Self-Publishing Primer: Basic steps for new writers.

Introduction to Self Publishing books using Microsoft Word and Photoshop. Simple formatting and Photoshop tactics.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Contents Video: 29 mins
    Other: 14 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

Do you have a book inside of you? Most people do! The problem is getting that book out and onto the page - and not just onto the page; but also out into the global marketplace.

Where do you start?

Can you really self publish your own book?

This course provides an excellent introduction for anyone who may be toying with the idea of not just writing a book but taking the next step and actually publishing it.

It's easier than you think!

Perhaps you like to write short stories, poetry or maybe you even have a novel in progress that never seems to get finished. You've found the right course to finally get your writing out into the market where it belongs.

This course will show you a simple method to format your manuscript using MS Word so that you can upload it directly to the Amazon KDP and Amazon CreateSpace Marketplace.

You will also see how you can make a quality book cover using Photoshop in 5 minutes flat! Where to get royalty free graphics that you can use with no attribution required - even for commercial use.

This short course can be completed in just a couple of hours. 30 minutes of video and several text based lectures. The three sections of the course covers:

  • 1 How to use MS Word to format a manuscript that will be accepted by Amazon.
  • 2 Evaluating the self-publishing opportunity. My strategy for approaching the self-publishing opportunity.
  • 3 Using Photoshop to make free book covers quickly and easily.

Take the next step, enroll now and get yourself in gear! Learn to self-publish for fun and profit today. An easy introduction to a great work from home opportunity!

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need their own copy of Microsoft Word. Photoshop is also recommended, but is not required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get comfortable using Microsoft Word to prepare your manuscript. You'll learn how to set up your title, chapter headings and create a table of contents. Next, you'll understand why writing for market demand is different from creative writing and lastly you'll get a good primer on using Photoshop for your covers.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is oriented towards beginners who are really not sure yet what self publishing is all about or whether there is an opportunity to make an income from writing.

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.

Curriculum

00:17

Are you seeing the videos clearly? Make sure that you click on the 'HD' button so that you get the best resolution!

Article

Just a few opening remarks.

Section 1: Getting started with Microsoft Word
04:12

Different versions of Microsoft Word. Setting your font size, paragraph, and line spacing. Creating your title page and copyright page. How to insert page breaks. How to insert your copyright symbol.

04:36

Navigating through your document. Creating a table of contents with or without page numbers.

03:21

Correct indentation. Changing text font and colour. Adjusting paragraph settings. Modifying headings.

03:33

How to insert images into MS Word. Adjusting your images. Optimal pixel size for publishing.

5 questions

Answer these questions to make sure you remember some important points when using MS Word to create your manuscript.

Section 2: Evaluating the Opportunity.
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3 things I learned about writing. Can anybody be a writer? How long does a book need to be? Is the market for writing books still a viable opportunity?

Article

A brief background on the self publishing phenomenon that has evolved into the present day opportunity.

Article

Ask yourself these two questions about writing and see if you can honestly answer yes to both. If so, then self publishing could be a good fit for you.

Section 3: Creating Book Covers Fast!
01:24

The CEO of General Electric once said, "Accelerate your failure rate"! If you spend a long time on a project and fail, you may be so discouraged as to give up. If you spend a short time on a project and fail, you are much more likely to pick yourself up and try again!

06:00

Using Photoshop can be easy if you are patient and follow a few simple instructions. When I first started using Photoshop I was sooo frustrated! But after studying a few tutorials I realized that it can be quite simple once you learn the different functions. Like riding a bicycle, once you learn, you will never forget!

03:43

A nice cover in under 5 minutes? It's not impossible, now you can watch a live example from start to finish in this simple lecture. Anybody can do it and that includes you! :)

Section 4: Summary and conclusion.
01:32

So we've learned the basics of using Microsoft Word in section 1.

In section 2 we discussed the self-publishing opportunity and asked ourselves a few pointed questions as to whether this may be a good opportunity for us.

Lastly in section 3 we looked at making covers quickly and easily using Photoshop.

I was in the same place you are right now! A short time ago, I was wondering if I should try my hand at self publishing and I am so glad I did!

You can do it! Don't give up and enjoy the journey!

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Instructor Biography

Patrick Doucette, Writer, Entrepreneur, Premium Udemy Instructor

A little about me:

I graduated from University with degrees in Commerce and Philosophy. A strange combination but probably a good reflection of my wide range of interests!

My early career was divided between work in computer and marketing positions as well as time spent in the real estate industry.

For the past several years I have been working as a writer, self-publisher and investor. I have always been a writer, even when in high school I used to write essays far longer than was ever required!

I Love Learning!

My goal is be a lifelong learner and student of life. As a creator of educational content I want to produce material that will be helpful to a large audience. That is what my Udemy Courses are all about, sharing useful ideas and showing you exactly how to succeed.

My experience with self-publishing is extensive, I self-published my first title fifteen years ago in 2000 and have added dozens more titles over the years.

I am committed to being an instructor you can count on! Any question at all you may have about getting your book to sell better on Amazon, just let me know and it will be addressed. I look forward to hearing your success stories too!

~ Patrick

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