today's Website Marketing Newsletter...
Self-Publish and Live the
In today's gazette I want to
help anyone who thinks they may have a book in them. Whether it's an
instructional manual, a novel or a memoir I'll help you get it out of
and making you money.
is what you do after
you've written a book. It has to come after the
actual writing process, which sort of puts it on the back burner for
any writer or author whose book is still a work in progress.
matter what you write, there is an audience out there for you, and they
will read your
book if you put it out there and promote it effectively.
ultimately, the quality of the book will have a direct effect on how
successful it will be following publication. While marketing the book
is the lifeblood of your book income --- the writing itself is arguably
the heart of everything
when it comes to publishing your first book. This is the step that will
likely take the most time, care, inspiration, editing, skill and
If you plan on self-publishing your own book or ebook
as a debut author, you'll certainly have your work cut out for you once
your work is finished. But perhaps surprisingly, very little of that
work will involve further writing. It focuses on and demands efforts in
several different areas, but writing is not among the most important.
successful in self-publishing your own books requires an individual who
is somewhat a jack of all trades, unless you have the money to shell
out for professional services to take care of editing, cover design,
printing and publicizing your book.
I think it's best to take on as much of
the project as you can realistically commit to. This is just my
personal opinion, but it makes sense to me for an independent author to
be, well, just that --- truly independent.
lets start by covering the writing process...
4 Important Elements of the
You'll need to answer all these
questions before you start writing...
1. Fitting writing into your daily life in a practical way.
- When do you find time to write?
do you manage to write at least a little bit each day, without having
to take significant time from other important aspects of your life?
- What writing exercises do you
make daily habits?
2. Finding inspiration and topics for your writing.
- What do you write about?
- What genre are you most
comfortable with, fiction or non-fiction?
- What do you readers want, and
how can you deliver in a way that brings them back for your next book?
- Who is your audience and what
appeals to them?
3. Developing a long-term writing plan.
- Are you writing a memoir, or
will this be your first book in a series of fiction novels?
- How long do you want your first
book to be, or is that important within your genre?
- Who are your characters and how
do you plan on developing them?
- If you're writing non-fiction,
how will your first book introduce the topics you are likely to write
books about in the future?
- What is your writing strategy
for setting yourself apart from other writers in your genre?
4. Editing, proofreading and revising.
- If you're not hiring an editor,
what is your plan for editing your book to look as professional as
- Have you read through your
entire book to check for errors, typos or awkwardness in grammar?
- Has anyone else read through it
- Have you spell checked the
- Have you removed words that are
unnecessary and taken out parts that bog down the writing?
- How often have you revisited
the writing to make appropriate revisions?
for Your Fiction eBook
- Collection of short stories
- Fiction novel
- Fiction series
- Collection of poetry
for Your Non-Fiction eBook
Once you've got these questions
answered, you need to consider a lot more issues including where to
sell, how to price, how to get customers and more.
- Collection of your most popular
- A how-to guide, tutorial or
- A personal journal or
- Compilation of essays, research
If you're up for the journey it can be quite rewarding for anyone. And
I do mean anyone. You don't need a college education or any special
certification. All you need is ambition and dedication.
How do I know? Well, I've written and self-published many books over
the years in both print and ebook version. I've sold thousands of
copies and earned my living completely online for the past 18 years
because of info-marketing. I know it works.
If you'd like more information about self-publishing click the link
- This is a direct
link to a comprehensive PDF where today's gazette lesson
originated. (There may be a few dead links, as the PDF is
about a year old, but it is one of the best I've read on the topic. And
you may be surprised at the previous profession of the author!)
P.S. Self publishing is one of the 10
ways I make money from the Internet - come see the other nine.
(1000 other smart marketers have this
insider information at their disposal,
and you may be competing against them!)