You've never created a book before and need to be shown the tools for success and how to use them. You're curious about the self-publishing process and have a lot of creative ideas floating around.
You're an entrepreneur and want to create an awesome product for your clients that features your unique methods and branding.
You're looking for a new way to express your creativity, and want to learn exactly how Rebecca creates and publishes The Lucky Sprout Press' journals.
“This was perfect! I learned everything I needed to know to publish my own journals without feeling overwhelmed or like I had information overload. I loved the length of the course - long enough to learn all the things I need to know, but short eno...”→Read More
“This was perfect! I learned everything I needed to know to publish my own journals without feeling overwhelmed or like I had information overload. I loved the length of the course - long enough to learn all the things I need to know, but short enough to finish in a few hours. Thanks!”→Read Less
I've published a lot of stuff over the years – traditionally, academically, and self-published. There's a lot of pros and cons to every method, but nothing gives you creative control quite like the DIY approach.
Even though I love writing books, I'm really a designer at heart. I love making really beautiful products, and every time a total stranger tags me on Instagram showing off something of mine they've purchased, I kind of want to burst into tears (of joy, of course)!
For me, making paperback journals has been the perfect blend of creative and technical design.
I was hesitant to get into the journal-making space because there are a lot of "gurus" out there telling you to crank out hundreds of low-content (and low-quality) journals to try and make a profit. They create dozens of "brand names" they publish under, and rely on trends rather than creating thoughtful, intentional products.
Luckily, it turns out that like most things, you can make this publishing niche work for you. I want to see this more quality products in this market, and that's what I'm here to help you create! My own journals have been Amazon Bestsellers, reached customers around the world, and (best of all) have gotten some really kind and lovely feedback.
Oh, and the best part of mastering this publishing skill? You'll actually learn all the necessary skills to self-publish any kind of paperback book. So if you're thinking about self-publishing a novel, a poetry book, a children's book, or any other project, you'll find this course packed full of transferrable skills. How awesome is that?
I'll walk you through all of the steps necessary to create your journal. 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.
If you need any help with the course, I'm here to answer your questions! Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Instagram @luckysprout. I've got your back!
- Rebecca, your instructor
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.