The Publish-It-Yourself Workshop is a classroom-based course and group workspace developed by Touchwood Press. Once again, we are offering the course this spring term through Harper College Continuing Education, Palatine, Illinois. Versions of the course are coming as web-based courseware and as a book.
The next Publish-It-Yourself Workshop course starts in February 2018. A new Market-It-Yourself one-day workshop happens in March. Send us an email to find out more.
These Publish-It-Yourself Workshop students brought their writings and their vision to the class. Six weeks later, they were ready to publish. The next Publish-It-Yourself Workshop starts in September 2017 at Harper College Continuing Education in Palatine, Illinois.
The Publish It Yourself Workshop…was a wonderful experience. Instructor Michael McCandless combined his passion for books and his direct knowledge of the self-publishing industry into an engaging classroom experience. I learned the step-by-step process of publishing my book, but also gained a sense of purpose as I tackled my project. — Chuck Snoad, Sharp Left Turns
As a result of taking the Publish-It-Yourself class, my first book is now available on Amazon, in both print and e-book versions….It was obvious that you brought a lot of knowledge and experience to your class, and I want to thank you for providing an informative class and for all the encouragement you gave everyone. — Bob Urman, Till Death Do Us Part
The Harper College Publish It Yourself Workshop far exceeded my expectations….I wanted to learn how to self-publish, print, price, market and distribute a book….Our instructor, Mike McCandless, provided extensive private coaching and greatly accelerated the whole project. I am now working on my second business management book. — Walter J. McDonald, Achieving Excellence in Dealer/Distributor Performance
Resources for Self-Publishers
Self-publishing pundits we follow
- AuthorEarnings.com – does a great job of tracking and reporting on industry stats and trends
- Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer – book design and common sense helps
- Jane Friedman at JaneFriedman.com – expert advice and services
- David Gaughran at DavidGaughran.com – His Let’s Get Digital is an intelligent and entertaining read about self-publishing.
- Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn – books, podcasts, videos, conference
Books (the best of the lot, in our view)
- APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book
- Building Your Book for Kindle
- Create It with CreateSpace
- CreateSpace and Kindle Self-Publishing Masterclass
- Book Design Made Simple
- Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible
- Publish on Amazon Kindle with Kindle Direct Publishing
- Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook
- The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide
There are many such groups in the cloud and on LinkedIn. Apply your personal litmus test to a group. Are they your kind of folks? Is what they talk about of real interest or just self-promotion? Make new friends and colleagues; get clued up on the latest and the fading trends. Reply to questions and pose your own to get traction and visibility. May come in handy. And here’s a TwP post on groups.
- Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
- Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
- Editorial Freelancers Association
- The Touchwood Press Self-Publishing Channel
- So You Want to Write a Novel
- Authors On Writing E-Books
- Brandilyn Collins on Writing Suspense
- Guy Kawasaki on the KDP Experience
- The Self-Publishing Podcast: A little bit “Wayne’s World,” but interesting, fun, and informative.
- GoodReads: Amazon’s e-bookshelf where you record, review, and share your thoughts about the books you’ve read, are reading, and want to read with your friends and online acquaintances. Authors can use the platform for promotions, giveaways, and advertising.
- BookBub: a free service that helps you discover books you’ll love through unbeatable deals, handpicked recommendations, and updates from your favorite authors. BookBub doesn’t actually sell books. They simply introduce you to books you’ll love that are available on retailers like Amazon’s Kindle store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, Apple’s iBooks, and others. Better than it sounds.
- Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
- Amazon CreateSpace.com
- Ingram Spark
A Self-Publisher’s Tool Kit
- Dropbox: a hard drive in the Cloud with great collaborative powers. Dropbox is comparable to iCloud, OneDrive, and GoogleDrive, but independent.
- Evernote: a cloud-based notebook and content aggregation system. Comparable to OneNote, etc.
- Lynda.com: bite-sized courses on self-publishing, productivity tools and business subjects. Now part of LinkedIn.
- Scrivener: a highly regarded organization and production tool for book authors.
- WordPress: the world’s leading blogging platform and home to lots of self-publishers.