Last night I attended an e-Publishing class. Available through my local community college, I registered and paid for the class some time ago and have been anxiously waiting its arrival. As detailed in the course description, I would be learning to format my book for devices like the Kindle, iPad and etc., as well as navigate my way through all the major chains like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders.
This did not happen.
What I really want to do right now is rant and scream about how I feel like I have been scammed, but I know that won’t do me any good. I did, however, throw the class booklet across my bedroom when I got home which did make me feel a little bit better.
Not only did I have hopes that after completing this course I would have a wealth of knowledge and skills at formatting my book to all available avenues, but I would also be able to avoid all of the headaches that I read everyone stressing about on the Kindle Boards and the like. I was even excited about being able to help fellow indies, which is something I really enjoy doing.
While in this three hour class I quickly realized that this “instructor” wasn’t telling me anything I didn’t already know and that there were many things he wasn’t mentioning that I felt warranted mention.
I am in no way an expert on self-publishing and honestly feel like I have only scratched the surface, but to actually know more than my “instructor” left me feeling confused, annoyed and just plain frustrated.
So, do you want to hear what I did learn about formatting? Are you ready?
“Go to the company you want to publish through, i.e. Amazon, and follow their formatting rules exactly.”
That’s a direct quote from the “instructor”!!
I desperately wanted to get up and walk out of the class, but my unfortunate good manners kept me glued to my seat.
Should I have interrupted and said something? Maybe.
Should I have demanded my money back? Probably.
What I have learned from this experience, I will pass onto you. No matter how legitimate something might seem, always research it first. I recommend you confer with the all-knowing oracle.
Who is this all-knowing oracle, you ask?
GOOGLE. It knows all.
Perhaps if I had researched the “instructor” prior to registering for this class I would have discovered that several other people have left with the same feelings I have. This would have saved me money and more importantly valuable, valuable time.
So I caution you all to watch your backs, your wallets and whatever else needs watching because there are scammers out there in areas that I didn’t even know they were hiding.