"I was so excited to hold my book in my hand," a friend of mine told me. "It's just marvelous to have it here, done, and ready to be shared with the world. I can't even believe how heavy it is!" The awe in her voice was shining in her eyes, and I couldn't help but share in it. That finished book, that magnificent manuscript is so much more than a collection of words and paragraphs. Yes, it's an accomplishment few achieve, but it's also a birthing of a new you.
Two: Your book must be complete. No wishy-washy maybe endings. Even in fiction, you must bring your story to a close. You may have more to say. You may already be starting another book or planning a series, but this book, the book you're announcing, must be complete. If you don't know whether or not it's complete, ask your beta readers.
The experts I talk to, and follow on LinkedIn, tell me this - it's about what you can do for someone else, and not what you've accomplished in your life. Yes, there's a place to validate your expertise (I would say it's in your posts, but that's a given, isn't it? Isn't it? 👀) . But put that after showcasing what you can do to solve a problem I have.
You’re intent. Focused. You know what you need to do. You have your schedule for the day and you’re close to completing your top 3 tasks… all of which involve writing, writing, writing; or, shall we say, creating, creating, creating.
Having developed a resilient shift in mindset Tony saw opportunity where others experienced trauma. He saw an important, unmet need in the marketplace, which became his catalyst to serve others who were drifting along without an answer to their worry and dissatisfaction.
Our talk begins with book clubs because I watched a podcast Penny did that talked about how to get your book into books clubs.
Call me smart. Because I KNOW a book can do all of those things. It doesn't do them magically. There isn't a secret somewhere that you can uncover to learn how a book does all of those things. Launching a book and presenting it to the world doesn't change YOU - you're still the expert or master or guru or guide or whatever you choose to call yourself, that you were before you wrote your book. But just having that book, that product, that tool, makes you a marketing genius.
A good book. A well written book, with a great cover, is best-seller worthy no matter how many copies people buy. And the only way to make that happen - to get a lot of people to buy the book - is for you to sell it to them.
We served our authors as editors, guides, teachers, book designers, publishers, and to a small degree, marketers. At the time, we encouraged and taught them to blog. Back in the early 2000s, blogging was a successful way to get noticed. Much as podcasts are today. And we did other things to help them get noticed. The hard work, of course, was always at their end. That's just how it is. As the author, the work of marketing and selling is up to you - no matter who publishes your book.
For whom are you writing the book? Generally, people choose a wide and deep audience. For instance, you might say, "It's for women over 50." That's all well and good, but women over 50 is an enormous audience. You can't possibly hope to or need to write for ALL women over 50.
In the past two decades, Janine has completed her M.A. in Education, she home-schools the herd, she started another entrepreneurial venture (The8Gates, LLC., a firm dedicated to teaching fundamental principles of lifestyle independence), has written 10 books and teaches math and metaphysics in her spare time. I mean, in her spare time. That's all. (alien)