Interested in learning how to independently (self) publish your book?

Introducing a LIVE four-week course for aspiring authors interested in learning how to independently (self) publish their writing.

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Interested in learning how to get your book independently (self) published?

Introducing a LIVE four-week course for aspiring authors interested in learning how to independently (self) publish their writing.


The Essentials of Independent Publishing

If you've dreamt of becoming a published author, but felt intimidated, confused, or overwhelmed by the entire independent publishing process, I'm here to help you with that!

This LIVE, four-week experience will provide you with the guidance and structure you need to make the dream of holding your printed book a reality.

Allow me to guide you through the essentials and help you cross the finish line. Let's make real progress together in your independent publishing journey!


Professional Publishing Advice

As a certified book publishing professional, I have helped hundreds of authors like yourself learn how to successfully navigate the independent publishing world. 

Receive the practical advice you need to go from finished manuscript to book in print.

In the end, my hope for you is that this journey will be a memorable experience . . . and in the end, will give you the tools and knowledge to help you get your message out to the world and into the hands of those who need it most.


Community Support

A vibrary support community can be so powerful, especially for creative endeavors. Book Publishing Basics will connect you with other Catholic writers who are seeking to develop their understanding of the publishing world and create their work alongside you!


Course Details




Four Online Sessions

Each Wednesday via Zoom





May 22 - June 12, 2024





7 pm Central Time

Sixty-minute sessions (approximately)



Meet Your Teacher...

Hi, I'm Mike Fontecchio - husband, father, designer.

I'm a work-from-home husband and father of six children. I love the Catholic faith and my family, hence my business name, Faith and Family Publications. I may also be found on the sports fields where I love coaching youth and CYO baseball, softball, volleyball, and basketball. My wife Amy and I live outside of Philadelphia where we also homeschool.

I've been blessed to work in the traditional Catholic publishing space for over 25 years. I provide design and publishing services for several prominent Catholic publishers including the Augustine Institute, Sophia Institute Press, Walking with Purpose, and Ruah Woods. I also work with Entrepreneur Media, along with other mission-driven organizations. As a highly-rated designer on the author platform Reedsy, I love working directly with first-time and seasoned authors, and across multiple book genres.

I’m also a certified book publishing professional and have worked with hundreds of writers like yourself. I look forward to helping you navigate the world of independent publishing!

Here's what we'll cover...

In this four-part course, you'll learn everything you need to know about the independent or self-publishing process. Whether you are ready to pursue traditional publishing or want to better understand the independent publishing process, this course is intended to help you you find clarity on your best path to publishing and the essential steps to take to move forward in becoming a successful independently published author.

  • Paths to Publishing. Traditional and independent publishing options and the pros and cons to each.
  • Legal Considerations. Business setup, isbns, copyright, company name, and more.
  • Best design practices. Learn how to get your book cover and interior pages looking beautiful!
  • Multiple book versions. Should I produce a paperback, hardcover, ebook, or audiobook? Maybe it's all of the above, and I'll explain why.
  • Distribution options today. Where can I sell my book? How can I get setup on Amazon? Should I sell through my own website? You'll learn the answers to all of these.
  • Printing options today. Print on demand, short run, or offset printing?You'll learn the differences, which ones should you should pursue, and why.
  • Author website. How do I obtain an domain name, what service should I use to setup my website, what should go on the website and more!
  • Marketing and promoting your book. What's the difference? You'll learn effective techniques to help your book get noticed and grow sales.
  • Your book launch. How to plan a successful launch with a launch team so that your book generates buzz!

And much more!


Course Agenda

  Week 1 / May 22

‚ĚĖ¬†Why Publish Yourself?

  Week 2 / May 29

‚ĚĖ¬†The Anatomy of a Book

  Week 3 / June 5

‚ĚĖ¬†Print and Distribute Your book

  Week 4 / June 12

‚ĚĖ Book Launch and Beyond

Learn how to get your written manuscript into an independently published and printed book.

Over these four-weeks, we'll meet together, pray for the anointing of your creative work, and look more closely at how independent publishing is a great option for authors today.

This Book Publishing Basics course includes:

  • Weekly LIVE Coaching
    Each week, our class will meet LIVE via Zoom to work through that weeks content. I will coach you through our topic of the week and provide you your assignment for the next 7 days.
  • Video Course Portal
    The weekly training video will be added to your private course portal to be viewed as needed, as well as the downloadable worksheets to assist you in creating your work each week. Includes access for six-months. 
  • Private, Supportive, Faith-Filled Community
    We weren't meant to go at it alone. This course will serve you with support and accountability as we tackle the project of outlining your first book together. Share in the creative process and pray for one another's journey.

Registration Information


Join the Book Publishing Basics course today. I look forward to journeying together with you.

Seats are limited, please register soon!

Book Publishing Basics

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