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So You Want To Self-Publish Your eBook?

Get the Scoop on Self-Publishing & Learn If It's the Right Publishing Method For You

By David Ault | in Online Courses

The self-publishing industry has made amazing developments in recent years and it's now easier than ever to publish a book. Still, self-publishing may not be the best route for all authors. This course aims to help you to first decide if self-publishing is the best option for you, and then how to efficiently and economically self-publish your book.

4.1/5 average rating from 9,336 students enrolled: ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Access 11 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Answer essential questions to decide if self-publishing is for you
  • Consider self-publishing concepts like perma free books & lead magnets
  • Identify the 4 key financial investments that all self-published authors should make

"I'd define this course as strategic one as it makes you think of the most important aspects in self-publishing an eBook." – Gulnara Emirali

David James Ault | Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor
4.3/5 Instructor Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Having worked as a marketing manager in London during the nineties, where he also completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, David James Ault decided to leave the rat race in 2000, head east and forge a new career as an online marketer. It was during this time that he published his first book.

As a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, David has set up online businesses and written non-fiction books in a number of different niches, most notably freelance translating, ESL, and all things Slovak. He also taught Business English to Slovak companies and private individuals and lectured at universities and other educational institutions, where he developed his passion for teaching.

Currently, from his mountain home in the heart of Europe, David is teaching online courses to over 10,000 students, mainly in the self-publishing niche, and is half-way through writing his first series of YA fiction novels.

29,558 Total Students
924 Reviews

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  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: beginner

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  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Your First Program

  • Introduction to the Course

    • An Overview of What is Covered in This Course - 1:49
    • Who Is This Course For? - 1:19
  • Initial Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

    • Are You in This for the Long Haul? - 2:29
    • Why Do You Want to Write a Book? - 1:29
    • What Type of Book Are You Going to Write? - 4:25
    • How Are You Going to Write Your Book? - 1:30
  • Additional Questions That You Should Ask Yourself

    • Are You Able to Write a Series of Books? (Literary Factors) - 2:38
    • Are You Able to Write a Series of Books? (Commercial Factors) - 3:22
    • Are You Willing to Give Away Content For FREE? (Perma Free) - 5:25
    • Are You Willing to Give Away Content For FREE? (Lead Magnets) - 2:58
    • Are You Willing to Give Away Content For FREE? (Continue Giving Value) - 2:24

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Paperback Publishing on Amazon KDP (Formerly CreateSpace)

A Step-By-Step Guide to Self-Publishing a Paperback Book on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Print

By David Ault | in Online Courses

CreateSpace has merged with Kindle Direct Publishing and so your eBooks and paperback books are now all under one roof within your Amazon KDP dashboard - there really has never been a better time to begin self-publishing paperback books on Amazon. Paperback Publishing on Amazon KDP Print begins by explaining the 5 compelling reasons why you should self publish paperback books through Amazon Kindle Publishing today. The course then goes on to outline the different elements involved in creating a great looking paperback book that will skyrocket your credibility as a self-published author.

4.4/5 average rating from 358 students enrolled: ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Access 13 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Discover the 5 compelling reasons to publish paperback books
  • Understand the different elements that make up a paperback book
  • Input the details f your paperback book into Amazon KDP
  • Evaluate the options of using a free KDP ISBN & the Cover Creator

"This was a very complete "hands-on" course. The instructor was clear as he guided through each phase of the KDP process using an actual e-published book." – Charles H. Egbert

David James Ault | Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor
4.3/5 Instructor Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Having worked as a marketing manager in London during the nineties, where he also completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, David James Ault decided to leave the rat race in 2000, head east and forge a new career as an online marketer. It was during this time that he published his first book.

As a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, David has set up online businesses and written non-fiction books in a number of different niches, most notably freelance translating, ESL, and all things Slovak. He also taught Business English to Slovak companies and private individuals and lectured at universities and other educational institutions, where he developed his passion for teaching.

Currently, from his mountain home in the heart of Europe, David is teaching online courses to over 10,000 students, mainly in the self-publishing niche, and is half-way through writing his first series of YA fiction novels.

29,558 Total Students
924 Reviews

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  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: beginner

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  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Paperback Publishing on KDP Print
    • An Introduction to the Course - 2:15
    • Why You Should Publish Paperback Books Through Amazon KDP - 10:52
    • A Look At The CreateSpace - KDP Merger - 4:36
  • Creating Your Paperback Book
    • The Elements That Make Up Your Paperback Book - 2:51
    • Designing Your Paperback Books Cover (Part One) - 6:58
    • Designing Your Paperback Books Cover (Part Two) - 6:04
    • Compiling Your Interior Manuscript - 4:50
  • Uploading Your Paperback Book to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
    • Inputting the Details of Your Paperback Book into KDP - 15:54
    • Assigning an ISBN and Uploading Your Interior Manuscript - 12:22
    • A Brief Look at Cover Creator and Uploading Your Own Book Cover - 10:09
    • Previewing Your Interior Manuscript and Book Cover - 7:33
    • Choosing Worldwide Distribution and Setting Your Prices - 9:38
    • Notification That Your Paperback Is LIVE on Amazon - 1:43

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How to Build a Responsive Author Website

Reach New Readers with A Customized & Branded Website

By David Ault | in Online Courses

The barriers to publishing a book are lower than they've ever been to today. However, new authors still face the hurdle of being anonymous. Through this course, you'll learn how to build a promotional website and get your name and work out to a broader audience. You did all that work to get a book published, now get yourself some readers!

4.3/5 average rating from 313 students enrolled: ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Access 33 lectures & 3 hours of content 24/7
  • Learn how to brand your author website & create a gravatar
  • Identify a hosting package & propagate your domain name to it
  • Install WordPress, configure the basic settings & install a premium theme & skin
  • Customize your website to make it wholly original
  • Discover the correct plugins for your website
  • Provide engaging content & build your library of books

"Excellent course, lots of important information for authors. This course is worth more than I paid for this course." – Esmie Lawrence

David James Ault | Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor
4.3/5 Instructor Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Having worked as a marketing manager in London during the nineties, where he also completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, David James Ault decided to leave the rat race in 2000, head east and forge a new career as an online marketer. It was during this time that he published his first book.

As a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, David has set up online businesses and written non-fiction books in a number of different niches, most notably freelance translating, ESL, and all things Slovak. He also taught Business English to Slovak companies and private individuals and lectured at universities and other educational institutions, where he developed his passion for teaching.

Currently, from his mountain home in the heart of Europe, David is teaching online courses to over 10,000 students, mainly in the self-publishing niche, and is half-way through writing his first series of YA fiction novels.

29,558 Total Students
924 Reviews

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: intermediate

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  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the Course
    • An Overview of the Course - 4:06
  • Branding Your Author Website
    • Building Your Author Brand - 2:21
    • Brand Image: Creating a Gravatar - 3:39
    • Choosing A Domain Name - 1:51
    • Getting your Domain Name - 4:38
    • Forwarding Your Domain Name to Amazon Author Central - 4:06
  • Hosting Your Author Website
    • Choosing a Hosting Package - 2:09
    • Purchasing a Hosting Package - 3:15
    • A Look Around the Control Panel - 1:58
    • Propagating Your Domain Name from Your Domain Name Provider to Your Host - 3:17
    • Assigning Your Domain to Your Hosting Account - 3:08
  • Setting Up a WordPress Site
    • Why WordPress? - 1:26
    • Installing WordPress - 2:57
    • Configuring the Basic Settings for Wordpress - 14:20
  • Adding Content to Your Author Website
    • Content is King - 1:44
    • Giving Value on Your Website - 1:12
    • Differences Between Posts and Pages - 4:33
    • How to Create a Post - 13:03
    • A Look at Categories - 2:50
    • A Look at Tags - 2:33
    • Introducing Plugins - 6:04
    • How to Create a Plugin-powered Post (Part One) - 12:06
    • How to Create a Plugin-powered Post (Part Two) - 9:43
    • Introducing Custom Page Templates - 5:52
    • How to Create a Contact Page - 11:31
    • How to Create an About Page - 10:41
    • How to Create a Navigation Menu - 4:10
    • How to Create a Book Page (Part One) - 7:43
    • How to Create a Book Page (Part Two) - 8:42
    • How to Add Hierarchal Pages to the Navigation Menu - 7:17
    • A Look at Widgets and Sidebars - 7:25
    • How to Create Customised Sidebars (Part One) - 12:42
    • How to Create Customised Sidebars (Part Two) - 8:48

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Scrivener Simplified

Unlock the Power of Scrivener & Start Writing More Productively

By David Ault | in Online Courses

Scrivener is the leading book writing software, but it is known for having a bit of a learning curve. Over this course, you will have an over the shoulder look at how one published author uses Scrivener to optimize his writing process. You'll pick up valuable productivity tips and practices that you can implement in your own use of Scrivener, and be writing like a pro after just an hour!

4.0/5 average rating from 1,115 students enrolled: ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Access 25 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Discover Scrivener's research capabilities
  • Understand how to write, rewrite & edit in Scrivener
  • Learn best practices for outlining in Scrivener
  • Promote your book by setting up Front & Back Matter
  • Compile your book into different eBook formats

"This is a great course on how an experienced author actually uses Scrivener." – Darryl Shields

David James Ault | Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor
4.3/5 Instructor Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Having worked as a marketing manager in London during the nineties, where he also completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, David James Ault decided to leave the rat race in 2000, head east and forge a new career as an online marketer. It was during this time that he published his first book.

As a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, David has set up online businesses and written non-fiction books in a number of different niches, most notably freelance translating, ESL, and all things Slovak. He also taught Business English to Slovak companies and private individuals and lectured at universities and other educational institutions, where he developed his passion for teaching.

Currently, from his mountain home in the heart of Europe, David is teaching online courses to over 10,000 students, mainly in the self-publishing niche, and is half-way through writing his first series of YA fiction novels.

29,558 Total Students
924 Reviews

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • An Introduction to the Course
    • An Overview of What You Will Learn from This Course - 4:12
  • Using Scrivener When Writing Your Book
    • The Importance of Writing Quickly - 1:50
    • Factors That Have Increased the Speed of My Writing - 0:56
    • Distraction Free Writing - 1:05
    • Setting Daily Writing Targets - 1:17
    • Project Statistics in Scrivener - 0:47
    • A Closer Look at Project Statistics and Text Statistics - 9:08
    • Project Targets in Scrivener - 0:55
    • A Closer Look at Scrivener's Project Targets - 10:00
  • Using Scrivener To Set Up Your Book's Front and Back Matter
    • An Overview of the Front Matter and Back Matter of Your Book - 1:48
    • Setting Up the Front Matter of Your Book in Scrivener (Part One) - 7:18
    • Setting Up the Front Matter of Your Book in Scrivener (Part Two) - 9:36
    • Setting Up the Back Matter of Your Book in Scrivener - 7:23
  • Using Scrivener To Compile Your Book
    • Overview of Scrivener's Compile Feature - 9:33
    • Installing Kindle Gen - 2:11
    • Scrivener Compilation Options: Contents - 2:27
    • Scrivener Compilation Options: Separators - 5:35
    • Scrivener Compilation Options: Cover - 2:35
    • Scrivener Compilation Options: Formatting - 4:59
    • A Walkthrough Scrivener's Compile Feature - 9:21
    • Preset Formats in Scrivener's Compile - 3:06
  • Additional Scrivener Lectures
    • How to Import a Book Written in Word into Scrivener - 5:40
    • The Research Folder in Scrivener - 9:21
    • Creating Characters and Settings Within Scrivener - 2:21
    • Rewriting Your First Draft in Scrivener - 2:00

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Kindle Publishing

Learn to Self-Publish & Market Books on Amazon

By David Ault | in Online Courses

If you want to become a successful self-published author it's essential you know how to publish on the world's biggest book marketplace, Amazon. In this introduction to Kindle Direct Publishing, you'll learn step-by-step instructions to publish your eBook on Amazon. Beyond publishing, you will also learn how to best market your book, research competitors, and decide if you should or should not publish exclusively through KDP Select.

4.3/5 average rating from 964 students enrolled: ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Access 31 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Analyze the elements of the bestselling books in your genre & mirror what top authors do to create a description that sells
  • Write compelling copy to better market your book on Amazon's sales pages
  • Enter your book details, create a description & set up your book's pricing through Kindle Direct Publishing
  • Learn the advantages & disadvantages of Amazon's premium publishing service, KDP Select

"It really helped me to see the actual kindle publishing pages on screen." – Anne-Maree Gray

David James Ault | Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor
4.3/5 Instructor Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Having worked as a marketing manager in London during the nineties, where he also completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, David James Ault decided to leave the rat race in 2000, head east and forge a new career as an online marketer. It was during this time that he published his first book.

As a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, David has set up online businesses and written non-fiction books in a number of different niches, most notably freelance translating, ESL, and all things Slovak. He also taught Business English to Slovak companies and private individuals and lectured at universities and other educational institutions, where he developed his passion for teaching.

Currently, from his mountain home in the heart of Europe, David is teaching online courses to over 10,000 students, mainly in the self-publishing niche, and is half-way through writing his first series of YA fiction novels.

29,558 Total Students
924 Reviews

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: beginner

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • An Introduction to the Course
    • An Overview of What You Will Learn from This Course - 3:50
  • Researching
    • Introduction to Researching - 0:46
    • Researching the Categories and Sub-Categories in Your Niche or Sub-Genre - 1:59
    • Researching the Best-Selling Books in Your Niche or Sub-Genre - 1:38
    • Researching the Best-Selling Authors in Your Niche or Sub-Genre - 1:51
    • Researching the Best Keyword Phrases for Your Book - 1:26
    • Researching Keyword Phrases Using the Amazon Search Box - 3:06
    • Test Your Knowledge on the Researching of Your Book
  • Copywriting
    • Introduction to Copywriting - 1:01
    • Writing the Title of Your Book - 1:11
    • Writing the Sub-Title of Your Book - 0:38
    • Writing a Tagline for Your Book - 0:43
    • Writing a Description for Your Book - 3:27
    • Test Your Knowledge on the Copywriting for Your Book
  • Kindle Publishing
    • Introduction to Kindle Publishing - 1:29
    • Step One: Enter Your Book Details - 2:30
    • Step Two: Enter a Description for Your Book - 3:49
    • Step Three: Using HTML in Your Description - 2:11
    • Step Four: Incorporating Keyword Phrases into Your Description - 1:30
    • Step Five: Adding Book Contributors and Verifying Publishing Rights - 1:08
    • Step Six: Target Your Book to the Customers - 1:59
    • Step Seven: Selecting Your Book Release Option and Uploading Your Book - 1:57
    • Step Eight: The Rights and Pricing of Your Book - 3:51
    • Step Nine: Kindle Match Book, Kindle Book Learning and Publishing Your Book - 1:45
    • Test Your Knowledge on the Publishing of Your Book
  • Selecting
    • A Word on Exclusivity - 2:24
    • The Advantages of KDP Select - 2:20
    • The Disadvantages of KDP Select - 1:14
    • Why New Authors Should Choose KDP Select - 1:11
    • Why Established Authors Should Disribute Wide - 1:55
    • Test Your Knowledge on Selecting Whether to Go Exclusive with KDP Select or Not

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Kindle eBook Cover Design & Book Illustration

Make Your eBook Stand Out From the Crowd with Better Imaging

By David Ault | in Online Courses

When you think of your favorite books, you may envision the cover art that made them jump off the shelf in the first place. As books become more digitized, cover art remains an essential marketing component for eBooks. In this course, you will learn how to source images for your eBook's promotion, and how to incorporate illustration into your content.

3.9/5 average rating from 967 students enrolled: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Access 24 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Learn how to source images for promotion & marketing of your eBooks
  • Create illustrations from images you have sourced
  • Discover the marketing power of images
  • Understand what makes a good book cover in your niche or genre & how you may acquire that cover

"I really enjoyed this course mainly for all of the different tools you can utilize. I now have an arsenal to make my book the best it can be." – Brehonna Franklin

David James Ault | Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor
4.3/5 Instructor Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Having worked as a marketing manager in London during the nineties, where he also completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, David James Ault decided to leave the rat race in 2000, head east and forge a new career as an online marketer. It was during this time that he published his first book.

As a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, David has set up online businesses and written non-fiction books in a number of different niches, most notably freelance translating, ESL, and all things Slovak. He also taught Business English to Slovak companies and private individuals and lectured at universities and other educational institutions, where he developed his passion for teaching.

Currently, from his mountain home in the heart of Europe, David is teaching online courses to over 10,000 students, mainly in the self-publishing niche, and is half-way through writing his first series of YA fiction novels.

29,558 Total Students
924 Reviews

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the Course
    • An Overview of What You Will Learn in this Course - 3:50
    • The Types of Images You May Use Within The Content of Your Book - 2:55
  • The Sourcing of Images
    • A Word About Licensing - 0:54
    • Taking Your Own Photos - 1:29
    • Getting Photos from the Public Domain - 1:04
    • Getting Photos from Creative Commons - 0:51
    • Paid Royalty Free Stock Photo - 1:23
  • Image Manipulation
    • Overview of Image Manipulation - 1:38
    • Introduction to PicResize - 5:51
    • Resizing Images Using PicResize - 3:08
    • Cropping Images Using PicResize - 1:12
    • Rotating Images Using PicResize - 2:07
    • Changing the File Size of an Image Using PicResize - 2:57
    • An Introduction to Pixelmator for Mac - 2:23
    • An Overview of the Magic Wand Tool in Pixelmator - 10:17
    • How to Create an iPad Mock up for Your Website in Pixelmator - 6:46
    • How to Replace an Object in Your Image in Pixelmator - 7:59
    • How to Change the Colour of a Background in Pixelmator - 7:05
  • Illustrating a Book
    • Overview of Illustrating Your Book - 1:27
    • A Look at Sketcher - 6:44
  • Creating A Cover for Your Book
    • Why Your Book Cover is So Important - 1:02
    • Getting a Professionally Designed Cover - 2:07
    • Alternative Options Available for Your Cover Design - 3:19
    • Designing a Cover Yourself - 2:41

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Kindle Formatting

Avoid Amateur Formatting Mistakes That Could Drown Your eBook

By David Ault | in Online Courses

Poor formatting can kill a self-published eBook much easier than poor content. Through this course, you'll use Scrivener to properly format eBooks and offer your readers a professional, pleasurable reading experience. From formatting front and back matter to inserting illustrations and custom styling, you'll learn everything you need to create a perfectly formatted eBook.

4.5/5 average rating from 1,033 students enrolled: ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Access 24 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Format your eBook's front & back matter within Scrivener
  • Create children's illustrated books in the Kindle Kids Book Creator
  • Style your eBook's w/ Vellum
  • Validate both ePub & Kindle format books & render them correctly across different devices
  • Learn Scrivener's Compile feature to correctly format in ePub & Mobi formats

"I have been struggling to format my eBook for a while now, so this course has come along at the right time." — Samuel Ault

David James Ault | Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor
4.3/5 Instructor Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Having worked as a marketing manager in London during the nineties, where he also completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, David James Ault decided to leave the rat race in 2000, head east and forge a new career as an online marketer. It was during this time that he published his first book.

As a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, David has set up online businesses and written non-fiction books in a number of different niches, most notably freelance translating, ESL, and all things Slovak. He also taught Business English to Slovak companies and private individuals and lectured at universities and other educational institutions, where he developed his passion for teaching.

Currently, from his mountain home in the heart of Europe, David is teaching online courses to over 10,000 students, mainly in the self-publishing niche, and is half-way through writing his first series of YA fiction novels.

29,558 Total Students
924 Reviews

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: beginner

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • An Introduction to the Course
    • An Overview of What You Will Learn from This Course - 3:29
    • A Look At The Major eBook Formats - 3:20
    • A Word About Manual Formatting - 1:54
  • Important Steps Before Formatting Your Book in Scrivener
    • Front Matter and Back Matter and Why They Matter !!! - 3:28
    • Setting Up Your Front Matter in Scrivener (Part One) - 7:18
    • Setting Up Your Front Matter in Scrivener (Part Two) - 9:36
    • Setting Up Your Back Matter in Scrivener - 7:23
  • Compiling Your Books Within Scrivener
    • Overview of Scriviner's Compile - 9:33
    • Installing Kindle Gen Within Scrivener - 2:11
    • Scrivener Compilation Options: Contents - 2:27
    • Scrivener Compilation Options: Separators - 5:35
    • Scrivener Compilation Options: Cover - 2:35
    • Scrivener Compilation Options: Formatting - 4:59
    • A Walkthrough Scrivener's Compile - 9:21
    • Preset Formats in Scrivener's Compile - 3:06
  • FREE Software for Formatting eBooks
    • An Overview of FREE Software for Formatting eBooks Depending on the Genre - 2:02
    • A Look at the Kindle Kids' Book Creator - 9:46
  • Premium Software for Formatting eBooks
    • An Introduction to Vellum - 0:34
    • Vellum Tutorial - 9:59
  • Validating and Checking the Formatting of an ePub
    • An Overview of Validating and Checking the Formatting of an ePub eBook - 5:13
    • Validating on the ePUB Validator - 1:31
  • Validating and Checking the Formatting of a Kindle Book
    • An Overview of Validating and Checking the Formatting of a Kindle eBook - 3:11
    • Validating on the Kindle Previewer - 5:23
    • Using the Send To Kindle Application - 2:35

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Novel Writing 101

A Guide to Researching, Writing, Rewriting/Polishing, and Self-Editing a Novel

By David Ault | in Online Courses

Novel Writing 101 really is a must-watch course if you are currently writing your first work of fiction, and may even be of interest if you happen to be writing a non-fiction book. It will cover the essential phases of writing your own novel — researching, writing, polishing, and editing. The course concludes by taking an in-depth look at the process you will need to follow if you are unable to afford professional editors.

4.9/5 average rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Access 33 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Find those important keyword phrases that readers are searching for in your niche or genre
  • Understand the importance of outlining your novel
  • Avoid writer's block & complete your first draft
  • Study the rules of writing & the elements of a story
  • Find out the 4 different types of editing
  • Discover what you will need to do if you can't afford a professional editor

"Many of the suggestions concerning research, character creation and plot planning were eye-opening." — Pam Davila

David James Ault | Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor
4.3/5 Instructor Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Having worked as a marketing manager in London during the nineties, where he also completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, David James Ault decided to leave the rat race in 2000, head east and forge a new career as an online marketer. It was during this time that he published his first book.

As a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, David has set up online businesses and written non-fiction books in a number of different niches, most notably freelance translating, ESL, and all things Slovak. He also taught Business English to Slovak companies and private individuals and lectured at universities and other educational institutions, where he developed his passion for teaching.

Currently, from his mountain home in the heart of Europe, David is teaching online courses to over 10,000 students, mainly in the self-publishing niche, and is half-way through writing his first series of YA fiction novels.

29,558 Total Students
924 Reviews

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: beginner

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  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • An Introduction to the Course - 2:42
  • Researching Your Book
    • An Introduction to Researching Your Book's Niche or Genre - 0:37
    • Taking a Commercial Perspective During Your Research - 3:05
    • Researching the Categories and Sub-Categories in Your Niche or Sub-Genre - 1:58
    • Researching the Best-Selling Books in Your Niche or Sub-Genre - 1:38
    • Researching the Best-Selling Authors in Your Niche or Sub-Genre - 1:51
    • Researching the Best Keyword Phrases for Your Book - 1:26
    • Researching Keyword Phrases Using the Amazon Search Box - 3:06
  • Writing Your First Draft
    • An Introduction to the Writing Process - 0:21
    • The Importance of Writing Quickly - 1:50
    • The Factors that have Increased the Speed of My Writing - 0:56
    • The Must-have Application for All Self-published Authors - 1:46
    • The Importance of Researching Your Book and the Rules of the Genre - 5:33
    • Researching Characters and Settings - 2:21
    • The Importance of Outlining - Are You a Pantser or a Plotter? - 1:31
    • Why an Elevator Pitch is Still Good Practice - 2:30
    • Mapping Out Your Scenes and Chapters - 1:10
    • Distraction Free Writing - 1:05
    • Setting Daily Writing Targets - 1:17
    • The Importance of Project Statistics - 0:46
    • The Importance of Project Targets - 0:55
    • Remember the First Draft Doesn't Have to Be Perfect - 1:32
  • Re-writing or "Polishing" Your Manuscript
    • So What Exactly Do I Mean by Polishing? - 0:22
    • The Rewriting of Your First Draft - 2:00
    • With One Eye on the Rules of Writing - 1:22
    • And Another Eye on the Elements of a Story - 1:53
  • Editing Your Book
    • The Importance of Editing - 1:36
    • The Different Types of Editing - 1:00
    • Self-editing Your Book - 1:27
    • Substantive Editing - 1:04
    • Copy Editing - 0:52
    • Proofreading - 1:40
    • What You Can Do if You Can't Afford an Editor? - 4:31

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Writing Productivity Habits

Fight Back Against Writer's Block by Developing More Efficient Habits

By David Ault | in Online Courses

If you've ever had writer's block, you can empathize with the title of this course. Thankfully its content is designed to help you power through writer's block to make you a stronger, more efficient writer. Focused on helping you form better habits, this course will have you thinking and working more efficiently before you know it.

4.5/5 average rating from 15,288 students enrolled: ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Access 29 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Learn planning habits to ensure you are writing regularly
  • Manage your time better as a part-time writer
  • Develop positive writing habits to put more on the page
  • Stay ahead of the curve in your niche or genre w/ better learning habits
  • Use resources & tools provided by the instructor to further your learning
  • Discover health-related habits to remain healthy & active in your writing

"A really great course given in a well structured and concise way. I have already begun to apply some of the concepts to help my productivity." – Elaine Blose

David James Ault | Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor
4.3/5 Instructor Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Having worked as a marketing manager in London during the nineties, where he also completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, David James Ault decided to leave the rat race in 2000, head east and forge a new career as an online marketer. It was during this time that he published his first book.

As a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, David has set up online businesses and written non-fiction books in a number of different niches, most notably freelance translating, ESL, and all things Slovak. He also taught Business English to Slovak companies and private individuals and lectured at universities and other educational institutions, where he developed his passion for teaching.

Currently, from his mountain home in the heart of Europe, David is teaching online courses to over 10,000 students, mainly in the self-publishing niche, and is half-way through writing his first series of YA fiction novels.

29,558 Total Students
924 Reviews

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  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • An Introduction to the Course
    • An Overview of What You Will Learn from This Course - 4:22
  • Planning Habits
    • Introduction to Planning - 0:33
    • Introduction to WorkFlowy - 1:04
    • Creating a Medium to Longterm Strategic Plan - 3:11
    • Setting up a Strategic Plan Within WorkFlowy - 8:39
    • Day-To-Day Tasks: Part-Time Versus Full-Time - 0:57
    • Day-To-Day Tasks: The Importance of Writing Daily - 0:37
    • Day-To-Day Tasks: Planning Your Daily Work Schedule - 4:38
    • Setting up a Daily Work Schedule in Workflowy - 12:12
    • Test Your Knowledge on Planning Habits
  • Writing Habits
    • The Importance of Writing Quickly - 1:50
    • How I Increased the Number of Words I Write Every Day - 0:56
    • How Scrivener Can Help Improve Your Writing Productivity - 1:32
    • Distraction Free Writing in Scrivener - 1:05
    • Setting Daily Writing Targets - 1:17
    • Project Statistics in Scrivener - 0:47
    • A Closer Look at Scrivener's Project Stats - 9:08
    • Project Targets in Scrivener - 0:55
    • A Closer Look at Scrivener's Project Targets - 10:00
    • Test Your Knowledge on Writing Habits
  • Learning Habits
    • Introduction to Learning Habits - 1:16
    • Staying Ahead of the Curve: Google Alerts - 10:50
    • Keeping Abreast of the Latest Happenings in the Self-Publishing Industry - 1:42
    • Test Your Knowledge on Learning Habits
  • Healthy Habits
    • Introduction to Healthy Habits - 1:36
    • Making Time for a Daily Walk - 1:28
    • The Importance of Taking a Break - 2:00
    • The TomatoTimer and the Importance of Pomodoros - 8:31
    • Test Your Knowledge on Healthy Habits

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Online Course Creation From A Book You Have Already Written

Create an Online Course & Make a Living from Your Own Writing

By David Ault | in Online Courses

It is certainly true that the self-publishing industry is becoming increasingly competitive, while online education is still very much in its infancy. And while it sometimes feels like the world is publishing ebooks to the Kindle Store, due to the perceived barriers of entry, the online course marketplace is far less saturated. This course shows self-published authors how it is possible to repurpose the content that you have already written and turn it into classes and courses to sell online on platforms like Udemy.

4.4/5 average rating from 346 students enrolled: ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Access 38 lectures & 2 hours of content 24/7
  • Understand the concept of a Writer Teacher
  • Realize the great potential in the online education sector
  • Create an online course from scratch
  • Screencast narrated presentations & software demos

"Even the early lessons are providing new ideas to consider about teaching writing." – Consuelo Sterlin Meux

David James Ault | Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor
4.3/5 Instructor Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Having worked as a marketing manager in London during the nineties, where he also completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, David James Ault decided to leave the rat race in 2000, head east and forge a new career as an online marketer. It was during this time that he published his first book.

As a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, David has set up online businesses and written non-fiction books in a number of different niches, most notably freelance translating, ESL, and all things Slovak. He also taught Business English to Slovak companies and private individuals and lectured at universities and other educational institutions, where he developed his passion for teaching.

Currently, from his mountain home in the heart of Europe, David is teaching online courses to over 10,000 students, mainly in the self-publishing niche, and is half-way through writing his first series of YA fiction novels.

29,558 Total Students
924 Reviews

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • An Introduction to The Writer Teacher
    • An Introduction to The Writer Teacher - 1:30
  • Increase Your Income From Writing Through Teaching Online Courses
    • The Changing Landscape of Self-publishing - 2:14
    • Expanding Your Product Range - 2:51
    • Why Become a Writer Teacher? - 7:05
    • 3 Strategies to Sell Your Courses Through Your Books - 5:01
  • How Authors of Fiction can Repurpose Their Research to Teach Online
    • What about Fiction Authors? - 3:22
    • Considering a Non-fiction Angle - 2:24
    • Earnings from Courses versus Earnings from eBooks - 2:24
  • How to Create a Script for Your Course from the Text of Your Book
    • Rewriting the Text from Your Book to Create a Script - 6:12
    • Formatting the Text in Your Script So That It Reads Better - 5:22
    • Preparing the Script for Recording the Audio - 5:41
  • How To Record and Edit the Audio for Your Course
    • Factors Involved in Creating Good Quality Audio - 3:46
    • Which Type of Microphone Should You Choose - 2:31
    • Which Software Should You Choose for Editing Your Audio - 2:17
    • An Example of How I Use Audacity to Record My Audio - 3:35
    • An Example of How I Use Audacity to Edit My Audio - 6:01
    • The Original Audio Recording - 1:56
    • The Edited Audio Recording - 1:30
  • An Introduction to Screencasting the Lessons for Your Course
    • Why Screencasting is My Preferred Format When Creating Lessons for My Courses - 3:03
    • The 2 Main Types of Screencasts - 2:00
    • A Look at Different Types of Screencasting Software - 4:12
  • How to Create a Narrated Presentation to Screencast as a Lesson
    • Things to Consider When Creating a Narrated Presentation - 2:46
    • Which Presentation Software to Use? - 3:23
    • Basing the Presentation on Your Script - 3:05
    • Creating the Presentation (Part One) - 6:37
    • Creating the Presentation (Part Two) - 6:21
  • How to Screencast a Narrated Keynote Presentation
    • My Process for Recording a Narrated Presentation - 1:45
    • Importing the Audio Track into Camtasia - 1:14
    • Recording a Screencast of the Presentation using Camtasia - 3:09
    • Editing the Screencast in Camtasia and Exporting as an MP4 - 7:21
  • A Step-by-step Guide to Screencasting a Software Demo
    • The Things to Consider When Creating a Software Demo - 4:08
    • My process for Recording a Software Demo - 2:32
    • Outlining the Demonstration on My iPhone - 2:03
    • Screencasting an Extempore Presentation - 11:22
    • Transcribing the Script for the Software Demo and then Record the Audio - 8:09
    • Synching the Video and Audio (Part One) - 9:49
    • Synching the Video and Audio (Part Two) - 7:27
  • Easily and Quickly Reduce the File Size of Your Videos Using Handbrake
    • How to Reduce the File Size of Your Videos Using Handbrake - 9:05

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