Speaking with my dear friend, Shirley, the other day—she is always asking me different questions about writing books and publishing them. I suppose rather than read my Writer’s Tips, she prefers hearing it from the horse’s mouth. However, I told her she was catapulting me into writing this post for, not only my loyal readers, but hopefully, her too!

There are so many different websites with this information they are all too numerous to mention. So, decided to just use my technique, which may or may not work for you, as an example on how it is done in these eleven steps.

Write an outline. As written in a previous post. “A book outline is a roadmap or blueprint for your story. It tells you where to go and when, in chronological order.” There are an assortment of outline techniques. Choose one that is most comfortable for you to use repetitously. And you will find the more you use it, the more proficient you will become.

Write your book. I find that MSWord has a Manuscript template which is quite user friendly and efficient in helping you in your book’s construct. This template contains everything: Book Title, Table of Contents, Dedication, Introduction, Part Headers as well as Chapter Headers, Epilogue/Conclusion, Bibliographies, Acknowledgements and an About the Author page. Also in MSWord you will find a Basic Manuscript template comprised of Title, Byline and Chapter to get you started. These are all excellent tools in helping you write your book, because they give you the correct format from scratch.

Choose a Title. If you are writing a problem-solving book, the title can be the problem you’re solving. Make your title memorable and genre appropriate. I normally use a subtitle to clarify the title. You may find it easier using a Book Title Generator tool such as Adazing’s Book Title Generator. It’s user friendly and generates titles for many different genres.

Edit or Hire an Editor. One cannot emphasize enough the importance of editing. You may have a good book, even a bestseller, but if it is not well edited no one might ever know. I use Grammarly which is very robust. The only downside is it does not correct the entire manuscript at once.

Design a Book Cover. With all the online books and books on shelves, a high quality attention grabbing book cover is one of the most important elements of your book. You will be surprised how many people do judge a book by its cover. Unless you are an experienced graphics designer, leave this to the professionals. Your book cover is your calling card and if you want to be noticed among the throng of authors out here; you’ve got to be the exception. If you are a professional graphics designer then you know one of the best software applications for book covers is Adobe InDesign. There are also free book cover softwares such as Canva, Blurb Bookwright, Visme, and GIMP for those on a limited budget.

Choose your publishing platform. There are many self-publishing platforms. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, better known as KDP, Barnes and Noble Press, Blurb.com, Lulu and Smashwords. All of these platforms will allow you to reach millions of readers and gives you an assortment of print options hardcover, softcover, ebook or audio. You will have to decide what is the best fit.

Format and upload your book. Depending on what publishing platform you choose will determine what format you will use before uploading your book. For example, a Barnes & Noble Press print-ready file is a PDF (Portable Document Format) file for the cover, and either a PDF or Microsoft Word document for the interior, with certain formatting rules applied during creation.

Price your book. Usually your pricing is within your publishing platform. For example, with KDP (Amazon) they suggest pricing your ebook between $2.99 and $9.99. This price also needs to be at least 20% lower than the lowest list price for a print version.

Order an Author’s copy. You order this copy to see if any further corrections need to be made. If not you are good to go. If so you would need to upload an updated version of your manuscript. It’s all about the edit.

Develop a promotion plan. By now you should already have a website for your book. If not—you need one. Contact other bloggers in your network and other sites of interest with your upcoming launch. Announce your book with an e-mail blast. Write a Press Release for your book. Don’t forget to write a Book Launch Announcement. These will help spread the word and peak interest in your upcoming book.

Have a Launch Party. Although your launch party is supposed to be a celebration, it is first and foremost a promotional event with clear goals relating not only to your book, but to your brand. Make it a point to do something special that makes your book unique and memorable.

Other Helps

It is my sincere hope that these 11 keys will open doors to where you are trying to go. In the meantime, keep pecking away! Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week…Blessings and Peace!

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