New Online Course for Aspiring Authors

No more doubts. No more excuses.

You are ready to write your book!

Click on the image to download the course overview and learn the 6 steps to writing a book from planning to publishing.

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Based on the popular How to Write a Nonfiction Book: From planning to promotion in 6 simple steps, these easy-to-take, practical courses will teach you the key concepts you need to know and help you apply those concepts to your own book. 

Feedback from one newly published author

“I love this course! It has helped me plan the writing and all the details of publishing my new book, including setting and meeting deadlines.  Now I am organized and motivated to go forward. I know exactly what I need to do…besides write. Bobbi literally takes you by the hand and helps you address all the decisions you will have to make along the way–even the ones you didn’t know about.”

—Bobette Kyle, author of
Dream Wedding on a Dime: 
7 secrets for the budget-savvy bride 

Two ways to take the course

  1. Complete Course: An overview of the entire process of How to Write, Publish, & Promote a Nonfiction Book, which can be taken on your own time, at your own speed. You have up to 16 weeks to complete the course, though it will probably take you far less time to do it.
  2. Individual Courses: A series of seven individual short courses on each aspect of writing, publishing, and promoting a nonfiction book. You can take one or more at a time, depending on your interests and needs (They are priced separately)

 What to expect in the complete course 

This is a seven-module, self-paced course for aspiring authors of nonfiction. It is taught on two tracks: learning and doing. In the first, you will learn how to plan, write, publish, and promote a book. In the second, you will apply what you have learned to your own book. You will also receive a copy of How to Write a Nonfiction Book: From planning to promotion in 6 simple steps, as well as individual feedback from the instructor and author of the textbook.


Module 1 — Introduction:  This module sets the scene for what is to come. First, you will learn how the course is structured and the six steps in the writing-publishing-promotion process.

Module 2 — Planning:  Planning helps you organize your thoughts and work through every aspect of your book before you begin to write. You will test your book idea, draft an outline, and write a sample chapter summary.

Module 3 — Writing: There is more to your book than just the chapters, and you will learn about all of them. You will also get organized, create a writing plan, and, best of all, start writing.

Module 4 — Professional Partners & Production:  Professional partners are the experts you may call on for help in writing, publishing, and promoting your book. You will meet several and learn about the activities necessary to take your book from finished manuscript to print-ready form.

Module 5 — Publishing:  There are many ways to publish your book and advantages and disadvantages to each of them.  You will learn about your options and choose the one that best meets your needs and budget, explore literary agents, and learn about book proposals.

Module 6 — Promotion:  Promotion is the way you let potential readers know that you have a book, why they want to read it, and how they can buy it. You will map out a marketing plan and learn to promote your book using the World Wide Web and Amazon.

Module 7 — Last Words:  In Module 7 you will review the eight learning objectives for the course and plan how you will continue to work on them until your book is written, published, and promoted. You and I will also get together to evaluate your progress, as well as your experiences.

What to expect in the individual courses

Answering the 10 Questions—The 10 questions provide the basic facts about your nonfiction book that you need to have before you begin writing. Every question deals with a specific aspect of your plan: your target audience, competitive titles, and how you will promote your book, to name a few.

Writing Your Book—You will not only write your chapters but also the back cover and the parts of the book before and after the chapters. In this course, you will create and organize your files; construct a writing plan with deadlines; and, best of all, start writing.

Choosing Partners & Producing Your Book— Most authors need some help from experts in one or more of the steps in the book-writing process. In this course you will meet many of these experts, learn exactly what they do, how much they might charge, and how they will get your book ready to print.

Choosing Your Publishing Option—You will learn about five ways to publish and choose the one that best meets your needs and budget. You will also learn how to find a literary agent and submit a book proposal, about POD, e-publishing, and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

Building a Book Proposal— A book proposal sells your book idea to a literary agent or publisher; it answers the basic questions agents and editors ask; and it reveals how you think and write. But whether it is formal or informal, it will be used later in your book and promotional materials.

Finding the Right Literary Agent— A literary agent is your representative in the publishing process. In this course, you will learn what a literary agent does, how to find the right one for you, and what to do and not do when you have one.

Promoting Your Book— Promotion is the way you let potential readers know that you have a book, why they want to read it, and how they can buy it. You will map out a marketing plan and learn the most effective ways to harness the power of the World Wide Web and Amazon.

Some important details 

These are self-guided courses. Register, choose your course, and then begin whenever you’re ready. Access the courses from any computer, iPad, or tablet. Log in any time you want, and work through the modules at your own pace. In the overview course, as you finish each module, the next one will become available, but you can review all of the prior material throughout the 16 weeks. You can use the allotted time or complete the modules as quickly as you wish. Each of the short courses is available for 3 weeks from the time you begin.

When you click on the link to register, you create your user name and password. In the overview course, you receive a PDF of the textbook, How to Write a Nonfiction Book: From planning to promotion in 6 simple steps. In both the overview and short courses, each module contains the following:

  1. A narrated presentation on what you need to know about all of the steps
  2. An downloadable document or chart to augment the presentation
  3. A brief quiz to let you know how well you grasped the concepts
  4. An assignment to apply what you have learned to your own book

Feedback is built-in. In all courses, you will receive immediate feedback on your answers to the quizzes and customized feedback from the instructor on every assignment. At the end of the overview course only, we will have a private meeting to share your impressions and begin to plan your next steps.

What does it cost?

  • The overview course—which includes the textbook, four parts in each module, individualized feedback on every assignment, and a one-on-one consultation with Bobbi Linkemer—is priced at only $199.
  • Short courses, which contain four segments and individualized feedback on the assignments, are priced at $29 each.
  • If you are ready to write your nonfiction book, please click Register Now.
  • Once your register, you are ready to begin.
  • I look forward to meeting you and guiding you on your road to becoming a published author 

How to register

You can create an account, register, and begin your chosen course any time you want to. Here is how you register (this information is also on the Log In page of DigitalChalk, the course’s host)

  • Go to the sign-in page.
  • Fill out the 3-page sign-up form.
  • Click continue. This takes you to a screen that says:
  • “You are not currently registered for any courses at this time.”
  • Click on the Catalog tab, second from the left at the top.
  • Click on How to Write, Publish, & Promote a Nonfiction Book.
  • Click on Add to Cart.
  • Check out through the green shopping cart button at top right.
  • Click on graphic. This takes you to the program.
  • Next, download the Course Syllabus and Textbook.
  • Now, you are ready to begin.

What others are saying

“Great program. Great flow of each of the modules. Your voice brings this to life. Voiceover is AWESOME! The writing module put the whole book in perspective for me. I learned a lot because it showed me that everything in the proposal will be used somewhere in the book. Cost of self-publishing material stuff is GREAT. I LOVE that you gave an example from your own book for a promotional strategy. It brought it home.”

—Monica Sauls, instructional designer and co-author of
ACT II: Igniting the Energy and Passion for the Next Stage of Your Career

“What a great and thorough course you have put together. I enjoyed every informative module. Following your concise step-by-step course and keeping with it gave me the organizational skills I needed to complete my first draft manuscript and my outline for promoting my book and story. I would recommend this online course to anyone who has thought about writing a book and just could not get started on it.  Thank you Bobbi. I would never have done it without you.”

 —Jim Cicci, author of 1500 Arabian Nights

“Thank you so much for the encouragement! I appreciate this course. You organize it in a way that makes this seem doable! Just as I need a personal trainer, I need someone to guide me along to get to the finish line”

—Mary Louise Hagler, soon-to-be author of