Turn your book into a course
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Turn your book into a course

Simple steps to creating a course from your book
4.2 (29 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.
1,311 students enrolled
Created by Dale Darley
Last updated 10/2017
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This course includes
  • 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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What you'll learn
  • Turn your book (or almost book) into a course
  • Be able to create a plan for turning your book into a course and to make the process simple

  • Be able to take any chapter and turn it into course materials

  • Create a course and learning plan which makes it easy for you to start recording
  • Build a sales funnel and make money
  • Have a book idea and enough content that can be used to create a course
  • Are writing 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

Turn your book into a course and maximise your content

You've written and published a book, and you want to share your message with a wider audience.

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

The 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 33 lectures 01:45:49
+ Introduction and welcome to 'Profit from your knowledge'
4 lectures 12:35

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 04:57

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

Preview 01:59

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.

Preview 03:59

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 01:40
+ Getting started - steps to get you up and running quickly
2 lectures 06:16

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


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.


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


  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
+ Planning - step by step process for getting your content ready
9 lectures 34:46

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 02:04

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.

Step 2 - creating the course outline and lecture plan

This lecture expands on the previous lecture by showing you live how to go through your book and select content for different aspects of your course.

Outlining - using the outlining and lecture planner tools with your book

Whilst you are outlining your course you can be thinking of ways to bring your content alive and engaging with outsourced resources.

In this example I used an illustrator to create some personalities for me.

What ways could you bring your book content alive and who can help you?

Outlining - adding in ways to bring your slides alive

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

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.

Your PowerPoint template

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

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
Actions and check lists - planning and content
+ Production - going from the plan to creating the course
6 lectures 24:46

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

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.

Recording your first video - an example, with mistakes

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.

Overview of editing your first video

Next steps are to produce and upload the rest of your content. Do it a section at a time, checking everything as you go along.

This makes it easier for you to know where you are and be in control of your recording and uploading schedule.

Final curriculum checks

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
Actions and check lists - production
+ Publishing your course - the final checks
3 lectures 04:19

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 02:44

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


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


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


  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
+ Marketing and selling your course
8 lectures 21:24

In this lecture we discuss pricing and coupons and how you can use them to start to get traction for your course.

Pricing and coupon offers

In this lecture I share my sales funnel for engaging with my audience and how I 'funnel' students into my pipeline.

Your sales funnel - outside of Udemy

In this lecture I discuss with you how I create a Udemy sales pipeline for my courses.

Your sales funnel inside of Udemy

In this lecture I share with you how I blog my book to raise it's profile and make coupon offers from my website.

Blog your book and sell your course

This lecture shares another simple idea for promoting both your book and course.

Preview 02:09

This lecture is a reminder to check your analytics so that you can make sure that you spend your marketing budget in the right places.

Check conversions and analytics so that you can target your marketing properly

Getting students numbers and reviews provides social proof and is another tactic for raising the profile of your course and making it attractive to other students. This lecture shares some of these ideas.

Getting student numbers and social proof
Actions and check lists - marketing and selling your course

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 01:22

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