You are almost finished writing your book and confused about what exactly you should do next. Will you pass it on to a traditional publisher and hope that it comes out in the next 18 months? Will you try to cobble together all the information available on Al Gore's internet and go it on your own?
Prices are all over the place for publishing help, and it’s hard to know who to trust!
You’ve already attended countless webinars, dumped hours into research, and you are still where you were when you started. You have a mostly-complete manuscript and no clue what you’re going to do next.
What if I told you that there’s an easier way to get your thought leadership into the world?
You can have the book in your hand, literally, in just 6 weeks. I know it’s possible because I have done it.
I had a book that I knew I needed to get out into the world. I had no idea how I was going to do it. The first person that I talked to about publishing my book quoted me $25,000, but I was just starting my business. There was absolutely no way I was going to come up with that money.
I needed the book so that I could establish myself as an expert, which would lead to paid speaking engagements instead of speaking for free. I couldn't pay $25,000 to publish the book unless I got the speaking engagements to pay for them. I was stuck in this Catch-22 of needing the book to launch my speaking career, while need speaking fees to cover the costs of the book.
The person who quoted me $25,000 saw that I couldn't generate that kind of money quickly, so she gave me an incredible gift. She took me aside and said, “Look, you can do this yourself.”
Self-Publishing, Demystified and Done
Instead of investing $25,000 into a company that would publish my book for me, I invested hundreds of hours in learning how to self-publish my book. I ended up publishing about half a dozen of my own books so far and several books for other speakers as well. I honed my process to create the company A Page Beyond, self-publishing assistance for independent authors.
Just six weeks from now, your book could be in your hands!
When you sign up for this course, you get my proven and repeatable process. All of the lessons I learned self-publishing more than a dozen professional books are in this course.
You can avoid making that $25,000 investment and save hundreds of hours of your time by following A Page Beyond’s 7-step PUBLISH Method™.
What You'll Learn
This interactive course provides multiple ways for you to understand the information, including video walkthroughs with actual clients, PDF checklists and templates, proprietary tools, and clear actionable steps.
[Module 1] Plan
Yes, you can publish your own book without it looking like an amateur did it. Learn about the benefits and basics of publishing so that you can be confident in your decision to self-publish.
- Video overview of self-publishing
- Publishing Personality Quiz
- Publishing Comparison Chart
- Budget and Planning Worksheet
[Module 2] Upfront Work
Learn what you need to do first to create the strongest self-publishing infrastructure so you can register and begin to market your book. Do the prep work that will make your life easier in the long-run.
- Publishing Glossary
- Publishing Prep Worksheet
- Video walkthrough of registering your book so it can be sold on Amazon and elsewhere (ISBN registration)
- Video walkthrough of registering your book so it can be easily LCCN registration
[Module 3] Book Design & Formatting
Now is the time to prepare your files for the public. Learn how to save time and money formatting your print book and eBook so no one will ever guess you published it yourself.
- Video Lessons on Design
- Interior Formatting Requirements
- Manuscript Formatting Checklists (for both Paperback and Kindle eBook)
- Cover Requirements Worksheet
[Module 4] Load Your Book on Amazon
Learn how to configure, upload, and publish your title in paperback and Kindle versions so you can sell your book on the “world’s largest bookstore.” You are only days away from selling online.
- Pre-Publishing Checklist
- Video walkthrough Upload Your Book to KDP
- Review Online Proof Checklist
- To Do List with timelines of what to expect next
[Module 5] Inventory
Sell your book at events for a much higher profit (or ship big orders directly to clients), and learn to track your Amazon sales. Understand Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)’s sales dashboard.
- Video walkthrough on Ordering Paperback Proofs and Author Copies
- Video walkthrough on KDP Sales Dashboard to ensure direct-ship clients don’t see author cost
- KDP Dashboard Cheat Sheet
- To Do List with timelines and other important factors for royalty payments
[Module 6] Sell Your Book
Leverage other features on Amazon so you can attract readers and “double-dip” on royalties. You’ll learn advanced methods to increase your book revenues.
- Video walkthrough to create your Amazon Affiliate account
- Video walkthrough to create your Amazon Author Page
- Video walkthrough on how to run a Kindle Promotion
- 75 Ways Authors Can Use Amazon Affiliate Links
[Module 7] Harbor and Copyright
Learn why it’s important and how to register your copyright so that your work will be protected against plagiarism.
- Video Protect Your Copyright
- Copyright Assignment Template (PDF)
- How to Register Your Copyright
- How to Transfer Copyright to Your Business Entity
Following this tested process doesn’t mean doing everything yourself. You can delegate pieces to people who can do it faster and better than you can on your own. Did I mention you don’t have to do this on your own?
Online Community of Independent Authors
When you register for the course, you'll have access to an online community of authors going through exactly what you are going through, and they can’t wait to cheer you on in your publishing journey. Gain access to this community and post questions about the material. You'll get regular social media prompts that encourage you to interact with your fellow authors and leverage your book to meet your business goals.
Live Q&A Sessions with Our Founder & CEO
Each month, enjoy live Q&A sessions with A Page Beyond's Founder, Amy C. Waninger.
Pop-up productivity labs will help you knock tasks off your to-do list in a community setting. We'll spend time together, via Zoom, to set and exceed our goals. You won't want to miss these power-packed sessions!
Our Promise to You
You probably have at least a few books in that marvelous brain of yours. When you purchase this course, you get lifetime access to the materials, including future course updates.
Apply Your Registration Fee Toward Done-for-You Services
I break down every part of publishing your book into simple steps, giving you all the tools you need to create a beautiful book no one will know you published yourself. Still, if you decide at any point that you need extra help, you can apply your registration toward a done-for-you publishing package from A Page Beyond.
Your registration is backed by a no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee. If, within 14 days of registration, you decide this course isn't for you -- for any reason, or for no reason at all -- simply email us for a full refund. No questions asked!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a finished book to get started?
No. This course will answer a lot of questions you'll have as you consider your publishing options. Some authors want to understand the full process before they start writing. Others take authorship and publishing one step at a time. We find that authors are typically ready for this course once they are about 80% finished with their first draft of their book.
What kind of book can I self-publish?
You can self-publish any genre of book -- including fiction, non-fiction, journals, and workbooks. This course helps you publish a paperback and/or Kindle eBook through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and print on-demand (POD) services. Even if you want to publish in a different format (hardcover books, spiral-bound journals, Nook eBooks, etc.), the information in this course can help you save money and time, as well as avoid common rookie mistakes.
How long does it take to self-publish?
You can set your own schedule, and we'll create your plan together in Module 1. I've gone from concept to book-in-hand in as little as two weeks, but you'll probably want to plan on about six weeks from completed manuscript to published book.
How long does it take to finish the course?
The course is divided into seven modules. When you register, you'll have immediate access to Module 1. Each week, you'll unlock a new module. Some modules will take longer to complete than others, and you can go at your own pace with each module once it's unlocked.
What if I need more than seven weeks?
Take all the time you need! You'll have lifetime access to the course materials, including any future updates to the content. You'll also have lifetime access to the online author community so you can find an accountability partner, pacing partner, or mentor that matches your goals and timeline.
How much does self-publishing cost?
Self-publishing costs vary widely. I've published for as little as $27, and I've seen folks spend up to $25,000. Using the tools in this course, you can expect to have a professional, high-quality paperback book and Kindle eBook with an additional investment ranging from $350 to $2,500 (not counting your course tuition).
Aren't people hesitant to buy self-published books?
Self-published books used to get a bad rap, and some people still hold onto the belief that self-published books are inferior to traditionally published titles. However, I'm willing to bet that there are self-published books in your library that you would never suspect weren't traditionally published. Still, you may have purchased a book recently that made you immediately think, "Oh, they did this themselves." In Self-Publishing, Demystified and Done, you'll learn all the tricks to create a beautiful book that no one will know you did yourself.
Will my book be a best-seller?
Well, that depends. First, there's a big difference between an Amazon best-seller in a single category and a New York Times best-seller. The former you can achieve with a coordinated effort of your existing network. The latter requires investment in comprehensive marketing and publicity campaigns.
For most authors, books serve a particular business purpose: access to higher-profile clients, commanding higher fees for speaking and consulting engagements, add-on sales for contracts, or even a high-quality business card for networking. Let's face it, most of us won't retire on our royalty checks. But if we're smart about how we position ourselves and our books, we can create additional opportunities and income streams.
Do I have to do it all myself?
No! In fact, there are a few parts of the process that I strongly recommend you outsource to others. In Module 1, you'll learn how to make good decisions about what to do yourself and where to find help that fits your budget and goals.
All along the way, you'll have access to a community of support for feedback, recommendations, and more.
What if I decide I still need more help?
This course breaks down the whole process into simple, actionable steps. If you still feel overwhelmed by the self-publishing process, we can help. You can apply your course registration fee toward done-for-you packages from A Page Beyond. Or, if you decide to use a different publishing service, you'll be prepared with the right questions to ask and a solid understanding of the value you're getting for your investment.
What Our Clients Say
Couldn’t be happier!
Amy is a joy to work with! She's extremely responsive, diligent and truly cares about her clients. Amy completed the editing in record time and was helpful to me as I went through the final edit. She's also an excellent publisher, she had terrific ideas for the look and format of the book, she respected the content and was extremely encouraging as the "author" nerves started to kick in. I would highly recommend Amy as an editor and publisher. She made the process easy for me and I couldn't be happier with the result.
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Author of READY, Set, Change!
Cathy Fyock, The Business Book Strategist
Co-author, The Speaker Author
I highly recommend Amy to anyone wanting to put their book in the best hands. I'm glad I did!
Lois Creamer, BookMoreBusiness.com
Co-author, The Speaker Author
Beautiful handling of my book!
Author, You Don't Get a Map, You Get a Compass
Took great care of me
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Author, Heart to Heart: Spiritual Care through Deep Listening
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Self-Publishing, Demystified and Done helps independent authors move from edited manuscript to published paperback & eBook, following A Page Beyond's 7-step PUBLISH Method (TM).
- Save up to $25,000 or more by managing your own publishing project
- Tools, templates, and video instructions to help you save time and avoid rookie mistakes
- Create a beautiful book that no one will know you published yourself!