When I decided I was going to head down the indie publishing route, I was starting with limited knowledge.
I’d listened to hours of podcasts from Mark Dawson and Joanna Penn, which were fantastic in helping me decide that indie publishing was for me, but I needed the practical information. The nuts and bolts of how to be an indie-author and how to actually publish my book.
I had the craft side of things under control, with my manuscript being edited and in the process of being copy edited and proofread. I knew I had to engage a professional cover designer and get my book formatted for the digital platforms, as well as print-on-demand. But that was about it. I was green.
I’d heard about Mark Dawson’s self publishing 101 course, but to be honest, I hadn’t given it much thought – until I needed to. I knew it wasn’t cheap, but nothing worth its salt is. So I looked into it further.
I joined the SPF (Self-publishing formula) community group on Facebook and
stalked read through the posts and came to realise what a supportive and knowledgable community it was. I came across quite a few people who had done the 101 course and couldn’t speak highly enough of it.
It was then I decided to take the plunge and invest in my indie-author career. If I was going to do this properly, I needed to know; how to do it properly. And yes, Mark’s course was the answer.
The course covers just about everything you need to know to get your books out there. From building your author platform and pre-publication steps (cover design, blurbs, pricing, formatting etc) to getting your book on the various digital platforms, and how to launch your book into the world and get reviews. There’s a step-by-step tech library which takes you through the various setups needed, and best of all, you get access to the private FB group – SPF genius. The FB group is only for 101-course members and they are a wealth of information only happy to help and share their experiences.
The course is self-paced and the other fantastic thing is that you have life-time access to the course videos and materials. This means course information is regularly updated to reflect changes in platforms and technology, and you get access forever!
I have no doubt that I would be flailing around in the murky indie-publishing waters gasping for breath and slowly drowning if had not been for Mark’s course. It taught me everything I needed to know to prepare myself as an indie-author and get my book out there.
Yes, it’s not the cheapest course out there, but if you are willing and able to invest in your career as an author, it is most definitely worth it.
Who is Mark Dawson’s self publishing 101 course for?
Those new to indie-publishing and wanting to have a good foundation of knowledge before they publish for the first time.
How does it work?
The course is a self-paced through the teachable platform. Each module is broken into lessons, and each lesson comprises a video as well as a transcript. Then the technical knowledge is broken down in the tech library. You have lifetime access to the course which is updated regularly to reflect the changes in information.
How do I enrol?
The course is only open once or twice a year for a limited amount of time. So it’s best to keep up to date when the course is open through the podcast or FB community group.
NOTE: THE COURSE IS NOW OPEN FOR ENROLMENT! Click here to find out more about what the course involves and see if it is right for you!
If you’re read to take the plunge I have no hesitation in saying – do it, you won’t regret it. And if you are on the fence, then I suggest clicking through to the link above and checking it out to see if it is for you.
For me, it was the number one resource and I don’t regret it for a second.