Self Publishing Courses: Which one is best for you?

Self Pub Courses

What's the best self-publishing course on the market?

Over the past couple of years, I had many authors ask me this very question. At the time, my answer was, “I’ve never taken any, so I can’t honestly tell you.”

In truth, how can anyone recommend such an important part of a self-publisher's development if they haven’t taken one?

Well, that has now changed. After hearing this question too many times, I decided I would choose the most well-known courses in the industry and take them all so that I can finally answer that pressing question.

Yup, I actually put in 48+ hours of watching videos and doing the courses in hopes that I can give you first-hand recommendations.

How did I get through all those hours of video? A lot of this:

Dave Needs Caffeine in order to watching all of those self publishing course videosHowever, writing this ended up being harder than I thought. It turns out there is no such thing as the perfect course…but there is such a thing as the right course for the right person.

So, before you spend money on a course based on a mention from an authority or a random email you found in your inbox, find out which course is the best for you and make the right investment for your goals as an author who wants to successfully self publish your books.

In this article, you will learn:

Now, I’ll tell you from the start that most of the links on this page are affiliate links.

P.S. Some of the courses below are only open for enrollment at certain times of the year. During set times, the creator launches his course, gets students, and then focuses on that class of students before the creator relaunches it again.

Why I Chose These Self Publishing Courses

Thanks to platforms like Thinkific and Teachable, which make it easy to create online courses, the internet is now brimming with trainings on how to make money with Kindle books. However, over the years, only a few have risen above the rest and really stand out to teach you how and where to market your books.

Therefore, in choosing which courses I would review, I used the following guidelines:

  1. They must have been created by someone who has devoted themselves and their business to eBook publishing.
  2. The course has to have a good standing with those who have taken it.
  3. The creator should still be active with the course and updating it so as to reflect new changes in the market.
  4. The tactics taught in the course should be morally sound, in line with Amazon’s rules, as well as Kindlepreneur's marketing morals.

Now, just because a course wasn’t selected for this article doesn’t necessarily mean that it was excluded because of the above guidelines. However, many didn’t make the cut because of it.

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If you have a course you think I should check it out, then contact me about it here…not in the comments. And if you want to learn how to outline, write, and sell from your writing heroes, check out my review of MasterClass.

Comparing Course Metrics

Before we get into reviewing these courses, let’s go ahead and look at them side-by-side so as to compare some of their features:

Comparison of the Best Self Publishing Courses

Self Publishing 101Self-Publishing SchoolAuthority Pub AcademyYour First 10K Readers
Teacher(s)Mark DawsonChandler BoltSteve Scott
Barrie Davenport
Nick Stephenson
WebsiteHereHereHereHere
Price of Course$497
OR 12 payments of $49
$6,997 VIP$797$597
# Books by Creator20+67512
# Hours of Course Video21+ Hours6.5 Course Hours12 Hours10 Hours
Included Features- Detailed ScreenFlows
- Teach Library: 27 Tech-Related Videos
- Cheat Sheet and Transcripts
- Facebook Group - Effective Author Networking
- Writing Copy for Facebook Ads
- Facebook Live For Authors
- (6) 1on1 Coaching Calls
- 1 hour Clarity Call
- 10+ Hours Extra Video
- 1 Year Mastermind Community

Extra Courses:
- Tech Compression
- Hard Copy & Audiobook
- Facebook Group
- Expert Interviews
- Case Studies

Extra Courses:
- Evernote for Authors
- BookBub 101

- Tools of the Trade
- 6-Figure Swipe Files
- Facebook Group
- Q&A Sessions

Extra Courses:
- Facebook Ads
- Cold Email Strategy
- Networking Tactics
- Cover Designs

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As you can see, all of these courses have their pros and cons. So, let’s find out more about them and see which one is right for you.


SELF PUBLISHING 101 BY MARK DAWSON

Mark Dawson is well-known for his Self Publishing Formula podcast and his Facebook Ads for Authors course. But some don’t know that he also has an in-depth course for authors that includes a whopping 22 hours of video to teach you the many stages of the self-publishing process. This is a course many Kindlepreneur readers brought to my attention, and I can see why!

Mark Dawson started out as a traditionally published author and has ventured over to create an extremely successful self-publishing author business. He’s a USA Today bestseller and has published over 20 books, so he definitely knows what he is doing. In his Self Publishing 101 Course, he shares the methods virtually any author can use after you've written your book to build your author platform and earn money from your writing.

SELF PUBLISHING 101 REVIEW

Self Publishing 101 is the perfect course for beginner and intermediate and even advanced authors who are trying to build a continuous stream of money from your books. Mark and his team, along with a few key guest experts, cover everything you need to know in order to have a successful book.

You get to look over their shoulder to see everything from how to create accounts, how to format your book, how to setup a landing page, and an email sequence that will put your email list and book sales on autopilot.

This course focuses on the basics of self publishing, with a major focus on building your email list and your author website – which are very powerful for those who are looking to build an author career out of this. It includes lots of examples for fiction authors, as Mark is a fiction author, but it all equally applies to nonfiction authors as well. It covers everything from “What is an email list and why do I need one?” to “How do I build an email list as a new author?”

Each module also includes a cheat sheet session notes with a To Do list and the video transcript to help ensure you implement each step you learn.

PROS TO SELF PUBLISHING 101

  • Includes the most video by far
  • Costs the least
  • See step-by-step how to use both paid and free tools to format your book (Vellum, Scrivener, Draft2Digital, and Reedsy)
  • Book launch guidelines for first 90 days and 365 days after you publish
  • Shows how to use tools to deliver lead magnets and create autoresponder sequences, keys for building your email list
  • Continuously updated with the most relevant information for students
  • A NEW extra mini-course on Facebook Live for Authors
  • A NEW deep dive into how to find the very best keywords and categories by yours truly 😉

CONS TO SELF PUBLISHING 101

  • Not for authors who want to learn how to publish a book as fast as possible
  • Ummm yeah, that's about it.

Who Is SELF PUBLISHING 101 For?

  • Do you have your first (or first few) books written and need help turning them into a long-term profitable business?
  • Do you wonder how to build an email list as an author?
  • Do you struggle with technology and how to make all the tech tools work together?
  • Do you want detailed help establishing your home base on the internet, including your author website?
  • Do you want the best bang for your buck by spending the least and getting the most hours of coursework?

Then THIS is the course for you.

Check Out Self Publishing 101 Here!


Self-Publishing School by Chandler Bolt

Next up is one of the most well-known courses that has actually produced some epic results from its students.

Chandler Bolt stormed into the self-publishing arena just a few years ago and quickly created one of the biggest names in the self-publishing industry. What’s even more impressive is that he dropped out of college, made over seven figures, and is only in his early 20s – all verified to be true.

But don’t let that young age dissuade you. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who took the course and didn't love it. But, just in case you don't, Chandler offers a full refund – so pretty much risk-free.

Self-Publishing School Review:

Self-Publishing-SchoolChandler and his team have done an amazing job of creating a system that will get you to publish a book with his course Self-Publishing School. This is perfect for those out there who have a book inside of them but keep having life get in the way. Or those who aren’t sure about the process and need the guidance and the ‘push’ to get your book written and published.

Through his support systems, weekly videos, posting of past success, and fast-paced methods of writing and publishing, I truly believe that anyone who takes this course will publish a book with no problems and get a return on their investment.

In truth, the thing I dislike most about this course is probably what makes it a hit amongst its students. Instead of letting you get bogged down with details (which I am personally a fan of), he instead gives you enough and keeps pushing you to move forward.

Pros to Self-Publishing School

  • Excellent system for keeping pace and supporting its students
  • Excellent use of the Facebook platform to offer extra value
  • Weekly videos and constant updates and additions
  • Has had some heavy hitters take the course and excel from it such as Steve Windsor, Azul Terronez, and Lise Cartwright
  • Extra 1 on 1 features to REALLY give you personal attention while on this project
  • A one-hour clarity call – which is probably more important than you think

Cons to Self-Publishing School

  • A little weak on the sustainable marketing side
  • Brings up a couple of marketing methods but doesn’t go into detail on how to really rock those steps-Although this course is about not letting you get bogged down in the weeds
  • Videos comprise of HD web camera shots and minor on-screen action
  • Only 6.5 hours of video, but then again, it cuts the fluff and keeps pace (and it does have an extra 10+ hours of other videos to assist)

Again this isn’t to say that the lack of details is a bad thing. Most people get bogged down with the details and therefore never pull the trigger and publish their book. I am totally a victim of this, but then again, I was a nuclear engineer so…I’m sort of detail-oriented by nature.

Who Is Self-Publishing School for?

  • Have you never published a book before and want to?
  • Do you need some motivation to publish your first book?
  • Do you need the knowledge of know how to effectively and efficiently write a book?
  • Do you want a return on your investment ASAP?

Then THIS is the course for you.

Check Out Self Publishing School Here!


Authority Pub Academy by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport

I’ve personally been a big fan of Steve Scott for a long time. He has not only written 65 books under his two names: Steve Scott and S.J. Scott, he’s also developed two authority websites and hosted two top podcasts on the subject. In truth, Steve and his teammate, Barrie Davenport, are real all-stars and have the numbers to prove they know what they are talking about.

So, when I heard that Steve was FINALLY making a course, I was like, “It’s about time, dude.”

Authority Pub Academy Review

Authority-Pub-AcademyWhile Chandler’s course did a great job of pushing someone to publish a book, Steve and Barrie’s course does an excellent job of giving you more details, more information, more videos, and more training as a whole.

For their course, Authority Pub Academy, the focus is not only on getting you to publish a book but also on helping you to build a writer's platform and brand your author name – which I personally like. In truth, this is a strong strategy for the future.

A couple of years ago, there was a Kindle gold rush where people saw the easy money making potential of self-publishing and everyone, and their cousins jumped in. The amount of Kindle books on Amazon went from 500K in 2010 to 4 Million by 2015.

Because of the amount of competition, it’s becoming more important for authors to build off of their initial book success, and grow their author brand. It’s a strategy like that that has brought Steve Scott the level of success he enjoys today.

So, while the course gives you the basics of publishing your first book, it also takes the extra steps to show you exactly how you can build your author platform and create long-lasting success in self-publishing.Steve-Scott-and-Authority-Pub-Academy

Pros to Authority Pub Academy

  • Solid amount of videos and information
  • Well-created videos and slides
  • Excellent information for building a platform
  • Made by two of the best in the industry
  • Love the case studies and examples
  • Extra mini-courses on important tactics: Evernote and BookBub

Cons to Authority Pub Academy

  • Newer course, so it still needs to smooth some things over
  • Fewer support mechanisms than some of the others
  • Not super fast paced

Who Is Authority Pub Academy for?

  • Have you never published a book before and want to?
  • Do you want to go the extra step and build an author platform?
  • Do you want to grow your Kindle business into something more than just one book?

Then THIS is the course for you.

Check Out Authority Pub Academy Here!


Your First 10K Readers By Nick Stephenson

I've heard Nick talk on a bunch of podcasts and every time I think to myself, “that is one advanced marketing dude.”

So naturally, when I heard about his course, Your First 10K Readers, I HAD to check it out.

Suffice it to say, I wasn't let down.

Your First 10K Readers Review:

Your-First-10K-readers-Nick-Stephenson

Of these four courses, Your First 10K Readers was by far the most beneficial to me.  Not because the other courses are of poor quality, but because it was designed to teach ADVANCED marketing tactics, which is better suited for someone like me.

This course is NOT for beginners and was not designed to teach you how to publish your first book. Instead, it assumes you already have a book or books and want to create a strong platform on which to build your publishing empire.

Now normally, I don't trust pictures like the one below. However, after taking the course, and seeing some of the details he goes into in some pretty awesome ebook marketing tactics, I think it's safe to say that this is a good representation.Nick Stephenson's Results

This course starts with a great look at the industry at a whole and brings everything full circle, as he goes into incredible tactics to immediately improve your pre-existing sales.  However, what makes this course epic is that he then goes into detail for each particular tactic like Facebook advertisement, automated selling systems, networking prowess, traffic generation methods, and more.

Of course, there are subjects like platform building and email list creation.  However, this course takes it a step further and shows you how to synchronize all your efforts so that they work together to truly grow your readership…to your first 10K readers…oh see what I did there?

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Pros to Your First 10K Readers

  • Best course on Advanced marketing tactics
  • In-depth looks into individual and useful tactics – don't gloss over
  • Great for fiction authors because it's one of the only ones made by a fiction author
  • Marketing strategies are excellent for Non-fiction authors as well

Cons to Your First 10K Readers

  • NOT for beginners
  • Must be willing and ready to increase your marketing efforts – not for the faint of heart

Who Is Your First 10K Readers for?

  • Have you published a couple of books but didn't make as much as you wanted?
  • Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and take your ebook marketing to the next level?
  • Are you  a fiction or non-fiction writer who needs the most advanced tactics to grow?

Then THIS is the course for you.

Check Out Your First 10K Readers Here!


Final Evaluation

In truth, all four courses are excellent and definitely deliver on their promises. However, I strongly believe that each course is better for a specific type of person.

I believe Self Publishing 101 is perfect if you want to focus on the detailed steps of what to do after you've written a book or two, including how to build an email list and establish your home base on the internet. If you want to learn from successful fiction authors or if you like to watch videos that show step-by-step details of all the critical steps, like how to upload books, format books, start a website, and use tools and services that will help grow your email list to sell more books, then you will love this course.

I believe Self-Publishing School is best for those who need help writing their first book and want a taste of some of the extra marketing methods out there. I also believe this course is best if you need the accountability and support system to help guide you along each step of the way. Basically, this is for those at the very beginning of writing a book.

I believe that Authority Pub Academy is perfect for those who want to build an author platform and keep the momentum going as they create multiple books. While giving you the basic information on how to publish a book, it goes a step further and dives into strategies and more complex parts of the business. This is the best course for those who want to learn from successful nonfiction authors and want to know what to consider before, during, and after writing your book to grow your platform.

And finally, I strongly believe that Your First 10K Readers is best for those who are advanced but want to step up their game to the next level.  Truly meant for the advanced, this course will teach you all of the individual amazing tactics and how to bind them all together in order to have a perfectly in sync publishing campaign.

If you need any more guidance on this, be sure to hit me up on my contact page or just reply to any of my emails.

And now that this epic post is complete, I think I'll treat myself to a little “author” treat:Dave Needs Wine after writing about what is the best self publishing course on the market

Cheers,

Dave-Signature

 

 

113 Comments

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  3. korgie wagner on October 19, 2019 at 11:31 pm

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    • Dave Chesson on October 20, 2019 at 11:02 am

      I have not tried it, so I cannot say…nor am I familiar with him.

  4. Maryse Laflamme on August 7, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Sooo, I’m confused. Kindlepreneur is an e-book marketing course promoting other e-book marketing courses?? I just did this search “difference between kindlepreneur and first 10,000 readers” and what came up was this article, which only confused me further, ha ha.

    • Dave Chesson on August 7, 2019 at 11:26 pm

      No, Kindlepreneur is not an ebook marketing course. Kindlepreneur is a free online website. I do not have any paid courses. I have a free course on Amazon Ads at AMSCourse.com. But no course on self publishing. Maybe you have me confused with someone else?

  5. Julie Abels on March 29, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I’d love to see some mention about which is best for fiction vs non-fiction. I know There is a lot of overlap but it feels like Dawson is mostly focused on fiction authors. Is that true?

  6. Will Morris on March 15, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    WARNING about Self Publishing School purchase at your own risk. I requested to cancel within 7 days of signing up their 30 day money back guarantee didn ‘t happen. Then demanded to cancel after I was contacted by another student saying my personal phone number was used to contact him. Didn ‘t happen and little to no support. Now 3 months later I ‘m being treated as I ‘m a bad person and have been charged a total of $3,600. Oh and I can ‘t even get into the program because they updated and the login is different.

  7. Nicole Hawkins on March 7, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Thanks, that helps. Just came out of seminar for Self Publishing.

  8. Brooks Agnew on January 16, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Okay, Here is the thing. Self-published authors have only one challenge, once the POD company has all your files. Who the hell bought your book? Amazon sure won’t tell you. The POD printer won’t tell you. There is no tracking pixel to find out. So, how do I do it? I’ll tell you for free. Record your book, chapter by chapter. Save it somewhere that people can download it. Then, put a special email address inside the book cover where readers can write you to get the audio version for free. Boom. You have their email address and name, and now you can tell them when your next book comes out. About 5% of readers will request the audio version. Believe me, It is better than nothing,which is exactly what you get by paying someone for their secrets. Oh, and you can sell the audiobook for 100% profit. Now, go and do.

  9. Brooks Agnew on January 16, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I have written 10 books with 7 Amazon best-sellers. Of course, being host of one of the most popular Sunday night talk radio programs and being featured in more than 1,000 YouTube videos and radio interviews doesn’t hurt. I will say that there are three things every self-published author most have before you do your first radio interview.1. You must have a landing page that includes a way to collect the name and email of your fans. You will be doing monthly newsletters or specials for your “warm market.”
    2. You must have INSIDE your book an email address where fans can write you with questions, comments, and requests for interviews or requests for the bonus audiobook (see #3 below). This helps add to your “warm market database” You need at least 5,000 names or you will never be successful as a self-published author.
    3. I HIGHLY recommend recording your book in audio and using it as a bonus to offer on radio interviews. If you do not have a MAC, do not worry. (I do not recommend Audible for self-published authors) You can record your book with free software as chapter links and stream it from your hosting service.
    4. Oh yeah. There is a 4. You must follow everything Dave writes about how to add legs to your best-seller. Trust me. I know you can have a #1 best seller on Amazon for two weeks, and then it will drop to a couple dozen a month. You need the legs. Read EVERYTHING Dave writes.

    • Dave Chesson on January 16, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      Great insight and thanks! You totally made my day.

  10. liam rhodes on January 2, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    hey im eying to become a non fiction self publisher and i was just wondering which is the better course for that niche (authority pub academy) or (self publisher 101)

    • Dave Chesson on January 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm

      They are both really great courses but I think if you are just getting started that Authority Pub Academy might be a better fit.

  11. Kellie Everson on July 16, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Hello. Thanks for the great reviews. I was recently quote very different prices, do you think they could have gone up that much since this article was written? Or are the prices you mention still accurate?

    • Dave Chesson on July 16, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      I bet you’re referring to the Self Publishing School by Chandler Bolt? I actually just reached out asking about their latest price (I’ve heard its been increasing). If it is someone else`s, let me know and I’ll re-reach out and check. .

      • rochellebarlow on October 8, 2018 at 9:25 pm

        Just got off the phone with SPS, literally (did not go with them, which is a long story), but It is $4997 if you “get approved” with a phone interview. $2997 or 3x$1200 if you sign up on that call. If you just walk in off the street, with no interview It is $6997. All in all, I’m grateful to have found this article and read the comments here to help me decide to go with one of the other 3. *checking them out now*

        • Dave Chesson on October 8, 2018 at 9:34 pm

          Boom! That is why I sat through them all – I wanted to be able to legitimately write about each one. For some, one is the best, and for others It is another. The key is, which one is best for ‘you.’ Happy hunting 🙂

  12. Chuck on June 26, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I have Your First 10k course and whilst I picked up a few things almost ALL of the techniques he covers no longer works when trying to promote fiction books, for example things like categories and keywords may have worked in 2014 when Nick was selling books, but they do not work now. I think Nick has worked out he can make far more money teaching the how rather than actually writing, which is fair enough but the techniques MUST be kept up to date. Nick did recently update a section for AMS ads, although that one video alone is not enough to create a single profitable ad, it did alert me to Dave and Kindle rocket which I had already bought. Dave`s course was actually very good and I am implementing it.I was interested in Chandler`s course, as for me the key issue is getting people to SEE and BUY my book, but at almost $7k it is not marketed for most people I think!

    • Dave Chesson on June 26, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Chuck – great insight. I’ll say this – if Nick`s course did not help, I would not expect Chandler`s to help. You can see in the chart above the difference between Chandler`s and Nicks content (in terms of video hours). As for keywords, I’ll say that so long as Amazon shoppers go to Amazon and type in the search bar what they are looking for, keywords will be important. I actually just sent him updated videos that I made for his course on both Keywords and Categories (I agree, those needed major updating and told him that myself). So, if you did not see those, you’ll want to.With the part about SEE and BUY, I think your best bet is AMS. AMS gives you the direct ability to PUT your book in front of those shoppers. So, it takes care of that part. But if you they choose not to buy, then you know either your book cover did not intrigue them, or your description did not convince them to pick it up (so it can help you diagnose your issue). And as you mentioned, I have that full free course on AMS: AMSCourse.com

  13. Deb Rocha on March 21, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Have you heard of Self-Publishing Mastery (also known as A to Z of Self-Publishing)? It is taught on teachable.com – and It is FREE. Take a look at the class curriculum. It covers the basics, KDP, creating an author platform, building a mail list, promotion, audio and translation, and other streams of income. Here is the link: https://azofselfpublishing….

  14. Suzie Brown on March 13, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Great review thanks Dave! I came across Self Publishing School at a conference and they are pitching their course to me at the moment, so I wanted to compare them to others. After doing some research, I am shocked at what they are trying to charge me for the course – $7000! I do not know the prices of the other ones you reviewed, but would not you say That is a lot?! And that their price has gone up a lot?!

    • Dave Chesson on March 13, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Suzie, the prices are all in the table at the top which should give you a clear perspective as to how they all compare side by side. Hope that helps!

  15. Infostack on March 11, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Hey Dave,
    I’ve taken two of these and avoided two, I can couch for “10K readers” Good solid down the middle approach. Mark Dawson`s course is a little more detailed and very good. Thought Chandlers seemed a little to “Beginner” for me and Just had to chose so I took the 10K over Steve Scott. Great article man. do not think you could go too wrong with any of those courses.

    • Dave Chesson on March 12, 2018 at 1:20 am

      Yeah, That is why it got a “beginner/Intermed” mark where as the others all got Beg-Advanced. The key thing was I wanted to make sure I actually took all of those courses before I talked about them….way too many hours of watching..haha.

  16. Aditya on February 8, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Hi Dave, Thanks for the article, It is quite helpful while There is a lot of information available out there. Do you think that the K Money Mastery still good for a beginner in 2018?

    • Dave Chesson on February 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

      It is, but I think you’d do better going to some of the Udemy courses that are newer, plus they have specials where It is only 10.99 per course. Which is cheaper than K Money Mastery.

  17. Aditya on February 8, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Hi Dave, Thanks for the article, it’s quite helpful while there’s a lot of information available out there. Do you think that the K Money Mastery still good for a beginner in 2018?

    • Dave Chesson on February 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

      It is, but I think you’d do better going to some of the Udemy courses that are newer, plus they have specials where it’s only 10.99 per course. Which is cheaper than K Money Mastery.

  18. nedbarnett on January 23, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Before you consider the merits of Self Publishing School, you might check out the fine print in their “100% Guaranteed Refund” promise, which is nothing (in reality) like what it sounds. I was a very satisfied customer until I realized I was over-extended and could not keep up with a 90-day program (in fact, I did not have the time to get started), so I asked for a refund, based on their “100% Guaranteed Refund.” I even told them why, and said I’d re-start the program, probably this summer, when I expected to have more time. What happened next was not exactly customer-friendly customer service. I wrote about that here: https://badbusinessalert.bl

    • Gandalf-the-Geru on March 7, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Glad you have let us know about this attitude, Ned. Very helpful. And apparently it i`s not the first time.

    • GGx on July 26, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      On the subject of refunds, I accidentally signed up to Mark Dawson`s Ads for Authors course realising afterwards that it was probably too advanced for me and I should have started with SPF101. I sent an email asking if they would give me a credit for later in the year to use when SPF101 was open again. They said, why do not we give you a refund and you can sign up and pay when you’re ready. I did not even ask for a refund and got one within a day. No hassle, no fuss. So, you can sign up to Mark Dawson`s courses knowing you’re in good hands.

      • Dave Chesson on July 26, 2018 at 7:44 pm

        Yeah, they’re great guys.

  19. nedbarnett on January 23, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Before you consider the merits of Self Publishing School, you might check out the fine print in their “100% Guaranteed Refund” promise, which is nothing (in reality) like what it sounds. I was a very satisfied customer until I realized I was over-extended and couldn’t keep up with a 90-day program (in fact, I didn’t have the time to get started), so I asked for a refund, based on their “100% Guaranteed Refund.” I even told them why, and said I’d re-start the program, probably this summer, when I expected to have more time. What happened next was not exactly customer-friendly customer service. I wrote about that here: https://badbusinessalert.blogspot.com/2018/01/self-publishing-schools-100-percent.html

  20. Joy Roos Sephton on January 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Hi Dave: thanks for a very informative article. As a first time would-be author there are only two course that apply to me, and Chandler`s is too expensive for my budget right now. I am extremely sceptical of K Money Mastery, and I’m wondering what your (and others’) take is on it, and if – after your research – you think I’m unnecessarily concerned? In the introductory “sales” video, although several people give very positive reviews, most do not give their full names and not one is linked to books they have successfully published. I emailed Stefan`s customer service twice, asking for qualified references – and they replied both times saying that Stefan has himself published many books, which the only proof I need. I do not buy that – I am not Stefan and being “trained” by him is not proof that his course is good, or that it works for other individuals. The other thing that leaves me cold is the way the Stefan is shown leaning on an extremely expensive car, standing on a luxury boat/yacht, walking on a tropical beach, etc, etc – as if he has to sell his course not on its merits, but with an enticement of excessive wealth. Is it just me, or do other people have the same reservations? And is a 2015 update really applicable in 2018?

    • Dave Chesson on January 1, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Actually, the best way forward right now is Udemy. This week (till January 5th) all courses are just $10. You can find a list of the ones I think best here: https://kindlepreneur.com/b…Now, are one of these better than a $1000 course above? No. However, I believe that the combination of a couple, and some specific marketing tactics like “Facebook Ads” and such make this a much better situation. So, in the end, a combination of multiple Udemy courses is cheaper and a better.

  21. Joy Roos Sephton on January 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Hi Dave: thanks for a very informative article. As a first time would-be author there are only two course that apply to me, and Chandler’s is too expensive for my budget right now. I am extremely sceptical of K Money Mastery, and I’m wondering what your (and others’) take is on it, and if – after your research – you think I’m unnecessarily concerned? In the introductory “sales” video, although several people give very positive reviews, most don’t give their full names and not one is linked to books they have successfully published. I emailed Stefan’s customer service twice, asking for qualified references – and they replied both times saying that Stefan has himself published many books, which the only proof I need. I don’t buy that – I am not Stefan and being “trained” by him is not proof that his course is good, or that it works for other individuals. The other thing that leaves me cold is the way the Stefan is shown leaning on an extremely expensive car, standing on a luxury boat/yacht, walking on a tropical beach, etc, etc – as if he has to sell his course not on its merits, but with an enticement of excessive wealth. Is it just me, or do other people have the same reservations? And is a 2015 update really applicable in 2018?

    • Dave Chesson on January 1, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Actually, the best way forward right now is Udemy. This week (till January 5th) all courses are just $10. You can find a list of the ones I think best here: https://kindlepreneur.com/best-udemy-courses-for-self-publishing-authors/

      Now, are one of these better than a $1000 course above? No. However, I believe that the combination of a couple, and some specific marketing tactics like “Facebook Ads” and such make this a much better situation. So, in the end, a combination of multiple Udemy courses is cheaper and a better.

  22. Cheryl Currie on December 9, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I really like your website and emails. This article is awesome but doesn’t mention money enough in my opinion. Regarding Your First 10K Readers, you should add whether or not you are an affiliate and warn people that their agreement cites the $59 a month as a monthly payment on an almost $1000 course. Their customer service (Tyler) will point that out if you try to cancel. There is a 30-day money back guarantee on the first month but after that they expect the full amount. It is not a subscription. I’m battling right now to get out of that agreement. It’s my fault for not reading the fine print, but I’ve never run into this before. Hopefully they’ll see the light and let me out.

    • Dave Chesson on December 10, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Bummer you ran into that, but if you read the beginning of the article I stated: “Now, I’ll tell you from the start that most of the links on this page are affiliate links.” It’s right below the bullit points in the intro. So, I was up front about that. As for the pricing, these courses sometimes offer a pricing system. You could pay it all up front or make payments. That’s something they explain on their home pages. So, again, sorry you ran into that, but I was upfront about it and my affiliation.

  23. Scott Edward Maitland on December 8, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Hey Dave, thanks for the links to Udemy. I picked up three amazing courses for $36!

    • Dave Chesson on December 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      That’s awesome – yeah, I’m pretty jazzed about it too. Did my own personal Christmas shopping from Udemy as well 🙂

      • Scott Edward Maitland on December 9, 2017 at 5:30 am

        Kindlepreneur needs a self-publishing course. Take what you learn and make your own course better than all the rest, and sell it for $19.99. I think you could really broaden your base, give people like me something extremely valuable, and sell a ton of KDP Rockets.

  24. Scott Edward Maitland on December 5, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Hey Dave, proud of owner Of KDP Rocket here. Love your stuff! Question: are you familiar with Luca De Stefani AKA Big Luca? I was thinking about getting his course because he seems like he really knows what he’s doing. I’m wondering why his course isn’t here.

    Another question: why don’t you make your self-publishing course!?

    • Dave Chesson on December 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Scott, no I’m not. I’ve seen the name, but never come across his content (which is probably why he’s not on this list). I like to list those whose content on marketing and publishing I frequently come across and I’ve heard great things from students and the benefits it’s given them. I will be updating my comparison chart in about a month or so to include Tim Grahl’s and Mark Dawson’s though. As for my course, I haven’t felt the need to make one because there are many good ones out there and I didn’t want to be ‘another.’

      • Scott Edward Maitland on December 7, 2017 at 5:10 am

        the way you think of Pat Flynn is how I think of you, and I am sure that many others would feel that way. You actually care about people, whereas all of these other guys (including those mentioned here) are completely full of shit. I would trust what you say before them, and I would choose your course over any of those. I would hardly consider you “another.”

        • Dave Chesson on December 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm

          Thanks Scott. To be mentioned as a Pat Flynn is honestly the highest honor anyone could give. He specifically taught me that you can be you, keep your morals and make the internet a better place…all the while succeeding. So, I really mean it when I say that means a lot to hear.

          • Scott Edward Maitland on December 8, 2017 at 5:09 am

            My family is in the Philippines, and I am in the United States. I am not trying to bring them here though. Instead, I want to move there and be with them. It’s better for them to stay there. Anyway, I need an online business. I need a business that I can operate and collect pay from anywhere in the world. That’s when I first found out about KDP.

            I gravitated to KDP because I have always been a writer, and I’m very natural with computers. I had a 4.0 GPA in all of my online classes in college. It just made sense. I know it was real, and I knew I could do it.

            However, my income wasn’t sufficient enough at that time for me to pay $300-$400 for one of these guys’ courses. They withhold information. They tell you just enough to lure you in so they can sell you their products and services. With all due respect, K Money Mastery is the best example of this.

            At any rate, I’ve seen them all! If it’s on the Web for self-publishing, ebooks, SEO, or the like, I’ve seen it! That’s how I found you. And out of all the guys in the business, I trust you the most. I get excited to see everything you put out. I’m not trying to stick ride you, but I really like what you have out there. Thanks for all the great content and the Godsend, KDP Rocket. Oh, and thanks for letting us know about Pat Flynn.



    • Scott Edward Maitland on December 7, 2017 at 5:12 am

      beyond that, by creating a self-publishing course, you will add to your following. You can reach a new market full of people searching for someone they can trust.

  25. grace jolliffe on November 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Great article Dave thanks – a great one to keep for reference.

  26. James King on September 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I must be dead lucky Dave. I nearly went nuts trying to figure out which course to take before I chose 10k. I’ve been blogging for 4 years and have self-published 3 books – all as a hobby. When I finished my first novel I thought, maybe I should try and make some money out of my books. That’s how it all started. I’ve no idea how it will end. Thanks for endorsing my choice of course. By the way I’m enjoying working through your excellent stuff too. Being a nuclear engineer must be an advantage over being an unclear writer!!

    • Dave Chesson on September 23, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Hi James, I’m glad you found it then. The whole point of that crazy article was to FINALLY sit down and figure it out myself. I hated giving advice on courses and honestly, not have taken them. It was expensive (not all of them would allow me to review them for free) and super super time consuming. So, glad it helped! As for the nuke part, well, God might have blessed me with an analytical mind, but he sure didn’t give me the gift of writing or communications. hahaha.

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  28. hitchs on August 6, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Thanks so much Dave. I was wondering whose course I should take. (Another course, oh dear.) I was tossing up between Self Publishing School and Authority Pub Academy, and leaning toward the latter, but you have made me much more confident about my decision. (Except the price … oh well.)

  29. Jack Molan on August 3, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Dave, you just set yourself heads and tails above the noise. I was about to hit the “buy” button for similar program, you cut through the fog for me. I’ll not forget it. I’m posting this to my 26k Facebook followers, as well as tweet etc. Thanks for being a stand up guy!

    • Dave Chesson on August 4, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Jack! Well it all started when I realized I didn’t know the answer to it the question of “what’s the best.” And I’m sort of a comparison guy so it really felt like this needed to be written 😀

  30. Discuss Much on June 29, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I read Chandler’s first book on publishing, but I have to say that I don’t trust someone who starts a publishing school after writing one book. He’s written some since then, but still only one book before writing about how to publish a book which is easily by far the biggest money making topic out there.

    I prefer Steve Scott because he’s actually done it.

    • Dave Chesson on August 4, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      That’s why there’s the side by side comparison. Helps to see how they are as courses – plus I also include the writer’s information on that chart as well.

  31. jameskatt on June 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    The problem I have with the above courses are the lack of details. You have to figure too many things out for yourself. And that takes time and effort.
    If you are into details and a very straighforward connect-the-dots method,
    I would strongly consider this combination for Kindle Publishing:
    http://myselfpublishingrevolution.com
    http://kindleautopilot.com
    Then I would combine this information with the information from https://kindlepreneur.com and KDP Rocket.
    So I wish Dave would review these other courses since they are much more into detail.

  32. jokawasai on February 11, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Dave, you are so hard working. And so diplomatic!

  33. Chris Brooks on December 5, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Just to say that I have done Nick Stephenson’s course and it is worth every penny. I made the money back in 3 months and I heartily recommend it. Having said that – I agree with the comments above. It is not for the faint-hearted. If you’re going to do it, then DO IT.

  34. Gandalf-the-Geru on November 18, 2016 at 9:30 am

    This is a great service you have done for us, Dave, which has helped me make my choice. Now while I am here, may I remind you that I sent you an email about the fantastic BD Generator tool that you are offering, but am unable to download,

    I can’t find anywhere on your page to download it. I tried clicking on Code Generator but it never gave me a code. I filled the form at the bottom of the page which took me to everything but the BD Generator. I joined your YouTube Channel.

    Still no BD Generator.

    Now what?

    • Dave Chesson on November 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Hi, Glad you enjoyed the the breakdown of the courses. As for BD Generator, this is no ability to download it. You can use it at: https://kindlepreneur.com/amazon-book-description-generator/ (That top part isn’t a picture – you can start writing your description and then click on the buttons to make your words look exactly like they will on Amazon. Then, when you have it looking the way you want it, just click “Generate My Code.” That will then give you the HTML code you need to copy and paste into your KDP backend.

      • Dave Chesson on November 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

        PS: Love the Gandalf reference… 😀

        • Gandalf-the-Geru on November 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm

          Cheers Dave. “Geru” is the colour worn by sadhus in India. So instead of Gandalf the White, I am called “Gandalf the Geru.” So about the BD Generator. Is it only for KDP? It doesn’t work for the Amazon Book Sales pages?

          • Dave Chesson on November 18, 2016 at 6:43 pm

            haha..nice. It does. But the CSS (style of the words) looks a little different – but the html rules still apply. I use my Book Description Generator for my Amazon books and Kindle.



  35. E.S. Tilton on July 14, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Wanted to let you know, your links to the courses are not working. Please let me know when you have them fixed. Thanks.

    • kindlepreneur on July 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Hi E.S….sorry about that. Some of the courses are seasonal – as in they launch the course for a couple of weeks and then focus on the those student/class and then relaunch it again (changing up their links or course). I’ve corrected the the 10K Readers course link, which was the only one that wasn’t working properly. If there’s another, let me know. Also, 10K will be relaunching in about 10 days. Thanks for the heads up!

      • E.S. Tilton on July 17, 2016 at 11:47 pm

        Thanks for the info on them launching in ten days. That was the primary course I was interested in. Do you happen to know how long that course takes. I know it says in ten days, but learning the material may take more time than is in the sales copy. I thought I clicked one of the other links too but they seem to be working right now, so maybe not. I felt each one might have info I’ve missed and might help me streamline my process, however they could also be a waste of time and money if I already know the material. Which was why I was looking at the ten day course. I really appreciate this blog and the information in it. Thank you for putting it out there.

        • kindlepreneur on July 18, 2016 at 1:31 am

          How long a course takes really depends on your experience and knowledge on the subject. If you want, we can chat about it and see if its a good fit based on your experience and goals. I’d hate for you to take a course and pay all that money, only to find that’s not what you needed. just contact me via my contact page.

  36. 2deuces on June 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I’m late to the party, as usual, but wanted to say thanks for this review and comparison. Good descriptions with very fair recommendations. These courses must be very profitable as there are a lot more out there, some tightly focused on a single marketing idea like Facebook ads or email lists, for $600+. Some days I feel I’m spending too much time just delete email pushing “Get Rich with Kindle” courses. Thank you for spending all of the money and time to provide honest reviews.

  37. Roy Gomez on April 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks, Dave. Great reviews. Makes it so much easier for newbies like me to stay afloat. You rock.

    • kindlepreneur on April 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      Absolutely. Yeah, this article was all about finding some way to give people an understanding of how all of the Self Pub courses compare. After having sat through them all, it’s great to say with certainty which one is best suited for particular people….which its insane who much these courses really different. And with such a high price point, we need to know which one is right for us.

  38. Kelly Exeter on March 19, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Wow this is incredible Dave – thank you! I hadn’t even heard of the first 10,000 course but it seems like that’s the one for where I am at right now. I’m going to sign up for that one and will make sure I use your link!

    • kindlepreneur on March 19, 2016 at 5:25 am

      Hey Kelly, awesome to here. I know he’ll reopen his course this summer, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, send em my way.

      • Kelly Exeter on March 19, 2016 at 5:47 am

        Agh yes – I just saw the course is not evergreen. I have signed up to get notified of when it’s on next xx Thank you!

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  41. Bradley on January 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Dave, this is really well done, thank you so much for taking the time and putting this together. You’re truly adding value here by saving us time and helping us make a decision. I’m currently in Jeff Goins’ Tribe Writers and although Publishing is just 1 of the 4 modules, it’s more along the lines of Steve Scott’s longer-term strategies. I’m also a big fan of Joanna Penn and she has a course, too (I have no idea what it’s like, but she does everything with quality in mind: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/courses/).

    Again, a huge thank you for this!

    • kindlepreneur on January 22, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Bradley! Joanna is pretty awesome sauce. I want to expand this article to more classes/course, however, the article is already +1500 words. I might add Nick Stephenson’s and leave it at three…but to add more, I might have to put on my thinking cap and get creative. Maybe infographic or something….hmmm…infographic. I might just try that…haha.

  42. Michal on January 21, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I’m also in-depth kind of guy. In my review of Scott’s “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Books on Amazon” I trashed Chandler’s “Book Launch”. Let me recall the wording:

    “Book Launch” can make you excited about writing and publishing. “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books” will make you do the necessary steps to create your own Kindle business from scratch.

    I would say SPS is for novice who wants to learn the ropes and it’s a bit pricy for that goal. Scott’s course is for a novices and advanced authors who want to learn the business.

    • kindlepreneur on January 22, 2016 at 10:48 am

      I’ll add to that last sentence with “and grow their self-publishing business.”

  43. Marnie Ginsberg on January 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks, Dave! Very helpful analysis.

  44. happysimple on January 20, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Hi Dave. Good job putting this review post together and for making the effort to give a balanced overview of both the Authority Pub Academy course and Chandler’s course. I hope you have a lot of affiliate sales of that one with Steve Scott. 🙂

  45. Michael La Ronn on January 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    This rocks. Wish more people did things like this for courses. You just stumbled on a heck of a business blog idea. 🙂

    • kindlepreneur on January 20, 2016 at 12:15 am

      Hahah…awesome. Yeah, most of the time I just ask myself, what’s my biggest struggle. After seeing all the courses that are out there, I just wanted to know how they all compare and since there wasn’t really anything out there, I figured I’d dive on that grenade….haha. Let me know when that blog idea is out 😉

      • Michael La Ronn on January 20, 2016 at 3:26 am

        Ha! If only I had more time. 🙂 but you are definitely a braver man than I. 🙂

        • kindlepreneur on January 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

          Haha…not brave…just well stocked with Red Bull 😉

        • kindlepreneur on January 23, 2016 at 12:26 pm

          Hey Michael, I just found your youtube videos. Way to rock it!!

          • Michael La Ronn on January 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm

            Thanks, man!



    • Bradley on January 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      I agree, Michael. There’s just SO much out there, it’s overwhelming and hard to sift through. Dave here has saved us time, money and possibly going down the wrong rabbit hole and I’ll happily click an affiliate link as a thank you for his time and effort.

    • Bradley on January 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      I have developer WordPress (also for writers) over the past years and this makes me think I should have a post called, “The top 5 WordPress themes for writers.” and let people know what’s what.

  46. bjdesign on January 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    An excellent review of two products, I have follow Steve Scott for several years now, he always delivers great content, Chandler only from his online presence. But overall a nice review of self publishing products

    • kindlepreneur on January 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Yeah, like I said in the article, when I heard he was creating a course, I was like “well it’s about time dude.” I mean, look at those numbers! If you haven’t figured it out, I’m sort of a numbers and analytical geek.

  47. Steve Scott on January 19, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks so much for this great write up Dave AND for taking the time to slog through all the videos. That’s an insane amount of time you’ve spent just to put together this one blog post. You’re a beast, man!

  48. Eric Z on January 19, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Nice comparison! I personally like Chandler’s mind-mapping idea to a book. Did you know Buck Books also has a publishing school? It’s the link at the bottom of their page which leads to Archangelink. I have seen their free video series, they have a SOLID launch sequence. But the rest I dunno…

    • kindlepreneur on January 19, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      However, after explaining his mindmapping process, it would have been AWESOME if he had shot a video of him actually creating one…instead of just showing clips of the finished product.

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