A three-week class that will teach you how to format your eBook, sell it on major digital platforms—and then make sure people can find it.
Your Instructor: Joseph Nassise (author of Templar Chronicles Urban Fantasy Series)
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
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Enrollment: 24 Students Maximum
Self-publishing used to be a dirty, shameful concept--the realm of authors who couldn't crack the world of traditional publishing. But with the advent of digital publishing, the paradigm has shifted completely.
Now, self-published books are cracking best-seller lists. Even authors who've been traditionally published for years are testing the self-publishing waters, thanks to greater creative control and higher royalty rates.
A new report from Bowker says more than 235,000 print and digital self-published titles are being released annually in the United States. We know it's easy to self-publish a book. But it's not easy to do right. Flip through the self-published offerings on Amazon and you'll find a lot of books that are poorly edited, wrapped in garish covers, and are generally incapable of finding an audience.
Urban fantasy author Joseph Nassise is a veteran of both traditional and digital self-publishing. He's seen success in both, and through a lot of experimenting and perseverance, knows how to successfully format, package and sell a self-published book.
And he's here to show you how to do it. From advice on getting a good editor and cover designer, to proper formatting so your eBook will appear correctly on just about every digital format imaginable, Joseph will show you how to take control of your publishing destiny.
* You do not need a finished manuscript to take this course--if you want to learn the skills and bank them for a later date, you can complete the assignments with draft documents. You will still have access to the course material after the class ends.
What This Class Covers
Week One: Ebook Design and Formatting
In this lesson students will learn how to take their manuscript and convert it into a professional looking eBook in a variety of formats. They will gain an understanding of the best way to layout the material within the text, as well as hands-on experience in adding required elements such as an active table of contents and interior images.
Key topics will include:
- File types per platform
- Basic ebook layout
- Do it yourself formatting first into html, then converting to epub/mobi
- How to outsource the formatting and what to expect if doing so
Week Two: Preparing Your Book for Sale
Presentation is everything when it comes to ebooks. From the cover art to the downloadable sample, you want to make sure that your book is presented to the potential customer in the best possible light.
Key topics will include:
- Creating or acquiring cover art
- The importance of your book description
- Keywords and how they impact visibility
- Proper category selection
- The need for reviews – good or bad.
- The many theories on pricing
- Author Central accounts
Week Three: Raising Your Visibility
With more than a million titles on the virtual shelves, authors need to find a way to raise the visibility of their book and to keep that visibility high. This final lesson will discuss strategies to do that by using the various systems already in place via the various platforms.
Key topics will include:
- Categories and keywords
- Bestseller lists
- New Release lists
- Kindle and Nook daily picks
- Special programs such as KDP Select and Nook First
Goals Of This Class
- Discover how to look like a pro your first time out on all the major platforms
- Overcome common problems that frustrate your efforts or make you look like an amateur
- Develop the skills to be as proficient at self-publishing as you are in writing
- Leap ahead of the would-be competition who haven’t taken the time to acquire 21st century knowledge
- Reduce your learning curve for the precise things you’ll need to know next
- Succeed in the digital publishing revolution
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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