Writing, Publishing, Marketing and Selling Your First Book

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Writing, Publishing, Marketing and Selling Your First Book

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In Skillshare’s unique philosophy, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. Rather than a traditional lecture format, courses are offered within a global online learning community in which learners collaborate and learn by doing. Instructors are industry leaders who share their skills with anyone who wants to learn. No credits are offered. Founded by online entrepreneurs Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong, Skillshare’s online “campus” was launched in April 2011. Its catalog h...
In Skillshare’s unique philosophy, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. Rather than a traditional lecture format, courses are offered within a global online learning community in which learners collaborate and learn by doing. Instructors are industry leaders who share their skills with anyone who wants to learn. No credits are offered. Founded by online entrepreneurs Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong, Skillshare’s online “campus” was launched in April 2011. Its catalog has grown from 15 to more than 250 online courses that cover creative arts, entrepreneurship, branding and marketing, lifestyle and technology. The School of MakeOurMark, with courses in photography, illustration and tattooing, was launched in October 2013, and the School of Design went live the following month. Among the instructors who have taught courses are Seth Godin, founder of online marketing firm Yoyodyne, who teaches a class on entrepreneurship; DJ Young Guru, who leads a course on mixing and recording; and actor, writer and director James Franco, whose course focuses on screenwriting for short films. You can begin a Skillshare collaboration by taking an introductory course in a particular area to learn, for example, the fundamentals of Photoshop and expand your knowledge with a five-part, in-depth Photoshop series.

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Course Description

Are You Waiting for Permission to Write and Publish Your First Book? Stop Waiting and Start Writing Today.

This online course is designed to help aspiring writers realize their potential and guide them through the process of writing, publishing, marketing and selling their first book. It will look at the writing process, examine publishing and distribution options and highlight potential opportunities and pitfalls.

Topics Covered Include:

What’s The Big Idea?

  • Have you got a book inside of you?
  • Inspiration and where to find it
  • Fail to plan, plan to fail 

The Writing Process

  • The writing process (think job, not hobby)
  • Setting targets and hitting deadlines
  • The editorial process
  • Common pitfalls/roadblocks 

Pitching to a Publisher/Agent 

  • The benefits of working with a traditional publisher
  • When and how to pitch
  • What you should expect from a publisher
  • When to walk away 

Going it Alone

  • Disadvantages of w...

Are You Waiting for Permission to Write and Publish Your First Book? Stop Waiting and Start Writing Today.

This online course is designed to help aspiring writers realize their potential and guide them through the process of writing, publishing, marketing and selling their first book. It will look at the writing process, examine publishing and distribution options and highlight potential opportunities and pitfalls.

Topics Covered Include:

What’s The Big Idea?

  • Have you got a book inside of you?
  • Inspiration and where to find it
  • Fail to plan, plan to fail 

The Writing Process

  • The writing process (think job, not hobby)
  • Setting targets and hitting deadlines
  • The editorial process
  • Common pitfalls/roadblocks 

Pitching to a Publisher/Agent 

  • The benefits of working with a traditional publisher
  • When and how to pitch
  • What you should expect from a publisher
  • When to walk away 

Going it Alone

  • Disadvantages of working with a traditional publisher
  • Digital disruption (you’ve never had it so good)
  • Indie not amateur
  • Self-publishing vs Vanity publishing
  • Getting help (freelance editorial and design support)
  • Self-Publishing platforms/distribution networks 

Multiple Formats

  • Hardback, Paperback, eBook (epub, mobi), audiobooks

Embracing Your Inner-Self Publicist (Selling Your Work) 

  • Public Relations
  • Blogging/Podcasting
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Media
  • Email Marketing 

Making Money

  • Setting expectations
  • Alternative streams of revenue

Building a Back Catalogue

  • Rinse, repeat
  • eBook Singles
  • Writing a series
  • Free vs paid distribution
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