Write a book in six weeks?

July 22, 2016 |  by  |  Kindle, Marketing, Planning, Publishing  |  Share

Whether it is possible to write a book in six weeks is less about time and more about whether you are committed to doing it. It's about whether you are prepared to make a challenging decision and whether you are willing to turn up and do the work. It's not actually about whether it takes six weeks or four weeks or one week, it's about the decision to do it at all.

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Would publishing in Kindle be a compromise?

July 21, 2016 |  by  |  Kindle, Print, Writing a book  |  Share

Do you dream of writing a book? Would you fantasise about and being an author? If so would publishing in Kindle be a compromise for you?

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You really can publish your book

July 20, 2016 |  by  |  Kindle, Publishing, Self, Writing, Writing a book  |  Share

You may not realise it but you really can publish your book - because you already have what it takes to get the job done. Although writing a book has several stages and looks complicated and long, if you take it one step at a time and make the most of your experience and natural abilities, it is far easier than you think.

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Could you write an eBook in 7 days?

September 13, 2015 |  by  |  365 Day Blogging Challenge, 7-Day eBook, Kindle, Writing  |  Share

Could you write an eBook in 7 days? Well, the simple answer is yes: you could very easily write an eBook in 7 days. It is a surprisingly achievable goal and you could do it in just a few hours each day! But why would you want to write an eBook and why would you want to do it in 7 days?

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Surviving the book production process

The book production process is definitely a challenging part of getting your book published. There are four distinct phases to the publication process: conceptualizing and planning, writing and revising, production, and marketing. In my view, as a business owner there is a fifth process, too, and that is monetizing – the process of turning your book into a money-making product or one that significantly develops and grows your business in some way. Today, though, I’m going to focus on the book production process because it is a place that many self-publishing authors get stuck, especially if they want to get their book published in print.

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Choosing your book publishing format

March 26, 2015 |  by  |  Format, Kindle, PDF eBook, Planning, Print, Schedule, Writing  |  Share

Choosing your book publishing format is not something that most authors think about very much. But the publishing format you choose for your book can have a huge impact on what you can achieve by becoming an author.

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The Publishing Process – Editing

The publishing process can be confusing and difficult to navigate. When I first started working in publishing, it took me a while for me to totally understand the process, so I sympathise with you if you are coming to it for the first time. The truth is that the publishing process is not set in stone. There are variations to it depending on the format you are using to publish your book: Kindle, (or another electronic format), print (self-publishing), PDF and the traditional method used by professional publishing houses (although this has also changed substantially since the advent of desktop publishing). When I started out in publishing, there were no computers. We did everything on paper. No wonder it took so long to publish a book! The text of the book was produced twice, once as galley proofs (long sheets of typeset pages with no page breaks) and page proofs. In between galleys and page proofs was the design process called paste-up, and yes, the typeset galley text was literally pasted onto printed page templates using a sticky spray glue that allowed pieces of paper to be put in place then moved again if necessary. We went through gallons of that glue! Life got simpler when everything became electronic, although the editors who didn't like computers would probably disagree with me. The arrival of so-called desktop publishing sped up the process by months as the edited manuscript could be pasted (not with glue!) directly from Word to QuarkXpress (the publishing standard software) that the book designer had already set up. The editor could then tweak the page proofs so the text fitted correctly on each page and add editorial and proof-reading changes directly. This meant that the editor and designer were now doing the work that the typesetters and printers used to do. However,...

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Choose the best format for your book

When you write a book, there is a lot to consider and one of the most important decisions you have to make is choosing the best format for your book. You may wonder why format is important and why you need to decide about it before you begin writing. After all, you could publish your book in a number of formats, so why do you need to choose? Here is a summary.

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