Independently Published

November 3, 2011 by  
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There are author programs, and then there are programs which are designed to take advantage of authors who only want to get their books out into the world.

I was talking with a new friend tonight about the various programs that are available for authors. My challenge is most of the programs make money for those who create the programs while leaving the authors with the responsibility of performing all the work and leaving them with pennies on the dollar for their efforts.

The sad part about the programs is that most authors are taken in by those who are not engaged with the prospect of aiding the author in gaining their notoriety and in generating an income which will support them in a manner in which they will be able to support them in a comfortable manner.

Independently publish authors become responsible for every aspect in getting their books out into the world including and especially the marketing. But most authors have very little experience in marketing. Their forte is writing.

It is important to look towards others when you do not possess the expertise you need to acquire success. Whether it is a coach, another author or a program that keeps you in control of your own income and makes sure you retain the ownership of your intellectual property.

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.

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