Sourcing Images, Illustrating eBooks and Cover Design for Self-published Authors

David ✏ Ault, The Writer Teacher

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17 Videos (30m)
    • An Introduction to the Illustrating for Authors Course

      1:08
    • Your Class Project for this Module

      0:57
    • Illustrating for Authors

      0:25
    • The Types of Images You May Use Within Your Book

      3:14
    • A Word About Licensing

      0:58
    • Taking Your Own Photos

      1:41
    • Getting Photos from the Public Domain

      1:12
    • Getting Photos from Creative Commons

      0:57
    • Paid Royalty Free Stock Photo

      1:35
    • Image Manipulation and Editing

      1:54
    • Illustrating Your Book

      1:39
    • Why Your Book Cover is So Important

      1:11
    • Getting a Professionally Designed Cover

      2:22
    • Alternative Options Available for Your Cover Design

      3:47
    • Designing a Cover Yourself

      3:03
    • Additional Optional Tasks

      2:47
    • Final Thoughts

      1:21

About This Class

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This class on ILLUSTRATING is Module Eight of the "17 'ings' of Self-publishing' course

In this class, I discuss the images and illustrations that will form part of the content inside your book and for the promotion of your book and then I shall discuss the most important image of all, your book's cover.

Specifically, we shall look at:

  • Sourcing images for your books
  • Image manipulation and editing
  • Illustrating your book
  • The alternatives available for creating a cover for your book

So go ahead and enrol in my Illustrating for Authors class and I look forward to seeing you on the inside.

The 17 'ings' of Self-publishing

You can find direct links to the other classes in the series below:

Module 01 - The 4 Questions Every Writer Needs to Ask Before Self-publishing a Book

Module 02 - Planning for Freelancers - Create a Strategic Plan and Your Daily Work Schedule with WorkFlowy

Module 03 - Building a Writer Platform and Why it is Key to Self-publishing Success

Module 04 - Researching Your Book's Niche or Genre Before You Actually Begin Writing Your Book

Module 05 - Writing Productivity: The Writing Process and How To Increase The Number of Words You Write Each Day

Module 06 - Polishing The First Draft of Your Book - A Look at the Rewriting and Self-editing Process

Module 07 - The Importance of Editing Your Book and What to Do if You Can't Afford A Professional Editor

Module 08 - Sourcing Images, Illustrating eBooks and Cover Design for Self-published Authors

Module 09 - Format and Validate eBooks without Pulling Your Hair Out

Module 10 - Copywriting for Authors - Writing Copy for Your Book's Title, Tagline, Description and Back Matter

Module 11 - The Beginner's Guide to Publishing an eBook on the Amazon Kindle Store

Module 12 - The Pros and Cons of Amazon KDP Select and When an Author Should Consider Distributing Wide

Module 13 - A Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your First eBook on Amazon

Module 14 - Learn How to Sell More with Reciprocity and the Power of Giving

Module 15 - How to Promote Your Book and the Importance of Marketing Your Book At Each Stage of Its Development

Module 16 - Make Learning a Daily Habit & Use Google Alerts to Stay Ahead of the Curve in Your Particular Niche

Module 17 - Expand Your Product Range through Print and Audio Versions of Your Book together with Online Classes

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David ✏ Ault

The Writer Teacher

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Currently, on the How To Publish An eBook website, I am giving away a FREE online course for anyone who is interested in making a living (or at least a part-time income) from self-publishing.

I also teach classes about course creation, online learning platforms and teaching, and recently, I launched the Writer Teacher Facebook Group as a place where self-published authors and online teachers can hang out to discuss how to make a significant income from your writing through the repurposing of content that you have already written in the form of online courses.

Some of my most popular Skillshare classes include:

The Writing Productivity Masterclass
How to Become a Star on Skillshare
Scrivener Simplified
Adobe Spark
The Writer - Teacher
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 Apple iOS 10 


A Little Bit More About Me

My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our English Bullterrier, Shaggy.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

During the last 15 years, I have written non-fiction books in a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various interests. More recently, I have also been writing fiction and non-fiction books for teenagers and young adults and, in 2015, I set myself the goal of becoming a full-time Writer Teacher within the next couple of years.

I have an eclectic range of interests, including languages, writing, history, online marketing, design and travel. I also have a passion for cooking and eating healthy food, as well as the traditional Slovak dishes I have discovered, whilst living in the heart of Europe.

I have created a number of online courses for many of my niches and I have set up both the How To Publish An eBook and the Teach Someone A Lesson websites to impart some of the knowledge I have learned over the years to my students.