So your book is finished and ready to go... what's the next step?
Learn how to quickly and easily turn your book into a high quality paperback book and market it to the world. This course is a step by step guide showing exactly what you need to do to get your book published for free, and then get it onto international markets and start collecting royalties. All at zero cost to you.
This course is just one of the Zero Cost Self Publishing Program, a series of courses which show you the entire A to Z of self publishing at zero cost. Publish today for free. Collect royalties tomorrow.
Your book is finished but you need to format it to professional levels? Take the companion course 'Format your book manuscript using Word 2003'. Other courses coming soon include using Word 2013 and the free word processor Libre Office.
Introduction to the course and overview of course contents and how it fits into the overall Zero Cost Self Publishing Program.
To get started we first need to create an account on the CreateSpace web site. Here's how.
Now we have our account, lets start a new project for our book.
Next we add an ISBN to our book. Every book is uniquely identified with an International Standard Book Number. You can use one supplied by CreateSpace or get your own.
Selecting a paper type. Should your text be in color or black & white, should the paper color be white or cream? What difference does it make?
What's a trim size? Why does it matter? What difference does it make to the book size and price?
What are my book production costs? If I can publish my book for free, why does it matter what the production cost is?
How do I upload my book interior? What are the pros and cons of the different upload formats.
Why should I use the Book Interior Reviewer Tool? I've already edited my book, so what more is needed?
The Interior Reviewer Tool suggests I need to make changes to my book interior. how do I do that, simply and quickly? What happens after I make changes?
Let's create a book cover which will make your book attractive and exciting, and let's do it quickly and easily, for free, using on-line tools.
Your dashboard is the central control screen, but before you can sell you books you need to fill out the tax information for the IRS. Learn how non-US residents can legally avoid paying the 30% US withholding tax. Learn about tax treaties and how they're worth using.
You want to sell your book(s). What markets do you have access to? What are the pros and cons of the various market options. How do you set it up so only you have access to your book if it's a private memoir you only want to give to family and friends. Keep it private or sell to the entire world; it's your choice.
How do you set the retail price of your book? How do you tell if it's market value or not. How does the price affect your royalties? What about international pricing: US dollars, British pounds, European Euros?
What's a Bisac code and how to I use it to my best advantage? Why is my book description important?
I've done all this work on my paper book. Is there any way to carry that work over to other publishing sites?
You're finished. All that's left is to do the final 'Proof' review and then approve the book for publishing and sales. Why do I need to review my book yet again?
Congratulations and closing comments. All comments and feedback are greatly appreciated.
As CEO of Northwind Ink, a small publishing house, Stephen is a full time author, publisher and artist. He lives on the West Coast of Canada where he spends his time writing, publishing, carving soapstone sculptures and teaching.
He self published his first book in 2010, wrote Zero Cost Self Publishing in 2012 and has been teaching a two day self publishing course based on the book at the Royal Roads University Continuing Education department, located in Victoria, BC, Canada for several years.
He has written more than sixteen books, all of which are available in Paperback, and both Kindle and Epub eBook formats. These include novels, short stories, poetry, and 'how-to' books on self publishing, soapstone carving and stained glass art. His books can be purchased from CreateSpace, Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other international resellers.