With the advent of Amazon’s CreateSpace and other self-publishing platforms, it’s now easier than ever for authors to self-publish their work.
Sure, it seems easy enough … but if you’re keen to venture into self-publishing waters, do you really have what it takes to swim?
Cue the life jacket:
This comprehensive self-publishing course from Fistbump Media is fantastic. It covers every step of how to self-publish a book, from start to finish.
One thing I love about Fistbump Media is the way they truly believe in the power of story. Not only that, but they want to help you get your story into the world.
Does the idea of self-publishing terrify you? They understand.
The course, 30 Days to #SelfPub is a step-by-step, user-friendly guide to make your self-publishing dream a reality.
I’ve invited Dan King, owner and president of Fistbump Media, to share a bit more about the self-publishing course and how to self-publish a book.
What are some of the main features or benefits involved with the self-publishing course?
The big idea behind this course, especially compared to other self-publishing guidance I’ve seen out there, is that it’s an end-to-end walk though of the self-publishing process. Other self-publishing resources I’ve seen discuss ideas in the process, and many have some really great information. However, I know several people who end up getting stuck in the technical weeds when trying to actually walk through it.
This e-course was designed to walk someone through the complete process, with all of the technical information they need to know exactly what they need to do. We’ve also worked to help self-pub authors work to step up their game. My goal is to publish their project at the same quality standards we hold for all of the publishing projects we handle at Fistbump Media. Self-publishing doesn’t mean that it needs to look unprofessional, and we want to help people publish high quality projects.
Will the course teach me how to get my own book onto Amazon and Kindle?
Yes! We walk you through the best, most economic way of publishing your book to Amazon in both print and e-book formats. There are a lot of self-publishing options out there, and most of them cost a great deal of money. But the best methods don’t actually cost anything! You may want to spend a little on some other design and development stuff, but we walk through everything and highlight all of the options and how to get it done on a shoestring budget if needed. The bottom line is that if you have a story to tell or an idea to share, then this course will walk you though how to get it up and available for sale on Amazon.
Will the course help me with a launch plan and ways to promote my book?
Yes! There are two full units in the course dedicated to building a launch strategy, and evaluating it over the long-term. One of the most exciting things I’ve seen with self-publishing projects is that they can easily bust the traditional sales models and continue to sell strong over the long-term (most sales for traditionally published books come in the first 60-90 days). So what we try to do is give you a starting framework for a DIY launch plan, and then discuss what you should be looking for over time so you can identify tweaks and changes that will help you continue to boost sales over the long-term.
What if my book is still in the idea phase? Would I still benefit from purchasing the course?
Absolutely! And this is actually one of my personal favorite parts of the course. The first step in the process we use works through some analysis. It’s where we work through the idea in order to get a better idea of what will work and what won’t. Basically, there are a few things you can do in the very beginning to build a book project idea that will be set up for success. So whether you just have a basic idea that needs to be developed, or if you have a stronger, fully-developed idea that just needs some direction and validation for later marketing purposes, this section will get you on the right path to publish the best possible book for long-term success.