It’s Blog Reader Focus Group Time!
Do you like answering questions? Do you love a good survey? Do you delight in being asked for your opinion? Then step right up! Because I have just the thing for you….
As you’ll already know, I don’t just blog and write about self-publishing: I talk to people about it as well.
These speaking engagements are usually either a full day’s course, which is just me taking the participants through self-publishing from A to Z, or smaller, introductory style things, where I might aim to give an overview of the process in an hour and a half or two. I always aim to achieve at least what I consider to be the most important thing: to give the soon-to-be self-published author a roadmap, to give them the whole picture so they know the repercussions of, say, not choosing a cover design that works in thumbnail size and black or white, or why the actual self-publishing bit isn’t at the start of the process, but just after the middle of it. That’s what I wish I had back when I started self-publishing. Because although the logistics of self-publishing, like formatting an e-book, are easy to find laid out step-by-step online—including on this blog—it’s harder to find someone who will say ‘Well, first you must think of this…’ and ‘We do this now because we’ll need that later…’ and ‘For the love of fudge, don’t use tabs!’ Even before we get to that, it’s much easier to take things in when someone is telling you them. Scrolling through the internet is nowhere near as much fun.
But I’ve only ever done these talks here in Ireland, or in London. So if you live anywhere else and your self-publishing budget doesn’t consist of blocks of gold bullion, it’s not really possible for you to attend. Then when I was in Orlando in February and I met up with the lovely Duolit girls, they told me about Udemy, a service that allows you to upload and sell video courses online, which the buyers of can then access whenever they want.
I’m thinking of doing this, and I want to gauge whether or not you think it’s a good idea, whether or not you’d be interested and how much you think is a fair price to pay for it.
Warning: I may ignore every single thing I learn from this post, and do what I was planning regardless. We’ll see.
So, please read the information below and then answer the questions. You can also tell me what you think in the comments below. Thank you in advance!
Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Online Course to Self-Publishing will consist of three parts. Each one will stand alone, or you can get all three for the full experience. They’ll be based on the full-day self-publishing course I do in person, and will break down into three parts:
- Preparing to Self-Publish
- Self-Publish an E-book and POD Paperback
- Launch and Sell Your Self-Published Book Online
Each of these will consist of a ‘main’ video (i.e. me talking to you) and supporting course materials in PDF (i.e. instructions for to print out and refer to if need be). The PDF materials will include Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. The videos will include on-screen, real time, step-by-step, click-this-button-and-then-click-that-one type instructions.
Before anyone says it: I’m not going to make an e-book only video. Producing a POD paperback is just an add on to the e-book process, really, and so it doesn’t warrant a video of its own. Everything ties in, so they go in one video.
There will also be a free to view preview video to give you an idea of what the course content is like.
Each video will be around 1.5 hours long and cost $49.
That’s about £29 or €36, per video.
To compare, my full-day course price ranges from $160 to $255. (The prices are set by the organizers, not by me.) That’s a range of £102 to £164, or €125 to €200.
So one day with me telling you in person: anywhere from $160 to $255.
Four and a half hours of me telling you via the magic of video: $150-ish. Plus you get lots of extra materials, you can go through it as many times as you like, and you don’t have to leave your house.
You’ll also be able to buy all three videos in one for $125.
Please take into account that I’m experienced at this—both talking about self-publishing and doing it myself. I’ve done events for:
- Faber Academy (London)
- Publishing Ireland
- The Inkwell Group (Dublin)
- Chipping Norton Literary Festival (UK)
- Waterford Writers’ Weekend (Ireland)
- Mountains to Sea Festival (Co. Dublin, Ireland)
- Irish PEN
- LitNet NI (Belfast)
- National Union of Journalists (Ireland)
- Women in Journalism (UK)
and this summer, I’ll be doing a Guardian Masterclass in London too.
And here are some things people have said about Self-Printed:
- “The BEST book on self-publishing … Seriously, GET THIS NOW!” –David Wright, co-author of the bestselling YESTERDAY’S GONE series
- “The best thing about Catherine is that she not only lives the dream, but offers you a stepladder up to join her. The advice she gives is utterly practical and the whole [book] is suffused with humour. I am a fan.” –Alison Baverstock, author of IS THERE A BOOK IN YOU? & senior lecturer on the Publishing MA at Kingston University (UK)
- “An exceptional breath of realism, real knowledge and hard experience–don’t dream of self-publishing your book without it.” –Nicola Morgan, award-winning author of 90 books–including the Carnegie-nominated WASTED and WRITE TO BE PUBLISHED– and the blog Help! I Need a Publisher!
So, taking all this into account, please answer the questions below…
And please do add your comments below…