Turn Your Non Fiction Book Into A Course
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Turn Your Non Fiction Book Into A Course

Profit from your knowledge and turn your non fiction book into a course
4.6 (35 ratings)
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1,370 students enrolled
Created by Dale Darley
Last updated 3/2020
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • 14 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to turn your book (or almost book) into a course
  • How to take any chapter and turn it into course materials
  • How to create a course and learning plan which makes it easy for you to start recording
  • How find ideas for building a sales funnel
  • How to become a course creator
Requirements
  • Have a book idea and enough content that can be used to create a course
  • Are writing a book or are planning to write a book
  • Have a book that they want to turn into a course
  • Want to add an extra income source and can use their book as the inspiration
Description

Turn your non-fiction book into a course and profit from your knowledge

Udemy is a great platform and you will certainly reap the benefits of creating your course with them. There are no start up costs. They of course take a profit share, but you would expect that, wouldn't you?

As an author it makes sense to turn your book into a course. If you are still in the planning stage you can also create an online course right now - your book does not need to be published!

What you'll learn

  • How to turn your book (or almost book) into a course

  • How to take any chapter and turn it into course materials

  • How to create a course and learning plan which makes it easy for you to start recording

  • How find ideas for building a sales funnel

  • How to become a course creator

Having a book is one of THE best statements you can possibly make about your expertise and your knowledge. Sharing it in a course means that more people get to know you and learn from you, whilst you make money doing what you love.

You already have expertise and experience, a story to tell, some how-to knowledge and most importantly a book or almost book.

All you need to do now is to learn how to turn it into a course.  

How Can I Help? 

I have put this programme together to teach you a step-by-step process that helps you turn your book into a course that will help you to a) make money b) raise your brand c) give you an additional asset to use alongside your book

The Right Foundation 

I start by helping you to re look at the outline for your book. Then we look at which content can be turned into lectures. With a strong outline as a foundation, you are ready to create your course.

Linking book to your course 

Next I will show you how to turn your content into a course that will engage your ideal customer.

Course Structure 

Turn your book into a profitable course programme comes with videos and downloadable worksheets or spreadsheets to guide you through exactly what you need to do.

Your Commitment 

You can do this really quickly. Put aside some time every day for two to four weeks (you might even be able to do it over a few weekends) and you will get your course finished. I recommend that you watch each section, do the work and create your course as you go along.

Make this the month you expand your books reach, with a course. 

Where you are now?  

  • You may have your book written and ready to go  

  • You may be writing your book and planning ahead or you may only be at outline stage.  

  • What matters is that you have a book that you want to share to a wider audience and make money.  

  • My question is - do you want to learn how to turn your book (or almost book) into a course?  

  • Yes? Great you are in the right place.

Enroll now and let's get that book off the bookshelf and available to a wider audience.  

Who this course is for:
  • Authors who want to turn their book into a course easily
  • Authors who want to make more money from their books
  • Entrepreneurs, coaches, trainers and business people who want to turn their book idea / outline into a course
  • Anyone who is writing a book and wants to create a course at the same time
Course content
Expand all 44 lectures 03:40:39
+ Introduction and welcome to 'Profit from your knowledge'
8 lectures 46:48

Quick introduction to me to tell you who I am and why I am teaching this course.  As the author of 6 books, 3 of which are courses and any more to come, I have certainly learnt a lot. Each time I come to create a new course there is something else for me to learn and I will share with you what I have learnt on the way. 

Not only am I am author, but I also help others to write and publish books and have a process for that.  My career started in IT training and over the years migrated to softer skills. Not only do I teach and coach in person, I teach and coach online.

It is important that you know that I am approachable and that you can ask any question you like.  You can use the discussion tool or message me privately. I will always respond with one day. Every question is valuable and will help other students to learn, so please do ask.

The course
After the first flush of success with your book, you may find yourself feeling a little flat and wondering how to maximise the investment you have made in your book.

Turning your book into a course will help you to create recurring revenue and provide you with an additional asset and tool for your business.

Welcome to 'Turn your book into a profitable course'. I developed this course after I turned three of my books into courses.

My objective is to show you how to do the same thing with your books.

Your book

  • May be written and published
  • You may be writing
  • You may have an outline and content

What is important is that you have a book that is in production in some way and that you want to find a way to turn it into an online course to help you promote your book, build your brand and make money.

Preview 03:33

Overview of what you are going to do

This lecture is a quick demo of what you are going to do on this course

Preview 05:13

Please print this out and go through. Use this or create your own project plan.

Your action planner - PLEASE PRINT ME FIRST
20:56

This lecture provides an overview of the steps you will be taking to turn your book into a course.

Turning your book into a course - the steps
03:50

Familiarise yourself with the Udemy system for delivering course content and look through the lectures so that you know what is coming and how you will use your course. Check out the buttons and how things work.

We are all different, some people like to learn the course by starting at the beginning, whilst others like to skim through and watch random lectures.

Work out what works for you. Make sure that you follow the steps as these will 'logically' step you through how to turn your book into a course.

Get started by becoming an instructor.

Follow the instructions for becoming an instructor and familiarise yourself with the Udemy system (or whichever system you are setting your course up on). Udemy has a process for you to follow - follow it and you can't go far wrong.  If in doubt use the Udemy resources and studio on Facebook to ask questions.

Follow Udemy's guidelines to becoming a premium instructor. There will be a time lag of approx. 48 hours (excluding weekends) for this to go through.

Premium instructor status means that you can charge for your courses and get paid.

It is really motivating to start to set up your curriculum. Whilst you don't know what the course outline is yet, getting started  will help you to feel that you have begun the creation process and is very motivating.

Not only that you can start to learn how the curriculum process works.

Take some time to play with the tools and get familiar with how everything looks from both the student and instructor perspective.

This will save you time later on when you come to upload and set up your course.

How to get the most out of this course
02:59

We sometimes forget what we already know, so this is a gentle reminder that you know a lot and you can bring all of your resources to your course.

Think of situations where you have used your skills - how can you re-use them here? What skills do you need to brush up on?

Preview 02:30

What kind of books can you turn into a course?

In this lecture you will discover that you can turn all kinds of books into courses.

Action it: Grab your journal and start to map out what books you can turn into courses to build your business

Preview 03:23

Start with the end in mind

In this lecture you will find inspiring ideas of what you can do with your book and the many ways in which you can use it.

Action it: Grab your journal and start to plan out all of the ways in which you can use your book

Start with the end in mind
04:24
Where are you with your book and course idea?
4 questions
+ Getting started - steps to get you up and running quickly
6 lectures 27:57

Quick set up

Udemy provide comprehensive details of how to get yourself set up.

  1. Set up your account

  2. Create a course - no not the full thing, just the first part

  3. Decide on a working title - you can change it later

  4. Follow the guidelines

  5. Use the instructor resources

  6. Stay up to date with the learning platform

Quick set-up
02:20

What tools do you need to consider investing in? Please remember that these tools I mention have been built up over a number of years, and as time has gone by I may have upgraded my equipment.

Start with the essentials, beg, borrow and don't steal, friends and colleagues equipment before you buy. Products like Camtasia are essential. I always use the free trial offers to see how I get on with products and I watch training videos to learn how.

You owe it to yourself to get the best that your budget will allow.

Tools to make your course production easier
10:22

Course overview

Your overview to what we will be doing.


Overview of the steps
03:50

Read your book and makes notes

In this step I want you to read your book. You of course know what your book is about, but this is reading it and being mindful of what parts could lend themselves to video, worksheets, case studies, interviews etc.

It is also about advising your unconscious mind that you are preparing to turn it into a course.

You will find that once you have read through it with your 'course head' on, lots of ideas will start to come to you.

The benefit of doing a first pass read through is that it starts your creative juices flowing and gets your left brained logic thinking about flow.

At this stage it is just a mindful read through.

Preview 02:50

It is really motivating to start to set up your curriculum. Whilst you don't know what the course outline is yet, this getting started section will help you to feel that you have started and is very motivating.

Not only that you can start to learn how the curriculum process works.

Take some time to play with the tools and get familiar with how everything looks from both the student and instructor perspective.

This will save you time later on when you come to upload and set up your course.

Getting started - getting your curriculum started
08:12

Outcomes

At the end of this session you will have the basics set up and feel like you have started your course. You will know what tools you need and can budget accordingly.

Benefits

Getting started is always the hardest step, but now you have and congratulations. Being ready for action is a great feeling.

Actions

  1. Do the quick set up
  2. Follow Udemy's instructions
  3. Get your workspace and tools sorted
  4. Set up the first part of your curriculum
Actions and check lists - getting started
00:23

Quick quiz to make sure you have taken action and followed the getting started steps

Getting started
5 questions
+ Planning - step by step process for getting your content ready
12 lectures 01:06:40

Creating the course outline

Watch this lecture to understand my process for getting content from my book and turning it into a course outline.

Having a structure and a process will help you to take your creative ideas and logically form them into a course that flows.

Your book may be written one way and you may decide that your course will flow better another way.

Adapt for the way that you like to work. Take your time, have fun and remember to factor in some reflective time.


When you get to the end of this lecture you will be able to start looking at the production stage.

Creating the course outline and lecture plan
10:23

In this lecture we are concentrating on getting the right lecture materials together from your book content. We look at:-

  • PowerPoint template

  • Images

  • Branded worksheets

  • Free chapters of your book

  • How to contact you

  • Videos

You job is to now bring your book alive and engage your students.

Planning - your lecture materials
03:31

You book outline in WORD

In this lecture you will go on a tour with your book outline in WORD. It will help you to get fully acquainted with your course outline.

In the resources I have included a document to help you to outline your book if you haven't already done so.

Preview 06:40

Deconstructing your book

We take a further look at deconstructing your book so that you are ready to turn it into lecture materials

DEMO: Deconstructing your book
09:31

This lecture provides a quick overview of creating a PowerPoint template. When you have a slide master set up it is so much easier to create your slides.

You will also get to know how the PowerPoint design assistant works

DEMO: Creating a simple PowerPoint presentation and template
07:32
DEMO: Adding your branded image to your PowerPoint template
01:49

Canva quick tour

This is a quick tour of Canva. You can use Canva or Word to create your handouts.

Canva has a help guide if you have never used it.

DEMO: Designing lecture materials in Canva
05:40

Images for your slides

There three places I usually get images:

  1. Pixabay (free)

  2. Unsplash (free)

  3. Depositphotos (paid)

DEMO: Images
02:27

Using the step it out process

I use this with my book clients and it is just as useful for course planning.

From my book course...

This is a walking, using your intuition and making sense process, which will really help cement your chapter outlines.

Have your mobile phone or recording device handy. Ask questions about each chapter as you walk up and down. I find writing this down on a A3 sheet and laying it on the floor very helpful.

  • Title

  • Questions

  • What is this chapter about?

  • Why is it important for my reader to know this?

  • How can they do the same, or what exercises can I share?

  • What if – what are the benefits of following the advice in this chapter, or the consequences of not ?

  • Thinking points - what do I want my reader to think about?

This is a valuable exercise for getting to the heart of your book outline.

Print out the book outline so that you have the questions to hand or scribble a big one on an A3 sheet of paper

Discovering your book outline

  • Turn on your voice recorder, make sure you have enough space to record

  • Using one sheet of paper per chapter, start laying the A4 sheets out on the floor

  • Either lay them in a straight line or in a circle

  • As you step onto each sheet, pause to reflect, close your eyes and go inside and to get a feeling, sense or image of what the chapter might be about

  • Using the voice recorder talk out loud and ask your what, why, how and what if questions

  • As you step onto the next chapter, consider if and how they logically flow into each other. Can you feel the connection? Make a note of any connecting words or ideas.

  • When you get to the end, look back and review the flow of your chapters. What else comes to mind?

  • Walk around looking at them, getting a bird’s eye view, what other words or ideas come to you?

Remember

Fully engage your senses and, as you step from sheet to sheet, think about what the chapter is about and try to get a feel for it. If you find it difficult to feel then use another way (seeing, hearing, thinking) to make sense of each chapter

CAUTION: If you are writing an emotionally sensitive book, do not stand on the chapter sheets; observe them by walking alongside. You want to be dissociated from the content.

At the end

Listen to your recording, make notes and get ready for your brainstorming wall. If you are unable or do not want to do the brainstorming wall go straight to mind-mapping.

Remember you can adapt these exercises to suit you.

DEMO: Step it out outlining process
01:39

In this lecture we are looking at:-

  • What to put on a slide
  • Bringing your content alive
  • Creating activities
  • Adding in worksheets
  • Giving extra content
  • Checking in on learning and actions
  • Blending the learning

In this way you are giving your students a richer experience and it also gives you the opportunity to create workshop materials if you haven't already.

Planning and content - the finer detail
10:20

In this lecture I give you an idea of how long it may take you to produce your course. My advice when you decide how long it will take add some on.

Remember to put time in your diary, ask others to leave you alone, take time out to reflect, breathe and smile. You will get there.

Timings - find out how long it will take to turn your book into a course
06:24
Actions and check lists - planning and content
00:44
+ Production - going from the plan to creating the course
10 lectures 45:45

After planning the next big phase is production. In this lecture I share with you my production process.

Your job is to now sit with your course planning tools and any material you have collated and record your course. You are now also creating worksheets and deciding what other materials you will share.

As you work through your planner you will be uploading to Udemy and going through each section checking that you have covered all of the requirements.

Using your course planner will keep you on track, because you will definitely want to take a rest.

Do the first section, reflect and get feedback. Take your time if you are new to this and remember to ask questions.

Production - going from the plan to creating the course
14:23

How the lecturer sees PowerPoint

In this lecture you will see how I use PowerPoint. I can do this because I have my notebook computer with an additional monitor attached.

You can see where my notes are and how this makes it easier for me to deliver my content

DEMO: Using PowerPoint
01:14

Starting to create the curriculum

In this lecture you will see how to create your course in Udemy

DEMO: Starting the curriculum
08:12

Using Zoom

Zoom is what I use to coach my clients remotely. You can also use it for webinars and to record course content. There is a free version - so download and play with it. Check that it gives you the right level of quality.

This lecture is the raw video which is unedited.

DEMO: Using Zoom to record your courses
03:52

Creating a video some tips

This a demonstration of creating a video - disasters and all...

Yes I have over egged it a bit, but as you will see all is not lost and you can, as long as you 'learn' your way of recording get better and better.

Most of all don't give up, remember to breathe and take breaks often. Sometimes you will chuck your video in the bin, but most times you will be able to pause and continue.

Action it: Practice making your videos - with time it will get easier

Recording your first video - an example, with mistakes
04:16

In this lecture I provide you with a brief intro into editing with Camtasia. My advice would be to head to Camtasia and watch their videos.

Like most software it is often a case of trial and error. Watch the videos, make mistakes and keep learning. This is powerful software which will really help you to create amazing videos.

DEMO: Overview of editing your first video
06:40

Adding a screen visual effect in Camtasia

In this lecture you can see one way of making your talking head more interesting. If you don't have Camtasia have a look and see what you package can do. You can also buy images to use as backgrounds.

DEMO: Adding a screen visual effect in Camtasia
02:09

When you have a talking head to practice for, it's a great idea to head outside for a walk. In this fun video, I share my first practice.

Going for a walk to practice your talking head videos
03:18

Your bonus lecture

This is your chance to sell. It has to be the last lecture. Please go to the Udemy lecturer resources and follow the guidelines.


The bonus lecture
01:07
Actions and check lists - production
00:34
+ Publishing your course - the final checks
4 lectures 14:26

Publish your course

Do all of your final checks, make any changes and go live

Publish and be damned
06:29

Go through all of your final checks, make sure everything is as you would want it. You can always come back and change things later, if you need to.

Preview 06:27

The review process has been designed to support the instructors. This lecture provides an overview of what to expect and how to followup on the feedback.

What do do when the review comes back
01:15

Outcomes

At the end of this section you will have uploaded everything and have checked everything ready to submit for review.

Benefits

This is where you get your moment of glory and feedback from all of your hard work.

Actions

  1. Do all of your final checks and submit for review
  2. Read through all of the review items and make any changes
  3. Feedback to your reviewer when done and move onto the next steps

Remember Udemy are experts and will provide good feedback. Follow it and when your course is live sell, sell, sell!!

Actions and check lists - the final checks
00:15
+ Marketing and selling your course
3 lectures 17:35

Designing a sales funnel

The sales funnel refers to the buying process that you will lead your customers through when you are inviting them to purchase products.

The typical sales funnel is divided into multiple steps, which differ depending on the particular sales model.

The best way to learn is to look at what others do or to go on a course with a digital marketer who can teach you.

Right now your job is to get out your journal and start scribbling you ideas down. Reflect and then create a process map.

When you put it together test it.

Preview 06:52

Other marketing ideas

In this lecture I share some other ideas. Grab your journal and brainstorm. Follow others. Most importantly - do ONE thing well

Other marketing ideas
10:21
Actions and check lists - marketing and selling your course
00:22

Quick check in to see if you have added any new ideas to your marketing plans.

Your marketing funnel
3 questions
+ Congratulations and bonus
1 lecture 01:25

Please connect with me

Please head to https://www.daledarley.com to find out more about how I can support you.

Other courses

Links to other Udemy courses which will support your writers journey.

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  • Blog your book in 30 days

  • Writing your life story

  • Kick-start your memoir - writing exercises

  • Writing to heal

Books on Amazon

I have a selection of books on Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dale-Darley/e/B006ZSXP1M


Dale

The bonus lecture
01:25
What have you learned?
4 questions