The goal of the Publishing Freedom Course is to help you create a manuscript that will sell no matter how you end up publishing it. That means self-publishing, getting an agent and selling to a publishing house, or making a deal with some of the companies who offer alternatives like professional distribution or assisted self-publishing. Here's what we'll get done in this course.
This course is about a shift in mindset from author to publisher. It will teach you about what is important to the industry and your readers.
This is laying the groundwork for success.
This is the part where you gather your tribe around you, have meaningful conversations, and work on your craft.
I know you probably want to start uploading your book to the online retailers now and start marketing your finished book.
But what if I told you that you can find enthusiastic fans right now? What if you started publishing just to them? What if these readers helped you perfect your story and spread the word about you and your writing to their friends, and friends of friends?
This, my friends, is marketing. Marketing starts now. Long before you book is finished.
The proper execution of these foundational tasks not only assures that your book competes with those released by the traditional publishing houses but actually sets you up in advance to do good marketing. In addition, it is a lot less costly (and frustrating) to do these things up front rather than having to do them over after you’ve published.
Preparing a manuscript correctly, identifying your readers and your book categories, adhering to professional standards, sharing with beta readers, and obtaining professional editing, are tasks that set yourself up for success as an author and a publisher.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. – C. J. Cherry
No amount of marketing dollars will make your book succeed if it is not professionally produced.
Specifically, this course will:
This five-point process will insures that your book is wanted by the market and that your manuscript is worth publishing, no matter how you decide to do it.
This five-point system is achieved in this course through these six modules:
The lessons in each of these sections map out the steps you need to take to keep your freedom. The steps you will take in this course are often skipped by authors, which is why self-publishing gets a bad rap. But I'm going to help you publish professionally so that your book is indiscernible from books put out by the major publishing houses.
If you're ready to make the commitment to finish your book and prepare it for publication you're in the right place. You can do it. It takes time and attention to detail.
While many authors dream of publishing, most don't take the steps to actually make it happen. Just by starting, you're already halfway there. So pat yourself on the back and let's get down to work.
During this course, you'll find links to many resources and additional reading. Some are resources I've prepared for you, others are from guests I've invited to contribute, and still others are the best of the web; that is, curated materials from other experts in the independent publishing world.
You'll get ebooks, documents, cheat sheets, and checklists. These include:
You'll also find links to worksheets, audio, and video by me and other experts who have valuable advice and examples. The self-publishing community is wise and generous. Welcome to the community of experts!
I look forward to helping you take this first, determining step toward your success as an independent author.
Questions? Shoot me an email!
The Self-Publishing Freedom course will help you direct your efforts and make efficient use of your time to ensure your success as an independent author.
Though the focus is on self-publishing, by the end of this course you will be equipped to publish any way you like.
With the quality manuscript that results from the activities you do in this course, with the deep knowledge of your market, and with the platform you are building, you are free to do whatever you like with your books.
We have the tools. We have the motivation. We have the freedom. So let's go create!