Self-Publishing from the Very, Very Beginning
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Self-Publishing from the Very, Very Beginning

Self-Publish an eBook and a Paperback, Chapter and Children's Books
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Created by Carolyn Wilhelm
Last updated 2/2019
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 36 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • During this course, you will set up free accounts for selling books, learn how to create an author page on Amazon, learn how to set up an author page on Goodreads, understand why limited social media accounts can be helpful, understand more about social media sharing, and learn how to publish an eBook and a paperback.
Requirements
  • Knowledge required includes knowing basic computer skills, how to use Word, how to create a PDF, understanding links, and being able to set up free accounts online to sell and market books. Some of the projects require the access to Adobe Acrobat DC Pro, but not all.
Description

This course has video demonstrations, templates, and instructions for the beginner to create eBook and paperback manuscripts, learn some ways to get additional online links to the book sales page, prepare a cover as a print ready PDF, learn how not to compress images in Word, and learn about ISBN's and copyrights. Adobe Pro is used in a few lessons but alternative methods are described. 

Step-by-step printable direction PDFs for working with book templates are included.

Easy templates include the following:

Chapter Paperback Word Doc Template

Chapter eBook Word Template

Children's Picture Book PowerPoint Template for a Paperback and an eBook (8.25" X 6" paperback with bleed)

Children's Picture Book 8.5" X 8.5" Paperback Word Template

Videos include the following and more:

Free Accounts for Self-Publishing

There are several free online accounts that will allow you to publish eBooks and paperbacks. This video discusses Kindle Direct Publishing, the sales page, Amazon Author Central, Goodreads as a reader, and Goodreads as an author. 

Quick Overview of Social Media for a Book

Social media can be carefully used to provide links online to your book sales page. Quick overview.  

Copyrights

When the manuscript is finished (or finished and published) it should be copyrighted within 90 days.

Begin with an End Plan

Begin with the end in mind so that decisions made later will not require revisions and extra work. Start out with a plan to be most efficient and reach your goals. 

Be Consistent with Metadata

Be careful to use the exact same title, subtitle, and author name on all documents to be published such as eBook manuscripts, paperback manuscripts, and covers.

Copyright Page

Word Doc and PDF provided to edit for your own book. 

Set-up Word so Images will not be Compressed

If your book has photos or art, before typing the manuscript, Word should be set up to not compress images.

Set-up Acrobat Pro

If using Acrobat Pro to create PDFs, set up Word so that images will not be compressed when saved as a PDF.

Prepare the Kindle Manuscript

This video has a demonstration of preparing a Kindle eBook Word document from scratch. A generic Word Doc is provided which meets the new requirements.

Table of Contents for Kindle

Learn to insert a table of contents that will have links for eBooks, learn to update it, and see how to see/check your work by downloading the Kindle previewer for PC or Mac. Two supporting documents are included with this lesson.  

Online Cover Creators

Kindle Create to Embellish Manuscripts

Convert Paperback Manuscript to eBook Format

Fonts in eBooks

Paperback Manuscript How to and Free Template

Create your own paperback manuscript using the directions and lesson resource template.

Table of Contents for the Paperback

The Table of Contents (TOC) for a paperback is different from the eBook format.

Create a Full-bleed Children's Paperback with PowerPoint

This video shows how to used a PowerPoint file sized to publish a 8.5" X 6" children's paperback.  Template provided.

Create a No-bleed Children's Paperback with Word

This lecture has a video about creating a children's paperback using Word (no other software is required) to make an 8.5" X 8.5" book. A sample Word doc is provided.

Use Word and Adobe Pro to Create a Full-bleed Children's Paperback

This lecture has a video, a step-by-step guide, and a Word document that may be used to create both a paperback and an eBook from the same file. For this paperback, Word, Adobe Acrobat DC Pro, a story, and illustrations are required.

There are 41 videos in all. Other topics include figuring out which is the left-hand and right-hand page in documents, finding the financial information reports in KDP, uploading to KDP, and some troubleshooting.

Also, students may ask questions and a video may be created which could be added to the course.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to understand and create ebook and paperback publishing from the very, very beginning steps.
Course content
Expand all 42 lectures 02:37:28
+ Introduction and Overview
4 lectures 13:45

There are several free online accounts that will allow you to publish eBooks and paperbacks. This video discusses Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon.com, Amazon Author Central, Goodreads as a reader, and Goodreads as an author. 

Preview 05:29

Although you have heard silly or even bad things about social media, it can be carefully used to provide links online to your book sales page. Social media sites can be set up to be somewhat static. Comments can be turned off on blogs. Facebook can be carefully controlled. Later in the course each type of social media mentioned in this video will be discussed individually. This is a quick overview. 

Use Social Media to Get More Links to the Book Sales Page
04:26

When the manuscript is finished (or finished and published) it should be copyrighted within 90 days. This is best done at https://www.copyright.gov/ in the online registration portal and will cost $55.00 to protect your work. There are other services that offer to copyright manuscripts which may be more costly and go through the US Government anyway. Free copyrights are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/ and be sure to select the type of license you want and follow the directions.

Obtain a Copyright
02:56
+ Preparation to Work
5 lectures 17:35

Begin with the end in mind so that decisions made later will not require revisions and extra work. Start out with a plan to be most efficient and reach your goals. 

Start with the End Plan in Mind, First Decisions
05:05

Be careful to use the exact same title, subtitle, and author name on all documents to be published such as eBook manuscripts, paperback manuscripts, and covers. This will allow Amazon and other online book sale stores to merge the books on a single sales pages where people can select which book option they wish to purchase. This information is termed metadata.The same information should be used for the ISBN and copyright. *NOTE: It is true that Amazon does not require the subtitle to be on the cover, but in that case Amazon says it should not be on the title page, either. 

Preview 02:58

The copyright page should credit the author, any artists, any photographers or photos, provide the ISBN 13 and 10, give the registration number for the US Government copyright application or certificate number, and give the year of publication. See the attached Word Doc and PDF to edit for your own book. 

The Copyright Page Inside the eBook and Paperback
05:31

If your book has photos or art, before typing the manuscript, Word should be set up to not compress images. If the Word Doc has been saved without checking "do not compress images" the images should be reinserted to retain their DPI. 

Set Up Word to Not Compress Images
02:03

If using Acrobat Pro to create PDFs, set up Word so that images will not be compressed when saved as a PDF. This will help reduce any issues with publishers finding blurry images. Image resolution is set up outside of Word and Acrobat.

Set up Acrobat in Word to Not Compress Images
01:58
+ Create a Kindle Manuscript in Word
7 lectures 25:29

This video has a demonstration of preparing a Kindle eBook Word document from scratch. The two styles required are normal and Heading 1, which is shown. Page breaks are also required. 

Generic Kindle eBook Manuscript from "Scratch" in Word
05:33

Learn to insert a table of contents that will have links for eBooks, learn to update it, and see how to see/check your work by downloading the Kindle previewer for PC or Mac. Two supporting documents are included with this lesson. 

Insert a Table of Contents in an eBook Word Document
03:03

This video shows overviews of the cover creators in KDP Amazon, Canva, and PicMonkey that are available online. These are options or people without Photoshop or Adobe Pro.

eBook and Paperback Cover Creator Options
02:56

Word documents for eBooks may be embellished by using Kindle Create. The Kindle Create software may be downloaded for PC or Mac and is free. It is only for use with Amazon. There is also a children's book Kindle Create.

Embellish a Kindle Word Manuscript Using Kindle Create
02:29

Sometimes you might want to convert a paperback Word manuscript to be a Kindle Word document. By easily removing all section breaks, the headers and footers are removed. Then a few style formatting options may be changed. Page breaks will need to be added after separate pages such as the copyright and dedication, and at the end of each chapter. Save and upload to Kindle.

Convert Paperback Word Manuscript to a Word Kindle Document
04:50

Kindle has a limited number of fonts, the author has little font choice, the reader can change fonts and page colors, and ebooks appear differently on different devices such as tablets, phones, and laptops. The Kindle software is free an may be downloaded for most electronic devices. 

Fonts in Kindle
02:36

The KDP Amazon Tools and Resources page has several Kindle creator software options which may be downloaded to your computer. This video shows the Kid's Book Creator as well as the Kindle Textbook Creator (Beta) software in use. The Kid's Book Creator offers the ability to add pop up text, but no other interactives. The Textbook Creator offers pop ups for movies, sounds, and pictures.

Using Amazon Kid's Book and Textbook Creator Software for Interactive Books
04:02
+ Create a Paperback Manuscript in Word
11 lectures 59:48

Create your own paperback manuscript using the directions and lesson resource template. Add front matter, chapters, use styles to format text, add headers/footers, and page numbers. The generic document adheres to the newer KDP Amazon suggestions now that Create Space closed and books are being moved to KDP Amazon. Instructions are included on the page such as that the page must be right facing or have no page number. The PDF is for people who want to read the instructions as they type their own document.

Paperback Manuscript Generic Template and Instructions
09:18

The Table of Contents (TOC) for a paperback is different from the eBook format. Align page numbers, add a tab leader style, and update the TOC. Some troubleshooting tips are included in this video. 

Preview 03:22

How to view a PDF as a two-page spread, See an online demonstration of Amazon digital viewers, view a digital proof PDF, and learn a few important tips.

How to View a PDF and Examples of Digital Proofs
03:58

This is part one for seeing how to assemble a long manuscript (for a book) from a variety of Word Docs such as stories or chapters. This lecture has video one, and the step-by-step handout.

Assemble a Long Manuscript from a Variety of Shorter Word Docs for a Paperback
08:55

This video show the rest of the steps in creating a long manuscript from a variety of Word docs with stories or chapters. See how to add page numbers and running headers in this video. See also the handout with directions.

Add Page Numbers and Running Headers to the Assembled Long Manuscript
03:38

Adobe Pro can be used to save time to create print ready PDF-A files. Please also see the video about PDF-A settings. Basically, this technique will provide a quick way to find and edit the spine.

Adobe Pro Long Explanation Create a Paperback Cover Image
04:40

The really fast way to prepare the print ready PDF cover for a paperback once the cover image has been prepared. 

Adobe Pro for Paperback Covers Short Version
01:16

Don't have Adobe Pro? After preparing the book cover image, this video shows how to prepare it for submission. Drag and drop the cover on Gimp which will leave space around the outside edges (good) and save as a print ready PDF. 

No Adobe Acrobat Pro? Try Gimp to Save a Cover as a PDF
03:57

A demonstration of copy pasting on my generic eBook and paperback Word documents in lesson resources.

Copy Paste on eBook and Paperback Generic Word Documents
04:32

In this video, I upload a real PDF paperback manuscript to KDP Amazon. The demonstration shows where to get the free ISBN if wanted, information required for publication, and the book previewer interactive. It also shows where to buy proofs at the author price in KDP (although a proof may be requested in KDP, the actual purchase is now on Amazon.com).

Demonstration of Uploading a Paperback Manuscript to KDP Amazon
03:56

This is a longer look at preparing the generic paperback. The template has several sections, and each chapter is a separate section so there is no running header on the first page of each new chapter.

Longer Explanation of the Generic Paperback
12:16
+ Children's Picture Books Paperbacks and eBooks
3 lectures 14:10

This video shows how to used a PowerPoint file sized to publish a 8.5" X 6" children's paperback.

Using PowerPoint to Create a Children's Paperback
04:08

This lecture has a video about creating a children's paperback using Word (no other software is required) to make an 8.5" X 8.5" book. A sample Word doc is provided that may be edited and changed to create your own book. A step-by-step handout is also in the lesson resources area.

Preview 05:22

This lecture has a video, a step-by-step guide, and a Word document that may be used to create both a paperback and an eBook from the same file. For the paperback, Word, Adobe Acrobat DC Pro, a story, and illustrations are required. For the eBook, Word, illustrations, a story, and the free Kindle Kids' Book Creator software download are needed. Unlike CreateSpace, purchasing proofs is not mandatory in Amazon KDP. You can publish it directly, even without purchasing the proofs. There is an author price in KDP Amazon so retail prices are not needed by authors. It is full price on the Amazon sales page.

Create a Children's Paperback 8.5" X 8.5" with Bleed and an eBook from Same File
04:40
+ Social Media Tips
2 lectures 04:23

It is important to have a free Facebook fan page named for your book or your pen name. A personal Facebook page requires people to "friend" you, when a business/fan page allows them to easily follow you. Facebook will try to get you to buy ads, but these message can be ignored or deleted. Payment is not necessary. Businesses (and books are businesses) should not be "advertised" on personal pages. 

Preview 02:34

Twitter has pitch events where authors can tweet a sentence or two of or about a book to agents and publishers. There are groups on Twitter that can be followed to join in these events. 

Twitter Pitch to Publishers and Agents
01:49
+ Free Author Pages
4 lectures 08:56

Become a free member of Goodreads to rate and discuss books online. Also, once an eBook or paperback is published, a free author page is available. Claim your titles and apply for a free author profile. 

Goodreads Author Page
01:14

Updating your Goodreads author page is easy if you have already established one. This video explains how to tell whether or not you have one already, and what to do to get one if needed. It shows adding a book to your profile as well. 

Updating Your Goodreads Author Page
03:46

Amazon provides free author pages for people authors with books on Amazon.com at Amazon Author Central. Although author information is added on Amazon KDP for Kindle and paperback, the author page is set up at Amazon Author Central. Photos and videos may be uploaded to this page. 

Amazon Author Page
01:08

Create Space is moving paperbacks to Kindle Direct Publishing. Be proactive and move your books yourself to avoid possible problems. This video shows how I moved my books.

Moving paperbacks from Create Space to Kindle Direct Publishing Yourself and Why
02:48
+ Q and A
6 lectures 13:22

Where is the financial information about book sales? If you have a book or books in KDP Amazon, the reports are in that site. If you have a books on other sales sites, the reports are in those sites. Please see attached lesson handouts for further directions. 

How do I find the financial information about my book sales?
00:25

Which is the right hand page in different views such as the digital proof on Amazon KDP, the digital proof PDFs downloads, your own PDF, and Word? It is always the odd number page but it can be a little confusing to see with the several file types. 

Right-hand Page in Different Files and Views
02:47

Don't want to blog? There can still be a free blogger blog static set of pages for your book (about the book, about the author, where to shop, and some reviews) that is fairly easy to set up. Turn off all comments so it doesn't have to be checked often. This will provide more online links to your book sales page and requires little monitoring. 

Set Up a Static Free Book Information Blog for People Who Do Not Want to Blog
04:46

If you create Kindle editions, an account may be opened on KOBO to create the EPUB files on their site. Then that EPUB file may be uploaded to B&N (Barnes and Noble) after opening an account with their publishing branch. 

Selling eBooks on Multiple Sites
01:42

Because I have been asked this question, here is the answer. Sometimes what appears to be a font is actually an image of a number or letter. It is important to know the difference. 

Is that a font or image?
01:23

After submitting especially the paperback for approval, error messages may be received. However, even so, if the email says the manuscript and cover meet their technical requirements for publishing, the book is probably fine. 

Error Messages From Amazon
02:19