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ePublishing Your Book
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Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Writers that are ready or nearly ready to publish their work online or using CreateSpace for a printed book.
Are you ready or almost ready to publish your work? In this course students will learn how to publish their book using popular e-book distribution websites. Topics covered will be how to format manuscripts, make blurbs, make e-book covers, how e-book royalties work, all about ISBNs, and more.
Course Objectives
  1. understand the basics of e-publishing.
  2. be able to publish their work.
Outline of Instruction
  1. What are e-books?
    a. Who buys e-books?
    b. What are the main formats?
    c. How does it differ from classic publishing?
  2. What can be e-published
    a. Book content ratings
    b. Book sizes and types and ISBNs
  3. Software to make e-books
    a. E-publisher software
    b. ‘Freeware’
    c. Making your own
    d. Hiring others
  4. Formatting your novel
    a. Style guides and rules for e-publishing
    b. Different web site similarities
    c. Photos in your books
  5. Your blurb and description
    a. Different types of e-book blurbs
    b. Extras you can put in your description
    c. Serializing your books
    d. 400 and 4000 character blurbs
  6. Your book cover
    a. Using public domain artwork
    b. Hiring artists and photo shop artists
    c. Hiring models
    d. Formatting your cover
  7. Deciding your price
    a. E-book royalties and percentages
    b. Royalty payment types and delays
    c. Setting your price for current sales trends
    d. Flexibility
  8. Setting up your accounts
    a. Online with vendors such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble Nook books, and Smashwords
    b. Print books with CreateSpace
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Flash drive or cloud file with a MS word .doc file of the book to be published, a .doc file of the book synopsis and blurb, and some ideas for book cover art. An email address. A laptop or portable computer.
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 100%
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Writers that are ready or nearly ready to publish their work online or using CreateSpace for a printed book.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
  • Career Exploration in the E-Publishing Industry - HRD-3004BD2
Course Contact Information
Community & Career Education Staff