Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the program - Start Here!

    • Welcome to Self-Publishing Made Simple!
    • Using this Course
    • How to Create a Successful Children's Picture Book
    • -> A Few Quick Questions
  • 2

    Module 1: Pre-Work

    • Lesson 1: Examining Your Goals
    • Lesson 2: Limiting Doubts & Fears
    • Lesson 3: Your Author Platform
    • Lesson 4: Do Your Research
    • Lesson 5: Ready for Editing?
    • --> Preparing for Your Professional Edit
    • Lesson 6: Your Manuscript
    • Module 1: Wrap-Up
  • 3

    Module 2: Building A Strong Foundation

    • Lesson 1: Overview of the Self-Publishing Process
    • --> Resource: Mind Mapping (Optional)
    • Lesson 2: 10 Biggest Mistakes that Self-Published Authors Make
    • Lesson 3: Cost to Self-Publish Your Book
    • --> Your Assignment: Create Your Budget
    • Lesson 4: Build Your Dream Team (and a list of Recommended Resources for You)!
    • Lesson 5: Finding an Illustrator to Bring Your Vision to Life
    • Wrap-Up for Module 2
    • --> Resources for You (Illustration Contract Template & Illustration Brief)
  • 4

    Module 3: A Strategy for Success

    • Lesson 1: Create Your Marketing Plan
    • Lesson 3: The Author/Illustrator Contract
    • Lesson 4: What is a Press Kit & Why Do You Need One?
    • --> Milestone: Professional Edit Complete (Claim Your Special Reward)
    • --> Additional Videos & Resources
  • 5

    Module 4: Lets Get Visual

    • Overview of Module 4
    • Lesson 1: Deep Dive Into Illustrations
    • Lesson 2: The Role of the Graphic Designer
    • Lesson 3: File Your Copyright - Step by Step
    • Lesson 4: Character Design
    • Lesson 5: Marketing During This Period
    • Wrap Up
  • 6

    Module 5: The Start of Something Beautiful

    • Intro
    • Lesson 1: Illustrator Feedback
    • Lesson 2: Creating a Great Cover
    • Lesson 3: Creating a FREE and Simple Author Web Site (Optional)
    • Lesson 4: Using Audio & Video for Marketing
    • BONUS: Influencer List for Your Marketing
    • --> BONUS Videos
  • 7

    Module 6: It's a Picture Book

    • Intro
    • Lesson 1: Preparing for Design, Layout & Formatting
    • Lesson 2: 7 Danger Signs & 5 Keys to Success for Your Book Project
    • Lesson 3: Develop Content
    • Lesson 4: Amazon Setup, Keywords & Categories
    • Lesson 6: Why You Should Set Up Pre-Orders
    • --> Preparing for Your Book Launch (with Laurie Wright)
    • Progress Report: How are things going?
  • 8

    Module 7: Bring on the Colors!

    • Checking In
    • Intro to Module 7
    • Lesson 1: Do You Have the Grit to Withstand the Publishing Journey?
    • Lesson 2: Set Up Your Email List
    • Lesson 3: Using Launch Teams to Increase Momentum & Book Sales
    • Lesson 4: Assignment - What Makes Your Book Special (Differentiators)?
    • Lesson 5: Grow Your Author Platform & Social Media Following
    • Milestone: Post Your Completed Press Kit (for a special bonus)
    • Set Up Your Book on Pre-Order (Ingram Spark)
    • Start Your Amazon Setup
  • 9

    Module 8: Supplemental Content & Identifiers

    • Intro to Module 8
    • Lesson 1: Complete Your Supplemental Pages
    • Lesson 2: Build Hype with Social Media
    • Lesson 3: Purchase & Assign Your ISBNs (Video)
    • Lesson 4: Request Your Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) and CIP Block
    • Lesson 5: If Applicable Find an Offset or Digital Printer and Get Quotes
    • Lesson 6: Preparing for Book Launch
    • BONUS Video Content
  • 10

    Module 9: Marketing & Sales

    • Lesson 1: Turn Your Marketing Plan into an Action Plan / Schedule
    • Lesson 2: Create Your Landing Page (Collect Emails)
    • Lesson 3: Request Editorial Book Reviews
    • Lesson 4: Virtual School Visits
    • Lesson 5: Becoming a Best-Selling Author
    • Lesson 6: Getting the Best Keywords for Your Listing & Amazon Ads
    • Just for Fun: Song, Animation & Read-Aloud for: Join the K.L.U.B.
    • Bonus Videos:
  • 11

    Module 10: Collaboration is Key

    • Check-In
    • Lesson 1: The Importance of Collaboration
    • Lesson 2: Becoming an Award-Winning Author
    • Lesson 3: Marketing Content
    • Lesson 4: Scheduling Your Content
    • Lesson 5: What Makes for a Great Amazon Listing?
    • Lesson 6: Tie-In to Other Celebrations
    • Bonus Videos:
  • 12

    Module 11: The Final Countdown

    • Intro
    • Lesson 1: Assigning ISBNs and Creating Free Barcodes
    • Lesson 2: Formatting / Review with Graphic Designer
    • Lesson 3: Become an Award-Winning Author
    • Lesson 4: Amazon Account & Book Setup (Hands On)
    • Lesson 4: Ingram Spark Setup (Hands On)
    • Lesson 5: Pre-Launch Activities
  • 13

    Module 12: Rocket to a Best Seller!

    • Intro
    • Lesson 1: Ebook Launch
    • Lesson 2: A Plus Content
    • Lesson 3: Free eBook Promotions
    • Lesson 4: Launch Team Downloads & Reviews
    • Lesson 5: Print Book Release
    • Lesson 6: Post-Launch Checklist
    • Summary
  • 14

    Conclusion

    • Thank you!
    • Next Steps

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