Once you have that great idea for a book, it’s time to develop a plan. This is an important step and varies depending on your reasons for writing a book. If your objective when writing a book is to make a profit, then the first step in the plan should be to decide who will want to read your book. It’s called knowing your market. The only way to make certain your book will be purchased is to know who is going to purchase it before you write the first sentence.
Once you know who will buy the book you will know the information they want and need and then you are ready to beginning planning the actual writing of the book. The first step in this process is compiling all the information you have on the topic. I prefer to compile all my data in a word processor because once I am ready to organize it the task will be much easier. Don’t worry about organizing all the information initially because it will cause you to overlook important things. Just compile every piece of information that could potentially contribute to your book.
Once you have the information compiled begin organizing using an outline. I begin by creating the outline at the beginning of all my compiled information. I list the headings and cut and paste the information that fits in that heading. I don’t attempt to put it in order at this point but just organize the data under the appropriate headings. Usually during this process I come up with headings that I had not considered because of all the loose information I have gathered.
Once I have all the headings I copy and paste them to form a well organized outline of everything that I want to write. During this process I add even more information to each heading and I wind up with a well organized outline for my book and I can begin writing. In my next post I will cover how I use this outline to write my book.
Are there less costly ways to self publish a print book than through Createspace? I know they exist and I have checked out some of them. I stick with Createspace because they consistently do a good job and give me excellent customer service if a problem does arise.
My goal in self publishing is to make a profit and keep things as simple as possible. Createspace keeps my upfront cost low but more importantly, once you learn how to prepare your interior and cover files, they take care of everything. You can market your book around the world and they handle all aspects of the fulfillment.
Certainly I could make more on each book if I purchased a quantity and fulfilled the orders myself but that would also take a lot of my time away from writing and publishing other books and that is where I prefer to spend my time. Once I have published a book I never have to do anything else other than marketing using my web site and other methods.
Createspace creates an eStore for my books in addition to placing it on Amazon. They also make it available worldwide. When an order comes in, the credit card sale is processed, the book is printed in the appropriate country, and the book is shipped to the customer promptly. At the end of the month my share of the sale is deposited in my bank account.
For me this makes business easy so I can continue writing which is what I love to do. Createspace has worked for me since 2007 and after 18 books I don’t have a single complaint about the way they do business.
Why do you want to write a book? There are probably as many answers as there are writers. For me there are three reasons and the main one is that I enjoy writing about the things I do. The second reason is because I enjoy teaching others how to do the things I have learned to do well. It feels good to pass along valuable knowledge to others. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I do it for the money. I enjoy selling my books and when people are willing to pay for the information I write about it seems to add value.
Would I continue to write even if my books didn’t sell? I have no doubt that I would. Perhaps it wouldn’t be as much fun but that wouldn’t stop me. Sitting at a computer and putting down your thoughts and ideas for others to read is too much fun to stop just because the money doesn’t come. Anyway, that’s just me.
What about you? Why do you write? Is it about profit or do you just write for the enjoyment. Or, are you like me and both are important to you. I believe that just wanting to write is reason enough. There is no need to justify writing a book or anything else if it is what you want to do.
At the risk of sounding like a commercial for Serif Page Plus 7, they have a sale on now until December 4th. It is Page Plus 7 with free shipping for $19.95. I have been using Page Plus since version 3 and have used it to layout and format 17 print books and create pdf files from them. It works flawlessly every time. I have no financial interest in Serif nor am I an affiliate. They have just come out with version 8 so they are selling version 7 at a bargain price. Check it out at: http://bit.ly/1ybuORm .
After writing and publishing several books on the business of woodworking I decided to write a book for novice woodworkers. All my business books include some information about the simplified methods I use to increase profits. These same methods are excellent to help novice woodworkers to design and build simplified quality projects. Instead of just writing the book I’ve decided to begin sharing the information immediately in a blog called Woodworking Simplified: Building Cabinets, Bookcases, and Other Wood Projects Faster, Easier, and Safer. After just a few weeks the blog is quite extensive. Check it out now at http://bit.ly/10JeEA3 .
You can write and publish a book or ebook entirely on your own but many of the steps can be difficult and lacking experience you can come up with a poor quality book that could hinder sales in spite of your marketing efforts. If you want to do it all, my self publishing workbook (http://selfpublishingworkbook.com/) can be a great help and you can find help in this blog plus soon I will have some tutorials available on specific aspects of the publishing process for both print and ebooks. Unless you are already skilled in the various steps involved or can learn them, I suggest that you hire some help to ensure a quality book.
Friday is the 5th day of the virtual book tour for Relationship: Notes on Love, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, and Divorce my new book on relationship.
The book is now available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1o1k1Qf as a print and kindle version or through your local book store but until Sept 15th you can get an autographed copy from my web site at http://notesonrelationship.com for a special price with free shipping anywhere in the Continental US.
Please check out the virtual book tour and comment. The tour will continue until Sept. 12th. Tour link is below. Thanks.
Thursday is the 4nd day of the virtual book tour for Relationship: Notes on Love, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, and Divorce my new book on relationship.
The book is now available on Amazon as a print and kindle version or through your local book store but until Sept 15th you can get an autographed copy from my web site at http://notesonrelationship.com for a special price with free shipping anywhere in the Continental US.
Please check out the virtual book tour and comment. The tour will continue until Sept. 12th. Tour links are below. Thanks.
Tuesday the 2nd is day two of the virtual book tour for Relationship: Notes on Love, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, and Divorce. Please check it out and comment. Thanks.
My new book, Relationship: Notes on Love, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, and Divorce will be published on September 1, 2014 for $12.95 plus shipping. Prepublication special, autographed copy for $11.95 with free shipping anywhere in the Continental USA. Order your copy now and save.
Learn more and Order your autographed copy now at: http://notesonrelationship.com