So You Want to Become an Author - Questioning Whether Self-publishing is the Right Choice for YOU? Free class

David ✏ Ault, The Writer Teacher

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8 Videos (24m)
    • Welcome to the First Module of the 17 'Ings' of Self-Publishing

    • Are You in This for the Long Haul?

    • Why Do You Want to Write a Book?

    • What Type of Book Are You Going to Write?

    • How Are You Going to Write Your Book?

    • Are You Able to Write a Series of Books? (Literary Factors)

    • Are You Able to Write a Series of Books? (Commercial Factors)

    • The 17 ings of Self-publishing


About This Class


This class on QUESTIONING is Module One of the "17 'ings' of Self-publishing" course

So, you want to self-publish your book?

Well, you are certainly not alone.

A recent YouGov poll showed that the most desirable job in the United Kingdom was that of an author.

But is self-publishing the right choice for you?

In this class, I shall attempt to help you answer this extremely important question, by first asking a series of other questions, such as:

  • Why do you want to self-publish a book?
  • What type of books are you going to write?
  • How are you going to go about writing your book?
  • Are you in this for the long haul?
  • Are You Able to Write a Series of Books? (Literary Factors)
  • Are You Able to Write a Series of Books? (Commercial Factors)

Please note that this class is actually the first in a series of 17 modules, which will give you a strategic overview of how to make a career (or at least a part-time income) as a self-published author.

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

16 of 16 students recommendSee All

Great place to start for anyone looking to start their own self-published writing project. David's provides useful insights and a series of questions that will help you identify and clarify your writing goals from the outset.
Rui Santos

LisMel Books

The delivery and content is an Excellent introduction forcing the Learner to think about those important questions we often fail To consider before we invest a lot of time and creative energy without a vision for The desired outcome..
Very thought provoking!
Tommy Howell

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David ✏ Ault

The Writer Teacher


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.

Hello there, my name is David James Ault and I am now teaching over 50 classes on the Skillshare platform in the self-publishing and course creation niches.

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 a number of 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 author 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.