Authors often look online for book publishing training, and some Australians find Self-Publishing School, by Chandler Bolt. He is American. Reviews state that one author enrolled with some feeling that it would provide support services, but always remember that author training schools are not services like editing and formatting.
Let’s compare Self-Publishing School to Book Creation Success Club at Business Author Academy, Australia.
- It is a sequential type course, so the person learns one part at a time. Ours delivers the marketing section in month 2, but the rest you get straightaway after payment. We are in 2021 moving it to lessons that will span across a time frame.
- It is flexible and adjusted as feedback comes in. As is ours.
- There is a commitment contract to yourself and to the school. This is a good idea and we might implement this later.
- There are some common mindset issues dealt with in terms of videos. This could be better if running as an interactive webinar, because every writer has a different ‘bear’ to fight. A simple group webinar allows more interaction, so this is on our upcoming features.
- Book Creation Success offers audios about book publishing benefits, planning the book, and an in-depth article about pros & cons of self-publishing.
- Bonus content keeps things interesting. Ours has been built with our own author experiences. Besides The Niche Marketing & Book Guide (printed or ebook) and Branding with Offers guide, there is always new bonus content (PDFs) being added to our club.
- Presentations are all for Americans intended on dominating Amazon. Ours is open to IngramSpark and other avenues, for example, the places where agents come look at your book campaign. Oh, you don’t know about this? You’ll have to join to find out!
Let’s Talk Self-Publishing School Pricing
Self-Publishing School costs US$3,997 for Become a Bestseller. This cost includes the complete self-publishing course, group coaching, individual publishing coaching, mastermind community membership, and any supplemental materials (some printed).
There is no writing development and editing in this package!
With respect to all offerings, the name of the game is to write a great book, not to have a fancy diary. If you don’t know the best way to write your book and the writing is going awry, how is a group session and group course going to help?
At our academy, course and club access is $149 for resources, brand and book pitch guides, media lists and community Facebook group Q&As. Writing coaching and accountability (personalised support) is available for $400 a month (x 6). This is covered by legal terms and conditions.
So, you remain an individual who is supported all the way to the end.
Where Does the Money Go?
Forbes says, “Chandler Bolt has built his online self publishing services business, Self Publishing School to an Inc. Fastest Growing 5000 private business in the past five years.”
When buying at Business Author Academy (or Power of Words), this money goes directly to an Australian business to run things. I am not a rich American author who automates and outsources it all. I am a trained editor and copywriter with a network of great designers.
We also put both time and money back into the academy so that it is stable and improving all the time.
Do Your Book Right, or Take the Cheapest Support Option?
After a little digging online, with Chandler’s Publishing book, it seems he promotes that: you should find an editor on Upwork, take only 3.5 weeks for the whole editing process (what about author corrections?), pay your editor 1.5 cents per word at most… (why should it be a specific cents per word, because every author has a different level of language and needs?), and more poverty-minded insights.
According to the reviewer who wrote these facts, James Ranson, CB’s book is all about speed and saving money. I can only presume these base assumptions also come across in the school’s content. Whereas, most authors I’ve worked with don’t want to rush things, because they are doing this book right. They also don’t mind paying a decent wage to their editor, thankfully.
Americans like Chandler seem to assume that every author wants to cheapskate print production too. Au contraire, Australians often want custom publishing options. In the Facebook Business Author Academy group, you can ask for a referral to a nearby book printer, if that’s the path you want to take.
Finally, while local self-publishing and author academies can guide on the use of IngramSpark and Draft2Digital, American-based schools are heavily weighted around Amazon. Nearly half of all people in Australia have a device like iPhone or iPad, and while Amazon is still prevalent, these all come with iBooks installed. So it’s a great idea to make sure your ebook can be found on iBooks (accessible through Draft2Digital, IngramSpark, Smashwords, or Apple).
Learn More about Self-Publishing a Book
Besides my concise Niche Marketing and Book Guide (a 39-page 8 x 10″ softback) — free with every session or membership — here are two books I recommend. This first is written by Brisbane-based Post Pre-Press owner, Ann Wilson. The second is by Jacqui Pretty, who used to run Grammar Factory but has now gone overseas. Did I mention I love to use Australians, if possible?!
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Self-Publishing
Book Blueprint: our review is here. Book is below (best in hardcover or softcover):