Hello and welcome to my home page.  My name is Brian Jackson.  I’m the author of a handful of books, publisher of over 100 books and educator with 4 Udemy online training videos to my name.

Use this page to navigate to my various sources of online information.  Use the menu above to jump directly to the desired information or simply browse through the page to take it all in.

View my sample book covers on the Wall of Book Covers page.


Monday: YouTube Post (Morning)
Wednesday: Blog Post (Morning)
Friday: Newsletter Post (Morning)
Daily: Facebook Posts

I hope you enjoy your stay.  Feel free to contact me with comments and questions.

I’ll see you in the classroom,



I was born the middle of the last century in Los Angeles, California.  After moving for a time to the Silicon Valley, I graduated from Humboldt State University amid the redwoods of Northern California.

Two weeks after graduation I was working as a computer systems programmer for Lockheed Missiles and Space (LMSC) back in the Silicon Valley.  Two months after that and I was married as I have been happily  ever since (for 38 years).

After 14 years at Lockheed I moved from working on IBM mainframes to using PCs running the Unix operating system and encountered a thing called the Internet.  Cisco Systems seemed to be the right place to work, so I joined the company as their 650th employee.  Eleven years later Cisco had grown to over 20,000 employees.

I retired at the age of 48 and instantly became bored!

Throughout my professional career I’d always enjoyed both writing and providing technical training.  So, I attended creative writing classes at my local junior college and began to write.

I managed to write and self-publish a handful of books, but things didn’t take off until my wife, Melanie Jackson, an established author with a New York company, left traditional publishing to join me in self-publishing.

In 8 years, from 2010 to now, Melanie and I have made half-a-million dollars self-publishing well over 100 books.  I also managed to record a pair of audiobooks for Amazon and Audible sale.

By 2014, our rapid rise to Kindle fame had already dwindled.  I decided to pursue my second passion of giving training presentations.

Since 2014 I’ve published over 40 online video training courses for training sites such as Udemy and SkillShare. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my areas of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP.  I continue to expand my video training catalog while focusing some energy on resurrecting our flagging book sales using various marketing techniques.  Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife and Butterscotch the cat.


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I maintain my blog on a separate site named Brian Jackson Student Support.  It includes posts on writing, self-publishing and marketing books, creating online training courses and other related topics.  New posts are added every Wednesday morning and are announced on my FB support group and via my newsletter and Udemy educational announcements.


Come and join over 1,000 of my students on my Brian Jackson Student Support Group on Facebook.  Share your questions and provide answers.  I post to this group every day with new information related to whatever I happen to be doing at the time.  This is a fun, friendly and helpful group that I’m sure you will enjoy.  Sign up today!


I use my YouTube channel to distribute short videos of no more than 30 minutes on a variety of topics including self-publishing and online video course creation.  A new video is released every Monday morning.  Subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay informed about new releases and to comment on my videos.  New videos are also announced on my Facebook student support group and via the newsletter and Udemy educational announcements.


I publish and distribute my online video training courses on a site named Udemy.  Courses address writing, self-publishing, and marketing books, creating online video training, graphic design, utilities and much more.  To purchase any of my courses simply visit my Udemy courses catalog.  Alternately, use the links below to go directly to a course of interest.


Write a Book! Creative Writing Skills for Beginner Writers ($19.99)


Amazon Kindle eBook and Book Self-publishing for Beginners ($19.99)

Self-publish a SmashWords eBook: Non-Amazon Self-publishing ($19.99)

Self-publishing Children’s Books: Self-publish w/PowerPoint ($19.99)

Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Self-publishing eBook/Book Covers ($19.99)


GIMP 2.8/2.10 Beginner-Advanced: Free on Windows/MacOS/Linux ($19.99)

GIMP 2.8/2.10 for Beginners: Free Book and eBook Covers ($19.99)

GIMP 2.8/2.10 Intermediate: Free Graphic Design Software ($19.99)


Camtasia 2018 for Beginners: Screencasts and Video Editing ($19.99)

Unofficial Udemy, Camtasia and PowerPoint Course Creation ($19.99)

PowerPoint 2013/2016 Beginner to Advanced with Animation ($19.99)


Clip Studio Paint Pro/Ex (Manga Studio 5) Digital Painting ($19.99)


Intro to Moho Pro/Anime Studio 2D Illustration-Animation ($19.99)

Beginner Moho Pro/Anime Studio: 2D Illustration-Animation ($19.99)


Free MailChimp Mailing List Building and Email Marketing ($19.99)

Beginner WordPress Website Design and WordPress Development ($19.99)

Trello Project Management: Free, Shared, Online To Do Lists ($19.99)


Blues Guitar Lessons: Chords, Rhythm and Lead Guitar (w/Tab) ($19.99)

Goal Setting, Trello To Do Lists and Excel Decision Analysis ($19.99)


My fiction and non-fiction books are available for sale on Amazon via my author page.  I provide technical books on the GIMP and Self-publishing as well as several fiction books in various genres.