First Things First
Are you sure that you want to publish a book? Before you answer that question, please read through my list of 26 Things You Should Know Before You Decide to Publish a Book.
If after reading the post you think that writing a book is not best for you and your goals, then I highly recommend reading the list of 24 content marketing ideas from the Content Marketing Institute to learn of 23 other ways to share your message with the world. Once you find the alternative you like, you can search their site for step-by-step instructions on putting that new idea into action.
However, if after reading it you still think that you want to publish a book, then come on back to this Book Publishing How-to Series. We’ll be here waiting on you to introduce you to the information you need to be a successful author.
A Great Book Is Simply Not Enough
Successful authors need to have each of these three things to be successful:
- A great book that wows readers,
- An engaging platform that connects people to you and your message, and
- An effective marketing plan.
How to Publish Successfully
There are four publishing stages that will give you the book, platform, and marketing plan you need: PLAN Your Book, WRITE Your Book, PUBLISH Your Book, and SELL Your Book.
There are seven key milestones to celebrate along your journey through the four stages:
- PLAN Your Book
- Milestone #1: Outline Your Book Publishing Plan
- WRITE Your Book
- Milestone #2: Write Your Manuscript
- Milestone #3: Polish Your Manuscript
- PUBLISH Your Book
- Milestone #4: Prepare Your Platform
- Milestone #5: Produce Your Book
- Milestone #6: Distribute Your Book
- SELL Your Book
- Milestone #7: Promote Your Published Book and Platform
This series features four e-guides that explain how to make progress through the seven milestones that will carry you through the four-stage writing and publishing process. Think of the milestones and mile markers that let you know how far you have come and help you see what lies ahead on your publishing journey. It’s up to you how quickly or how slowly you move on this journey, but you can use these e-guides to help you stay focused along the way.