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.
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.
I have been working with a virtual book tour on a dozen blogs but the tour will be over in a few days and the posts will begin again. I have quite a few helpful ideas on writing and publishing ready for future posts. Thanks for checking in.
As an IT professional I deal with computer problems everyday but it still surprises me when individuals lose years of work because of a serious computer crash. In many of these cases backup methods are readily available but simply not used. While most large businesses realize the consequences of lost data and have extensive backup methods that even include multiple location replication, individuals still seem to believe that computers, laptops, and tablets are invincible and don’t require backup. After losing hundreds of pages of your inspired writing you will certainly realize the folly of that belief. Hopefully you won’t wait until that happens to start backing up your work. More on backup in my next post.
Some believe that unless a publishing company is interested in publishing a book it has no value. This has never been true but it is less so than ever now. There was a time when only big publishing companies had pockets deep enough to absorb the cost of marketing and publicity required to sell a book. The Internet has changed all that. Now anyone with an interesting topic, the necessary knowledge and skills, plus a small budget can self publish and sell a book.
Over the years many great writers started their careers by self publishing their work. You could wind up in their ranks. Today self publishing has become popular because there are fewer publishers than ever willing to publish books by unknown writers. They prefer books from famous persons or celebrities whose popularity often guarantees book sales.
Even when they do publish a book by an unknown writer, they refuse to spend anything on marketing and shift the entire responsibility to you. If you can’t afford the time or the cost of marketing, your book may not sell. Whether a publisher puts out your book or you self publish it, the marketing, which can be difficult and costly, falls squarely on your shoulders.
Here is the kicker, in spite of you taking the difficult and time consuming steps of marketing your book, the publisher still keeps the lion’s share of the income from the sales. Your royalties will probably be less than 10 percent, perhaps much less.
Since you are doing the writing and the marketing anyway, why give a publisher such a large share of the income. Don’t you think that you should be getting the lion’s share of the profit? I can tell you first hand that by self publishing you can make 40 percent and more on each sale and using POD methods you don’t have to make a significant investment.
The goal of this blog is to support your efforts to self publish your book. I will be posting often and I encourage you to comment regularly and don’t hesitate to ask questions. Thanks.