How to Self-Publish a Professional-Quality Print Book, Step-By-Step

Cut the learning curve and learn how to publish a professional-quality print book with step-by-step instruction from two experienced publishing professionals: a regional publisher and a managing editor.

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“Maryann and Miranda are fairy book godmothers! My manuscript would seriously still be under my bed gathering dog hair, and cat hair – and all kinds of hair. I marvel that it has a real and hairless future!”

Jenny Parsons, author of Higgsfield Follies

“Maryann and Miranda, thank you for your guidance and encouragement. I continue to tell people that I have written a book and it’s becoming easier to overcome the Imposter Syndrome!”

Your Publishing Mentors:

Maryann Thomas – Publisher, Bookshop Proprietor

  • Publisher of over 150 books
  • Owner/operator of one of Canada’s oldest independent bookshops
  • Two-time recipient of the City of Owen Sound’s Cultural Award

Miranda Miller – Writer, Editor, Marketer

  • Managing Editor of B2B publication with 3 million monthly readers & 100+ authors
  • Founder at creative agency
  • 15+ years ghostwriting including works for major publishers

Course curriculum:

Get Ready for Success

Meet your instructors, share your vision for your print book, and establish your learning goals.

An Overview of the Publishing Process

Learn the differences between publishing and printing, compare self publishing vs using a conventional publisher, learn more about the business and tax considerations of publishing your own book.

Your Publishing Plan

Plan what your book will look like, learn about and compare print formats, price out your options, workshop your book title, craft compelling back cover description and author bio, and more. 

Working Through The Pre-press Process

Learn all about front matter and the various important elements of a professionally published print book, discover time and frustration-saving prepress tips, get recommendations to work more effectively with editors and designers, determine your wholesale and retail prices, and more.

The Printing Process

Watch an interview with a book printer and learn how to work with them more successfully. Get tips on reviewing your printer’s proof to help produce an error-free print run.

Preparing for Promotion & Marketing

Learn how to evaluate your online presence, craft marketing messages that appeal to readers, tap into influencer marketing, and market your book online and off.

Sales and Distribution

Ready to get your book into the hands of eager readers? Learn how and where to sell your book and get expert tips on review copies, planning your book launch (including a media release template), approaching bookstores to sell your book, and more.

It's time to bring your book to life.

You’re one step closer to publishing your book already!

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