Why Consider Self-publishing Your Book Exclusively on Amazon
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Self-publishing eBooks on Amazon KDP and POD paperbacks on CreateSpace: Enter the Kindle Select Program vs Smashwords
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Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 5/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You'll learn why you should self-publish exclusively with Amazon
  • How to format your manuscript for Kindle eBook publication using Microsoft Word
  • How to publish your manuscript on Kindle eBook using KDP
  • How to name your book to be found
  • How to price your book to be sold
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Requirements
  • This course requires you to have access to Microsoft Word to format your manuscript for publication
  • This course requires that you have a written manuscript you'd like to publish
Description

Have you written a fantastic manuscript but now you're unsure what to do with it?

Please allow me to make a suggestion...

This is a course that advocates self-publishing over traditional publishing.  At the same time it takes a potentially controversial stand by suggesting that you should be publishing exclusively with Amazon companies.

This class also serves as an introduction and guide to publishing on Amazon KDP.

But before getting all tangled up with a whole course, the first four lectures in this course cover short but important topics that need to be nailed down before we can proceed:

  • Why You Should Self-publish Your Book
  • Why You Should Self-publish on Amazon
  • Why You Should Enter the Kindle Select Program
  • Why You Should Publish a CreateSpace POD Paperback
  • Why You Should Watch the Rest of the Amazon Self-publishing Series

The next section in the course is where the rubber hits the road...

In the second section you'll learn how to format your manuscript using Microsoft Word for publication on Amazon Kindle.  This is the first of a pair of sections to dealing with publishing on Amazon Kindle, the second being how to actually publish your book through the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) web based interface.

I'd recommend that you pause the course after each lesson in order to perform the task just described using your own manuscript.  By the time you finish the class you'll have a formatted manuscript.

In the third section you become a published author...

In the fourth and final section, you'll learn how to price your book at the sweet spot to be sold and to name your book using keywords so that it can be found.  These two steps are probably the most crucial in marketing your Kindle book.

The two topics addressed in the final section are:

  • Price Your Book to Sell
  • Name Your Book to Be Found

Be sure to watch the entire course if you're interested in self-publishing.

I'll see you in the classroom,

---Brian

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is appropriate viewing for any author undecided about whether to self-publish or traditionally publish their work
  • This course is appropriate viewing for any author looking to self-publish their manuscript on Kindle eBook using KDP
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
01:28:50
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:33
Course Overview
01:33
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Why You Should Self-publish Your Book Exclusively on Amazon
5 Lectures 19:31
Why You Should Self-publish Your Book
06:36

Why Self-publishing on Amazon
01:10

Why You Should Enter the Kindle Select Program
06:18

Why You Should Publish a CreateSpace POD Paperback
02:45

Why You Should Watch the Rest of the Amazon Self-publishing Series
02:42
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Kindle eBook Formatting Using Microsoft Word
12 Lectures 25:56
Introduction to Amazon Self-publishing
00:55

Enabling Show Formatting Symbols
01:46

Converting Special Characters
03:43

Adding a Title Page
02:14

Configuring the Page Layout
01:51

Defining Normal and Header Styles
06:27

The Last Resort: Reset All Reformatting
01:31

Formatting Chapter and Subchapter Headings
01:46

Including Images
01:26

Formatting Hyperlinks
01:34

Inserting a Table of Contents
02:18

Amazon Self-publishing 2: Kindle eBook: Microsoft Word: Self-publish and Formatt
00:25
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Kindle eBook Publishing Using KDP
7 Lectures 19:00
eBook Publishing Introduction
00:57

Getting Started with KDP
03:27

KDP Publishing Step 1: Your Book
05:59

KDP Publishing Step 2: Rights & Pricing
02:09

Book Approval and Modifying Your Book
02:53

Monitoring Your Sales Activity
03:07

eBook Publishing Summary
00:28
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Price Your Book to Sell and Name It to Be Found
4 Lectures 22:50
Introduction to Book Marketing
00:40

Price Your Book to Sell
12:30

Name Your Book to Be Found
09:14

Amazon Self-publishing Conclusion
00:26
About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
4.5 Average rating
2,751 Reviews
55,300 Students
32 Courses
Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2700+ Reviews, 54,800+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.