enrolling in this course,

---Brian

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00:07
+ Why Self-publish Your Book Exclusively on Amazon
3 lectures 05:53

In this lecture, I explain (briefly) why you need to self-publish your book on Amazon, the 800-pound gorilla in the corner.

Why Self-publish Your Book on Amazon
00:59

In this lecture, I propose that you should self-publish your book exclusively on Amazon.  In the next lecture, I provide an explanation as to why.

Why Self-publish Your Book Exclusively on Amazon
01:06

In this lecture, I detail the benefits to be derived from entering your eBook into the KDP Select program as well as the big downside: Amazon eBook publishing exclusivity.  Still, it's worth it!

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Benefits of Entering the Kindle Select Program
03:48
+ When to Self-publish Your Book Outside Amazon Kindle
3 lectures 07:58

In this lecture, I reiterate the ease and need to publish your book in POD paperback via KDP.

Why Self-publish a Print on Demand (POD) Paperback via Amazon KDP
03:46

In this lecture, I explain that you should publish your eBook via Smashwords to maximize distribution of a book for family and friends rather than trying to maximize revenue through Amazon eBook exclusivity.

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When to Self-publish Your eBook Everywhere Outside Amazon via Smashwords
00:59

Why you should not publish an audiobook via ACX -- it's either hard and time consuming or expensive.  Write books instead.

Why You Should Not Self-publish Audiobooks with ACX
03:13
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 00:49

In this article, I outline a course project for you to perform.

Course Project: Commit to Self-publishing Your Book
00:09

In this article, I provide pointers to additional Udemy courses related to self-publishing your book.

Bonus Lecture
00:39