Learn to Self-Publish: Your Story. Published

Taking your great story from file to published book, getting it into the hands of readers.
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

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:

  • Choose a Publishing Tool
  • Choose an Illustration Tool
  • Choose a Publishing Service
  • Format for Publication
  • Create a Book Cover
  • Convert to eBook Format
  • Obtain your ISBN, your LCCN, and register your Copyright
  • Launch and Promote

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!

What are the requirements?

  • You should have your story near final draft form. We will take it from there through to finished print and Kindle book.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • After you complete all of the actions in each module, you will finish the course with a published print book and Kindle book for sale on Amazon.com.

Who is the target audience?

  • This self-publishing course is designed for aspiring authors that have a book story, but have not taken the steps to publish that story to get it into the hands of readers. If you've previously self-published, congratulations! You are already there. If not, this course will get you there.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Tools and Formatting for Publishing

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.

Section 2: Launching and Promotion

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.

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Instructor Biography

Al Holtz, Author/Illustrator/Podcaster

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.

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