Let's make something awesome!

I know you've got a ton of great ideas, and maybe you're just starting to get curious about this whole self-publishing gig. So why not create an awesome, practical book that makes someone's day a little bit brighter?

Creating paperback journals is a fun way to learn the necessary skills to self-publish any kind of book. So don't hesitate to take the steps I'll teach you in this course and run with it – just don't forget to show me what you make!

This course will walk you through all of the steps necessary to create a product that you can enjoy, share, or sell. Set it up with a print-on-demand supplier, print a bunch of copies and sell them yourself, or just make a single paperback for your own enjoyment! There's no wrong option.

I hope you'll join me on this course to kickstart your next creative project. If you need anything while you're working through the course, I'm here to answer your questions! Just send me an email at rebecca@theluckysprout.com or message me on Instagram @luckysprout. I've got your back!

- Rebecca, your instructor

Here's what you'll learn.

  • Concept

    How to choose a journal concept that is in-demand and viable, using both your personal experience and some easy keyword research.

  • Planning

    How to turn that journal concept into a simple content plan that will make the design steps a whole lot easier.

  • Technical Details

    How to find the technical specs needed to format your journal in the design software of your choice.

  • File Creation

    How to use versatile design tools to create an interior content file and exterior journal cover file.

  • Manufacturing

    How to pick a book printer and/or distributor that meets your needs for your product (with examples!).

Who is this course for?

  • Creative folks who want to get into self-publishing in a fun and accessible way!

  • Designers and non-artists alike!

  • People with a great system or methodology that they want to share with others!

  • Business owners who want to create a tool for their clients!

  • This course is NOT for anyone looking for a get-rich-quick scheme, or who doesn't care about the form or function of a great product - only the profits.

FAQ

  • Do I need any specific tools or software?

    The main tools that we use in this course are Canva (which is free) and Adobe InDesign (which is a subscription). I show you how to make a journal using either one of them, so no matter your preference or budget, you can make something really cool.

  • Do I need to be artistic to create journal covers?

    Not necessarily! I think a sense of good design is much more important. If creating original art isn't your thing, you can create collages of different graphic elements to make awesome covers. I'll show you some examples in the course.

  • How do I know if I have a good idea for a journal?

    See, this question already shows me that you want to create something of quality for people! Don't worry, our first lesson together will cover how to check the viability of an idea, and how to do some keyword research to see if there is a demand for your journal.

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Introduction
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    • Welcome!
    • Learning objectives
  • 02
    Concept
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    • Finding a subject
    • Keyword research
  • 03
    Sketch
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    • Listing concepts
    • Draw the possibilities
  • 04
    Interior
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    • Structure
    • Creating an interior in InDesign (Walkthrough)
    • Creating an interior in Canva (Walkthrough)
  • 05
    Cover
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    • Creating a concept
    • Design software options
    • Cover concept ideas
  • 06
    Production
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    • Printing and distribution options
    • Links to printing information
  • 07
    Final Notes
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    • Wrap up!
    • Course survey

Ready to get started?

You've got the ideas. I've got the strategy.

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