Publish Your Novel on Amazon Kindle and Print on Demand

Follow the steps in this course to format your Word document and then publish it on Kindle and Createspace
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  • Lectures 22
  • Contents Video: 1.5 hours
    Other: 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

This course is for you if you're a fiction writer who would like to see your work self-published. When you have finished this course, you will have both a Kindle ebook and a printed book available for purchase on the Amazon store.

The course is structured on a simple step-by-step basis using screenshot videos. A supplementary ebook covering the same elements will be available to refer to offline.

I designed this course for novelists because the format of a novel is simple - a certain number of words divided by chapters. The insertion of images will be covered, but If you're writing children's books with images and wrap-around text, or non-fiction, then this course is not for you.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have access to MS Word 2013. This course can be taken using earlier versions of Word, but some of the onscreen options may look different.
  • Students should be either about to start their novel, in the process of writing it, or have a finished book they want to prepare for conversion

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Format your Word document and publish it as an ebook on Amazon Kindle.
  • Format your Word document and publish it as a printed book on Createspace.
  • Re-publish your work as often as required.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is not for non-fiction writers who have complex styles and images in their books
  • This course is not for children's book writers who have lots of images requiring wrap around text
  • This course is for fiction writers who want to publish on Amazon in electronic and print format. If you have images in your book that you're happy to have centred on the page, that's fine too

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: The Preliminaries

This is a broad overview of the course. What you get from this course is the knowledge you need to publish a book on Amazon, in both electronic and physical format.

47 pages

Download the supplementary ebook that accompanies the course lectures


If you have partly or completely written your book in Word, and you feel you want to remove any existing formatting and start with a completely clean file, this lecture will show you how.

Section 2: Creating Your ebook for Kindle

We will cover what you don't need to include in a Kindle ebook. This includes, headers, footers, and page numbers.


This lecture will cover the options for good paragraph styles, and discuss the fonts you may wish to use that are currently supported by Kindle.


If you need to undo your existing styles and apply new ones, we'll cover that here.


What should be on these pages and where to put them in the book.


Generating your Chapter Headings in the right format, so we can use them to build a table of contents later, and separating chapters effectively.


The process of creating a table of contents that will allow the reader to navigate your book successfully.


I'll talk about the best quality options for your images, and provide a checklist.

We will cover the process of inserting images into your book.


The importance of a good cover, and where to get one.


Outlining the proper use of footnotes to meet Amazon standards.


Introduction to a free book conversion tool that will allow you to convert your Word document to Kindle format (mobi), to see how it looks prior to uploading to Amazon.


Talking about acceptable formats. Saving your book prior to publishing, then a walkthrough of the actual process, with advice on description, categories, and keywords.


Talking about what you need to consider, now that you're a published author on Kindle!

Section 3: Creating Your print copy for Createspace

This lecture is about the physical book, in terms of page layout for the front matter - that's title page, table of contents etc.


Choosing what size your book will be and setting your Word document up to match it.


Set margins for odd and even pages throughout your book, and to allow for the number of pages in your book.


Adding page numbers to your document from where you want them to start.


Create a table of contents in a slightly different way to how you did it for your ebook.


Walking through the publishing process up to the point of submitting if for review by Createspace


The review and proofing stage of publication. And some additional words on pricing at the finish!

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Instructor Biography

Mark McKay, Published Amazon Author

I published my first thriller novel on Amazon in 2014. As part of that process I formatted my Word document myself, for both ebook and print versions. I learned all about what works when it comes to producing high quality ebooks and Print on Demand copies. I would like to pass on that knowledge to you, so you can feel confident about publishing your own novel, and so that you will know you can do it again for the next book.

I have a background in business analysis and programming. I like to keep things clear and simple, and I incorporate that approach into my Udemy course. My goal is to help you produce ebooks and print books of the highest quality.

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