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In today’s episode, we asked Honorée Corder about which writing methods were best to follow when co-authoring a book. As the author-entrepreneur behind over 20 books, including the bestselling You Must Write A Book, Honorée has worked with numerous co-authors, including the famed Hal Elrod. Join us as Honorée highlights the benefits of partnering with a co-author, how to pick the right one and the ideal practices to make the working process between the two of you more efficient.
Quite simply put – Amazon Kindle SEO is the process of using keywords to have your book rank higher in Amazon search results than other books. And chances are, if you’ve put the blood, sweat and tears into writing a book…you’re going to want readers to find and buy it!
Once authors understand what should be outsourced and what shouldn’t (see our previous blog post – How the 3 List System Can Boost Author Productivity), they should learn HOW to outsource it in order to get the best value for the money they’ve invested. In our profession, we see a lot of our clients try to outsource components of their self-publishing process and – to be perfectly honest – fail miserably.
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?!
As fantastic as reading a great book is, the unfortunate reality is that many people are too busy to find the time to sit down, relax and flip through its pages from cover to cover. However, since the MP3 audiobook craze hit in 2005, “listening” to books has become the new modus operandi for those short on leisure time. Thanks to audiobook narration, your target readers can now absorb your manuscript’s contents while walking their dog, hitting the treadmill at the gym or commuting to work.
Essentially, audiobooks allow readers to boost their productivity by doing two things at once – eliminating the sentiments of guilt surrounding losing valuable time by reading the traditional way. 37% of readers today say that they prefer listening to audiobooks, with the number increasing every year. As such, the number of audiobooks being created every year is on the rise, compared to the quantity of paperback or hardcover books being printed. However, critics are quick to judge audiobooks – saying that they fail to deliver the same benefits as printed books do, such as intellectual and emotional fulfillment. Here’s why we disagree.
“I want to write a book, but I’ve heard that only a small percentage of them actually sell. If I won’t actually make any money off all the time I’ve spent writing, what’s the point?”
We can’t tell you how many times prospective clients and hesitant first-time authors have voiced this concern to us.
Granted, many books don’t actually generate enough revenue from sales alone to match your salary for the year – let alone the month. However, the benefits they can bring to your business will manifest themselves in a myriad of other ways. Read on to find out how.
To Share Your Knowledge Or Message With The World
If you think you have something important to say, chances are somebody else in the world would agree. Provided you have a unique angle in mind, there is almost always an audience for any possible topic a book could cover – regardless of how obscure yours might be! The tough part is figuring out how to share your knowledge in a manner that people could relate to or in a way that would capture their interest until the very last page.
Have confidence in the information or message you’d like to spread. You already think it’s valuable – now it’s time to convince your future readers to agree. Once you’ve managed to tap into your target audience’s interests and have them read your book, you’ve set the wheels in motion for the marketing process that will soon unfold and help your business flourish.
Have you been trying to write a book for years, but keep finding yourself getting lost in the process or being unable to stir up the motivation to deliver a final product? If so, you’re far from the only one.
In fact, only 3% of the aspiring authors who start writing a book end up actually finishing it. Among that 3%, just 20% of the authors manage to publish the content they’ve put countless hours of thought and effort into.
In other words, if 1000 people start writing – only 30 of them finish the book and just 6 of them end up publishing it. Pretty surprising, right?
If you’re one of the 994 who don’t finish the book, here are a few reasons why. Read More
Congratulations! After months of hard work, you’ve managed to finish writing your book. So, now what? Before you can start thinking about marketing it, you’ll need to have a cover designed.
While you might have dozens of ideas of what you want it to look like, it seems next to impossible to pick just one. From fonts to colors and photos, the number of options you have to choose from for your book’s cover makes your head spin. Read More
These days if you want to make any kind of impression (read money) when you publish your book you have to be fluent in the dark art of the Amazon Algorithm.
Unfortunately, nobody actually understands how they work.
Not even those at Amazon.
However, there is a thing or two you can do to get Amazon to sit up and take notice. Read More