Publishing Promoting Your Book: In print or digital eBook
- 1.5 hours on-demand video
- 5 articles
- 10 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- At the end of this course you will be able to utilize the included resources to publish your book in hard copy and Ebook format across multiple publishers
- After publication, you will have many resources, at little or no charge, to utilize for promotion of your masterpiece
- You have a story or experience to share with an attentive audience
- You have started composing electronically or are nearing completion of your book
This course, entitled Publishing and Promoting Your Book, consists of four main sections and 19 lectures covering
Finishing Your Book
- Genre, Proofreading and Reader Profile
Preparing Your Book for Publishing
- Cover Design
- Book Description
Publishing Your Book
- Publishing on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
- Publishing on B&N Press (Previously Nook)
- Publishing on Google Play
- Publishing on Smashwords
- Publishing in print with Amazon CreateSpace
Promoting Your Book
- Creating your website
- General and promotion-related discussion forums
- Free and paid promotion using your favorite social networks
- Free and paid publisher site advertising
- Connecting with local bookstores
- Paid promotions and services
After finishing these lectures, you will be well prepared for a career as a self-published author. Will this be a full-time career or part-time in addition to a "real" job? That would depend on the quality of your writing and your ability to promote to the masses.
- Anyone who has an adventure to share in written form
Who am I and what can you learn in this course? Everyone has a story, we just need to put it out there for others to enjoy.
When you spent all of this time and effort developing your book, there was a specific type of reader that should enjoy this. Young adult, fantasy, Technology? Choose a major genre and the classifications of sub-genre beneath that.
Your book is ready, but are you? What name will you use? Will you be writing in differing genres with individual pseudonyms?
Before it is ready for publishing, your book requires one or more editing passes. You should definitely do the firs pass yourself to detect spelling errors and general colloquialisms. The next pass will probably be most effective if it is done by a third-party. Of course, that decision is up to you, your circle of influence and your budget.
Welcome to the final step in claiming the title of "Published Author." We will work through the process, step-by-step, in five different publishing outlets. You will learn many details and gather necessary information to decide which programs within the publishing platform to use. Additionally, you will learn how to maximize the royalties earned from each publisher.
Nook Press has been renamed to B&N Press. This course will walk through the steps of formatting an Ebook for publication on B&N Press. You can begin with the attached template or create your own based on the formatting requirements. Enjoy the course and reap the benefits of publishing your Ebook for the world.
Congratulations on completing the text of your Ebook. This course will guide you through formatting that text for submission to the Smashwords site and inclusion across their various formats - iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Kindle, etc. Enjoy the lecture and included resources; leading to rewarding additional income for your efforts.
Why is this the first area discussed under promotions? Because it is the most important. There are "free" options for hosting your web site but they are generally used as ad purveyors for the host. There are lower cost web hosts who may work well for experimentation and building your first site. On the opposite end, there are professional hosting companies that charge a few dollars for each offered feature and the "cheap" package that you started with ends up costing hundreds of dollars per year. Although the choice for hosting and design support is fully dependent on your desires and budget, creating a web site for the purpose of presenting your creation to the world should be considered mandatory.
Everyone has something that can be learned from others. You may need advertising help, answers to publishing questions, maybe even writing prompts. In this section of links, you will find a plethora of discussion forums to assist in getting your work out there to the world.
Are you a "social butterfly?" If so, you are leaps and bounds ahead of the average introvert personality. Yes, there are many benefits to be realized from free social network interactions. If you choose to use a free or paid service to increase your social exposure, something should be used to post while you are at the "bread and butter" job.
Sometimes you just have to break down and commit some money into the advertising budget. Where will you get a better return on investment? Google Adwords, banner ads, interstitials? That will all depend on how well they are categorized and placed. Do your research and find out which service can best serve your genre before committing the dollars.
This is a tough one, since the key word here is "local." In this section, you will be exposed to various small bookstores in selected areas. There are great benefits to be gained from joining forces with your local bookstores. These benefits can include book signings, extra revenue and local recognition among many other benefits. Since there are so many areas that can be covered by potential students, these sites and stores just give you an example of the type of store that you may want to check into. I even included the local bookstore in Wilson, NC that I have dealt with on many occasions.
This group of links will lead you to sites that will help in your self-publishing journey, for a price. Get things done from the editing process to advertising of your finished work. If you have a budget, be sure to do your own research and choose the service that will provide the best return on investment.