Course Description

This course will start your personal journey to becoming a royalty-earning self-published author. Write the next Great American Novel. Share your professional expertise. Tell your family’s story. Whatever you dream of writing, write and publish it yourself. Learn how to produce e-books and print books through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, and other online platforms, that will give you worldwide reach for your work from a successful self-published author.

Learn all the basics including proper manuscript and book formatting, book cover design, editing tools, publishing platforms. Learn how to create accounts and understand dashboards and reports. Learn about copyrights, ISBN, LCCN, and AISN, Develop a self-publishing plan and take steps to put that plan into action. Students who already have a book in progress can develop it for publication, while students who are new to writing and self-publishing, will develop a solid understanding of this exciting and constantly-evolving new industry in this content-rich class.

Course Outline

Session 1: Self-Publishing Basics

Session 2: The Self-Publishing Landscape

Session 3: Your Self-Publishing Plan

Session 4: Self-Publishing Promotion



"Harper College’s Publish It Yourself class was exceptional in content and delivery. It is highly recommended for both new authors looking to self publish and seasoned authors new to self publishing. Instructor Elizabeth Harmon did an excellent job in walking us through the confusing world of self publishing. After taking this class, I have at hand the knowledge and ability to self publish my book in progress. Class lectures were clearly written and easy to follow. I found the class to be a great value and current with today’s constantly changing publishing industry." Carrie Stilwell

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Section Title
How to Self Publish for Free
Online/Internet Based
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Sep 10, 2020 to Oct 01, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $199.00
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