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This course covers every aspect of self-publishing. Each lesson includes a practical assignment which is based on the real world of self-publishing. All assignments are personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll be receiving expert feedback at each stage of the course.

Lesson 01: Introduction

  • List the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing.
  • Discuss what self-publishing entails.
  • Describe your self-publishing options.
  • Discuss your objectives.

Lesson 02: Preparation

  • Choose your readers and category.
  • Create your keywords, title and subtitle.
  • Create your brand, website and social media.
  • Write your blurb and bio.

Lesson 03: Plan your book

  • Set up your writing space and plan your strategy.
  • Organise and back up your documents.
  • Plan your book’s layout.
  • Choose a house style.

Lesson 04: Format your book

  • Work with MS Word and KDP templates.
  • Work with MS Word formatting styles.
  • Start writing / formatting your book.
  • Create the front and back matter.

Lesson 05: Edit your book

  • Commission beta readers to test your book.
  • Do a basic copy edit and proofread.
  • Brief a copy editor and proofreader.
  • Get your book reviewed.

Lesson 06: Upload your book

  • Set up a Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) account.
  • Start your KDP project.
  • Get an  International Standard Book number (ISBN).
  • Upload your manuscript to KDP.

Lesson 07: Create your book cover

  • Explain why a good cover is important.
  • Discuss cover elements.
  • Design a cover using KDP cover creator.

Lesson 08: Publish your book

  • Proof your book.
  • Set up your pricing plan.
  • Publish your print book on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).
  • Publish your book on Kindle.

Lesson 09: Power up your sales

  • Finalise your sales details.
  • Perfect your bio.
  • Perfect your blurb.
  • Get good reviews.

Lesson 10: Launch and market your book

  • Use Amazon Marketing Services.
  • Launch your book.
  • Market your book.
  • Track your sales.

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