Writing a Book in 6 Weeks

December 22, 2010 by  
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Almost every I talk with is astonished to think they could have their book in their hands in six weeks or less.

Most think it’s impossible. I actually took a class in the mid-90′s that taught how to write a book in two weeks or less. It is possible, and I have indeed met several authors who crank out a book in a week.

That’s not my style and I don’t think it sounds like much fun to have that type of writing monotony. So I came up with a formula that is very simple.  Write for one hour a day, it takes about an hour to write four pages. There are an average of ten pages per chapter and the average book is 200 pages with the 20 pages of introduction to the book. It takes 2 1/2 hours to write a chapter and 37-38 hours to write 15 chapters. Then it takes about a week to have the book edited.

We’re up to 45 days and still have time to run the book by a couple of friends while the professiohal editor is carching the typosk inconsistencies and fluidity issues.

So that’s it! Merely 45 days start to finish and the book is done. The the printing will take about two to three weeks and I always recommend Print On Demand (POD) for the first two or three runs. You will always find thig you want to change along to way, but the important issue is to get the book out there and start marketing it.

That’s where the fun begins.

Backlinks

December 15, 2010 by  
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Most of the authors I know have converted their websites to blogs because of the built in SEO, MetaTags and Search Engine Rankings. Or they’ve add a blog to their Internet presence.

It is important to know what makes a blog more highly ranked and the term “Backlinks” refers to having the hyperlink (URL or website name) mentioned on another site, whether it is a blog or a website. The lower number ranked (I recommend installing the AlexaToolbar to keep track of your ranking), the more popular your site is with the search engines (the three most important being Alexa, Google and ahoo).

I’ve had many clients ask me about the Automated Services that offer posting backlinks on thousands of websites since it is one of the ways the site is evaluated, but the Automated Services will hinder your progress or eliminate you all together from the Search Engines recognition.

So, even though it might appear a great time saver and a shortcut, avoid auto submission services and follow a simple routine using a service such as HootSuite.com to post you update notices to the most popular sites such as Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter. That will give you ample exposure as long as you do it ever week.

You can also trade links with other blogs or sites as long as they relate to your topic.

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