In Oct 2015, I enrolled into Kristen Joy’s Book Publishing Ninja Course. After creating my publishing company, and published a few of my own books (8 in total), I am writing a review about this course.
Disclaimer: I have purchased this course on my own accord, and do not receive any compensations. The following is my honest review.
Book Publishing Ninja course
The Book Publishing Ninja course is taught by Kristen Joy, from the Book Ninja. It teaches you how to setup your own publishing company, so you can create and publish your own books, and/or help others publish their books.
The course has 5 modules. They include Branding, Registrations, Build Your Team, Formats & Distribution, and Self vs. Publisher.
In the Branding module, Kristen goes through why you should create your own brand, and how to go about doing so. This includes how to create your own logo, website and marketing materials.
In Registrations, she gives detailed information about ISBN setup, Library of Congress registration and copyrights application. She also compares the two Print On Demand companies, and touches briefly on the business/tax information.
In Build Your Team, Kristen lists out the key players that can help build and expand your company. She also gives tips on how to find these people, and offers sample contracts for you to customize as needed.
In the Format & Distribution module, she explains the different book formats, and offers suggestions to distribute your books.
In Self vs. Publisher, she offers guidelines and detailed info about what to do if you want to publish other people’s books.
I am very impressed with the amount of information offered in this course. Kristen is very knowledgeable in this field, and she offers very solid ideas and details. Even though this is a large topic, she is able to cover a lot of grounds to start a newbie, me, on my journey. The course is for people who are interested to write/publish their own books, but don’t know how to get it done. This is definitely a question I have. I wondered if I should publish through an existing “self-publishing company”, or if I should create my own self-publishing company. Through this course, I learned that if I go through an existing company, I may risk losing the rights to my book while paying a lot for it. If I create my own company, even though there will be more work, I maintain full control of my books. This course is geared toward a US audience. Since I live in Canada, some of the information is not relevant to me. But I still learned about what I need to research, i.e. ISBN, copyright, etc. I especially like Kristen’s point about “Go pro, or go home”. Basically, there is a lot of competition out there, so you need to do whatever it takes to make everything look professional. If you are not going to give it your all, then don’t bother. One thing I want to mention about this course is that it includes information about publishing for others. Since this does not apply to me (yet), I only skimmed through that portion of the material. But if I ever embark on this route in the future, I know I will have what I need to get started.
If you are someone who wants to write and publish your own book, but are unsure how to go about it, then I highly recommend the Book Publishing Ninja course. Because if you’re writing your own book anyway, why not take the extra step to make everything yours? It is extremely satisfying to say, yes I own this company, and I published these books ON MY OWN! I am not going to lie, it is a lot of work. Since I purchased this course in Oct 2015, I struggled for 2 full months to finally decide on what I want to publish. But since December 2015, I was able to create my logo (Apr 2016), incorporate my own business (May 2016), setup my HST account (May 2016), setup my Print On Demand account (May 2016), create and publish 7 colour-test reference books (Apr-Jun 2016), and create and publish 1 colouring trip planner (Dec 2015-July 2016). That’s a lot of accomplishment within 9 months! It is not perfect, and I still have a lot to learn and do, but it is extremely satisfying. And guess what? It all started with the Book Publishing Ninja course. If I can do it, so can you (if you put your mind to it)!
If you have any questions about this course, if you are interested in self-publishing, or if you have any comments/questions about self-publishing, get in contact with me! I want to hear from you! I don’t know everything, but if you have a question, I will try my best to look up answers, so I can learn along with you! If you like this post, share it! And connect with me through Instagram and Facebook, so I can share my self-publishing journey with you!