Self-Publishing, Demystified and Done by A Page Beyond

Self-Publishing, Demystified and Done

This course helps independent authors move from edited manuscript to published paperback & eBook, following A Page Beyond's 7-step PUBLISH Method (TM).

What's included?


INTRO: Welcome to The Course
[Read] START HERE: Using This Course
[To Do] Download Adobe Acrobat Reader
[Watch] Course Overview
21 mins
[Read] Our Promise: Lifetime Access
[Read] Our Promise: Money-Back Guarantee
[Read] Our Promise: Apply Your Course Fee Toward Done-for-You Services
[Module 1: Plan] You Really CAN Publish Your Own Book
[Read] Module Overview
[Quiz] What's Your Publishing Personality?
[Download] Module 1 Workbook
1.42 MB
[Watch] Lesson 1: Your Publishing Options
19 mins
[Watch] Lesson 2: The Benefits of Self-Publishing
14 mins
[Watch] Lesson 3: Budget & Skills Assessment
30 mins
[Download] Publishing Options Comparison (PDF)
253 KB
[Download] Self-Publishing Budget Worksheet (PDF)
279 KB
[To-Do] Join Your Exclusive Online Community
[Module 2: Upfront] Prepare to Publish
[Read] Module Overview
[Download] Glossary (PDF)
176 KB
[Watch] Lesson 1: Publishing Prep Worksheet
16 mins
[Download] Publishing Prep Worksheet (PDF)
141 KB
[Watch] Lesson 2: ISBN Registration
10 mins
[To-Do] Acquire ISBN
[Watch] Lesson 3: LCCN Registration (Optional)
4 mins
[To-Do] Acquire LCCN (Optional)
[To-Do] Complete and Share
[Module 3: Book] Preparing Your Files
[Read] Module Overview
[Quiz] Should I Format My Own Book?
[Watch] Lesson 1: Setting Your Design Vision
5 mins
[Watch] Lesson 2: Working with a Typesetter
9 mins
[Download] Interior Formatting Requirements (PDF)
172 KB
[Download] Manuscript Formatting Checklist (for Paperback)
304 KB
[Download] Manuscript Formatting Checklist (for Kindle eBook)
266 KB
[Watch] Lesson 3: Working with a Cover Designer
9 mins
[Download] Cover Requirements Worksheet (PDF)
217 KB
[To-Do] Request Votes in Your Cover Contest
[Module 4: Load] Getting Your Book on Amazon
[Read] Module Overview
[Download] Pre-Publishing Checklist
205 KB
[Download] Setting Up Your KDP Account (PDF)
1010 KB
[Watch] Setting Up Your KDP Account
16 mins
[Watch] Uploading Your Book to KDP Part 1
37 mins
[Watch] Uploading Your Book to KDP Part 2
33 mins
[Download] Checklist for Reviewing Your Online Proof (Paperback)
293 KB
[Download] Checklist for Reviewing Your Online Proof (Kindle eBook)
294 KB
[To-Do] Let Us Celebrate with You!
[Module 5: Inventory] Ordering Your Book and Tracking Sales
[Read] Module Overview
[Watch] Ordering Paperback Proofs and Author Copies from KDP
9 mins
[Watch] Sales Dashboard and Royalty Payments
6 mins
[Download] KDP Dashboard Cheat Sheet
230 KB
[To-Do] Show Off Your Book
[Module 6: Sell] Other Ways to Leverage Amazon
[Read] Module Overview
[Watch] Create Your Amazon Author Page
19 mins
[Watch] Creating Your Amazon Affiliate Account
15 mins
[Watch] Price Changes and Kindle Promotions
9 mins
[Download] 75 Ways Authors Can Use Amazon Affiliate Links
166 KB
[To-Do] Share Your Author Page Link in Our Online Community
[To-Do] Run a Promotion and Share in Our Online Community
[Module 7: Harbor] Protect Your Copyright
[Read] Module Overview
[Watch] Lesson 1: Intellectual Property Overview with Trademark Attorney Russ Riddle
7 mins
[Watch] Lesson 2: What Authors Need to Know about Copyright
18 mins
[Watch] Lesson 3: Register Your Copyright
35 mins
[Download] Copyright Assignment Template (Optional)
43.5 KB
[To-Do] Register Your Copyright
[To-Do] Ship Your Book to the US Copyright Office
[To-Do] Ship Your Book to the Library of Congress (Optional)
[Watch] Bonus Content! Trademark Considerations for Authors (Optional)
35 mins
[Watch] Bonus Content! Understanding Patents and Trade Secrets (Optional)
14 mins
[Read] Contact Information for Trademark Attorney Russ Riddle

Bonus Offers

Bonus #1: Online Community

When you register for the course, you'll have access to an online community of authors going through exactly what you are going through, and they can’t wait to cheer you on in your publishing journey. 

Bonus #2: Live Q&A Sessions

Each month, enjoy live Q&A sessions with A Page Beyond's Founder, Amy C. Waninger.  Wherever you are in the writing or publishing process, Amy can help you clear hurdles, think creatively, or navigate the unknown. 

Bonus #3: Live Productivity Labs

Pop-up productivity labs will help you knock tasks off your to-do list in a community setting. We'll spend time together, via Zoom, to set and exceed our goals. You won't want to miss these power-packed sessions!

Our Promise to You

Lifetime Access, Including Updates

You probably have at least a few books in that marvelous brain of yours. When you purchase this course, you get lifetime access to the materials, including future course updates.

Convert Your Course Fee

I break down every part of publishing your book into simple steps, giving you all the tools you need to create a beautiful book no one will know you published yourself. Still, if you decide at any point that you need extra help, you can apply your registration toward a done-for-you publishing package from A Page Beyond.

Money-Back Guarantee

Your registration is backed by a no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee. If, within 14 days of registration, you decide this course isn't for you -- for any reason, or for no reason at all -- simply email us for a full refund. No questions asked!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a finished book to get started?

No. This course will answer a lot of questions you'll have as you consider your publishing options. Some authors want to understand the full process before they start writing. Others take authorship and publishing one step at a time. We find that authors are typically ready for this course once they are about 80% finished with their first draft of their book.

What kind of book can I self-publish?

You can self-publish any genre of book -- including fiction, non-fiction, journals, and workbooks. This course helps you publish a paperback and/or Kindle eBook through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and print on-demand (POD) services. Even if you want to publish in a different format (hardcover books, spiral-bound journals, Nook eBooks, etc.), the information in this course can help you save money and time, as well as avoid common rookie mistakes.

How long does it take to self-publish?

You can set your own schedule, and we'll create your plan together in Module 1. I've gone from concept to book-in-hand in as little as two weeks, but you'll probably want to plan on about six weeks from completed manuscript to published book.

How long does it take to finish the course?

The course is divided into seven modules. When you register, you'll have immediate access to Module 1. Each week, you'll unlock a new module. Some modules will take longer to complete than others, and you can go at your own pace with each module once it's unlocked.

What if I need more than seven weeks?

Take all the time you need! You'll have lifetime access to the course materials, including any future updates to the content. You'll also have lifetime access to the online author community so you can find an accountability partner, pacing partner, or mentor that matches your goals and timeline.

How much does self-publishing cost?

Self-publishing costs vary widely. I've published for as little as $27, and I've seen folks spend up to $25,000. Using the tools in this course, you can expect to have a professional, high-quality paperback book and Kindle eBook with an additional investment ranging from $350 to $2,500 (not counting your course tuition).

Aren't people hesitant to buy self-published books?

Self-published books used to get a bad rap, and some people still hold onto the belief that self-published books are inferior to traditionally published titles. However, I'm willing to bet that there are self-published books in your library that you would never suspect weren't traditionally published. Still, you may have purchased a book recently that made you immediately think, "Oh, they did this themselves." In Self-Publishing, Demystified and Done, you'll learn all the tricks to create a beautiful book that no one will know you did yourself.

Will my book be a best-seller?

Well, that depends. First, there's a big difference between an Amazon best-seller in a single category and a New York Times best-seller. The former you can achieve with a coordinated effort of your existing network. The latter requires investment in comprehensive marketing and publicity campaigns.

For most authors, books serve a particular business purpose: access to higher-profile clients, commanding higher fees for speaking and consulting engagements, add-on sales for contracts, or even a high-quality business card for networking. Let's face it, most of us won't retire on our royalty checks. But if we're smart about how we position ourselves and our books, we can create additional opportunities and income streams.

Do I have to do it all myself?

No! In fact, there are a few parts of the process that I strongly recommend you outsource to others. In Module 1, you'll learn how to make good decisions about what to do yourself and where to find help that fits your budget and goals.

All along the way, you'll have access to a community of support for feedback, recommendations, and more.

What if I decide I still need more help?

This course breaks down the whole process into simple, actionable steps. If you still feel overwhelmed by the self-publishing process, we can help. You can apply your course registration fee toward done-for-you packages from A Page Beyond. Or, if you decide to use a different publishing service, you'll be prepared with the right questions to ask and a solid understanding of the value you're getting for your investment.

Meet Your Instructor

Amy C. Waninger is the Founder and CEO of A Page Beyond, where she offers self-publishing assistance to independent authors. She is the author of multiple self-published books including Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career.
Amy is a Professional Member of National Speakers Association and a Certified Virtual Presenter. Her other credentials include two degrees from Indiana University and a “World's Best Mom" coffee mug.