Dr. Sarah Thomas


Sarah Thomas

Dr. Sarah-Jane Thomas is an accomplished educator, instructional technologist, and founder of, a global network that connects educators based on areas of interest. With over 15 years of experience in education and technology, Sarah is a sought-after speaker, consultant, and writer who is committed to creating opportunities for professional growth and community building. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and media outlets, and she is a frequent presenter at conferences and events around the world. Sarah is currently accepting bookings for keynotes, featured speaker presentations, and webinars. Please contact her at [email protected] to discuss your project and/or for current rates and availability.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    You're in!!!

  • 2

    Writing Your Manuscript

    • 1.1 Welcome

    • 1.2 Google Docs

    • 1.3 Microsoft Word

    • 1.4 Google Classroom & Scrivener

    • 1.5 Conclusion

  • 3

    Editing Your Manuscript

    • 2.1 Welcome

    • 2.2 Intro to Focus Groups

    • 2.3 Running Your Focus Group

    • 2.4 Self-Editing (with or without AI)

    • 2.5 Finding a Professional Editor

    • 2.6 Q&A and Closing

  • 4

    Formatting Your Manuscript

    • 3.1 Introduction and Types of Books

    • 3.2 Templates and Style Guides

    • 3.3 ISBNs

    • 3.4 Formatting Tips and Tricks

    • 3.5 Microsoft Word

    • 3.6 Vellum

    • 3.7 Children's Books, Outsourcing, and Conclusion

  • 5

    Publishing with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

    • 4.1 Introduction to Kindle Direct Publishing

    • 4.2 Adding Your Book Details

    • 4.3 Uploading Your Content

    • 4.4 Pricing and Distribution

    • 4.5 Preview Screen

    • 4.6 Create new formats with one click (and other options)

    • 4.7 Reports (and What to Expect When You're Expecting Sales)

    • 4.8 Amazon Seller Central

    • 4.9 Conclusion and Recap

  • 6

    Creating and Publishing Audiobooks

    • Audiobooks

  • 7

    Live Class Reunion

    • Class Reunion (optional)

What's included?

When you enroll in our "Manuscript to Published Book" course, here's what you'll learn.

  • In-Depth Learning Modules: Gain comprehensive knowledge through meticulously prepared modules that cover the core aspects of transforming your manuscript into a published book. Understand the intricacies of editing, formatting, and getting your book ready for the world.

  • Insights into Audiobook Basics: Explore the increasing popularity of audiobooks and learn the basics of creating an audiobook version of your work. This module offers valuable insights and advice to help you consider venturing into the growing audiobook market.

  • Essential Self-Publishing Tools Demystified: Get familiarized with essential self-publishing tools such as Vellum and Microsoft Word for formatting, and the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform for publishing your book. Each tool is explained with detailed walkthroughs to ensure you can confidently navigate the self-publishing process.


  • Who is this course suitable for?

    This course, "From Manuscript to Published Book," is designed for aspiring authors, particularly educators, who have completed their manuscript and are looking to navigate the self-publishing process. Whether you're a seasoned author or a beginner looking to publish your first book, this course will provide you with the comprehensive knowledge and practical skills necessary for your publishing journey.

    Note: This course introduces you to the basics of creating an audiobook, helping you understand the process and consider whether it's a suitable option for your work. Please note that while the course gives an overview, it doesn't provide a hands-on tutorial for audiobook creation. Future courses will go more in-depth on this topic.

  • What is the course format?

    The course is structured into 5 self-paced online learning modules. These modules include video presentations, written content, and relevant resources. Also, there will be two live Zoom sessions for the last two topics, giving participants an opportunity to ask questions and interact.

  • What happens if I miss a live session?

    Don't worry! All live sessions will be recorded and made available for you to view at your convenience.

    The course is fully online and accessible to participants from around the globe. All you need is an internet connection to access the course material, participate in the live sessions or watch recordings, and engage with the course community asynchronously.

  • What kind of support can I expect during this course?

    Participants can expect continuous support throughout the course duration. Questions can be posted in the course discussion sections and will be answered by the course facilitator. Additionally, the two live Zoom sessions are an opportunity for real-time engagement and clarification on any course content.

  • How much does the course cost?

    You can pay in full for the course at $99, which includes access to a bonus workbook. The workbook will be sent out prior to the start of class.

  • Who is Dr. Sarah Thomas?

    Dr. Sarah Thomas is the CEO of EduMatch Publishing, which has successfully published a diverse range of titles. She brings her extensive experience and knowledge in self-publishing to this course.

  • What if I have more questions?

    If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]. We're here to assist you! We also offer a variety of add-ons to enhance your learning and publishing journey. These include:

    • Private Tutoring: Need personalized attention? We offer private tutoring in 1-hour blocks for $99.
    • Preliminary Readthrough: Get a professional's perspective on your manuscript with a preliminary readthrough and feedback for $199.
    • Book Cover Design: We offer professional book cover design services starting from $99.
    • Layout Services: Need help with the layout of your book? We offer layout services starting from $249.

    For more information about these services, email us at [email protected].

  • Will this cover everything I need to know about the self-publishing process?

    While this course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of transitioning from a manuscript to a published book, including basics of creating an audiobook, it is part of a series of courses. Each course covers different aspects of self-publishing. However, this course will definitely equip you with significant knowledge and practical skills related to editing, formatting, and publishing your book.

  • How long/when are live sessions?

    Live sessions for the course will meet for 30-60 minutes at 6 PM ET on the following 2023 dates:

    September 28
    October 5
    October 12
    If you are unable to make them, or if you access the course after these dates, recordings will be available (excluding October 12, which is an unofficial meet and greet).

Get started today!

Take the first step in your self-publishing journey. Enroll now in our 'Manuscript to Published Book' course and transform your ideas into a published book. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from industry experts and join a supportive community of fellow educators-turned-authors.

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