Best Kindle Publishing Courses for Learning Self Publishing
This article will help you choose the best course for your success
Why would you sign up for a self publishing course in the first place?
If you’ve decided to self publish on Amazon, your next step is to seek out experts (and communities) that teach you how to self publish for long lasting ROI.
It’s a known fact that successful self publishers learned from mentors and/or learned self publishing from video courses.
Those that didn’t were alone in uncharted territory.
Learning on your own often leads money and time loss. Eventually these folks give in to learning from those that came before them.
Do you absolutely need a Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) online course by experts?
Yes, if, you want to understand the rules, patterns, and fundamentals that go into self publishing on Amazon.
In this article, you’re going to learn about the ABSOLUTE best self publishing courses that exist on the market today.
I have analyzed them on a variety of key factors to determine which ones offer the most value when it comes to making money and education.
The factors used to rate each video course include:
The 2 Types of Self Publishing Courses
Neither route is better - just different styles of success.
Before we get started, I want you to know that there are 2 types of Kindle publishers.
This is because 2 types of self publishers are attracted to this business model.
The first type are Outsource Self Publishers. They prefer to be the marketing strategist behind the self publishing process. They’re not authors and usually don’t like writing. Instead, they outsource the writing part to ghostwriters.
It’s far more enjoyable for them to develop brandable pen names that serve a certain Kindle niche.
Keyword research, email autoresponders, systems? All fun and games for the Outsource Self Publisher.
The second type are Author Self Publishers. True writers. Writers who have a passion for writing and need to share their gift with the world. Typically, they prefer to write first and strategize later.
Writers can make a living online, and it’ll serve them to have a grasp on the self publishing process in the digital age.
Also, a third type of publisher can be considered a Hybrid Publisher. This is someone who enjoys both the writing and marketing process of self publishing.
They have no problems writing a book in their niche while a ghostwriter is simultaneously writing a congruent book.
I fit the bill for this one. I wrote a few books under pen names that sell well to this day. I consider myself a decent writer, but I much prefer being the strategist behind my niche.
(Hybrids are more common than you may think).
I say all this because I’ve divided the best video courses into 2 sections below. One for both types of publishers.
This way, you’ll know which is for you.
Best Self Publishing Courses for Outsourcers
After hours of research, comparing, and analysis, I put together the top outsource self publishing courses that you should consider joining.
These courses have proven time and time again to produce a return on investment for the money spent on the course.
Each one of them have testimonials, great private communities, and I’ve had the pleasure to be in contact with a few of the course creators over the recent years.Hopefully, this chart below will help you choose the right course that is best for you.
Although these courses do contain grey hat strategies like review swapping video lessons they aren't mandatory.
The courses have alternative lessons on white hat review gathering.
But, you can bet that the more experienced teachers for organic Amazon reviews are in the author style courses below (next section).
Grey-hat strategies like review swapping are included in these courses
My 2 cents on this grey area (for starting publishers) is to swap if you must ... but get away from it ASAP.
It's against Kindle Direct Publishing policies. And these days it's like playing Russian roulette with your KDP account.
If you're unfamiliar with how to properly get reviews for your books watch this video by Dave Chesson:
Best Self Publishing Courses for Authors
Author courses only contain white hat strategies
Like I said earlier, I don’t personally write all my books. Instead, I outsource most of them. However, the books I did write on my own are successful – thankfully I got some good writing chops when I decide to focus.
These courses excellent, but I'm not the main customer avatar. I tell you this to be 100% honest with you.
I haven’t tried each one of the following author-tailored self publishing courses.
However, I do have a couple of friends who are hybrids too, and they taken Steve Scott’s course. Plus, Dave Chesson, Kindle publishing expert, has endorsed most of these so they made the cut for this section.
If you’re an author and LOVE writing and want to build an audience, then I recommend the courses below. These courses will skip over the grey-hat stuff some of the outsource publishing courses promote (not good for long-term success).
These courses are about building authority in your niche. Follow these courses, and you’re well on your way to building a solid reader fan base.
Authority Pub Academy
Steve Scott & Barrie Davenport
Self Publishing School
Your First 10K Readers
Publishing Email Sucess
Personally, I’ve only taken Publishing Email Success on this list. It doesn’t teach the entire self publishing process; rather it focuses on business fundamentals, email marketing, and list building.
More about this course in the Hybrid course section.
I’ve highly considered taking a Steve Scott’s Authority Pub course after seeing his book profile and blog. He's quite impressive. However, at the moment I’m concentrating on other aspects of my online business.
A Middle-Ground for Hybrid Publishers
Enjoy outsourcing and writing your books!
I began my self publishing journey with the aforementioned outsource self publishing courses above.
In the "beginning", during college, I didn’t have too much money to invest (broke college student situation), so I was forced to write my own books.
So, that’s exactly what I did.
Why didn’t I start with Author publishing courses?
Well, I was researching this business model on YouTube. Which is outsource publishing teachers’ territory (smile).
The teachers whose courses are more geared towards writers usually stick to their blogs (although Chandler has been on the YouTube scene for a while now).
And I think writers’ like Steve Scott are too busy writing and planning their next book project then pimping their courses on YouTube.
Who knows ... but that’s how I found out about this business – good’ol YouTube.
That being said, if you’re a beginner and find yourself being more of a self publishing outsourcer, then you can do what I did and choose one of the courses above, concentrate on one niche you’ll enjoy becoming an authority in.
Afterwards, take the “hybrid bridge course”.
In other words, take the outsourcing course, learn, and implement.
Once you’ve got the hang of what your course teaches pick up Publishing Email Success and implement what Marta teaches.
The hybrid bridge course = Publishing Email Success.
On the other hand, if you’re currently an outsource self publisher who’s looking to get away from grey-hat review swapping and you already know the self publishing process then this is your course too.
The course creator Marta is an up-and-coming authority self publisher too. She focuses on email marketing heavily in her course.
Remember, the hybrid bridge course is mainly for self publishers who want to focus on building an audience of readers/fans with email marketing.
This might sound cliché, but no course is perfect.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find the course best fit for your needs and stick to it.
The quote “Only have one chef in the kitchen” applies here too.
Different courses have different styles of doing things, and if you follow two or more courses, you’ll never get anything done. So pick one and stick to it.
F.O.C.U.S. = Focus on One Course Until Successful
After mastering your course feel free to see how other courses and self publishers do things.
The Kindle publishing courses on this page all work.
If I’ve done my job right, I helped you hone in on the best self publishing course for you.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!