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Self-Publish Your Book


Welcome to the Self-publish Your Book Course.

Learn how to publish an e-book and print-on-demand book on Amazon, and sell it to a worldwide market in this 12-month online course.

Thanks to digital media and e-readers, never before has the publishing arena been so exciting and viable for new and established authors who want to self-publish.

Your team of tutors (two self-publishing specialists and a graphic designer) will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a professional, saleable product - from cover design to the finished product - in the 13 exercises on the course.

By the end of the course your book will be available for purchase on Amazon - the global leader in book sales.

Find out:
  • How to make your book stand out among thousands.
    • How to avoid the common pitfalls many self-publishers make.
      • How to edit, format and upload your book.
        • All the technical and legal know-how covered.
          • Vital marketing strategies you need to promote your book and make book sales.

Amazon logoThis course caters for authors who are tired of the demands of traditional publishers and want more freedom and higher royalties; creative writers looking to get their work out there; nonfiction writers keen to spread their advice; and anyone else who sees self-publishing as an opportunity to make their mark.

Seeing your own book in the Amazon bookstore with a great cover and a dollar price next to it is a real thrill. It might even tempt you to write the next one!

Please note: This course has been designed for writers who already have a completed manuscript for adult fiction and nonfiction, or children's literature. It is not a writing course, but rather a practical, facilitated process to help you publish your first book online.

If your book is highly technical and/or requires specialized layout and graphics, this should be discussed with us first.




Course Details:


Students must complete:


Admission Requirements:

  • Modules: Seven modules
  • Duration: Course can be completed at own pace between 6 to 12 months
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round
  • 7 Assignments
  • 6 Activities
  • A completed manuscript
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required
  • No previous tertiary qualification required


Tutor team for this course:

You will work closely with three specialists over the duration of your course.
David-Jester| Tutor for the Publish Your Book course at NZ Writers College

David Jester - Editorial and technical assistance

For many years David published his books through Kindle Direct Publishing.
In his first year as a self-published author, David’s books were downloaded over 300 000 times, and his novel, An Idiot in Love, made the UK Amazon Top 10 comedy book list for the year. In 2015 his books were sold to a US publisher, who will re-publish them from the end of 2016.

When he is not working on his books, David is a prolific freelancer and has written for a number of comic books, video games, websites and blogs. He has also written a book on online freelancing under a different pen name. David is a great advocate of self-publishing and works with aspiring writers who want to see their work in print.

He lives in Northumberland in the North East of England.

Read more about David here.

Russel Brownlee | Tutor for the Publish Your Book course at NZ Writers College

Russel Brownlee - Editorial and technical assistance

 Russel started out in journalism but soon began devoting time to following his dream of writing a novel.

After years of self-study and writing he embarked on a Creative Writing Master’s degree and completed a novel that was published. This novel – “Garden of the Plagues” – went on to win South Africa’s Olive Schreiner Award for debut fiction and was shortlisted for the country’s premier writing prize, the Sunday Times Literary Awards.

Read more about Russel here.


Lilith_C - Graphic designer and e-book cover specialist

Lilith_C was born in Nafplio, Greece. She studied linguistics and psychology at university, but an interest in the visual arts gained ground later on in life. She experimented with different mediums throughout her life, and since 2006 she has been working as a freelance graphic designer, designing everything from book and CD covers, to packaging design and logos. Lilith_C found great success when her book-cover designs contributed to the success of best-selling novels. She has a keen eye for detail, and a great aptitude in recognizing marketing opportunities and trends. 


Course Curriculum


Module 1 - Editing - Creating a sellable product

  • Introduction
  • Editing - The first step in self-publishing
  • Two activities
  • One assignment

Module 2 - Your book cover and formatting - money well spent

  • Introduction
  • 10 tips for choosing a cover design
  • How to find a designer
  • Full book covers
  • Two activities
  • One assignment

Module 3 - Amazon - The only thing that matters

  • Why choose Amazon?
  • Amazon sales, and how payment works
  • Quality control
  • Suspensions
  • Dealing with pirates
  • Your Amazon Book Page
  • Selecting your categories
  • Choosing keywords
  • Creating the description
  • Choosing the price
  • Uploading your book and cover
  • One assignment

Module 4 - Createspace

  • Do you need Createspace?
  • Other options
  • Getting set up on Createspace
  • Uploading your book
  • Choosing your price
  • Distribution
  • One assignment
  • One activity

Module 5 - How to promote your book

  • What Not to Do
  • What works best in the industry: Essential tools
  • More methods of self-promotion that work well
  • The Best Method: Free Promotion
  • Paid Promotions
  • One assignment

Module 6 - Getting reviews

  • The importance of reviews
  • Where to find reviewers
  • What makes for a good review
  • Dealing with bad reviews
  • Protocol for handling reviews
  • One assignment

Module 7 - The Final Stages

  • What comes afterwards?
  • Success in numbers
  • Getting noticed by a publisher
  • Branching out into different writing fields
  • Tax
  • One activity
  • One assignment 




How does the course work?

Detailed class notes covering the content of each module are e-mailed to students. At the end of each module, students will be required to complete practical exercises, as well as a task for assessment. In total, the course consists of six activities and seven marked assignments.

Once the writing assignment has been completed, and e-mailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete.


Conditions of Certification:

Students will receive an UK Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all assignments.
  • The course must have been completed within 12 months of registration.

Minimum Estimated Time Commitment:

We allow up to one month per session but you are encouraged to keep this down to between one and two weeks in order for the course to have some momentum. You will always be in contact with your facilitator so you can discuss the schedule.

After studying the session notes, the exercises should take between one and three hours to complete.

Cover design and editing may well rely on an outside expert, and you can expect delays around this.



Need more advice about the best course for you?

We would love to chat to you if you have any questions about our writing courses.

If you need some advice about the best course or writing field for you, drop us a line or give Koos or Nichola a call at 09 550 4635. We can tell you about going rates in the field, chance of publishing success and general writing career options both in New Zealand and internationally.

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