Hi, I'm Kitty Bucholtz. I've been self-publishing my books since 2011 and teaching writing-related classes since 1998. I've helped hundreds of writers improve their writing, organize their process, and publish their books.
I'm confident I can help you with my exclusive online classes!
There’s nothing more frustrating than learning something new without a manual, without someone to ask. The great thing about self-publishing today is that all the information you need to do it yourself is out there...on hundreds and thousands of blogs and websites throughout cyberspace.
The problem is trying to find the information you need quickly and easily.
Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing is the answer to your problem.
Imagine, not too long from now, hitting the “Publish” button late one night and waking up the next morning to see your book on Amazon! Even better – imagine your first sale!
But there is one thing even better than that – the first time a reader you’ve never met tells you they stayed up half the night finishing your book! Or they laughed more than they have in a long time. Or they were too scared to turn out the lights. There is nothing better than that feeling of pure joy and accomplishment.
You’ve got a book and the courage to publish it yourself.
Now you just need someone to help you along the way.
I’ve taught Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing to over 100 people already. Many of them have one or more books for sale now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and other retailers.
Soon your books could be selling at those outlets, too!
I’ve been self-publishing since 2011, in ebook, print book, and audiobook formats. I’ve learned through trial and error and hours of frustration. But I wrote everything down so that every time I published a new book, I could make the process smoother and faster.
Then I combined fifteen-plus years in business and finance, a master’s degree in creative writing, and my experience teaching at a business college, and I put together a course to help people like you, saving you time and frustration as you take this final step to make your dream come true.
And the best part is – you won’t be alone.
Not only will you get all of the information you need to self-publish your book, if you stumble - even for the sixth, tenth, or twentieth time - I’ll be there to cheer you on and help you keep going. If you want to do this, you can! (I’ll even tell you how to hire other people to do the heavy lifting!)
Perhaps you have friends who are self-publishing their books. You've heard their stories of frustration and confusion as they try to figure out how to create a high-quality ebook and print book.
Or you know someone who felt they were fleeced by a company offering to help them publish their book for "only" a few thousand dollars.
This doesn't have to be you!
If you are happy to learn some new skills, I can teach you how to self-publish your books efficiently yourself. If you find that you'd rather hire someone else to do one or more steps for you, I'll make sure you completely understand what you're hiring someone to do and give you a list of reputable people to call.
I am so glad I took Kitty's class. It was easy to follow and very thorough. It really made me think about what kind of self-published writer I want to be. The business and marketing tips are adaptable to any business. I took her class shortly before I released my first book and when it was done, I was ready to hit "publish." This course is a must for anyone considering self-publishing.
Tracy Reed, author of Generational Curse
The class covered way more information than I would've thought to ask about, that's for sure! It was enlightening. Even though there was information I didn't think I would end up using, I think it's important to research all of the options out there. So all in all, I would definitely recommend this class and will be revisiting all of the lectures in the near future.
Alex Perez, author
I joined up knowing absolutely nothing about how to self-publish, and it's so nice to have a step-by-step guideline. With so much information, it's easy to be overwhelmed, but Kitty made it easy to follow.
C.J. Burright, author of the Dreamcaster Series
QUICK START GUIDE & COURSE OVERVIEW
Decisions to Make
Create Your Files
Upload Your Files
Kitty's Plan for Beginners
Lesson Available August 10, 2016
MODULE 1 - IN THE BEGINNING
How Do You Want to Publish?
Choosing Your Software
Where Do You Want to Distribute?
Additional KDP Sales and Distribution Options
Getting and Staying Organized
Lesson Available August 15, 2016
MODULE 2 - TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
Starting Your Business
Taxes and Licenses
Creating Quality Covers
Formatters and Beta Readers
Schedules and Budgets
Lesson Available August 22, 2016
MODULE 3 - YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE
Choosing Your Front and Back Matter
Preparing Your Word Processing Document
Creating Your Checklists
Lesson Available August 29, 2016
BREATHE, ASSESS, AND CATCH-UP
A full week of Q&A and catch-up time! I don't want you to get overwhelmed and quit - you can do this!
Lesson Available September 5, 2016
MODULE 4 - CREATING YOUR DIGITAL BOOK FILES
Notes About Using Scrivener
Create the Pages You Need
Compiling Your Document
Formatting in Compile
Other Compile Choices
Getting Started with Adobe InDesign
Editing Master Pages
Adding Your Manuscript to the Template
Using Vellum for Mac
Lesson Available September 12, 2016
MODULE 5 - UPLOADING TO YOUR CHOSEN VENDORS
Creating a Book in KDP
Filling in the Blanks
Adding the Manuscript and Cover
Rights and Pricing
Other KDP Options
Creating a Book in Smashwords
Categories and Keywords
Adding the Manuscript and Cover
Creating a Print Book in CreateSpace
Uploading the Cover
What to Do with Your Proof Copy
Pricing and Distribution
Lesson Available September 19, 2016
PUBLISH YOUR BOOK!
A full week of helping you get your books uploaded - and celebrating your first sales!
Lesson Available September 26, 2016
REGISTER by August 15 to receive these valuable EXTRAS!
(They'll disappear on August 16!)
7 Ways to Market and Promote Your Book Without Breaking the Bank (PDF of my $30 4-week class)
PINTEREST for the Confused and Terrified Writer LIVE private webinar ($30 value)
30-minute coaching call with Kitty if you register by August 15! ($50 value)
Bonuses Available Until August 15, 2016
Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing isn't for everyone. I've tried to break it down to show who is likely to love it and who might hate it. You might fall somewhere in the middle. If you're not sure, email me and we'll talk about it.
You will learn how to turn your completed manuscript into a book for sale on Amazon and other sites in 60 days or less. If you go through all the lessons and you can't get your book up for sale on at least one retail site, I'll refund your money. I'm that confident I can help you.
Multi-pay options coming soon - any minute - almost here!
(Email Kitty to be notified when the $55/$65/$75 per month financing goes into effect!)
Here's the Deal...
This is the final round of beta testing for the course. You're getting a lower price because I'm continuing to develop all of the lessons and topics. You get to share what you think is working - or not - and make suggestions for improvements or new topics I haven't yet included. This is truly going to be your course! Forever.
I also put together a multi-pay plan for each of the tiers so that no matter who you are, you can afford the course. That's important to me. This is not a subscription; it's a financing plan so you can get started right away (so you don't miss out on the bonuses). If you finance the cost of the course, you'll be paying monthly only during your finance period. No additional fees!
There is no arbitrary cut-off date to close the course, but the bonuses are only available during the Early Bird period through August 15, 2016. If your friends told you about the course, I want you to be able to come sign up anytime you want. However, registration will close for a short while when the class size reaches 50 new students. I had over 60 students in my last class, and I didn't feel I could give quality individual attention to everyone with a larger class. I want to be sure you're getting what you pay for, so when enrollments hit 50, I'll close the course for a few months until everyone has gotten all the help they need. Then I'll re-open it for a new group of students. This process will help me help you succeed!
Writers Helping Riders -
Another Way to Change the World, One Person at a Time
There's one more piece to all of this that is particularly dear to my heart. My sister Bonnie is an occupational therapist, and she owns and runs CHUM Therapeutic Riding in Michigan. When we're together and someone asks what I do, when I say "writer" it sounds like "rider" and they sometimes think I do what Bonnie does. But Bonnie helps children and adults recover from accidents, and she helps people get stronger despite debilitating disease. She helps kids walk. As a novelist, I "just" entertain.
I've always been interested in philanthropy, and some friends suggested I could take the leap and decide to give to charity now, not wait until I have enough money that giving it away is "easy." So I'm leaping! And I'm taking you with me!
For every student who signs up for Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing, Write Now Workshop will donate 10% of the student fees to CHUM Therapeutic Riding. That's just about one paid therapy session for every student in the Do It Yourself Tier, two paid sessions per student in the More Please tier, and almost three paid sessions for every student duo in the Two Are Better Than One tier!
I believe that books can change the world. I believe they already have! And now we can help improve the lives of a few children, too. We can help parents who can barely afford all the expenses related to their children's special needs to breathe a little bit easier for a minute. The very act of you signing up for this class will help change the world in a small but beautiful way! I hope this makes you feel as good as it does me! Thanks for being a part of it! (And to see the most amazing pictures and videos, click over to CHUM's website. You'll be glad you did.)
In addition to writing romantic comedies and superhero urban fantasy, Kitty is a total geek for anything related to brains. (No, she's not a zombie.) She loves reading about how to improve organizational and time management skills, and studying how to use our brains to improve every area of our lives.
In 2011, she decided to combine her undergraduate degree in business, her years of experience in accounting and finance, and her Master of Arts degree in creative writing to become a writer-turned-independent-publisher. Though her husband thinks she just likes to be the center of attention, Kitty thoroughly enjoys sharing what she's learned with others, which is why she teaches as often as she can.
This course is aimed primarily at the writer who has a completed or nearly completed manuscript that you want to self-publish, and you’ve never self-published before. Or maybe you’ve put out one book, but it was difficult and confusing and you want to learn an easier approach.
Yes, if you have an assistant, you can let them log in to the site with your membership credentials so they can learn what to do. But you’re going to want to at least skim the lessons because there are some business things you’ll probably still do for yourself.
To take into account that not everyone is living in the United States, I will try to make the group calls at different times to accommodate everyone.
There isn't currently a way to add both students automatically, so one student needs to sign up and pay the fee, then email me to add the second student. You'll have to make your own arrangements for how to split the cost. :)
No, your book doesn’t have to be done yet. I’m even collecting the names of editors, cover designers, and formatters you can use if you decide to hire help instead of doing those things yourself. Since you have lifetime access, you can finish your book next month or next year and then come back to the membership site and learn what to do next. But you will be ineligible for the 60-day money-back guarantee if you don't have a completed manuscript when you start the course. (You can't publish your book if it's not finished, right?)
Nope! The course is completely self-paced. You can go through the lessons as quickly or as slowly as you want. When the course re-opens in August, the lessons will become available each Monday for 8 weeks. After that, they will stay open indefinitely.
Yes. There will, of course, be some things you’ll have to look up on your own - like the rules for how to start a business or open a business checking account in your own country or province. But I’ll help you find out what information you need to provide in order to get paid by the retailers you choose. The rest of the information is applicable to you regardless of where you live.
If you have questions that I haven't answered here, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm happy to help!