You published your book?! Congratulations!Take a minute to let this sink in: People are paying to read the things you\u2019ve written. That\u2019s one satisfying feather in your cap.And whether your book is a self-published ebook or a physical book on Amazon, it was a huge undertaking. Hours of work. Blood, sweat, and tears even.(But hopefully not too much blood\u2026)However, now that it\u2019s done, think about this:What if your book could be something more?What if you could take all of that work you\u2019ve already done, and create an entirely new product from it\u2026One that can generate additional revenue, without tons of ongoing work\u2026And one that will have your readers saying, \u201cShuddup and take my money already!\u201dThat\u2019s exactly what you can do by creating a course. A course based on your book.Let\u2019s jump in, and I\u2019ll explain how it all works.What a course can do (that your book can\u2019t)First, let\u2019s talk about why you\u2019d want to create a course in the first place.I mean, can\u2019t people just read your book to learn everything they need to know?Well, no. They can\u2019t.Your readers, even the ones who read your book twice, still want a course for a couple of reasons.One, if they bought your book and read it, chances are, they\u2019re REALLY interested in the subject. And when they\u2019ve finished your book, they want to learn even more.You can provide that opportunity to dive in deeper with an online course. Because if they don\u2019t get that from you, they\u2019ll just get it from someone else.Also, readers often want you to help them implement what they\u2019ve learned. Yes, they\u2019re psyched out of their minds about your ideas, but they want you to hold their hand along the way.An online course can provide the kind of interaction that you can\u2019t give them in a book.And for you, the author, an online course is the ideal way to repurpose and expand on the work you\u2019ve already done with your book. For a small amount of upfront work, the course will be an asset that brings in revenue for years to come. We\u2019ll talk more about how that works in just a bit.First, let\u2019s look at how a book can become a course\u2026A course is the natural next step\u2026If you were to go to a bookstore and take a look around, you\u2019d see a gazillion and one topics on the shelf that could easily become online courses:how to cook Thai foodhow to throw a murder mystery dinnerhow to teach your puppy new trickshow to eat paleohow to start businesshow computers workhow to win at Mario Broshow to be a better salsa dancerhow to start a vegetable gardenhow to keep beeshow to talk to your aging parents,how to raise a happy, healthy kidSo many possibilities!Now, think about the work that went into your book. You had to decide on a target market. You had to come up with a topic they care about, and become THE expert on that topic. You had to create a structure, to organize your big ideas into a logical sequence.For instance, let\u2019s say you\u2019re an expert on backyard bird watching. You\u2019re especially enthusiastic about the birds in your native state of Michigan (go Blue!). And so you decide to write a book on how to get started in backyard birdwatching in Michigan.You organize your book first by subject, like \u201chow to create a backyard habitat\u201d and \u201cbirding hotspots in Michigan\u201d and \u201cprofiles of backyard birds of Michigan.\u201dThen in the profile section, you break it down into types of birds, like hawks, crows, swallows, owls, etc. Then under each type, you have a profile of each species.Now, that\u2019s just one example. It really doesn\u2019t matter how you\u2019ve organized your book, the point is, it\u2019s organized. This ain\u2019t your momma\u2019s scrapbook! (Actually, your mom\u2019s scrapbook is probably super organized. So we take that back, Mom.)The point? There\u2019s a structure in place. A structure that can easily turn into an online course.Now, let me warn you about a mistake we see sometimes: Creating a course about your entire book.We\u2019ve found that it\u2019s far more effective to pick one slice of your book, and turn THAT into a course. For instance, in our previous example, you could create a course on how to create a backyard habitat, which is just one of the chapters in your birdwatching book.You already have the content written, so now you just have to make it interactive. You can create worksheets, videos on the best types of birdfeeders and birdhouses, a checklist of plants and yard features that attract birds, and so on.It can be that simple\u2013this isn\u2019t rocket surgery!In fact, creating a course has never been easier\u2026Not only is it easy to turn a section of your book into a course, but thanks to the magic of the internet, it\u2019s never been easier to get a course up and running.After you\u2019ve created the interactive elements for your course, you\u2019ll just need a password-protected platform to run your course.And once the course is live, there\u2019s not a whole lot more you have to do.Maybe once you hit 10,000 students, you\u2019ll need to hire some customer service help. But creating a course like we\u2019ve described isn\u2019t a major life commitment. And it doesn\u2019t have to be a second full-time job.Think of it this way: if you\u2019re a subject matter expert, an online course is a natural extension of your book. It\u2019s just one more way to share your expertise with the world.