Write and Self-Publish Your First Book With a Step-by-Step Plan with John Lim

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Course Title: Write and Self-Publish Your First Book With a Step-by-Step Plan

Instructor: John Lim, Bus '13

Brought to you by Odyssey  

November 02, 2023 - December 14, 2023 (6 Sessions)  

Thursday, 4 PM ET 

Virtual via Zoom


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Writing a book is one of the top "bucket list" goals of people around the world: across generations, backgrounds, and cultures. However, few ever see their dream come to fruition. If you've ever wanted to write a book but don't know how or where to start or maybe you've started in the past but never got past the blank screen in front of you, I'll teach you how to get over your fear, doubts, and procrastination habits and get that first book done. Taking on a big project like this can be intimidating so I'll teach you a framework to break this down into small, reasonable, and realistic steps that you can use to make writing and publishing a book an achievable goal. You'll learn the "anatomy" of a book, how to get your ideas organized into a succinct roadmap, and how to overcome writer's block. Finally, I will show you how to approach the editing process, how to format your manuscript, how to design a cover, and how to self-publish on Amazon KDP; one of the biggest publishing platforms in the world.

Note: This course is open to both non-fiction and fiction writers.

[As there will be no class the week of Thanksgiving, the class will end on Thurs, Dec. 14th.]



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50% refund- During the first week of the course. 

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ABOUT John Lim

John Lim is an author, podcaster, TEDx speaker, and 5-figure Poshmark seller. He is the author of The Poshmark Guide for Individuals and Small Businesses: How We Achieved a Five-Figure Revenue Stream Within Our First Year, and co-creator of the Corporate Cliches coloring book. He is the narrator of the audiobook version of the award-winning book, I Am a Professional Metalhead, written by Angelo Spenillo. John has been featured in several top publications, including The Baltimore Sun, Authority Magazine, and Cracked. He is the executive producer and host of the Moving Forward podcast, which is in its tenth season with over 400 episodes and has reached listeners in over 50 countries. Through Moving Forward shares his knowledge and experience on everything from starting a business on Poshmark to writing your first book.

Previously, John practiced law in the DC area, and worked for over a decade with a prominent Fortune 500. In addition, John was a former actor for television and film, having acted in productions for The National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, and HBO Productions.

John earned his BA from The University of Pennsylvania, his JD from Georgetown Law and his MBA from The Johns Hopkins University.

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 Event Date
Thursday, November 2, 2023
4:00pm EDT

Thursday, December 14, 2023
6:00pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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