Making a living with your writing is all about multiple streams of income. So if you write non-fiction, consider turning your book into a Workbook edition.
Watch the video below or here on YouTube.
What should be in the Workbook edition?
There are two options:
- Use exactly the same text and just add in lines or space for the reader to write their answers to your questions
- Modify the material so you focus more on the questions, leaving the bulk of the text in the original book
How do you add the lines?
This is a print-only product. I work with a professional formatter and just use Track Changes on the Word doc to indicate where to add the lines. But you could do this yourself if you use formatting templates or Vellum.
Click here for book formatting options
What size is the workbook edition?
I use 5×8 format for my normal books, and then 6×9 for my workbooks.
Click here for how to self-publish a print book
Check out my examples
Have you created workbook editions for your non-fiction books? If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below and join the conversation.
How To Get Your Ex Back After A Breakup says
I watched this video on this yesterday. Thanks so much. I will have to finish writing my book first and then create the workbook afterwards.
Laureen Jordan says
Thank you for the video. I was a little confused when I watched it because the book’s subtitle ‘A Companion Workbook’ would imply to me that this workbook would be used in conjunction with the original work (bought separately), but the video made it seem that the entire transcript from the original book is contained within the workbook. I think it should be easy for your readers to understand what it is they are buying.
All the best!!
Lauren Lott says
Firstly, thanks for all you do in the indie author space. I personally would not have been able to publish without your books and podcast.
My question is, when creating a workbook what kind of paper do you choose? I am mindful of pen leaking though the back of the page.
Joanna Penn says
I use white paper, just the standard offered by KDP Print and Ingram. Nothing special!