Word 4 Authors

Learn how to format your books perfectly for Amazon, CreateSpace, and the other retailers.
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  • Lectures 59
  • Length 8.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Word 4 Authors offers students expert instruction in MS Word so they can properly format their books for self-publishing on Amazon, CreateSpace, and Draft2Digital.

There are a total of 10 sections, including:

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Introduction to Word
  • Starting From Scratch
  • Starting From a Previously Formatted Manuscript
  • Working on Your Manuscript
  • Finalizing Your Manuscript
  • CreateSpace
  • Draft2Digital
  • Tools and Resources
  • Bonuses

In each section, students will find step-by-step video tutorials walking them through each phase of the formatting process. There is also a self-check exercise at the end of each section where students can test their newfound skills, if they so desire. Following each self-check exercise, the answer is provided so that students can compare their answer to the correct answer and self-assess their learning.

Finally, students will find a variety of templates given by the instructor so that each student has a starting point for publishing expertly formatted manuscripts.

What are the requirements?

  • Ensure Word is installed on their PC (version 7 is ok, but 10 and 13 would allow for the best learning experience)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Publish expertly-formatted books to Amazon, Draft2Digital, and CreateSpace
  • Overcome all formatting issues previously experienced while publishing

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for you if you are writing a book, have written a book or books, or want to write a book, and want help getting it properly formatted using MS Word
  • This course is for anyone who has ever been in "formatting hell" trying to get their manuscript just right before clicking publish on Amazon's KDP, Draft2Digital, or CreateSpace
  • This course is for you if you have always wanted to write a book and are wondering how to get started

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introdution to Word
08:27

Welcome to Word 4 Authors! If you’re not sure of your Word skills and would like to improve them, or if you’ve had some frustrating formatting experiences, you’ve come to the right place. Inside these eight modules, you’ll find all of the information you’ll need to format your books so that they look great in KDP, CreateSpace, Draft2Digital, ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats. I would suggest you go through the course in order, however, feel free to jump in anywhere and get started.

1 page

This document is a checklist for you to print out in order to keep track of which lectures you have listened to.

11:21

In this video, we will review the Home tab and which features are most often used by authors and publishers.

05:14

In this video, we will review the Insert tab and which features are most often used by authors and publishers.

05:02

In this video, we will review the Design tab and which features are most often used by authors and publishers.

03:05

In this video, we will review the Page Layout tab and which features are most often used by authors and publishers.

01:46

In this video, we will review the References tab and which features are most often used by authors and publishers.

02:38

In this video, we will review the Mailings tab and which features are most often used by authors and publishers.

04:28

In this video, we will review the Review tab and which features are most often used by authors and publishers.

04:45

In this video, we will review the View tab and which features are most often used by authors and publishers.

07:10

In this video, we will discuss good file management practices, including saving and naming various versions of the same project as well as supporting materials for each project.

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The document shown here is the answer to the self-check exercise. Please download the document provided and do the assignment, then compare your answer with this one. Good luck!

Section 2: Starting From Scratch
02:11

In this video, we will take a look at some of the pre-set formatting options available to you in Word.

04:27

In this video, we will learn how to create our own custom formatting for a new manuscript.

03:01

In this video, we will learn how to create an outline of our new book.

07:05

In this video, we will learn how to add custom styles to our new book's outline.

06:34

In this video, we will learn how to add custom spacing to our manuscript.

03:03

In this video, we will learn how to customize the font size and color of our headings and text in our manuscript.

08:05

In this video, we will learn how to customize the paragraph settings of our manuscript.

10:11

In this video, we will put together all of our formatting techniques to create our own manuscript template for future books.

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The document shown here is the answer to the self-check exercise. Please download the document provided and do the assignment, then compare your answer with this one. I have also included a new book template that I created that you may use for your books. Good luck!

Section 3: Starting From a Previously Formatted Manuscript
08:12

In this video, we will learn how to remove the formatting of a previously formatted manuscript.

04:02

In this video, we will learn how to copy and paste a manuscript into our own personally formatted template.

04:03

In this video, we will learn how to match the formatting of one book to another book.

18 pages

The document shown here is the answer to the self-check exercise. Please download the document provided and do the assignment, then compare your answer with this one. Good luck!

Section 4: Working on Your Manuscript
04:53

In this video, we will learn how to add page breaks to a manuscript and why they are needed.

06:37

In this video, we will learn how to add section breaks to our manuscript and where they should go.

03:21

In this video, we will learn how to add bullets and numbering to our manuscript.

13:59

In this video, we will learn how to add images to our manuscript and the best way to add them.

14:05

In this video, we will learn how to add visual items to our non-fiction manuscripts, such as tables and charts.

07:01

In this video, we will look at adding various front matter and back matter sections to our manuscript.

23 pages

The document shown here is the answer to the self-check exercise. Please download the document provided and do the assignment, then compare your answer with this one. I have also included a sample document of book sections that I created for you to use for your books, if you like. Good luck!

Section 5: Finalizing Your Manuscript
05:44

In this video, we will learn how to edit and proofread our manuscript.

05:30

In this video, we will learn how to search for and delete any unwanted spaces and returns in our manuscript.

07:06

In this video, we will learn how to add bookmarks to our manuscript and where the best places are to add them.

05:40

In this video, we will learn how to add a Table of Contents to our manuscript.

07:33

In this video, we will look at the different file formats we can create of our manuscript.

06:27

In this video, we will learn how to upload our manuscript to Amazon KDP.

38 pages

The document shown here is the answer to the self-check exercise. Please download the document provided and do the assignment, then compare your answer with this one. I have also included a sample book file that I created for you to use for your books. Good luck!

Section 6: CreateSpace
14:39

In this video, we will begin learning how to properly format our manuscripts for paperback format, through CreateSpace.

19:41

In this video, we will continue learning how to create paperback versions of our books using CreateSpace.

13:12

In this video, we will learn how to upload our properly formatted paperback book to CreateSpace.

74 pages

The document shown here is the answer to the self-check exercise. Please download the document provided and do the assignment, then compare your answer with this one. I have also included a sample CreateSpace book file that I created for you to use for your books, if you like. Good luck!

Section 7: Draft2Digital
09:39

In this video, we will learn the difference in formatting for Draft2Digital as opposed to KDP or CreateSpace.

38 pages

The document shown here is the answer to the self-check exercise. Please download the document provided and do the assignment, then compare your answer with this one. I have also included a sample Draft2Digital book file that I created for you to use for your books, if you like. Good luck!

Section 8: Tools and Resources
04:31

In this video, we learn how to use Greenshot to take screen captures.

06:36

In this video, we will learn how to use Canva to create amazing free graphics.

04:46

In this video, we will visit some popular and inexpensive graphic suppliers.

06:03

In this video, we will see how to use a Google Chrome extension to see how much money books and authors are making.

05:50

In this video, we will see how to use KDROI, a Good Chrome extension to submit our book's free promotion or 0.99 promotion days to multiple sites in just a couple of minutes.

03:55

In this video, we will see how easy it is to create your own audio versions of your books, in order to add another income stream to your writing business.

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This document contains link to each of the resources discussed in Section 8.

Section 9: Bonuses
17:06

This bonus video begins to show you how to use Photoshop to create your own CreateSpace covers, saving you lots of money in design fees.

11:06

This bonus video will finish showing you how to use Photoshop to create your own CreateSpace covers.

1 page

This document is a checklist that you can print off to use when creating your books to be published in KDP format.

1 page

This document is a checklist that you can print off to use when creating your books to be published on CreateSpace.

1 page

This document is a checklist that you can print off to use when creating your books to be published on Draft2Digital.

1 page

This document is a checklist that you can print off to use when creating your books to be published in PDF format.

1 page

This document is a cheat sheet for formatting your books in the following formats:

  • KDP
  • CreateSpace
  • Draft2Digital, and
  • PDF.

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Instructor Biography

Barb Asselin, MBA, Writer, Publisher, and College Professor

Barb Asselin has been a part-time Canadian college professor since 2004 where she has taught in the following programs: Paralegal, Law Clerk, Legal Assistant, Office Administration, Virtual Assistant, and Court Support Services. She teaches a variety of theory courses as well as courses using the MS Office Suite, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.

Barb is also a traditionally published author, having co-authored the textbook, Legal Transcription in Canada, through Emond Montgomery.

Barb is a self-published author of over 70 books and journals in a variety of genres and has been publishing books online since October 2013.

She loves to teach and help students understand in an easy-to-understand manner and in a way where they can apply their knowledge to the real world immediately. She strives to make a connection with each student so that the learning experience is an enjoyable one.

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