Self-publishing? Are you interested in writing and selling books yourself? As a result of working with my husband’s senior writing group and helping him and several other members self-publish eBooks and paperbacks, I have learned enough to create a course on the subject on UDEMY. UDEMY is free to join and there are many free courses on the site. A few years ago, I began taking classes online there and on other sites to fill out my continuing education renewal units for my teaching license. I’ve taken so many classes that I am ready to reapply in 2021 for another five years, which is such a good feeling. If you like learning, you might like UDEMY.
I recently wrote a guest post for the Frantic Mommy blog about some of the projects people worked on, resulting in several books. Then I made a course with everything I learned helping other people self-publish.
Here is a sample lesson from the course. Did you know Word compresses images as you work, and each save additionally reduces the image quality? I save so often that it is easy for me to ruin images. By checking a box in the settings, image compression can be prevented. Whew! However, if images were added and saved without checking this box, it is best to delete and reinsert them over again. Amazon will let you know if your images are not high enough quality for printing, but by using this setting the manuscript could be accepted the first time.
Self-Publishing from the Very, Very Beginning Course
The course is at this link:
There are several free spots left for students who may wish to take the course. Also, UDEMY runs sales often so by following the site you can take advantage of special prices and events. I found by taking some of the free classes and rating them well, instructors have shared discount coupons with me for their other courses. I love learning and have enjoyed the time I’ve spent on the site.
You might also like to see the informational blog post I wrote about my husband’s book, Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian in the Vietnam War, at this link. I was the technical help to publish his book. There is a free secondary education curriculum guide at the post as well.
During the course, you will set up free accounts for selling books, learn how to create a free author page on Amazon, learn how to set up a free 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. I provide handouts with additional information, links, and directions. Find out how to see the record of your sales and how much money you have earned. Get my own eBook and paperback manuscripts, and also learn how to copy/paste on them to create your own formatted documents.
The work I did to help some people in a writing group of senior citizens publish stories on blogs, eBooks, and paperbacks was all volunteer. I am a blogger and curriculum writer and have done a little self-publishing myself. The information I share in the lessons is what I learned helping other people, and especially for beginners with this whole process. There are many other people sharing YouTube videos, blog posts, and classes to check out, as well. Because I figured out how self-publishing works as seen from the eyes of unpublished writers new to digital publishing, my course explains things from the very beginning.
Thank you for reading, Carolyn
You might also like my free template, video, and step-by-step directions about creating a children’s picture book to publish on KDP Amazon.