If you’re smart (and you are), you have a lot of questions about Indie Pub Intensive and the classes we offer. So let’s see if we can get some of them out of the way.
Who are you?
My name is Tammi Labrecque, and I’m an indie author, editor, and publisher. I write and publish my own books under a couple of pen names, and freelance in every related field, from plot doctoring to editing to ads management. I’ve been writing since I was a tween, was traditionally published in the olden days (the 90s), and I’ve been doing this indie publishing thing since 2014.
My superpower is knowing everything … or knowing someone who knows it. You might have seen me on the Self-Publishing Podcast, met me at the Smarter Artist Summit or 20 Books to 50K Vegas, or heard about me from clients like Chris Fox, David Gaughran, Wayne Stinnett, CN Crawford, or Dawn McKenna. I get around.
Knowing things doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be good at teaching them, though?
So true. In my case, however, I had an education minor in college, and have specific experience in one-on-one consulting and large-group video instruction with indie authors over the last several years. I know how to teach, and I especially know how to teach this.
What kind of author will benefit from IPI classes?
IPI classes aren’t intended to be high-level ninja courses; they are solid, basic classes that will teach you best practices and a few useful tips and tricks.
If your books are not performing and you’d like to know how to fix that, or do better next time, IPI classes are for you.
If you’re already pulling down 5 figures a month from consistent repeatable launch and marketing techniques, IPI classes are not for you.
But what if I DO want high-level ninja courses?
I don’t really believe in ninjas (though you look amazing in that suit, really), but I do offer one-on-one consulting for high-level authors who just need a few tweaks and tricks. Email me to talk about it. If I can’t solve your problem, I can almost certainly put you in touch with the person who can.
Are IPI classes only for indies, or are they good for authors looking to publish with a traditional publisher?
IPI classes are currently 100% geared toward indie authors, and those looking for a traditional publishing deal will find little of value.
As IPI grows, we will almost certainly add classes on elements of craft, which would be appropriate for those looking for a traditional publishing deal, and possibly on the query process. If you sign up to be notified of new classes (the form is on the right or, on mobile, at the end of this page) or follow us on Facebook, you’ll be among the first to know when we move in that direction.
Are IPI classes for fiction or nonfiction authors?
IPI classes are geared toward fiction authors. Some non-fiction authors can use the same basic principles, but I have only a little experience with managing a nonfiction book catalog, and can’t speak specifically to nonfiction’s particular needs.
If we find the right person to lead them, we may one day add classes for nonfiction authors. If you sign up to be notified of new classes (the form is on the right or, on mobile, at the end of this page) or follow us on Facebook, you’ll be among the first to know when we move in that direction.
Are there any prerequisites to take IPI classes?
There are no rules, only recommendations. You will get the best experience if you follow the guidelines listed on the class page.
What if I want to take more than one class?
You can take as many classes as you like.
I’m from Australia/Japan/Venus/[REDACTED], and I don’t know if the times of the video calls will work for me.
I try to vary the timing of group calls so that everyone can make at least one or two, but it is more difficult if you’re in a non-American time zone. However, all group calls will be recorded and available for you to watch ASAP so even if you miss one you can get back up to speed right away. All one-on-one calls will be scheduled directly with you—and since I don’t sleep anyway, your one-on-one should be able to be scheduled at your convenience, even on Venus.
Are any of these classes affiliated with the people or companies you work with?
Nope. This is me, individually, and whatever guest instructors I rustle up. Right now, I’m running this under the aegis of my LLC, Larks & Katydids, the same business/financial entity that backs my editing and consulting work. Indie Pub Intensive is not affiliated with Sterling & Stone, the Self-Publishing Podcast, my own pen names or co-authorships, any conference, or any of my individual clients. The IPI mailing list is separate from any other mailing list I run and your information will not be shared with anyone or any organization. All tuition goes to Larks & Katydids and, after expenses, on to the instructor (usually me).
So how much do the classes cost? Probably a lot, right?
Each class is priced at $199. Class size is capped at 10 students.
You must be monetizing this some other way then? Affiliates or kickbacks or whatnot?
Nope. No affiliate webinars, no kickbacks to people who recommend me, no kickbacks from services I recommend, no undisclosed affiliate links to services or sellers.
Here, take all my money!
I was hoping you’d say that. All sessions are currently full, but we will be announcing our summer schedule very soon. Fill out the form at the right (or, on mobile, the form below) to be notified when registration opens!
Any other questions? Shoot me an email and ask!