Self-Publishing for Canadians
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Self-Publishing for Canadians

Learn how to bring your story or expertise to the world in print and ebook formats.
4.6 (9 ratings)
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Created by Sarah Ettritch
Last updated 10/2015
English
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What Will I Learn?
You’ll learn everything you need to know about how to publish your work to print and ebook.
You’ll learn all the Canadian-specific stuff that most courses don't include.
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Requirements
  • You need something to publish. If you only have a first draft, that’s okay. If you’re working on your first draft and you’re confident that you’ll finish it, that’s okay, too. It can be fiction or non-fiction.
Description

There are tons of self-publishing courses available, but most are targeted to a US audience. Self-Publishing for Canadians is a comprehensive course for Canadians (I bet you didn’t see that coming). We’ll cover the entire publishing process, including:

  • How to polish your first draft – beta readers, professional editors, and more
  • How to get ISBNs and CIP data
  • Options for producing your print files
  • Options for producing your ebook files
  • How to get your books into all the major online bookstores
  • Canadian programs for publishers that can earn you extra money
  • How to stop the IRS from keeping 30% of your revenue from book sales (yes, Canadians do have to worry about the IRS)
  • Audiobook production and distribution
  • Options for selling books directly to readers
  • How to avoid common mistakes along your self-publishing journey
  • And more…

Each section includes resources to help you put what you’ve learned into action.

Who is the target audience?
  • Writers who want to self-publish a book.
  • You’ll get the most out of this course if you’re Canadian.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
5 Lectures 16:11

The introduction to the course and the instructor. Background information about why the instructor created the course.

Preview 06:08

Instructions about how to use the course so you'll get the most from it.

How to Use This Course
03:18

An overview of the publishing process you'll be taught in this course.

Preview 04:39

A brief note about where you can find the resources I mention in the lessons.

Where are the Resources Located?
00:26

Your action steps and resources for this section.

Wrap Up
01:40
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Updates
2 Lectures 17:37

I discuss changes at Ingram Spark and the state of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited Subscription program in this update.

April 2015 Update
05:37

When using IngramSpark, you may run into a nasty stocking problem at Amazon. In this lesson, you'll learn how to get around the problem.

IngramSpark: Dealing with "ships in 2 to 3 weeks" at Amazon - June 2015
12:00
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Preparation
8 Lectures 56:46

An outline of what we'll cover in this section, which is about polishing your book before you publish it.

Lesson Outline
01:30

We discuss how important it is to make your book the best it can be BEFORE you publish it.

Preview 07:28

We cover how to find and use beta readers to improve your book.

Beta Readers
10:35

We cover where to find critique groups, and the drawbacks of using them.

Critique Groups
02:02

We cover how to find and evaluate professional editors, and how they typically work.

Professional Editors
18:32

We answer the question of whether you should use Canadian spelling in your book.

Canadian Spelling?
03:21

We cover how to make sure that your book doesn't infringe on anyone else's copyright.

Copyright Considerations
10:58

Your action steps and resources for this section.

Wrap Up
02:20
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Decisions
7 Lectures 42:50

An outline of what we'll cover in this section, which is about the decisions you need to make up-front.

Lesson Outline
01:04

You first decision: will you publish a print book, an ebook, or both (we'll cover audiobooks in a later lesson).

Print, EBook, or Both?
13:26

Your second decision: Will you set up a publishing company (not as terrifying as it sounds!).

Company or No?
05:56

If you decide to set up a company, you'll follow the steps we cover in this lesson.

Create a Company - Steps
12:02

How to find out if a domain name is available for purchase.

How to Check Domain Name Availability
06:03

Your action steps and resources for this section.

Wrap Up
03:31

Q&A about content in the Decisions section.

Decisions FAQ - Added October 2015
00:48
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Metadata
7 Lectures 40:16

What we'll cover in this section, which is about metadata (yes, we do learn what it is!).

Lesson Outline
00:46

We cover the information bookstores will want from you when you set up a book with them.

Identifying Your Book
06:00

We talk about ISBNs - what are they, and what are they used for.

ISBNs
10:27

We cover how to get and assign ISBNs (don't go to Bowker!). Demonstration at the LAC site.

How to Get and Assign ISBNs - Updated May 2015
11:24

We talk about CIP data - what is it, and what is it used for.

CIP Data
03:30

We cover how to get CIP data for your book. Demonstration at the LAC site.

How to Get CIP Data
05:48

Your action steps and resources for this section.

Wrap Up
02:21
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Producing the Book
11 Lectures 01:10:15

It's time to produce your book files - we discuss how to do that in this section.

Lesson Outline
00:36

We cover the two printers just about all self-publishers use (and we will, too!).

Printers
17:58

We talk about the files the printer will require from you.

Print Files
01:57

We talk about your options for creating your print book's interior file.

Interior Design Options - Print
09:41

We talk about the typical cover design process that most cover designers use.

Cover Design Process
03:50

We cover (no pun intended) your options for creating your print book's cover.

Cover Design Options - Print
11:02

We talk about why print proofs are important.

Getting and Checking a Print Proof
03:29

Amazon has added a tool that will help you create great-looking Kindle books for children. If you're publishing a children's book, you should take a look at it.

Kindle Kids' Book Creator
00:21

We talk about your options for creating your ebook's cover file.

Cover Design Options - EBook
07:30

We cover your options for creating the ebook file that contains your book's contents.

Interior Design Options - EBook
12:01

Your action steps and resources for this lesson.

Wrap Up
01:50
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Distribution
15 Lectures 01:22:17

It's time to sell your book. We discuss how to distribute your print and ebooks to the major online bookstores.

Lesson Outline
00:53

EBook Subscription Services - August 2015 Update
16:05

Oyster is no more - September 2015 Update
00:17

We talk about how to distribute your print book. If you've followed the process so far, it's easy.

Print Distribution
06:19

We get an overview of how to distribute your ebook.

EBook Distribution
01:47

We discuss how to upload your ebook to Amazon, and the KDP Select program.

How to Sell Your EBooks in Amazon's Kindle Store
13:52

We discuss getting your ebook into Barnes & Noble.

How to Sell Your Ebooks at Barnes & Noble
00:53

We cover how to sell your ebook at kobo.

How to Sell Your Ebooks at kobo
03:02

We discuss how to get your ebook into iBooks.

How to Sell Your Ebooks at Apple iBooks
05:08

We discuss selling your ebook at Google Play.

How to Sell Your Ebooks at Google Play
06:55

We define aggregators and discuss three popular ones.

Aggregators - What Are They? Which are the Popular Ones?
13:45

We discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using aggregators.

Should You Use an Aggregator?
07:09

Do you need to assign an ISBN to your ebook?

EBooks and ISBNs
01:11

We cover getting your ebook into libraries and the major ebook subscription services.

Loose Ends - Libraries and EBook Subscription Services
02:36

Your action steps and resources for this section.

Wrap Up
02:24
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Canadian Publisher Programs and Taxes
6 Lectures 19:33

Your book is published. We cover optional steps and programs you might want to take.

Lesson Outline
00:43

We cover how to register your copyright, and whether you should.

Registering Your Copyright
04:52

We talk about legal deposit, which is a legal requirement.

Legal Deposit
01:47

We discuss a couple of Canadian programs for authors/publishers that can earn you money. We cover the Public Lending Right Program and Access Copyright.

Publishing Programs that can Earn You Dollars
03:26

We cover how to deal with the IRS. Yes, you do have to worry about the IRS, even though you're Canadian.

How to Stop the IRS From Keeping 30% of What You Earn
07:39

Your action steps and resources for this section.

Wrap Up
01:06
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AudioBooks and Selling Direct
4 Lectures 18:29

We cover a couple of additional topics: audiobooks and selling books directly to readers.

Lesson Outline
00:19

We discuss your options for producing and distributing audiobooks.

How to Create and Sell Audiobooks
05:51

We cover your options for selling books directly to readers from your website, or using a service.

How to Sell Books From Your Website
10:58

Your action steps and resources for this section.

Wrap Up
01:21
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Conclusion
2 Lectures 03:15

Congratulations! We wrap it up and discuss your next steps.

Course Wrap Up and Next Steps
02:33

You've completed the course! Select the publishing plan that best fits your situation. Also, I'd appreciate it if you'd review the course on Udemy. Good luck with your self-publishing journey!

Resources and Survey
00:42
About the Instructor
Sarah Ettritch
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172 Students
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Canadian author Sarah Ettritch writes stories that feature strong female characters. Sarah has been self-publishing books for more than five years. Through her publishing company (Norn Publishing), Sarah has published print books, ebooks, and audiobooks. Her books are available worldwide at all the major online bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and kobo.