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.
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
Many first-time authors spend a lot of time and effort on their books – and understandably so! – yet neglect to provide enough thought towards what they’ll try to accomplish on the back end of things once their book has launched.
The end to end process of self-publishing a book is a great deal of work to take on, even for the most seasoned of authors. Throughout our experience working with new or recurring clients, we’ve witnessed firsthand just how overwhelming it can be, with many asking the same question: where do I start?!
You’re hoping to write a book, but you just can’t justify the cost of publishing it. Whether you’ve recently started up a business and are tight on funds or are struggling to see how you’ll make a return on your investment, we completely get it – publishing can cost A LOT. Read More
As an entrepreneur, the learning curve never ends. We’re all only human – meaning that none of us can be great at absolutely everything naturally! While one person’s innate talents might involve a knack for coming up with creative business ideas, another could excel at accounting. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and newfound entrepreneurs work especially hard at improving their flaws in order to try to successfully tackle it all – especially in the early stages of a startup or business.
From boosting your confidence levels to learning how to stand out from the competition in a crowded marketplace, there is a neverending number of lessons to be had in the realm of entrepreneurship. When I first founded Happy Self Publishing, I absorbed any material I could find about e-mail marketing, building a client base and balancing a social life with a burgeoning business.
Here are ten of the best books I’ve encountered along the way that are a must-read for new or even veteran entrepreneurs.
From e-books to print ones and everything in between, the process of selecting a distribution platform for your carefully crafted new creation can be a lengthy one. Luckily, new authors are certainly not short on options – with countless of them now available in today’s market.
As a self-publishing company, we’ve made the rounds (about a hundred times!) of them all and have come up with our top selections. Beyond making your book available to the masses, many of them also conveniently offer a variety of incredibly useful resources to those finding themselves going through the publishing process for the first (or subsequent) time.
Feel free to browse through our picks and visit their sites to determine which one is right for your final product and your goals.