You have your story written, but the task of publishing it seems too complicated. This course will take that story to published print and Kindle version, both for sale on Amazon, and you will be prepared to promote it.
Learn to Self-Publish Your Book in Both Print and Kindle Formats
Topics covered include:
All of this is information I acquired, researched, and developed during the work on my book, along with the lessons I learned. Included are a course handbook, a PDF version of my children's action book for reference, the raw HTML files I used to convert that book to Kindle format, and my "Ten Guidelines to Improving your Book".
Viewing time for the course's 14 modules, which consist of video slide shows and screen sharing, is about one hour and 45 minutes.
Let's get your book out to readers!
Course introduction, including module listing and course format.
A look at the different publishing tools you can use to format your book, and demo of one of them.
A look at the different illustration tools you can use to create your digital illustrations, and a demo of one of them.
A look at the different online publishing services available and the criteria you can use to evaluate which to choose.
Creating a paper mock-up of your book is an excellent way to visualize the layout. We'll look at creating one and at the details you need to consider for your layout.
One method for creating your digital illustrations is converting your hand-drawn sketches. I'll demo a method for that conversion, and how to take those all the way to finished, book-ready illustrations.
It's time to assemble your text and illustrations into book form in your chosen publishing tool, and also to create your book's cover. I'll demo the CreateSpace Cover Designer.
All print books need an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), and you have several ways to acquire one. If you are in the United States, you may also want a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN), and may want to register your copyright. I'll give you the details on all of this.
Many readers are getting their books on e-Readers, so you want to be sure your book is available to them. I'll show you how to convert your book to Kindle format, and give you info on a tool for converting to another format.
With your print version and electronic version complete, it's time to launch! I'll step through the process on CreateSpace and on Kindle Direct Publishing.
With a book now available on Amazon, you'll want to complete your author page and get familiar with Amazon's author tools. I'll step you through Amazon's Author Central site.
Amazon offers a number of programs to help your promote your Kindle book. I'll describe the programs and the requirements for each.
Every author should have a presence online. I'll give you my ideas on how and where to do this, and also describe a few contests in which you should enter your book.
I'll wrap-up the course for you, the published author.
Al is the dad of three girls, a children's book author/illustrator, and is the host of The Last Ship Podcast. He is also an avid American Football fan, loves movies and TV, and spends his days as an IT professional with a large corporation. Al loves teaching during his day job, and has carried that passion over to Udemy.