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*This post was updated for accuracy in April 2018.
Product Name: Self-Publishing School
About the creator: Chandler Bolt is a 20-something entrepreneur who has been dabbling in running his own businesses since he was young. Since he released his first book, The Productive Person, his self-publishing success really kicked off.
Price: VIP Course & Coaching Program is $4,997, with the option to pay in installments.
Who It’s For: Anyone that wants to write and publish their own books and learn how to launch a book to be an Amazon Kindle bestseller. The course has two writing streams, one for non-fiction writers, and one for fiction writers, with experienced coaches to support you every step of the way.
What It Will Help You Do: This 90-day course will take you through the ins and outs of self-publishing.
The course is broken up into six different phases so you can follow the entire process from start to finish: positioning and outlining, writing, editing, publishing, book launch, and maintenance.
If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, this course will show you how to turn an idea into outline and then into a written book, right through to working with an editor, finding a cover designer and converting your book to a Kindle-ready (and paperback) format. You’ll also learn how to build authority in your niche or connect with your readers.
The course is set to run for three months to give you time to go through the entire process, but if life gets in the way (as it invariably does when you make lofty goals), don’t worry — you get lifetime access to all the learning modules.
What’s Included: Inside Self-Publishing School, you’ll be connected with like-minded writers and develop your new built-in network of people who will support you every step of the way. While you might be alone in your writing, you won’t be alone in the self-publishing process.
One of the first things you’ll do when joining Self-Publishing School is get an accountabilibuddy. You and this partner from your class group are accountable to each other, so that if you miss your goals, you have someone to answer too!
When it comes time to get your first book reviews, this built-in community is ready and waiting to read your book and show support. Bolt also hosts community group coaching calls each week.
The Best Part: When you enroll at the VIP level, which I did, you’ll be assigned a coach, someone to chat with throughout the process and get direct feedback from about your book project. This includes a 1-hour clarity call, 6 x 30-minute coaching calls, and unlimited email support with your coach. I was lucky enough to work with Bolt directly; he suggested ways to improve my book, helped refine my title and connect me with the right cover designer or my project.
I was able to publish my book within two months of joining Self-Publishing School, and I credit a lot of this to the fact I had direct access to someone who could answer my questions when needed.
The other great part about Self-Publishing School is the community. An active community manager answers questions inside the private Facebook group. The coaches will also chime in from time to time, and there are monthly expert hangouts too, so you get the benefit of accessing their knowledge, as well.
What Would Make It Even Better: There are a lot of technical aspects involved in self-publishing a book and a lot of that is glossed over inside the course, leaving each student to figure out those aspects. If you’re not technically minded, it can be quite overwhelming, particularly once you get to the publishing and marketing side of things. But if you know how to Google to find your answers, then this challenge can easily be overcome.
How It Changed My Life: When I joined Self-Publishing School in July 2014, I was a full-time freelance writer with a solid base of clients. I had only recently just started looking to diversify and felt that writing a book would be a nice segue to earning passive income.
Fast forward two months into the course: I had written and launched my first book, No Gym Needed: Quick and Simple Workouts for Gals on the Go. It became a number-one bestseller on Amazon within three days of launching. After this success, I knew that I could scale and decided to release the next book two weeks later, which was the men’s version of the first title. That first book earned $800+ in royalties in the first month and now earns me over $1000+ per month (just one book!). Since July 2014, I have written and published 26 books and am now a full-time author and author coach..
I “fired” my last full-time freelance client in early 2015 and haven’t looked back. I earn between $3000-$4000 per month just from my books and have more than 30 books mapped out for the next few years.
Our Recommendation: Self-Publishing School is one of the most comprehensive courses available on how to write, publish and launch a book to bestseller status on Amazon. I would recommend it to anyone looking to write a non-fiction book. Be prepared to put in extra time to learn about the technical aspects of self-publishing and you’ll find the process goes a lot smoother.
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