How to earn a passive income through self-publishing

Published March 11, 2018 7:00AM (EDT)

Many people want to publish either a short story, novella or full-fledged novel, but the barriers to traditional publishing can be discouragingly high. Especially if you're a newer author with no experience, it's difficult to get started and reach a broader audience. The eBook Self-Publishing Bundle shows you a different gateway to publishing, using Amazon's Kindle and Scrivener, the leading book writing software.

First, you'll learn how to brand yourself, with a course that shows you how to build a responsive website, including how to create a gravatar, identify a hosting package and propagate your domain name to it. It's important to understand the mechanics of operating your website (especially if you don't have the help of a publisher behind you), including how to install WordPress, configure basic settings and discover the correct plugins for your website. You'll also learn how to make your content more visible and build your library of books, accessible online for your readers.

Next, you'll learn Kindle publishing — which has the advantage of being the world's largest book marketplace. Get walked through the steps behind Kindle Direct Publishing, helping you publish your eBook on Amazon, market your book, research competitors and more. You'll also learn from your competition, figuring out how to write a top-selling description and set up your book's pricing through Kindle Direct Publishing. There's even a course that helps you create eye-catching cover art to promote readership, and how to source images for promotion and marketing.

There's also a specific way you have to format your writing on Kindle since poor formatting can detract readers early on. Learn to use Scrivener to accurately format eBooks and offer your readers a professional, enjoyable reading experience, from formatting front and back matter to inserting illustrations and custom styling. You even get a course focusing on using Scrivener as a tool, since it does have a bit of a learning curve. You'll learn valuable productivity tips and practices that you can implement in your use of Scrivener, including best practices to outline, write, rewrite and edit.

If you're still struggling to figure out whether self-publishing is the right route for you, there's a course that asks essential questions to help you make your decision — and outlines the four key financial investments that all self-published authors should make. There's even a course that helps you tackle the infamous issue of writer's block, giving you planning habits to ensure you are writing regularly, time management tips and tricks to stay ahead of the curve in your genre.

There's a different way to get your words out into the world: The eBook Self-Publishing Bundle is usually $175, but you can get it now for $25.

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