Hoping to self publish a book but short on funds? You’re not alone. From sourcing a great cover design to editing your book, formatting it and setting up the strategy required to market it, self publishing costs can easily add up – especially with everything else going on at any given moment in our lives!
We’ve previously written about how partnerships can lower your publishing costs, but after having interviewed bestselling author Tom Morkes for our podcast, we knew that a blog post about book crowdfunding would be of benefit to first-time or veteran authors hoping to find additional income sources, too.
If you’re the founder of a well-established blog, there’s a high likelihood that a valuable book could emerge from the mountains of carefully crafted content you’ve spent the past year(s) publishing.
Let’s put the concept into perspective quickly. Nowadays, the average non-fiction book clocks in at around 50,000 to 75,000 words. Granted, that might seem like an intimidating number to some but in the grand scheme of all of the blog posts you’ve written, it really isn’t! Let’s say that you’ve had your blog for 3 years and published between 20-30 posts a year on average, with each post containing between 750-1000 words. You’re left with well over the typical amount of content that goes into a book, providing you with ample room to sift through and pick the posts that are relevant while discarding the ones that aren’t.
Once first time authors have self published their books, they’ll setup their Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) accounts in hopes of making their first sale. However, many will skip a crucial step – setting up an Amazon Author Central account!
As the platform that ultimately allows writers to build their Author Pages on Amazon, Amazon Author Central’s ability to help you track book sales, see and respond to reviews, interact with your audience, fix issues with your listings and add editorial reviews to each of your books is invaluable to your overall self publishing business.
Any author with a book listed for sale on Amazon can sign up for an Amazon Author Central account.
As the bestselling author of Automate Your Routines, Guarantee Your Results, Kathryn Jones has helped countless entrepreneurs and professionals increase their productivity, achieve their goals and automate tasks in order to focus on the bigger picture. Since self publishing her book, it has hit Amazon’s bestseller list and helped propel her business, Automate Academy, to new heights. We recently sat down with her to learn more about how writing a book helped Kathryn grow both personally and professionally, as well as which tidbits of advice she would give to new authors hoping to do the same.
One of the most recurring comments we hear from the entrepreneurs we meet is how much they’d love to write a book, yet what little time they have to do so. Many of them wonder if taking their focus away from running their business in order to finally finish their book will actually be worth it in the grand scheme of things.
Well, judging by some of the world’s biggest entrepreneurial names – we’d have to say a BIG yes. It’s no secret that notable leaders such as Tony Robbins, Guy Kawasaki and Gary Vaynerchuk found significant success thanks to the invaluable content they provided to the public via their books.
Here are five reasons why you should take a page out of their books (no pun intended!) and write one of your own.
In today’s ever-expanding digital era, it’s no longer enough for authors to only write a book. Sure, you might have written the very best book within your niche, but your sales will eventually lose momentum unless you start producing accompanying content to blast to your audience via newsletters, e-mail marketing automations, your blog, social platforms and more!
Why is a carefully curated content strategy so important for authors?
It’s one thing to write a book, but another to write a book that people will actually want to read.
With thousands of new books being self-published every single day, how do you decide on a topic that will draw in an audience’s interest, set itself apart from the pack and sell?
Deciding on your book’s topic is no easy feat. As an author, you’ll be tied to your work for life – so it had better be good! And you’ll be investing months of your time into the process of writing it, so you should be prepared to spend months living, breathing and dreaming of your subject.
Appearing on podcasts can easily become one of the single most effective efforts in your book marketing plan. With over 200,000 podcasts being recorded in the United States alone, the medium is a relatively new marketing platform that easily enables authors (or any other professional) to reach a wider audience than they ever would on their own digital channels. Many authors report seeing an instant spike in their Amazon sales after being interviewed by a podcast host, made possible especially by the fact that hosts select their guests based on whether or not the discussion would be of benefit to their audiences. In short, podcast hosts have already done the extra legwork of exploring a niche, building an audience and figuring out what they do and don’t respond to. All you have to do is show up, talk about your book and engage them!
Writer’s block and procrastination are two of the chief nuisances we hear about in our clients’ lives on a regular basis. From hitting a creative wall and being seemingly unable to move forward from it or relentlessly avoiding deadlines, these two grievances are easily the greatest obstacles that most authors face. We’ve all been there at some point or another, and have paid close attention to what works and what hasn’t while trying to get ourselves out of the unproductive mess we’ve found ourselves in.
Luckily, there are a couple of habits you can avoid in order to make the writing process easier for yourself – even if you’re predisposed to avoiding any and all forms of project commitment like the plague. Read More
As busy schedules take precedent in our daily lives, many of us find ourselves too busy to read much between all of the projects we’re juggling at any given moment. At Happy Self Publishing, we’re a huge fan of podcasts – we can put them on while working, running errands or simply just multi-tasking like the productive bunch we are! Not only are they efficient, but they allow us to learn and absorb as we’re checking items off our seemingly endless to-do lists. Read More