Who else would LOVE to write and publish their first Kindle ebook, but doesn’t know where to begin? Have you been searching for some super simple steps to self publish your first book but find yourself overwhelmed with information? The truth is, as we begin 2013, there has NEVER been a better or exciting time in the history of self publishing than right NOW, and the good news is, there is NO better way to build your brand, your blog, your business and your bank account, than publishing something that shows OFF your experience and expertise.The funny thing is… there IS an avalanche of information out there on how to self publish. That said – I’ve found so much of it difficult to understand and contextualize, and much of it, like the rest of the information in the online marketing or publishing space, fraught with all sorts of other salesmanship, “Secrets” and silliness, and when you get down to it, a full time job to separate out the fact from the fiction.So, as I like to do when trying to ferret out the stuff that actually WORKS wonderfully well from that which others want me to believe, rather than continuing to read about it ad infinutum… I actually sat down and wrote the books to test what worked best… for ME, for myself!fUsing a very simple model, I managed to write 3 brand new ebooks in about 3 weeks, and the first one is already live on Amazon and has been downloaded almost 1000 times as of this morning.The good news is, if you have any experience at ALL in creating content online, you CAN write a “how to” ebook in under a week, and I’m going to share with you the very simple steps I used below. (and the time savers as well)First, understand THIS to be true… because it is:”How to” books are going to be much more valuable in your niche, marketplace or area of expertise than fiction or creative writing. If you are trying to build a business as a coach, consultant, teacher, trainer, marketer, mentor or enlightened entrepreneur of any kind… A “how to” book by itself may or may NOT make you rich. Its real purpose though, is as a brand, blog and business building tool that will help you expand your audience, grow your community and generate LEADS for what you love to do for a living. PERIOD.Next – here is the exact process I used to finish my first book in about 3 days.- Created a “content cornerstone” or overarching outline of everything I knew about the topic. This is the very same process I would use for writing articles, or building a blog, etc… only in this case, I turned the topics into chapters.- I turned each topic into a question
– I turned the topics into chapter titles on colored index cards- I turned OFF all distractions for one weekend… Loaded up a simplified text editor (no word or fancy pants word processing) laid all of my colored index cards on my desk, and simply started typing by ANSWERING the questions in a Q and A format one at a time.- Over the course of about 48 hours, I had turned 20 or so colored index cards and questions into roughly 70 pages of niche knowledge.- I imported my text document into Google docs online, did a spell check, imported some graphics and screenshots, and converted the whole thing into multiple formats that I could send out for the stretch run edit.- Quite simply, and this saved me HOURS or days of time… I simply found someone to professionally convert my doc file into the right format for Amazon (cost $15 on Fiverr) and found someone else to generate an ebook cover for Kindle, and a separate one for my blog. (another $15)- I submitted everything to Amazon on a Monday… and by late Tuesday night, my book was live on Amazon and beginning to sell! (of course I had the benefit of a blog community to promote it to – but it was still a great feeling to get it done in what really amounted to as a long weekend)
Sounds like a lot… but it was SUPER simple to do, and I have to admit… even with years of self publishing experience in the online world, still felt like a BIG accomplishment to boot!I’ve since written 2 more following the exact same script, and the good news is, if you are ready to jump on the self publishing platform to build YOUR brand and business, so TOO can you!