Online: Self Publish Your Book

Joel Naoum

7 September to 27 November 2020, online
Enrolments open 1 April and close 31 August 2020, 5pm

Non-member: $1790; Member: $1515

Considering self-publishing your book, but feel daunted by the process? Get step-by-step guidance from publishing expert Joel Naoum in our 12-week online self-publishing course. By the end, you’ll be able to have your book available for sale globally in ebook and print on demand formats. 

Bookings open 1 April 2020. Sign up to receive full course details when they become available.

Hundreds of thousands of books are self-published every year, but many of these fall below professional standards. After all the time you’ve put into writing your book, it’s essential to ensure it’s presented to readers professionally and attractively. Cover design in particular is a major factor in a book’s success. People really do judge a book by its cover!

There are many aspects to consider when self-publishing, including cover design, digital conversion, typesetting, and distribution, as well as file types, metadata and other technical issues. Expert guidance will help you make the best choices for your book.

In this practical course, you’ll learn how to publish your book to a professional standard while being guided through the process week by week, all from the comfort of your computer. The course includes typesetting and cover design by an industry-experienced graphic designer.

To enrol, you must have a completed, edited and proofread manuscript ready for publication without need of any further edits or changes as of the start of the program, 7 September 2020. Your manuscript must be primarily text; some B&W photos/illustrations can be included, but this program is not suitable for illustrated or picture books.

Closing date for enrolments: 31 August, 5pm

Read our FAQ and course guidelines>>
Download the course schedule>>

How to enrol
1. Download our course enrolment form>>
2. Return your signed enrolment form
3. Call to pay with a credit card: (02) 9555-9757

Please note, members of Writers Victoria and ACT Writers Centre are eligible for the Writing NSW member price. Quote your member number on your enrolment form to receive this discount.

Questions? Email our program officer via our online contact form >

Participant Requirements

Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this course.

Reviews from 2019 participants

Long Road to Dry River by Jennifer Severn

‘Now I’ve completed Online: Self-Publish Your Book, I can’t believe that I was considering doing it alone. Joel’s hints, tips and soothing voice guided us through the very complex process – cover briefs, metadata, blurbs and bios, ebook files and distribution, print on demand.’
– Jennifer Severn




Mayhem in Melbourne by Juliette Davis

‘The course was amazing. I had a much-worked-on manuscript taking up space on my desktop and now I have a book. I can see the cover I love, that was designed during the course, available on Amazon and of course on my coffee table for everyone to admire. The outcome was exactly as the course promised – at the end you have your self-published book in your hand. Self-publishing was completely new to me and Joel guided us through the process with unending patience. His step-by-step videos were detailed, friendly and spot-on for clarity. With much hard work and expert guidance you can take that manuscript from where it is languishing into a beautiful book ready to launch onto the world.’

Juliette Davis

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Online: Self Publish Your Book