The new blog at http://simplifiedwoodworking101.com is now fully functional. Please check it out. The emphasis on this new blog is simplified woodworking methods and I will be posting on it regularly for most of a year sharing valuable information with novice woodworkers and interested professionals who may like my methods. At the end of almost a year I will be using the content of the blog to create a book and ebook on the Woodworking Simplified topic. Please share with your friends who may be interested in woodworking. As with this blog, I welcome comments and questions.
You can write and publish a book or ebook entirely on your own but many of the steps can be difficult and lacking experience you can come up with a poor quality book that could hinder sales in spite of your marketing efforts. If you want to do it all, my self publishing workbook (http://selfpublishingworkbook.com/) can be a great help and you can find help in this blog plus soon I will have some tutorials available on specific aspects of the publishing process for both print and ebooks. Unless you are already skilled in the various steps involved or can learn them, I suggest that you hire some help to ensure a quality book.
My book Self Publishing: Writing a Book and Publishing Books and eBooks For Yourself and Others is a concise and easy to use guide to help anyone successfully publish their own book. One chapter also explains how to operate a publishing business that publish books and ebooks for other authors. Using that information I have published nine books for other authors so I know the information is accurate. However, I have also come to learn that sometimes publishing a book or ebook for someone else can be quite difficult and troublesome.
After completing the last two books for others I’ve decided that this is not the kind of work I wish to do. I have changed my business plan so I only provide self publishing one-on-one consultation, coaching, and even concise, specially created tutorials for all aspects of self publishing but I no longer take on the task of handling the publishing of anyone’s book or ebook.
I really enjoy writing and publishing my books and I prefer to not do work that I don’t really enjoy. Since I like to teach others, I will limit the activities of my business to writing, self publishing, and teaching others how to do the same. I know that I will cover this in detail when I publish the updated edition of my book next year.
The idea for writing a book will vary considerably depending on the genre in which you write. I write how-to books and for me writing involves helping others to do a specific job, perform a task, or run a business. Some write how to books based on in-depth research, I write based on my first-hand experience. Sometimes I do some research regarding various ways to perform a task but for the most part I write what I know.
As I read posts, comments, articles, and even books, I notice that individuals have questions or sometimes I just notice that information seems complex and I can simplify it with my own information. This is how the idea begins and in the next posts I’ll cover how I take those ideas and apply them to my writing.
I have been working with a virtual book tour on a dozen blogs but the tour will be over in a few days and the posts will begin again. I have quite a few helpful ideas on writing and publishing ready for future posts. Thanks for checking in.
I read many discussions on the best tool to use to write a book. Sometimes the discussion is about what word processor is best for writing the draft or manuscript. To me it is a totally irrelevant question. It really doesn’t matter what tool you use to write your book. You can use whatever is comfortable for you including just a pen or pencil in a simple notebook. Word is my preference for writing my first draft but I could just as well use OpenOffice or even Wordpad that comes free with Windows.
If you do use a word processor keep the style set at normal to avoid any complicated formatting that will cause problems when doing the final layout and formatting for the print or ebook versions. Avoid multiple spaces with the space bar and paragraph indentations with the tab key. Use the normal style with line and paragraph settings that work the same throughout your draft. Keep it as simple as possible because the draft is not the final file for publishing. Don’t begin the final formatting until your editing is completed and you have a final manuscript.
From my own experience learning how to self publish books and ebooks I believe that the entire process is often overcomplicated or over priced unnecessarily. Since the mission of this blog is to simplify self publishing it’s time to get more specific with methods for simplifying every task. This post is an introduction to the many simple methods I use to write and publish my books and ebooks. These are methods that you can use to keep things simple.
I write and publish how-to books based on my personal experience but my methods will work just as well for any non-fiction books even if based on research and will even help with fiction books. In the next few posts I will cover every step I go through when writing and publishing my books. If you find them of value you can follow them and ask any questions you may have.
In the next post I will describe how I begin writing my books.
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Starting a new book is exciting and as a how-to book writer there are certain steps I follow before I start the first draft. Step one is to fully develop the idea for the book. Exactly what are you going to teach others and how will you make certain they learn.
Next, develop and organize a detailed outline on everything you want to teach these individuals. Make this as complete and concise as possible as this step will make your writing much easier.
Now, if you are writing just for the joy of creating a book, you are ready to start the first draft. However, if you are like me and want your books to sell and make a good profit, it’s time for the most important step before writing a single word. You must determine who you will be teaching. Time to find out about the potential customers for your book. Who are they and where are they found. Once this task is completed you can start writing the first draft.
Even though I enjoy the publishing aspects of my business, it takes a lot of my time and keeps me from writing as much as I would like. As a one-person business I get to handle everything so I try to simplify every step. I’m often told that I can make more money by printing my books in quantity and fulfilling the orders myself and I realize that’s accurate but it would take from my writing time. And, realistically, if you consider the time spent in storing, packaging, and shipping out books, you really aren’t making more money, you are getting paid for the additional labor. For me POD (print on demand) is the only sensible method and Createspace is my choice to handle my printing and fulfillment worldwide. I do all the front end work including design, formatting, layout, cover creation, and then upload it all. Once I go through the proof process to make certain of the quality of the book, then I can focus on marketing and let Createspace handle all the fulfillment no matter where in the world the orders come from. This allows me the time to write.
Naturally, each of us has to choose the best path to self publishing but for me, after twelve books and 7 years, Createspace print on demand is what works best.