Many self-publishing authors worry about being able to survive the publication process. And that isn’t surprising because it is a demanding time: finding an editor, knowing how much to pay them, understanding what they do, knowing how to handle having your book edited, knowing what to do to get the book formatted or designed and so it goes on.
Some entrepreneurs I meet have lots of ideas about what topic they want to write about in their book. In fact, sometimes they have too many. Others have none, though that’s not always because they cannot generate ideas but more often because they haven’t had the time or space to think of any.
Do mistakes matter in a book? It is a question I often see being asked by self-publishing authors who are reluctant to spend a lot of money on editorial support. The simple answer is ‘yes’.
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.
You have probably heard the metaphor about not eating the whole elephant but approaching it one mouthful at a time (though why you would want to eat an elephant I have no idea!). You probably have also heard the phrase ‘chipping away’ and ‘one step at a time’. They all convey the same message: take small steps to complete a big job. But how easy is it to work this way?
Every author wants to be successful with their book. But getting there doesn’t always feel easy. But, when you learn that there are five simple things you can do to radically increase your chances of success, you will find it easier to focus and achieve your publishing goals and dreams.
If your book has got stuck at the first draft stage, it’s probably because you are struggling to do your revisions before you send it off to an editor. Revising your first draft is one of the most difficult stages in writing a book, but one that can make all the difference to the quality and readability of the end product. It will also reduce the cost of editing because your editor will need to do less work for you.
Do you need to get your first draft finished? If you are struggling to maintain your momentum and get your words on the page you are probably feeling frustrated and stuck.
Writer’s block can affect us all, no matter how much we write or how little. There are many ways to overcome writer’s block, and I am going to share one here that is really just a bit of fun. And after all, the best way to overcome a problem is by having fun and getting into a lighter, brighter space in our heads.
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.
If you have not set your publishing intentions you are missing step one of the book publishing process – and that could be a big missed opportunity for you, your business and your book.
People often think I’m joking when I say the publication process takes about 12 weeks. “Why on earth does it take so long?” they ask. And there is a simple answer: because in publishing, you go through the edit-amend-check process time and time again until (hopefully) everything is correct, and you are as sure as you can be that the book is error-free (or as error-free as is humanly possible).
Do you dream of being an exceptional author? Have you ever sat down to write your book only to find yourself paralyzed by fears that your writing isn’t good enough, your idea not engaging enough or your ability not great enough to achieve this feat?
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 …
Overcoming the resistance to writing Are you in a state of writing resistance? Are you holding back from writing your book? I ask not so I can sell you this solution or that solution, but just to make you aware of your own answer. And also to say, I too have been holding back with my work; …
When I started writing my first book, I made the same mistake that many new authors make: I opened a page in Word and started writing. Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite that bad, but I didn’t do much more than put together a rough contents page first. Then I started writing…What did I get? A book that was a big old muddle!
It led me to ask myself this question: “Where are you being absent in your business (or even your life) right now?”
I realised that my absence from one area of my life was showing up in other areas, too. Needless to say, I had plenty of great excuses for my absences: work, money, energy, time…But these are just excuses.
Last week, I made a decision to quit a job I have been doing for over a year, and which I took in a state of desperation about money. It was one of those jobs that I hated from the outset but which gave me that essential guaranteed income that so many of us self-employed people crave when our businesses are not quite meeting our financial needs.
Maintaining your momentum with your book is critical but when you are busy and distracted, this can be difficult to do.
As I discuss in my free eBook 10 Simple Steps to Writing and Irresistible eBook that will Launch Your Business and Grow Your List Fast, publishing a book requires you to wear many different hats: business owner, writer, editor, publisher, sales manager… (to name but a few). This is why maintaining momentum with your book can be such a challenge. While one hat may fit you perfectly, others may not feel right at all.
Opinion varies as to what the hardest part of writing a book might be. Is it the process of coming up with an idea, choosing a title, creating a marketing plan, executing a marketing plan or actually writing the book?