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Published on February 17, 2014

Author: beyondpaperediting



Are you interested in working with self-publishing authors? Self-publishing authors are, in essence, publishers, which means that they need to educate themselves about the steps in the publishing process. The publishing landscape is changing fast, and for editors interested in working with self-publishing authors, it's important to stay abreast of these changes. Editors often know more than they think about what's involved in getting a book from manuscript to market. And what they don't know, they can learn, by exploring topics in self-publishing.

Self-Publishing for Editors Editorial Freelancers Association Instructor: Carla Douglas Beyond Paper Editing All images from, used with permission

What You’ll Need O Microsoft Word (course instructions are written for Word 2010) O Course text: APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book, by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch O A sense of humor and a tolerance for lots of great interaction and hands-on exploration

Who This Course is For I’ve designed this course with a range of learners in mind: O Are you tech-savvy? I’ve built lots of extras into the course to allow you to work to your strengths O Do you describe yourself as a luddite? I’ve provided you with lots of basic options, and additional resources that can address gaps in your knowledge

1.0 Exploring Ebooks Learning Goals O to explore a nonfiction and fiction ebook O to understand how ebooks work O to understand how ebooks are similar to and different from print books

2.0 Understanding Epublishing Learning Goals O To familiarize yourself with important topics, players and organizations in the epublishing world O To understand how self-publishing works

3.0 Editors and Self-Publishing Learning Goals O To understand key steps in the selfpublishing process O To find author-friendly resources that demonstrate or explain the selfpublishing steps

4.0 The Editor’s New Roles Learning Goals O To learn about common ebook gaffes and formatting errors in ebooks O To consider the roles of editor-as- educator and editor-as-publishing consultant O To create an author tool that explains the key steps in the (self-)publishing process

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