Learn to Self-Publish!

Book Vendor AppsThis course is designed for the writer with a life — you have other activities that you’re committed to in addition to writing and publishing.



This course runs from Wednesday, July 27 – Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Overcome your fear of the technology and self-publish your ebook!

In this course, we’ll teach you how to actually upload to the vendors:

  • Kindle
  • Nook
  • iBook
  • Kobo
  • Smashwords
  • Draft2Digital

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This class is great for those who are a little nervous about the technology.

We’ll also discuss the importance of choosing the right keywords, categories, and cover the basics of how to write a good book description and author bio.

Lastly, we will cover the pros and cons of indie publishing so authors can take this path with their eyes open.

Dates: July 27 – August 16, 2016 (3 weeks)

Course Delivery Method:

  • 3 live classes, 90-120 minutes each (Yes, the live calls are interactive with lots of Q&A, on Zoom, and will last 1.5 to 2 hours. All live course calls are Tuesdays 5pm PT/8pm ET.)
  • Lots of short lessons, video tutorials, templates, and worksheets.
  • A private Facebook group for support and accountability. 



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Who is this course for?

For: Beginning writers and experienced writers who want to learn how to upload their novels themselves to the various online vendors.

For: Novelists ready to publish or will be ready to publish in 6 months to 1 year.

This course is co-taught by two experienced independently published novelists and teachers with 25 books and 7 awards between them.

We’ve been where you are.

As a certified creativity coach, Beth Barany has years of experience helping writers start, complete, and publish their novels. Ezra Barany is an experienced teacher, mentor, and writer.

We know you’re busy with other obligations AND you want to be learning what you need to know to publish your books.

Well, you can, in small, manageable bite-sized pieces. Each activity can be done in as little as 15-30 minutes. You can take care of the details and get back to your writing. We know, because we’ve done it, multiple times!

With this course, you’ll be able to:

    • Plan your publishing strategy
    • Step into a sense of satisfaction! It’s incredible to see your books for sale!
    • Get excited to publish your book
    • Believe that you can upload your books to the vendors
    • Gain confidence in your ability to manage the technology

What can you expect: You’ll be encouraged to open accounts, press buttons, take some new steps, all in the interest of getting comfortable with uploading your books to publish them.

You’ll be invited to read short lessons, watch some video, listen to the lessons, and then take action.

Just as you can only learn if you can trust someone by trusting them, you will only learn to be brave by being brave. (tinybuddha.com)

This class is good for you:

    • If you have never uploaded your novel. You will be stretched in new and different ways.
    • If you’re an experienced novelist, having uploaded your books, but it’s been a while — 6-12 months, you may find this course a refresher and learn a few new things.


About Barany School of Fiction Plan Your Novel course

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Christie Maurer, author of The Dark Lady’s Stone

“Your class was VERY helpful. I listened to your presentation again and went over your tips. What helped me the most was your character development questions.” — Christie Maurer, author of The Dark Lady’s Stone


Registration closes Wednesday, July 27, 9pm PT/12midnight ET



Date: July 27 – August 16, 2016 (3 weeks)

A 21-day course, structured so you can do it at your own pace.

Your time commitment: All told, if you follow the curriculum, you will probably spend 4 – 10 hours or more on the assignments and exercises, all designed to help you upload your novels to all the vendors. Of course, some of you will spend less and some may spend more time on this course.

This course is designed with the understanding that you have a busy life, full of commitments — family, job, second job, pets, friends, and oh yeah, sleep.

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About Barany School of Fiction Plan Your Novel course

Testimonials-CAROL MALONE'S 3 BKS

Carol Malone, multi-genre author of Ladies Night, & Ladies Night: Christmas, Fight-Card Romances, & sweet historical romance

“I want to thank Beth Barany and Ezra Barany for taking the time … Their encouragement helped to get me on the stick and get ready to write my novel.” — Carol Malone, multi-genre author of Ladies Night, & Ladies Night: Christmas, Fight-Card Romances, & sweet historical romance



This course will cover:

Module 1: Getting Ready We help you set up your meta data document with your book description, keywords, categories, author bio, pricing, and other essential information. We cover the strengths and weaknesses of each of the vendors and distributors.

Module 2: Engage with the Vendors We look inside each of the 4 vendors and 2 distributors and go over common problems. We also discuss cover size requirements, which file formate each ebook vendor/distributor requires, polishing up your book description, and author bio.

Module 3: Pros and Cons of Independent Publishing We cover the pros and cons of self-publishing and address common questions about what happens after you publish.



About Barany School of Fiction Plan Your Novel course

Testimonials-30daywc-Tricia Riel, Zephrum Gates

Tricia Riel, author of the Zephrum Gates series

“Beth & Ezra are super accessible… & they have great ideas for guiding an author’s success. It’s been fun to virtually meet other creative writers as well. The support is fabulous … a real community.” –– Tricia Riel, author of the Zephrum Gates series



2 levels of commitment:

1. Dive In

  • 3 live video teaching webinars with the instructors 90-120 minutes each. (All live course calls are the 3 Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 5pm PT/8pm ET.)
  • Step-by-Step instructions and examples in the form of Handouts, Templates, Checklists, Videos, and Audios (Lifetime access!)
  • A private Facebook group with the writers and the instructors so that you can be in community for support, accountability, and guidance
  • Bonus: A 90-minute teleseminar with two book experts on the “3 Essential Publishing Tips for Authors-to-Be”
  • Bonus: “Self-Publishing in 10 Minutes” audio
  • Bonus: “Self-publishing vs. Traditional Publishing (PDF report)

Dive In: $129



2. All In

  • All of the above, plus:
  • A one-on-one private 60-minute coaching/consulting call with Beth Barany to focus your publishing questions, concerns, and next steps.
    • Normally, Beth’s coaching calls are billed at $325, but she’s offering a deal here to those who are committed to the challenge of preparing their novels.

All In: $229



About Barany School of Fiction Plan Your Novel course

30daywc-testimonial-Diana Pardee-author

Diana Pardee, writers, creative entrepreneur

“I found that even though I feel I know my main character quite well, asking about these details {in Week 2} clarified things I hadn’t thought much about, and also reminded me to share more of those little details with my readers. I enjoyed this process and am working on doing the same for all my major characters.” — Diana Pardee, writers, creative entrepreneur


What this course doesn’t cover:

We won’t cover in any depth these topics, but will have resources for more support and information.

  • Print layout
  • Ebook layout
  • Ebook conversion


About the Instructors

Beth and Ezra Barany are award-winning, best-selling novelists, who have worked with over 100 authors to help them get their books written and published. 

Happily married for over 15 years, we’re passionate about writing, story telling, and guiding authors to achieve your dreams.

Together we have written and published 25 books, plus 3 audio books. Together and separately, we have taught thousands of students over the years, in both the public and private sector, including overseas in Paris, France. We both teach (and in Beth’s case, coach) and are working on writing and publishing our novels.

Why work with Beth and Ezra:

  • Beth has written and published 5 novellas, 3 novels, a collection of the romance novellas, a short story, and a novel prequel in the last few years. She also has more books coming out in 2016-2017.
  • Beth is an experienced teacher, working with authors for over 10 years.
  • Beth specializing in teaching independent genre novelists and is one herself.


  • Ezra is an experienced teacher and mentor.
  • He self-publishes several books a year under 2 author names.
  • Ezra has published 2 thrillers and is editing the third in his series this year.
Ezra Barany's thrillers on Amazon.com

Ezra Barany’s thrillers on Amazon.com




What time are the weekly live calls?

All calls and webinars will be Tuesdays, 5-7 pm Pacific. (Use this time converter to find your time zone.)

When are the course calls?

Three Tuesdays, August 2, August 9, and August 16. The calls will be recorded so if you can’t make it live, you have access to the recordings within about 24-48 hours.

What is your refund policy?

Due to the nature of committing to your writing, there is no refund for the course. If you are unable to attend the live calls, they are all recorded and downloadable.

Can I access the live webinars and calls after they occur?

Yes! You have lifetime access to all of the course curriculum.

Can I access the course material after the course has ended?

Yes! You have lifetime access to all of the course curriculum.

Can I download the course material?

Yes, I highly recommend you download the course lessons, videos, and audios. That way you can use the content without being connected to the Internet.

What if I can’t finish by the end of the course?

We know that people go at their own pace. You can always return to the course at a later date and finish on your own.

When do I need to take advantage of the coaching call with Beth?

Schedule your call with Beth as soon as possible. You need to take advantage of actually having the call before September 30, 2016.

Can I upgrade from one level to the next once the course has started?

Yes! Once the course has started, you can upgrade to the next level. We will be sending you information on how to do that.

Do you offer a payment plan?

We do. Contact Beth directly to set up the arrangements.




If you still have questions for us, just contact us via email, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.