IngramSpark Academy

Self-Publishing Essentials

How to Self‑Publish

Learn how to self-publish a book with a better understanding of where self-publishing stands today, the benefits of self-publishing, the book publishing process, and what you need to self‑publish professionally.

What You’ll Learn From This Free Online Self-Publishing Course:

CHAPTER 1 (3 minutes)

What Book Publishing Options Are Available

CHAPTER 2 (7 minutes)

Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

CHAPTER 3 (7 minutes)

Self-Publishing Tips for Success

CHAPTER 4 (8 minutes)

How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish?

CHAPTER 5 (4 minutes)

How to Set Publishing Goals

CHAPTER 6 (4 minutes)

Protecting Your Book from Copyright Infringement

CHAPTER 7 (2 minutes)

ISBNs for Self-Publishers

CHAPTER 8 (7 minutes)

Understanding the Book Publishing Process

CHAPTER 9 (6 minutes)

How to Start a Publishing Business

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Average Time to Complete:
50 minutes

Skill Level: Beginner

Course Overview:

Hey everybody, I'm Kelvin with IngramSpark. And today we're going to be discussing another course we've put together for you that covers everything you need to know about self-publishing.

All right guys, so within IngramSpark's free, online How to Self-Publish course you're going to learn how to self-publish a book with a better understanding of where self-publishing is today, the benefits of self-publishing, the book publishing process, and what you need to self-publish professionally. Now let's go ahead and take a quick look at the individual chapters that you'll be coming across.

CHAPTER 1: What Book Publishing Options Are Available?

This chapter will cover all the different publishing options available to you as an author. We'll be focusing on three main topics in this chapter, those being traditional publishing, hybrid publishing, and self-publishing.

CHAPTER 2: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

In this chapter we'll be discussing the key points of comparison between self-publishing and more traditional publishing. We'll cover things like the type of creative control you have with each option as well as things like competition, publisher earnings, and even distribution.

CHAPTER 3: Self-Publishing Tips for Success

It takes an entrepreneurial spirit to achieve success in the world of independent publishing. And much like a successful CEO, you won't find people like this hiding behind closed doors waiting to be discovered. So in this chapter we'll discuss a number of self-publishing essentials as well as how a combination of preparation and drive can help set you up for success.

CHAPTER 4: How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish?

With self-publishing you support your work financially to ensure its success. The reason you do that is because as a self-publisher you are also a business owner. And creating a quality and professional product allows you to achieve a better financial return later. So here we'll break down the tangible costs you can expect to encounter as a self-published author.

CHAPTER 5: How to Set Publishing Goals

Goal setting is incredibly important when it comes to being successful as an author. It makes you think very carefully about what you want to achieve, why you want it, and what you're prepared to sacrifice to get it. Also, when you track your goals you'll feel satisfied knowing that you're making positive moves in the right direction. So in this chapter we'll give you some of IngramSpark's best tips for authors when it comes to goal setting.

CHAPTER 6: Protecting Your Book From Copyright Infringement

The first step to protecting your work is understanding what your rights actually are. So in this chapter we'll discuss everything you need to know as an author to protect your book from copyright infringement.

CHAPTER 7: ISBNs for Self-Publishers

If a title doesn't have an ISBN and it's not registered in an ISBN database, then there's no way for people in the book business to know about it, including both online and brick and mortar retailers, distributors, wholesalers, and even libraries. So in this chapter we'll break down exactly what an ISBN is and why it's so important for self-publishers.

CHAPTER 8: Understanding the Book Publishing Process

Authors unfamiliar with the book publishing industry can often stumble on their path towards publication. By having clarity on the function, purpose and order of the book publishing process, authors can approach this path in a much smarter way. So in this chapter we'll give suggestions on how you might want to tackle each step along the way as well as who you can enlist for help.

CHAPTER 9: How to Start a Publishing Business

One thing most Indy authors come to realize is that they're not just publishing a book, they're starting their own author business. So in this final chapter we'll cover everything you need to know about getting that business going and headed toward success.

And there you have it. There's a brief overview of what you can expect to see in IngramSpark's online, how to self-publish course. And, again, remember that it is a free, online publishing course so we hope you'll take full advantage of it. Because IngramSpark believes in your publisher education and that's what makes it more than a printer and book distribution partner for authors and publishers. It's not just a self-publishing platform but an entire self-publishing experience. So go ahead and get started with IngramSpark's online, how to self-publish course. And, until next time, we'll talk soon. Bye.

Content in this online self-publishing course originally appeared as individual IngramSpark blog articles, authored by the following contributors:

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