Self-Publishing Primer: Basic steps for new writers.
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Self-Publishing Primer: Basic steps for new writers.

Introduction to Self Publishing books using Microsoft Word and Photoshop. Simple formatting and Photoshop tactics.
4.5 (10 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
539 students enrolled
Created by Patrick Doucette
Last updated 5/2015
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 29 mins on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Get comfortable using Microsoft Word to prepare your manuscript. You'll learn how to set up your title, chapter headings and create a table of contents. Next, you'll understand why writing for market demand is different from creative writing and lastly you'll get a good primer on using Photoshop for your covers.
  • Students will need their own copy of Microsoft Word. Photoshop is also recommended, but is not required.

Do you have a book inside of you? Most people do! The problem is getting that book out and onto the page - and not just onto the page; but also out into the global marketplace.

Where do you start?

Can you really self publish your own book?

This course provides an excellent introduction for anyone who may be toying with the idea of not just writing a book but taking the next step and actually publishing it.

It's easier than you think!

Perhaps you like to write short stories, poetry or maybe you even have a novel in progress that never seems to get finished. You've found the right course to finally get your writing out into the market where it belongs.

This course will show you a simple method to format your manuscript using MS Word so that you can upload it directly to the Amazon KDP and Amazon CreateSpace Marketplace.

You will also see how you can make a quality book cover using Photoshop in 5 minutes flat! Where to get royalty free graphics that you can use with no attribution required - even for commercial use.

This short course can be completed in just a couple of hours. 30 minutes of video and several text based lectures. The three sections of the course covers:

  • 1 How to use MS Word to format a manuscript that will be accepted by Amazon.
  • 2 Evaluating the self-publishing opportunity. My strategy for approaching the self-publishing opportunity.
  • 3 Using Photoshop to make free book covers quickly and easily.

Take the next step, enroll now and get yourself in gear! Learn to self-publish for fun and profit today. An easy introduction to a great work from home opportunity!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is oriented towards beginners who are really not sure yet what self publishing is all about or whether there is an opportunity to make an income from writing.
Course content
Expand all 13 lectures 42:12
+ Do this first!
2 lectures 00:30

Are you seeing the videos clearly? Make sure that you click on the 'HD' button so that you get the best resolution!

Preview 00:17

Just a few opening remarks.

Preview 00:13
+ Getting started with Microsoft Word
4 lectures 15:42

Different versions of Microsoft Word. Setting your font size, paragraph, and line spacing. Creating your title page and copyright page. How to insert page breaks. How to insert your copyright symbol.

Preview 04:12

Navigating through your document. Creating a table of contents with or without page numbers.

Preview 04:36

Correct indentation. Changing text font and colour. Adjusting paragraph settings. Modifying headings.

Preview 03:21

How to insert images into MS Word. Adjusting your images. Optimal pixel size for publishing.

MS Word Basics - Adding Images.

Answer these questions to make sure you remember some important points when using MS Word to create your manuscript.

Quiz on using Microsoft Word.
5 questions
+ Evaluating the Opportunity.
3 lectures 13:21

3 things I learned about writing. Can anybody be a writer? How long does a book need to be? Is the market for writing books still a viable opportunity?

Can you be a writer?

A brief background on the self publishing phenomenon that has evolved into the present day opportunity.

Should you self-publish?

Ask yourself these two questions about writing and see if you can honestly answer yes to both. If so, then self publishing could be a good fit for you.

You can do it if...
+ Creating Book Covers Fast!
3 lectures 11:07

The CEO of General Electric once said, "Accelerate your failure rate"! If you spend a long time on a project and fail, you may be so discouraged as to give up. If you spend a short time on a project and fail, you are much more likely to pick yourself up and try again!

Creating a cover introduction.

Using Photoshop can be easy if you are patient and follow a few simple instructions. When I first started using Photoshop I was sooo frustrated! But after studying a few tutorials I realized that it can be quite simple once you learn the different functions. Like riding a bicycle, once you learn, you will never forget!

Create a cover in 6 minutes - Sample 1.

A nice cover in under 5 minutes? It's not impossible, now you can watch a live example from start to finish in this simple lecture. Anybody can do it and that includes you! :)

Create a cover in under 5 minutes - Sample 2.
+ Summary and conclusion.
1 lecture 01:32

So we've learned the basics of using Microsoft Word in section 1.

In section 2 we discussed the self-publishing opportunity and asked ourselves a few pointed questions as to whether this may be a good opportunity for us.

Lastly in section 3 we looked at making covers quickly and easily using Photoshop.

I was in the same place you are right now! A short time ago, I was wondering if I should try my hand at self publishing and I am so glad I did!

You can do it! Don't give up and enjoy the journey!

Concluding remarks.