Do you have an idea you are passionate about? That you can’t stop thinking about? An idea that consumes you so much you could talk about it for hours and hours? Then you should write a book about this idea. Writing a book will help you focus and refine your thoughts on the idea. Writing a book will also show that you are an authority on the topic, helping to further your career or open up a new one for you. So you should write a book.
Once you have written your book then what? Then you should self publish. At least that’s my opinion. The world has changed, business has changed, technology has knocked down barriers. By writing and self publishing your book you can promote the brand of YOU. If you have no idea how to go about self publishing buy would like to know more, then this post is for you.
I got the entire idea to self publish a book from James Altucher’s blog. I got much of the encouragement to write a book from Altucher’s writings as well. So much of the little bit I know about self publishing is from that guy. I definitely recommend checking out his blog and podcast.
How To Professionally Self Publish a best seller is a blog post from Altucher with a lot of great information on it.
I learned about Hugh Howey from Altucher’s podcast. Howey is a prolific author that follows the happening in the space through his blog.
Meb Faber has a blog post about how he self published his latest book. It’s got some useful information in it as well.
You can’t leave out Tim Ferriss in this list. His blog posts have so much content in them it’ll make your head spin, but in a good way. If you want to learn, learn from a master.
Jane Friedman, who specializes in helping people learn to write and publish, wrote a post with a tremendous amount of info titled How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors. She’s got some much useful info that I signed up for her email list.
This is also where I found an article by Stacy Ennis on how to find a book editor.
This is the part that I am stuck on now. I need to find an editor I can work with. I rambled on for 153,000 words. Now I need a thorough edit because I am not a writer. I had no idea what I was doing. I read The Elements of Style, thought it was full of quality instructions, then proceeded to forget all the instructions because I can’t remember anything.
I just wrote as much as I could to get it out before I forgot how bad it felt getting crushed by a wall on snow. The healthier I got, the more I forgot about the pain and misery. So I tried to get it out while I still remembered. And now the manuscript is in need of serious editing.
I listened to a short podcast from Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne about how they have to tell their friends they don’t work for free. You need to pay a professional to look at your work. That made sense to me, I need professional editorial help. So I emailed Mr. Coyne to see if he could recommend anyone. He recommended Nils Parker of commandzcontent.com. I spoke with Nils via email but I haven’t yet got a quote for services. Nils has worked with several bestselling authors, I doubt I can afford his services.
The search for editorial help continues. I’ll keep ya posted.
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