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West Valley College
Understand the growth of the e-book industry, the different format options available for e-books, and how you can take advantage of self-publishing e-books.
Find out how to prepare and format a manuscript for e-book publication.
Discover how to select a title, design a book cover, and write a book description based on a user profile.
Learn how to register copyright, acquire an ISBN, and obtain CIP data.
Create a title page and hyperlinked front and back matter.
Learn how to find public domain images and add them to your e-book, and convert your manuscript to PDF format.
Understand e-book conversion options, add metadata, and use Sigil to convert to EPUB format if that option is selected.
Explore Calibre and how to use Calibre's features.
Make the final preparations and decisions required for publication.
Learn about and understand how to select and use an e-book aggregator.
Examine the advantages and disadvantages of making direct sales, as well as the requirements.
Understand the additional options available: library sales, subscription services, school sales, book apps, audio books, and POD printed paper books.
Indie authors are becoming overnight sensations in the New York Times and USA Today, on Amazon, and well, everywhere e-books are sold, proving there's no longer a stigma to self-publishing. In some genres self-published e-books even outsell those from traditional publishers, because readers are looking for new authors and stories that aren't written using a formula. And if you're in business, an e-book can be your new business card and play an important part in your content marketing plans.
If you can use a word processor, have a book written—or have an idea for one—and want to see your name in print, you just might have what it takes to succeed in self-publishing.
This six-week long course introduces you to everything you need to know to do a professional job of turning your manuscript into your dream-come-true, a book that will help you make money on the Internet, whether you want to self-publish a novel, a nonfiction book, or a picture book. You'll learn how to format your e-book and get it ready to sell through bookstores like Amazon and Apple. By the end of the course, you could have your e-book published in over 100 countries worldwide and available to libraries and book clubs!
Whether you're a first-timer or have already put out an e-book or two, this course puts you inside the publishing industry, sharing the tricks of the trade used by traditional publishers to make sure their books are in the best position to be found by readers. You'll meet a dozen other writers just like you, who've made it big self-publishing e-books. Plus, you'll have a Market and Make Money assignment with each lesson, to walk you through the basics of developing a plan to sell your e-books.
This course and its follow-up, Introduction to Internet Writing Markets, take you step-by-step through publishing your own e-books and building your writer's platform or brand, to be successful selling them. Take the first step to publishing success, and sign up today!
Course Revised December 2015
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? 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.