Over the years, I have come across three unwelcome truths about book publishing that almost every author I have ever met trips over. For self-publishing authors, these three truths are the biggest obstacles to they encounter in publishing their book. In fact, these issues are so huge for aspiring authors that they eclipse the far greater opportunities offered by having a book. So what are these three truths and how can you keep moving towards your goal regardless of their existence?
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.
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.
You need to know how long it will take you to write your book otherwise you won’t allow the right amount of time in your schedule to do the work. It is quite easy to work out and well worth the effort because when you know how long it is going to take, you can also work out the best way for you to do the work.
The truth is that we all make plans, we all put some of those plans into action, and we all have plans we never even begin putting into action. Why is that? Is our success down to necessity, simplicity, or our commitment to a project? Do we become afraid and so avoid our plan or do we just get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work we need to do and so never start? Why do we sometimes make plans and never follow through?
If your book is stalling, it could be because you don't have a motivating writing schedule. Publishing is built around deadlines and schedules. It is the lifeblood of the whole industry and they rule everything that happens. If you want to write and publish your own book efficiently, you will need to write (and keep to) schedules.