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Course: Amazon Kindle eBook and Book Self-publishing for Beginners

Amazon Kindle eBook and Book Self-publishing for Beginners

  • Life Time Access
  • Certificate on Completion
  • Access on Android and iOS App
  • Self-Paced
About this Course

How would you like to be a published author by the end of the day... for free?

Welcome to the only Simpliv complete self-publishing guide that shows you how to do it all yourself for free. Nothing is left out of this video guide that covers everything from creating a book cover to marketing your published book.

My name is Brian Jackson and during the last 8 years I've created hundreds of book covers and published well over 100 books. In this course I'll explain the entire process to you allowing you to quickly become a published author given nothing more than a finished manuscript.

This course covers:

Book Cover

Fast and easy, create a free professional quality book cover using the Canva online graphic design tool and free images from Pixabay. All you need is a web browser to have a finished book cover in under 10 minutes. The process I demonstrate utilizes free Canva Kindle book cover themes to quickly create professional quality book covers including free images from Pixabay.

Format Your Manuscript

Quickly format your manuscript for Amazon publication using Microsoft Word 2010 or beyond (Word 2016 running on Windows 10 is demonstrated). Learn both traditional style and use the free Kindle Create Word plugin to format your manuscript. Following my detailed instructions guarantees a polished finished product. The process I demonstrate ultimately augments the use of the free Kindle Create Microsoft Word plugin with traditional formatting techniques to produce very clean manuscripts that are a pleasure to read.

Self-publish on Amazon

Self-publish your book in minutes on Amazon in Kindle and Print on Demand (POD) paperback formats using the free Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) web-based interface. Note that you can publish paperbacks via KDP or use the traditional method of switching to CreateSpace. Once complete, you're a published author, but that doesn't mean that your done...

Market Your Book

Take the first steps toward marketing your book for free to become an Amazon bestseller. Make money and friends as you gain readership.

And the whole process is free because you do it yourself. Given a finished manuscript, a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later and a web browser you can become a published author by the end of the day.

In fact, I'm embarrassed to have to admit that purchasing this course could be your greatest expense... though I assure you it's well worth any reasonable cost considering the money and time you'll save to become a published author today!

Mac users should be aware that the Kindle Create method is currently only available on Windows. However, the traditional method is my preferred method anyway ;-).

I'll see you in the classroom,

---Brian

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone with a finished manuscript wanting to self-publish their book for free
  • Anyone needing to create a free professional looking book cover
  • Anyone wanting to market their published book using proven techniques
Basic knowledge
  • You'll require a finished book manuscript that has been copy edited
  • You'll require a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later to format your manuscript
  • You'll require a web browser to create a Canva book cover and publish via KDP
What you will learn
  • You'll be able to self-publishing your manuscript on Amazon Kindle and paperback for free
  • You'll be able to create a free professional looking book cover using Canva
  • You'll be able to market your book to get readers
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 31
Total Duration: 04:33:38
Introduction
  • Self-publishing Process  

    In this lecture I provide an overview of the self-publishing process which mirrors the course outline. After providing details on the four self-publishing steps of creating a books cover, formatting your manuscript, publishing your manuscript and marketing your book I conclude with a discussion of SmashWords and why it's not invited to the party.

  • Course Requirements: What is a Finished Manuscript  

    The requirements for this course are simple:

    • Any web browser running on any computer
    • Microsoft Word 2010 or greater
    • A finished manuscript

    Note that a finished manuscript has been copy edited.

Book Cover
  • Fundamentals of Book Cover Design  

    In this lecture I discuss the fundamentals of book cover design focusing on images, text and colored boxes. All addressed are making text pop, full page vs inset images and branding.

  • Addendum: Book Cover Design and Download JPG/PNG  

    In this course addendum I correct and clarify directions provided in the following videos regarding Canva book cover creation. There are two:

    • Click the "Create a design" button near the upper left of the screen and search for the "Book Cover" design by scrolling down in the design list rather than selecting "Kindle Cover" which appears for no one but me.
    • When exporting images, click the Download button then change the default download format from PDF to either JPG or PNG by clicking on the down arrow to the right of the selector.

    Please report any problems or confusion as you encounter them so that I can produce the best course possible.

    ---Brian

  • Using Free Canva Themes and Pixabay Images to Create a Book Cover  

    In this lecture I provide a demonstration of creating a free book cover using a Canva theme, which pretty much lays out the whole book cover allowing you to change the text and picture to make it yours.

  • Canva From a Blank Page Up  

    In this lecture we use Canva to build a book cover from the blank page up. No more depending upon themes. Here I demonstrate the use of raw Canva.

  • Canva Advanced Techniques  

    In this lecture you graduate from novice Canva book cover creator to expert. Watch as I delve into the guts of Canva's inner workings.

Format Your Manuscript with Word
  • Self-publishing Options  

    In this lecture I include the self-publishing options including traditional vs Kindle Create formatting and the new option to publish you manuscript in Print on Demand (POD) paperback via the KDP interface.

  • Traditional Document Formatting Part 1  

    In this lecture we begin the process of formatting your manuscript for publication using the traditional or manual process.

  • Traditional Document Formatting Part 2  

    In this lecture we conclude the process of formatting you manuscript for publication using the traditional process.

  • Install the Kindle Create Microsoft Word Plugin  

    In this lecture I explain how to install the Kindle Create Microsoft Word plugin in preparation for using it to format your manuscript for publication.

  • Format Your Manuscript Using Kindle Create  

    In this lecture I demonstrate the use of the Kindle Create Microsoft Word plugin to format your manuscript for Amazon publication via KDP.

  • More Formatting, Table of Contents and Preview  

    I conclude with the Kindle Create formatting odds and ends.


Self-publish Your Book with KDP
  • Publish Your Book in Kindle Format Using KDP  

    In this lecture I demonstrate how to publish your manuscript for Kindle distribution using the Amazon KDP web based interface.


  • Copywrite Your Amazon Book Description  

    In this lecture I provide a few pointer on how to write compelling copy for your Amazon book description.


  • Publish Your Book in Print on Demand (POD) Paperback Format Using KDP  

    In this lecture I demonstrate how to publish your book in POD paperback format using KDP.

  • Book Review Process, Approval and Monitoring  

    In this lecture I discuss the Amazon review process and things you can do after your book is published to monitor sales, change your book and run promotions.

  • Addendum: Creating a Paperback Book Cover in KDP  

    In this lecture you'll learn the two options for creating a paperback book cover in KDP.

Book Marketing
  • 10 Book Marketing Tips (Part 1)  

    This is the beginning of 10 book marketing tips that are free and easy to implement.

  • 10 Book Marketing Tips (Part 2)  

    This is the conclusion to 10 book marketing tips that are free and easy to implement.

  • Additional Book Marketing Tips  

    This lecture includes two more book marketing tips on going permafree and using KDROI to advertise you book promotions.

  • Websites, Mailing Lists, Amazon Bestseller Categories, Author Central, GoodReads  

    This lecture provides a concluding grab-bag of tips on marketing your book.

  • Update on KDP Select Free Promotions (7/20/2018)  

    In this lecture I provide updated statistics showing the free promotions made possible via including in the KDP Select program do improve book sales and Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP) Read.


  • Update on KDP Select Free Promotions (8/24/2018)  
Alternate Free Book Cover Options
  • Create a Free Book Cover Using the GIMP  

    This lecture provides a short demo of using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) in place of Canva to create your book cover.

  • Create a Free Book Cover Using PowerPoint  

    This lecture provides a quick demo of using Microsoft PowerPoint to create your book cover instead of Canva.

  • Create a Free Book Cover Using Canva  

    This lecture demonstrated using Canva to create the sample book cover.

Amazon Self-publishing Demonstration
  • Create a Free Book Cover Using Canva/Pixabay  

    This demonstration lecture shows how to create a book cover using Canva.

  • Format Your Manuscript (Traditional) Part 1  

    This demonstration lecture shows how to use the traditional formatting method to format your manuscript for Amazon publication.

  • Format Your Manuscript (Traditional) Part 2  
Conclusion
  • Bonus Lecture: What's Next?  

    Some concluding suggestions on what to do now.

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