Amazon Kindle eBook and Book Self-publishing for Beginners

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Course Description

How would you like to be a published author by the end of the day... for free?

Welcome to the only Udemy complete self-publishing guide that shows you how to do it all yourself for free. Nothing is left out of this video guide that covers everything from creating a book cover to marketing your published book.

My name is Brian Jackson and during the last 10 years, I've created hundreds of book covers and published well over 100 books. In this course, I'll explain the entire process to you allowing you to quickly become a published author given nothing more than a finished manuscript.

This course covers:

Book Cover

Fast and easy, create a free professional-quality book cover using the Canva online graphic design tool and free images from Pixabay. All you need is a web browser to have a finished book cover in under 10 minutes. The process I demonstrate utilizes free Canva Kindle book cover themes to quickly create professional-quality book covers including free images from Pixabay.

Format Your Manuscript

Quickly format your manuscript for Amazon publication using Microsoft Word 2010 or beyond (Word 2016 running on Windows 10 is demonstrated). Learn both traditional style and use the free Kindle Create Word plugin to format your manuscript. Following my detailed instructions guarantees a polished finished product. The process I demonstrate ultimately augments the use of the free Kindle Create Microsoft Word plugin with traditional formatting techniques to produce very clean manuscripts that are a pleasure to read.

Self-publish on Amazon

Self-publish your book in minutes on Amazon in Kindle and Print on Demand (POD) paperback formats using the free Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) web-based interface. Note that you can publish paperbacks via KDP or use the traditional method of switching to CreateSpace. Once complete, you're a published author, but that doesn't mean that you're done...

Market Your Book

Take the first steps toward marketing your book for free to become an Amazon bestseller. Make money and friends as you gain readership.

And the whole process is free because you do it yourself. Given a finished manuscript, a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later and a web browser you can become a published author by the end of the day.

In fact, I'm embarrassed to have to admit that purchasing this course could be your greatest expense... though I assure you it's well worth any reasonable cost considering the money and time you'll save to become a published author today!

Mac users should be aware that the Kindle Create method is currently only available on Windows. However, the traditional method is my preferred method anyway ;-).

Don't forget the Udemy 30-day no-questions-asked money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the course, just return it. So, there's no risk involved. That should make your choice a no-brainer.

I'll see you in the classroom,

---Brian

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone with a finished manuscript wanting to self-publish their book for free
  • Anyone needing to create a free professional looking book cover
  • Anyone wanting to market their published book using proven techniques

Expected Outcomes

  1. You'll be able to self-publishing your manuscript on Amazon Kindle and paperback for free You'll be able to create a free professional looking book cover using Canva You'll be able to market your book to get readers Requirements You'll require a finished book manuscript that has been copy edited You'll require a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later to format your manuscript You'll require a web browser to create a Canva book cover and publish via KDP Description How would you like to be a published author by the end of the day... for free? Welcome to the only Udemy complete self-publishing guide that shows you how to do it all yourself for free. Nothing is left out of this video guide that covers everything from creating a book cover to marketing your published book. My name is Brian Jackson and during the last 10 years, I've created hundreds of book covers and published well over 100 books. In this course, I'll explain the entire process to you allowing you to quickly become a published author given nothing more than a finished manuscript. This course covers: Book Cover Fast and easy, create a free professional-quality book cover using the Canva online graphic design tool and free images from Pixabay. All you need is a web browser to have a finished book cover in under 10 minutes. The process I demonstrate utilizes free Canva Kindle book cover themes to quickly create professional-quality book covers including free images from Pixabay. Format Your Manuscript Quickly format your manuscript for Amazon publication using Microsoft Word 2010 or beyond (Word 2016 running on Windows 10 is demonstrated). Learn both traditional style and use the free Kindle Create Word plugin to format your manuscript. Following my detailed instructions guarantees a polished finished product. The process I demonstrate ultimately augments the use of the free Kindle Create Microsoft Word plugin with traditional formatting techniques to produce very clean manuscripts that are a pleasure to read. Self-publish on Amazon Self-publish your book in minutes on Amazon in Kindle and Print on Demand (POD) paperback formats using the free Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) web-based interface. Note that you can publish paperbacks via KDP or use the traditional method of switching to CreateSpace. Once complete, you're a published author, but that doesn't mean that you're done... Market Your Book Take the first steps toward marketing your book for free to become an Amazon bestseller. Make money and friends as you gain readership. And the whole process is free because you do it yourself. Given a finished manuscript, a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later and a web browser you can become a published author by the end of the day. In fact, I'm embarrassed to have to admit that purchasing this course could be your greatest expense... though I assure you it's well worth any reasonable cost considering the money and time you'll save to become a published author today! Mac users should be aware that the Kindle Create method is currently only available on Windows. However, the traditional method is my preferred method anyway ;-). Don't forget the Udemy 30-day no-questions-asked money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the course, just return it. So, there's no risk involved. That should make your choice a no-brainer. I'll see you in the classroom, ---Brian Who this course is for: Anyone with a finished manuscript wanting to self-publish their book for free Anyone needing to create a free professional looking book cover Anyone wanting to market their published book using proven techniques Show more Show less Course content 9 sections • 38 lectures • 4h 55m total length Expand all sections Introduction 3 lectures • 18min How to Watch This Course Preview 05:51 Self-publishing Process Preview 06:38 Course Requirements: What is a Finished Manuscript Preview 05:45 Book Cover 6 lectures • 47min Fundamentals of Book Cover Design 09:16 Addendum: Book Cover Design and Download JPG/PNG 05:03 Using Free Canva Themes and Pixabay Images to Create a Book Cover 12:38 Canva From a Blank Page Up 07:52 Canva Advanced Techniques 11:42 Section Project: Share Your Book Cover 00:21 Format Your Manuscript with Word 7 lectures • 45min Self-publishing Options 03:36 Traditional Document Formatting Part 1 11:19 Traditional Document Formatting Part 2 10:49 Install the Kindle Create Microsoft Word Plugin 03:35 Format Your Manuscript Using Kindle Create 10:52 More Formatting, Table of Contents and Preview 04:29 Section Project: Status Update 00:12 Self-publish Your Book with KDP 6 lectures • 44min Publish Your Book in Kindle Format Using KDP 14:40 Copywrite Your Amazon Book Description 09:23 Publish Your Book in Print on Demand (POD) Paperback Format Using KDP 04:23 Book Review Process, Approval and Monitoring 03:12 Section Project: Are You a Published Author? 00:13 Addendum: Creating a Paperback Book Cover in KDP 11:42 Intermission 1 lecture • 1min Please Leave a Review 00:28 Book Marketing 6 lectures • 53min 10 Book Marketing Tips (Part 1) 11:41 10 Book Marketing Tips (Part 2) 09:35 Additional Book Marketing Tips 06:31 Websites, Mailing Lists, Amazon Bestseller Categories, Author Central, GoodReads 13:31 Update on KDP Select Free Promotions (7/20/2018) 06:27 Update on KDP Select Free Promotions (8/24/2018) 05:17 Alternate Free Book Cover Options 3 lectures • 36min Create a Free Book Cover Using the GIMP 16:35 Create a Free Book Cover Using PowerPoint 12:26 Create a Free Book Cover Using Canva 06:53 Amazon Self-publishing Demonstration 5 lectures • 52min Create a Free Book Cover Using Canva/Pixabay 14:29 Format Your Manuscript (Traditional) Part 1 12:52 Format Your Manuscript (Traditional) Part 2 07:55 Publish Your Manuscript in Amazon Kindle eBook Format Using KDP 10:19 Publish Your Manuscript in POD Paperback Format Using KDP 06:20 Conclusion 1 lecture • 1min Bonus Lecture 00:48 Instructor Brian Jackson Author, Publisher and Educator 4.2 Instructor Rating 7,948 Reviews 149,200 Students 59 Courses I was born in the middle of the last century in Los Angeles, California. After moving for a time to the Silicon Valley, I graduated from Humboldt State University amid the redwoods of Northern California. Two weeks after graduation I was working as a computer systems programmer for Lockheed Missiles and Space (LMSC) back in the Silicon Valley. Two months after that and I was married as I have been happy ever since (for 40 years). After 14 years at Lockheed, I moved from working on IBM mainframes to using PCs running the Unix operating system and encountered a thing called the Internet. Cisco Systems seemed to be the right place to work, so I joined the company as their 650th employee. Eleven years later Cisco had grown to over 20,000 employees. I retired at the age of 48 and instantly became bored! Throughout my professional career, I'd always enjoyed both writing and providing technical training. So, I attended creative writing classes at my local junior college and began to write. I managed to write and self-publish a handful of books, but things didn't take off until my wife, Melanie Jackson, an established author with a New York company, left traditional publishing to join me in self-publishing. In 10 years, from 2010 to now, Melanie and I have made half-a-million dollars self-publishing well over 100 books. I also managed to record a pair of audiobooks for Amazon and Audible sale. By 2014, our rapid rise to Kindle fame had already dwindled. I decided to pursue my second passion of giving training presentations. Since 2014 I've published over 48 online video training courses for training sites such as Udemy and Skillshare. My goal is to provide low-cost high-quality screencast-based educational material focusing on my areas of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. I continue to expand my video training catalog while focusing some energy on resurrecting our flagging book sales using various marketing techniques. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress. I currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada, with my lovely wife and Butterscotch the cat. I'll see you in the classroom, ---Brian Show more Show less Udemy Business Teach on Udemy Get the app About us Contact us Careers Blog Help and Support Affiliate Impressum Kontakt Terms Privacy policy Cookie settings Sitemap © 2021 Udemy, Inc. window.handleCSSToggleButtonClick = function (event) { var target = event.currentTarget; var cssToggleId = target && target.dataset && target.dataset.cssToggleId; var input = cssToggleId && document.getElementById(cssToggleId); if (input) { if (input.dataset.type === 'checkbox') { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.checked ? '' : 'checked'; } else { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.allowToggle && input.dataset.checked ? 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  2. You'll be able to create a free professional looking book cover using Canva You'll be able to market your book to get readers Requirements You'll require a finished book manuscript that has been copy edited You'll require a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later to format your manuscript You'll require a web browser to create a Canva book cover and publish via KDP Description How would you like to be a published author by the end of the day... for free? Welcome to the only Udemy complete self-publishing guide that shows you how to do it all yourself for free. Nothing is left out of this video guide that covers everything from creating a book cover to marketing your published book. My name is Brian Jackson and during the last 10 years, I've created hundreds of book covers and published well over 100 books. In this course, I'll explain the entire process to you allowing you to quickly become a published author given nothing more than a finished manuscript. This course covers: Book Cover Fast and easy, create a free professional-quality book cover using the Canva online graphic design tool and free images from Pixabay. All you need is a web browser to have a finished book cover in under 10 minutes. The process I demonstrate utilizes free Canva Kindle book cover themes to quickly create professional-quality book covers including free images from Pixabay. Format Your Manuscript Quickly format your manuscript for Amazon publication using Microsoft Word 2010 or beyond (Word 2016 running on Windows 10 is demonstrated). Learn both traditional style and use the free Kindle Create Word plugin to format your manuscript. Following my detailed instructions guarantees a polished finished product. The process I demonstrate ultimately augments the use of the free Kindle Create Microsoft Word plugin with traditional formatting techniques to produce very clean manuscripts that are a pleasure to read. Self-publish on Amazon Self-publish your book in minutes on Amazon in Kindle and Print on Demand (POD) paperback formats using the free Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) web-based interface. Note that you can publish paperbacks via KDP or use the traditional method of switching to CreateSpace. Once complete, you're a published author, but that doesn't mean that you're done... Market Your Book Take the first steps toward marketing your book for free to become an Amazon bestseller. Make money and friends as you gain readership. And the whole process is free because you do it yourself. Given a finished manuscript, a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later and a web browser you can become a published author by the end of the day. In fact, I'm embarrassed to have to admit that purchasing this course could be your greatest expense... though I assure you it's well worth any reasonable cost considering the money and time you'll save to become a published author today! Mac users should be aware that the Kindle Create method is currently only available on Windows. However, the traditional method is my preferred method anyway ;-). Don't forget the Udemy 30-day no-questions-asked money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the course, just return it. So, there's no risk involved. That should make your choice a no-brainer. I'll see you in the classroom, ---Brian Who this course is for: Anyone with a finished manuscript wanting to self-publish their book for free Anyone needing to create a free professional looking book cover Anyone wanting to market their published book using proven techniques Show more Show less Course content 9 sections • 38 lectures • 4h 55m total length Expand all sections Introduction 3 lectures • 18min How to Watch This Course Preview 05:51 Self-publishing Process Preview 06:38 Course Requirements: What is a Finished Manuscript Preview 05:45 Book Cover 6 lectures • 47min Fundamentals of Book Cover Design 09:16 Addendum: Book Cover Design and Download JPG/PNG 05:03 Using Free Canva Themes and Pixabay Images to Create a Book Cover 12:38 Canva From a Blank Page Up 07:52 Canva Advanced Techniques 11:42 Section Project: Share Your Book Cover 00:21 Format Your Manuscript with Word 7 lectures • 45min Self-publishing Options 03:36 Traditional Document Formatting Part 1 11:19 Traditional Document Formatting Part 2 10:49 Install the Kindle Create Microsoft Word Plugin 03:35 Format Your Manuscript Using Kindle Create 10:52 More Formatting, Table of Contents and Preview 04:29 Section Project: Status Update 00:12 Self-publish Your Book with KDP 6 lectures • 44min Publish Your Book in Kindle Format Using KDP 14:40 Copywrite Your Amazon Book Description 09:23 Publish Your Book in Print on Demand (POD) Paperback Format Using KDP 04:23 Book Review Process, Approval and Monitoring 03:12 Section Project: Are You a Published Author? 00:13 Addendum: Creating a Paperback Book Cover in KDP 11:42 Intermission 1 lecture • 1min Please Leave a Review 00:28 Book Marketing 6 lectures • 53min 10 Book Marketing Tips (Part 1) 11:41 10 Book Marketing Tips (Part 2) 09:35 Additional Book Marketing Tips 06:31 Websites, Mailing Lists, Amazon Bestseller Categories, Author Central, GoodReads 13:31 Update on KDP Select Free Promotions (7/20/2018) 06:27 Update on KDP Select Free Promotions (8/24/2018) 05:17 Alternate Free Book Cover Options 3 lectures • 36min Create a Free Book Cover Using the GIMP 16:35 Create a Free Book Cover Using PowerPoint 12:26 Create a Free Book Cover Using Canva 06:53 Amazon Self-publishing Demonstration 5 lectures • 52min Create a Free Book Cover Using Canva/Pixabay 14:29 Format Your Manuscript (Traditional) Part 1 12:52 Format Your Manuscript (Traditional) Part 2 07:55 Publish Your Manuscript in Amazon Kindle eBook Format Using KDP 10:19 Publish Your Manuscript in POD Paperback Format Using KDP 06:20 Conclusion 1 lecture • 1min Bonus Lecture 00:48 Instructor Brian Jackson Author, Publisher and Educator 4.2 Instructor Rating 7,948 Reviews 149,200 Students 59 Courses I was born in the middle of the last century in Los Angeles, California. After moving for a time to the Silicon Valley, I graduated from Humboldt State University amid the redwoods of Northern California. Two weeks after graduation I was working as a computer systems programmer for Lockheed Missiles and Space (LMSC) back in the Silicon Valley. Two months after that and I was married as I have been happy ever since (for 40 years). After 14 years at Lockheed, I moved from working on IBM mainframes to using PCs running the Unix operating system and encountered a thing called the Internet. Cisco Systems seemed to be the right place to work, so I joined the company as their 650th employee. Eleven years later Cisco had grown to over 20,000 employees. I retired at the age of 48 and instantly became bored! Throughout my professional career, I'd always enjoyed both writing and providing technical training. So, I attended creative writing classes at my local junior college and began to write. I managed to write and self-publish a handful of books, but things didn't take off until my wife, Melanie Jackson, an established author with a New York company, left traditional publishing to join me in self-publishing. In 10 years, from 2010 to now, Melanie and I have made half-a-million dollars self-publishing well over 100 books. I also managed to record a pair of audiobooks for Amazon and Audible sale. By 2014, our rapid rise to Kindle fame had already dwindled. I decided to pursue my second passion of giving training presentations. Since 2014 I've published over 48 online video training courses for training sites such as Udemy and Skillshare. My goal is to provide low-cost high-quality screencast-based educational material focusing on my areas of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. I continue to expand my video training catalog while focusing some energy on resurrecting our flagging book sales using various marketing techniques. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress. I currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada, with my lovely wife and Butterscotch the cat. I'll see you in the classroom, ---Brian Show more Show less Udemy Business Teach on Udemy Get the app About us Contact us Careers Blog Help and Support Affiliate Impressum Kontakt Terms Privacy policy Cookie settings Sitemap © 2021 Udemy, Inc. window.handleCSSToggleButtonClick = function (event) { var target = event.currentTarget; var cssToggleId = target && target.dataset && target.dataset.cssToggleId; var input = cssToggleId && document.getElementById(cssToggleId); if (input) { if (input.dataset.type === 'checkbox') { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.checked ? '' : 'checked'; } else { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.allowToggle && input.dataset.checked ? 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  3. You'll be able to market your book to get readers Requirements You'll require a finished book manuscript that has been copy edited You'll require a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later to format your manuscript You'll require a web browser to create a Canva book cover and publish via KDP Description How would you like to be a published author by the end of the day... for free? Welcome to the only Udemy complete self-publishing guide that shows you how to do it all yourself for free. Nothing is left out of this video guide that covers everything from creating a book cover to marketing your published book. My name is Brian Jackson and during the last 10 years, I've created hundreds of book covers and published well over 100 books. In this course, I'll explain the entire process to you allowing you to quickly become a published author given nothing more than a finished manuscript. This course covers: Book Cover Fast and easy, create a free professional-quality book cover using the Canva online graphic design tool and free images from Pixabay. All you need is a web browser to have a finished book cover in under 10 minutes. The process I demonstrate utilizes free Canva Kindle book cover themes to quickly create professional-quality book covers including free images from Pixabay. Format Your Manuscript Quickly format your manuscript for Amazon publication using Microsoft Word 2010 or beyond (Word 2016 running on Windows 10 is demonstrated). Learn both traditional style and use the free Kindle Create Word plugin to format your manuscript. Following my detailed instructions guarantees a polished finished product. The process I demonstrate ultimately augments the use of the free Kindle Create Microsoft Word plugin with traditional formatting techniques to produce very clean manuscripts that are a pleasure to read. Self-publish on Amazon Self-publish your book in minutes on Amazon in Kindle and Print on Demand (POD) paperback formats using the free Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) web-based interface. Note that you can publish paperbacks via KDP or use the traditional method of switching to CreateSpace. Once complete, you're a published author, but that doesn't mean that you're done... Market Your Book Take the first steps toward marketing your book for free to become an Amazon bestseller. Make money and friends as you gain readership. And the whole process is free because you do it yourself. Given a finished manuscript, a copy of Microsoft Word 2010 or later and a web browser you can become a published author by the end of the day. In fact, I'm embarrassed to have to admit that purchasing this course could be your greatest expense... though I assure you it's well worth any reasonable cost considering the money and time you'll save to become a published author today! Mac users should be aware that the Kindle Create method is currently only available on Windows. However, the traditional method is my preferred method anyway ;-). Don't forget the Udemy 30-day no-questions-asked money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the course, just return it. So, there's no risk involved. That should make your choice a no-brainer. I'll see you in the classroom, ---Brian Who this course is for: Anyone with a finished manuscript wanting to self-publish their book for free Anyone needing to create a free professional looking book cover Anyone wanting to market their published book using proven techniques Show more Show less Course content 9 sections • 38 lectures • 4h 55m total length Expand all sections Introduction 3 lectures • 18min How to Watch This Course Preview 05:51 Self-publishing Process Preview 06:38 Course Requirements: What is a Finished Manuscript Preview 05:45 Book Cover 6 lectures • 47min Fundamentals of Book Cover Design 09:16 Addendum: Book Cover Design and Download JPG/PNG 05:03 Using Free Canva Themes and Pixabay Images to Create a Book Cover 12:38 Canva From a Blank Page Up 07:52 Canva Advanced Techniques 11:42 Section Project: Share Your Book Cover 00:21 Format Your Manuscript with Word 7 lectures • 45min Self-publishing Options 03:36 Traditional Document Formatting Part 1 11:19 Traditional Document Formatting Part 2 10:49 Install the Kindle Create Microsoft Word Plugin 03:35 Format Your Manuscript Using Kindle Create 10:52 More Formatting, Table of Contents and Preview 04:29 Section Project: Status Update 00:12 Self-publish Your Book with KDP 6 lectures • 44min Publish Your Book in Kindle Format Using KDP 14:40 Copywrite Your Amazon Book Description 09:23 Publish Your Book in Print on Demand (POD) Paperback Format Using KDP 04:23 Book Review Process, Approval and Monitoring 03:12 Section Project: Are You a Published Author? 00:13 Addendum: Creating a Paperback Book Cover in KDP 11:42 Intermission 1 lecture • 1min Please Leave a Review 00:28 Book Marketing 6 lectures • 53min 10 Book Marketing Tips (Part 1) 11:41 10 Book Marketing Tips (Part 2) 09:35 Additional Book Marketing Tips 06:31 Websites, Mailing Lists, Amazon Bestseller Categories, Author Central, GoodReads 13:31 Update on KDP Select Free Promotions (7/20/2018) 06:27 Update on KDP Select Free Promotions (8/24/2018) 05:17 Alternate Free Book Cover Options 3 lectures • 36min Create a Free Book Cover Using the GIMP 16:35 Create a Free Book Cover Using PowerPoint 12:26 Create a Free Book Cover Using Canva 06:53 Amazon Self-publishing Demonstration 5 lectures • 52min Create a Free Book Cover Using Canva/Pixabay 14:29 Format Your Manuscript (Traditional) Part 1 12:52 Format Your Manuscript (Traditional) Part 2 07:55 Publish Your Manuscript in Amazon Kindle eBook Format Using KDP 10:19 Publish Your Manuscript in POD Paperback Format Using KDP 06:20 Conclusion 1 lecture • 1min Bonus Lecture 00:48 Instructor Brian Jackson Author, Publisher and Educator 4.2 Instructor Rating 7,948 Reviews 149,200 Students 59 Courses I was born in the middle of the last century in Los Angeles, California. After moving for a time to the Silicon Valley, I graduated from Humboldt State University amid the redwoods of Northern California. Two weeks after graduation I was working as a computer systems programmer for Lockheed Missiles and Space (LMSC) back in the Silicon Valley. Two months after that and I was married as I have been happy ever since (for 40 years). After 14 years at Lockheed, I moved from working on IBM mainframes to using PCs running the Unix operating system and encountered a thing called the Internet. Cisco Systems seemed to be the right place to work, so I joined the company as their 650th employee. Eleven years later Cisco had grown to over 20,000 employees. I retired at the age of 48 and instantly became bored! Throughout my professional career, I'd always enjoyed both writing and providing technical training. So, I attended creative writing classes at my local junior college and began to write. I managed to write and self-publish a handful of books, but things didn't take off until my wife, Melanie Jackson, an established author with a New York company, left traditional publishing to join me in self-publishing. In 10 years, from 2010 to now, Melanie and I have made half-a-million dollars self-publishing well over 100 books. I also managed to record a pair of audiobooks for Amazon and Audible sale. By 2014, our rapid rise to Kindle fame had already dwindled. I decided to pursue my second passion of giving training presentations. Since 2014 I've published over 48 online video training courses for training sites such as Udemy and Skillshare. My goal is to provide low-cost high-quality screencast-based educational material focusing on my areas of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. I continue to expand my video training catalog while focusing some energy on resurrecting our flagging book sales using various marketing techniques. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress. I currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada, with my lovely wife and Butterscotch the cat. I'll see you in the classroom, ---Brian Show more Show less Udemy Business Teach on Udemy Get the app About us Contact us Careers Blog Help and Support Affiliate Impressum Kontakt Terms Privacy policy Cookie settings Sitemap © 2021 Udemy, Inc. window.handleCSSToggleButtonClick = function (event) { var target = event.currentTarget; var cssToggleId = target && target.dataset && target.dataset.cssToggleId; var input = cssToggleId && document.getElementById(cssToggleId); if (input) { if (input.dataset.type === 'checkbox') { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.checked ? '' : 'checked'; } else { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.allowToggle && input.dataset.checked ? 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