Chandler Bolt’s Self-Publishing School: Review

Chandler Bolt’s Self-Publishing School: Review

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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, Chandler Bolt and his team 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.

Editor’s note: The author of this post, Lise Cartwright, is now a coach with Self-Publishing School. When she wrote this review several years ago, she didn’t work for the company.

Filed Under: Self-Publishing


  • Jared says:

    As a former student- I do not recommend this coarse. You can get the same education from other companies for $400-800. Also, after speaking with dozens of other authors in the program, not one of us actually made money from the endeavor. The coarse is $4000-5000. The costs of editing and cover design is another $500. Cost of initial advertising push is $100-200. Then you become a “bestseller” by asking everyone you know and then some to review your book the first week. After that your book disappears into the amazon black hole and no one will ever know it exists again unless you keep paying amazon to advertise it, which is typically a break even to a losing game.
    This writer that claims to make over $1000 a month from one book is either highly exaggerating because she’s employed by SPS, or she’s 1 in 100,000 authors.
    If your goal is to make money, don’t go this route. If your goal is to get an education, there are much more affordable alternatives.

  • Mayura says:

    Hi Team, This service is very fake they just charge you for Facebook community and more over they don’t refund. also, there billing receipt does not have any details of “action taken plan discount”, and there are hidden fees for editing and marketing which they charge you further. So they sold me fancy package of $4797 BAB ATS first (Including marketing and editing as per the call) and then they keep adding other cost $700-900 above stated package for Marketing and editing book. There core non refund products does not include BAB ATS on their website it means it is refundable. I want my full refund.

  • PS. The way these authors are able to publish so many books so quickly is that they write crappy books. There’s a reason most publishers take several years to publish a book. As a former student, I read some of these books the other “authors” were putting out and they were full of typos and cliches.

  • I lost $4000 from this crappy program and am now looking at taking legal action to get my money back. These #1 amazon “bestsellers” are the laughing stock of the publishing industry. Amazon has thousands of sub-categories, so it is incredibly easy to rank #1 in one of them. That does not make you a bestselling author. Their tactics are highly manipulative and deceptive. Do not buy!!

  • Betsy Ern says:

    Hi Lise, thank you for your review of SPS. I am concerned about the tech part, if they don’t have that information covered, it would rule me out, that would be the core of what I need to know. Has that changed over the years? Thanks,
    Betsy Ern

  • VW says:

    BUYER BEWARE: The promise of this program is that they will get your book selling 100-250 copies per month on a consistent basis. They do not deliver on this promise, but still expect payment. They don’t have to deliver, but you do.

  • James A FITZGIBBON says:

    I am an aspiring author with one book’s first draft completed and a second two-thirds through.
    I joined Self Publishing School at the end of February 2019. This was, one, over ambitious and, two, prompted by lack of financial commitments understanding due to my genetic condition, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.
    I never used the course and wrote to SPS about this mistake by 7 March 2019, asking for my money back.
    They either didn’t listen or completely ignored my situation, which is a shame as I will never go with them again for future publishing needs.

    I wonder if you could offer advice on how to retrieve this money as I really cannot afford SPS

  • Titty says:

    I wish to enroll but I am wondering… How many people have actually written a number book (on Amazon) after going through this program. I want to hear success stories of graduates of this program. What book did they write and how well is it selling( on Amazon) as a result of the knowledge acquired in the program?

  • Kathryn says:

    I bought the course at great expense and it was a total waste of time. Everything can be found online and the course is not helpful for fiction writers, which I am. Would not recommend this course at all if you are a writer of fiction.

  • maryam says:

    I learned a lot from his videos! thanks a lot for sharing 🙂

  • Brian Robben says:

    Inspired that you’ve written so many books in such a short time. Keep up the good work, Lise!

  • Neil Larkins says:

    Saw some of it when available for free. Tons of content, for sure, but it’s not for everyone, especially the tech challenged…which I am. But at least it was free at the time.

    • Neil Larkins says:

      Oh, and I should add that Chandler has done a great service for those who are able to use it at its full potential. Nothing like it before that I am aware of.

  • Great post Lise,
    Its always good to follow the people that has achieved what you’re aiming to achieve so that the process will be much easier for you.

    Self Publishing School seems to be a very awesome course that is worth checking out.

    Thanks for sharing.

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