The course clarified what I needed to know about getting a book on the market in one way or another, and that was my chief objective. The instructor was everything she should be and more and I learned far more than I anticipated. I had no idea the area was so complex.
Although I blindly stepped into writing my own book this course has further strengthened my interest in self publishing. It reviewed the knowledge I had gleaned from experience, answered many perplexing fears, and enhanced my ability to self publish 150%. Great information!
Linda is the most helpful, knowledgeable instructor I've encountered in my Ed2Go classes. She takes extra time to truly connect with her students and answers every question with such in-depth information that her discussion areas are equally as valuable as the actual lessons. I'd highly recommend any class she teaches!
I'm a CPA and required to take 40 hours of continuing education each year. I wish my CPA classes were this good. The instructor was excellent! The material was just the right amount for each lesson. I've already recommended this class to my sister who has signed up for the next session. Thank you for "bringing it"!
Excellent course. I now have created my own on-line publishing house. Thank you for the inspiration.
This class was so enjoyable yet practical. I will be reviewing this class for real life purposes. The professor was the most available and helpful instructor I have ever been taught by. Her teaching style is void of negative ego and I really felt that she cared for me and the other students through the discussion board and the excellence with which she presented the material. A true expert and professional.
I really enjoyed this course and learned more than I expected! I highly recommend it! Linda was an excellent teacher and provided so many helpful and useful answers to my questions. Thank you!
I enjoyed this course. I found it interesting and helpful. I really had no understanding about e-books and publishing until I discovered Linda's course. I appreciate all the work that went into engaging me with the resources, videos, games, assignments, and quizzes. This instructor is a professional who cares about her students.
This class was extremely detailed - beyond my expectations. The supplementary material was so useful and I would never have found this information on my own or even thought to. Kudos to the instructor for delivering amazing material.
Course Code: pyb
In your first lesson, you will meet some successful trailblazers in the e-book industry, find out which e-book genres sell best, discover how much money you can make publishing your own e-books, and explore the difference between fixed, reflowable, and responsive format e-books. Then you will start getting your e-book ready for publication, much like you would prepare a great manuscript for an editor at a publishing house. You will find out how to use tools to insure proper grammar, spelling and style.
In this lesson, you will begin the publishing process. You will learn how to create a reader profile describing your ideal reader and apply what you have learned to your marketing plan. The lesson includes lots of tips that will help you find readers for your book when it is launched. Then you will look at copyright registration. This may help ensure that you are compensated if someone uses part of your book once it is in the bookstores. You will also learn about ways to identify your book worldwide, and look at information librarians add to their catalog so that they can circulate your book to their patrons.
This lesson is about your title page and all the front and back matter you want to add. You will need to consider the author name you want to use. Once you have typed all the information into your book and formatted it, you will learn how to add a table of contents and hyperlinks, so your reader can move around easily. Then you will learn how to find free images and add them to your e-book. You will learn how to manage images differently for fixed format, reflowable format, and responsive format e-books. You will also learn how to check the file size of your book and ensure that it meets bookseller and distributor requirements. Once you have everything just the way you want it, you will learn how to convert your book file to PDF.
Learn some secrets traditional publishers use to market their e-books. You will explore options for converting your manuscript into an e-book to sell. By the end of this lesson you will have finished your initial marketing, and your book file will be ready to convert to formats for e-readers. You will learn how to use an e-book management tool to do a number of different things, from organizing your own e-book library to converting your e-book to a multitude of formats. The tool you will be using is Calebre.
This lesson will look at the business end of things. You will look at the requirements to start up a business on the Internet. You will go through business decisions you have to make, including adding DRM, pricing your book, and whether you want to make your title exclusive to one store. Then you will learn how to select and work with an e-book distributor or aggregator. This lesson will show you how a distributor can take care of everything for you.
Learn how you can eliminate the bookstore so that money from sales is all in your hands. You will take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of selling your books directly. Finally, you will look at additional ways to get your book in readers’ hands in places like libraries, school classrooms, and Google Books Library Project. Options for multimedia will also be discussed.
Linda Aksomitis has a master's degree in adult vocational/technical education, with a minor in English. She has published 25 books for readers of all ages (fiction and nonfiction), including numerous e-books, and she has a few thousand publications in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. She's been an acquisitions editor for an e-publisher, Webmaster of half a dozen websites, managing editor and Webmaster for an Internet magazine, and she maintains two active blogs. Linda traces all of her publishing success to the Internet and the contacts she's made in cyberspace.
Any type of word processor can be used in the initial manuscript set-up, however, Word for Windows is used as the example. Two additional types of software, Sigil and Calibre, available free online, are used in the actual conversion to e-book formats.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.