Publish And Thrive
Learn to self-publish and build a dream life for yourself where you can write what you love, make money, and truly thrive.
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This Course Can Change Your Life!
There is no doubt self-publishing changed my life (and the lives of my entire family). If you want to be a successful author, taking this course will give you the knowledge and tools you need to take that next step.
The next round of Publish And Thrive begins February 10th, and I am so excited for you to join me inside.
This course is the result of hundreds of hours of work and nearly a decade of knowledge gained through self-publishing more than twenty-five novels. I am truly passionate about the self-publishing path and the power it has to change lives and give you control as the author and creator, and I want nothing more than to share my knowledge and help you build your own dream life.
Over the course of five weeks, you will join me on a path to learning all about self-publishing and what it takes to build a career that is not only sustainable but is also joyful.
Each module covers a lot of ground, but don't worry! I've arranged these videos in such a way that they will become a great reference for you as you publish your books. You'll have lifetime access to this course, so when you're in the thick of it and need to refresh your memory on keywords, you'll be able to easily come back here and find the video on keywords, even if it's two years from now!
And once you're a member, you'll have access to all upgrades and bonuses I may publish in the future--for free! You never have to sign up again.
What Is Publish And Thrive All About?
I've taken everything I've learned over the past ten years of self-publishing and put it into an easy-to-follow five-week course that will walk you through the steps and strategies you need for success on your own self-publishing journey.
Let's take a closer look at what each module covers below.
Before our course officially begins, you'll have some homework to do! As with all of my courses, I always begin by encouraging my students to take a deeper look inside at what they truly want to accomplish in their career and their lives. In order to truly Publish And Thrive, you'll need to be willing to ask yourself some tough questions about what you really want.
What does your ideal life look like? What do you want most from this career? Before the course officially begins on February 10th, we'll be starting with some journaling exercises that will get you in the right mindset for YOUR version of success.
After all, this course is not about how to make as much money as you can as fast as possible. Publish And Thrive is about building the kind of success that lasts a lifetime...and enjoying it every step of the way.
But in order to reach success, you first need to define what that looks like in your life. Your pre-course homework is going to guide you to that definition and set you up to tackle this course--and your upcoming career--with a clear vision of what you want out of it.
One of the major mistakes I've seen Indie Authors make is they jump into self-publishing without thoughtful preparation for the career they want to build. Successfully preparing to self-publish means thinking through series and publishing strategy BEFORE you put your books out there, hiring editors to polish your work, taking the time to figure out what you truly want and how your ideal career looks and feels, making decisions about pen names, and more.
Module One is all about preparing for your own success in a way that will support you for years to come. This module and the topics covered here are going to help you avoid some of the biggest, most detrimental mistakes many indies make!
The main topics covered in this first module will be:
- Publishing and Series Strategy
- Writing Your Best Novels
- Editing Like A Pro
- Finding Cover Art
- Setting Up Your Website
- Creating Your Mailing List
- Social Media Account Strategy and Setup
- Deciding Whether to Use A Pen Name
- Setting Up Your Publishing Accounts
Trust me when I say that taking the time and care to prepare wisely before you start having to think about marketing, promotions, building your fan base, and all that goes along with being a published indie author can save you so much time in the long run! Module One will give you tons of great info and help you develop a strategy that will serve you and set you up for success right from the start of your career.
Now that you have your strategy in place and you know what you want, it's time to learn how to get your books published, so you can start making some money and finding those loyal readers!
In Module Two, we'll be looking at the more technical side of publishing. This module will include detailed videos and discussion on the following:
- Publishing Vendors (including their royalty rates, a walkthrough video of how to publish at each site, and more)
- Kindle Unlimited Vs. Wide Distribution
- Details on Print, Ebook, and Audio Rights and Production
- MetaData (This includes videos on keywords, categories, ISBNs, Book Blurbs/Description), Taglines, Series Titles, Book Titles, & More)
- ARCs and Review Teams For Pre-Publication Buzz
- Formatting Your Books (Including proper backmatter, programs to use, and more)
In Module Three, we will take a closer look at the business side of writing. After all, deciding to self-publish means you are becoming an entrepreneur, as well as a writer! You'll be in charge of managing the business side of your career, which means learning about the following topics:
- Setting Up A Business That Works for You (DBA, LLC, Sole-Proprietor, S-Corp?)
- How To Track Your Sales
- Managing Your Subsidiary Rights
- Setting A Business Budget
- Organizing Your Day & Managing Your Time
- Paying Taxes
- Calculating Return-On-Investment (ROI) and Why It Matters
- Figuring out your Sell-Through
This has to be one of the trickiest and most mysterious parts of self-publishing for a lot of indie authors. In Module Four, I'll be showing you proven strategies to help you spread the word about your books and bring in new readers.
The great news is that if you follow my suggestions in the first few modules of this course, you're going to find marketing your books a LOT easier than it could have been. So many authors ignore basic strategies in the beginning and then expect to be able to market their flawed books using ads on Facebook, Amazon, and Bookbub. It's no wonder a lot of those authors lose money and feel frustrated.
They didn't set their series or books up for success, and no amount of money is going to help!
Module Four is about proven strategies that will work for you long-term. Our main focus will be on:
- Overall Strategy
- Branding Your Author Career and Your Books
- Using Your Newsletter Effectively
- Reader "Magnets"
- The Power of Having A Loss Leader
- Different Advertising Options
- Box Sets
- Cross Promotion With Other Authors
- Launch Strategies (And A Launch Checklist Download!)
I want to be upfront and clear with you about what this course offers...And part of that for me is also telling you what this course is NOT. This course is not about Facebook Ads Strategy or walkthroughs on how to run ad campaigns on Bookbub or Amazon Marketing Services.
While I will touch on these as opportunities for getting the word out about your book, I am not going to give you walkthroughs on these advertising sites! Why not?
Well, to be blunt, I don't use them too often myself.
I have managed to build a successful, six-figure author career with nearly three-quarters of a million books sold by following the timeless strategies I discuss in this course. I don't run huge ad campaigns or spend thousands of dollars on marketing each month. There are far better teachers out there if you want to learn the specifics or have a detailed course on Facebook or AMS ads, and I don't want anyone coming into this course expecting that from me.
What you can expect, however, is knowledge about the fundamentals of marketing your books that will make any other advertising strategy work better, cheaper, and faster. I will teach you how to create a strong strategy for your career that will give you an edge in this competitive business.
This final module is all about bringing together what we've learned so far and tailoring your self-publishing strategy to your idea of success and joy. This is where the "Thrive" comes into this course, because thriving is more than just making money and building a career. It's about being happy while you're doing it!
In this module, we'll focus on:
- How To Manage Your Time And Energy
- Being Professional Online
- Organizing Your Data To Make Things Easier
- Setting Up Systems That Support Your Business
- How To Handle Criticism
- Thoughts on Building Your Fan Community
- Self-Care & Balance
- How To Thrive Long Term
Sound Amazing? Join Now!
Publish And Thrive will begin on February 10th. Become a member today by enrolling below, or click here to sign up for the New Year Course Bundle - which includes access to both this course AND my HB90 Bootcamp in March for $99 off the normal price.
"Sarra Cannon’s advice to me has been instrumental in my success as an author. Taking her course truly changed my life."
- Sawyer Bennett, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Sarra Cannon's Publish and Thrive course is the most comprehensive course I've ever taken. Step by step, she covers everything from planning to publication to marketing strategy. She delivers each lesson with solid information and thoughtful care and encourages authors to work toward their goals from the foundation of their individual core values. P&T was exactly what I needed to renew my confidence and reclaim control of my writing career and publishing path."
- Regan Black, USA Today Bestselling Author
"I was completely blown away by the amount of detail and the quality of the information in Publish & Thrive! Sarra goes above and beyond to not only help her students but the growing community of indie authors worldwide."
- J.D. Robinson, Author of Urban Fantasy
"I found this course at one of the lowest points in my writing life. I was so afraid of self-publishing that I never wanted anything to do with it, until I saw Sarra talking about Publish and Thrive. She made self-publishing seem possible for me, a twenty-year-old who really had no idea what she's doing in the business world. She made me feel like an author and a girl boss! This course made me believe in myself and my own capabilities again. It shed light on every single question I had on the self-publishing world and made me realize it wasn't as impossible as I had originally thought.
Thanks to Sarra's course, I self-published my debut novel, and I'm so proud of how it turned out. I absolutely couldn't have done that without this course, and I'm beyond thankful to Sarra Cannon for offering a tool that's helping me achieve my dreams!"
- Sarah Sutton, YA Romance Author
"Sarra’s course is amazing – she covers the basics, she covers the hard stuff, but she also covers mindset, and it’s stuff I’ve never thought about before. She talks about feeling the joy of writing, of choosing your own version of success, of knowing where you want to go and how you’re going to get there.
This is a step-by-step comprehensive guide to publishing and marketing, and a roadmap to knowing where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. She’s kind and supportive and 2020 will be a completely different year for me, because of Sarra’s course. If you’re hesitating, don’t!"
- Gemma Perfect, Author of The Kingmaker Series
Sarra Cannon is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the popular Shadow Demons Saga. She began her self-publishing career in 2010 and has sold almost three-quarters of a million books and made well over a million dollars in profit with her writing.
Heart Breathings is Sarra's passion project. Started as a way to give back to the author community, Sarra's hope is to be a voice of encouragement as she gives practical advice for managing your writing career.
Sarra currently is living her dream life near the beach in Charleston, South Carolina with her amazingly supportive gamer husband, her adorable red-headed son, and the sweetest new baby girl ever.