Monday, 25 July 2011

How to Publish a Book for Pleasure

The Dream

Do you have a book in you? 

Maybe it's always been your dream to publish a book or maybe you only recently decided you wanted to. Maybe you never even considered it before, but now that you have picked up this book you would like to give it a go.

Whatever the reason, or for however long you have wanted it, here's the good news... your dreams can be realised today.

Publishing a book is not necessarily difficult, time consuming or out of reach for you. The only reason you are not already a published author is either because you haven't started writing your book, you haven't finished writing your book, or you finished your book but you put it away on the shelf and never did anything with it. So what's stopping you?

You've probably heard yourself thinking or saying many excuses before such as:

• but I am not talented enough to write a book
• but I don't know how to write a book
• but I can't afford to publish a book
• but I don't have time to write a book
• but I don't know the legalities involved
• but my English isn't good enough
• but I couldn't make my book look appealing
• but nobody will be able to find my book
• but I don't know how to get a publisher for my book

Let me put a stop to these silly excuses right now.
In the modern publishing world, each and every one has a solution.
There is no longer a reason to be make an excuse.

"But I am not talented enough to write a book" 
Did you know that some of the most commonly searched for books online today are things like;' How to tie a tie' or 'How to tie a bow tie' or 'How to make macaroni & cheese'?

Everyone is an expert in something. Something which you do and do well (that you may take for granted) is the very same thing that someone else is desperately trying to work out how to do. You have a lot more talent than you think. What is it you love? What is it you are most passionate about? Generally that is the best thing to write a book about, as if you love something that much, you will spent a lot of time doing it, which means you will know it a lot better than anyone else.That makes you an expert in it and people are paying top dollar these days for the'How to...'genre of books where the experts reveal what they know. So why not help someone else out by sharing your knowledge with them while making your own dream come true?

"But I don't know how to write a book" 
Right now this may be true. But don't worry, it's not your fault. You don't know how to do anything until you are taught. Imagine if on the day you were born you decided you wanted to walk. It wouldn't matter how much you wanted to do it, you will never be able to walk before you have learned to crawl. The same is true with publishing a book, you need to learn to crawl before you can walk. This book will give you complete guidance on how to learn to crawl as an author. Follow the steps in order and you will be walking, running and even jumping in no time.

"But I can't afford to publish a book" 
How much do you think it costs to write a book? These days a lot less than you think. You can'do it yourself very inexpensively these days {see Step 6 for more details) and if that is still too expensive for you, then you can now publish a book on time payments, or better yet, if you have a good credit rating, 6 months interest free terms. Just like the large furniture/electrical goods retailers, even the publishing world has embraced the'buy now, pay later'attitude of modern society. While this attitude isn't always a good thing, if you can't afford to produce your book by using your time or money up front, then this is just one of the many options now available to you.

"But I don't have time to write a book" 
With the way the times are going and the average hours in a working week creeping higher and higher, this is becoming more and more of an issue. If you really don't have the time, you can pay to have a ghost writer write your book for you (see Step 1 for more details). It will sound like you, be credited to you and no one will ever know it wasn't you. If time is really an issue, then this is an easy way of getting past that hurdle. Are you beginning to believe me yet?... anyone can publish a book.

"But I don't know the legalities involved" 
There are actually no legalities involved in producing a book if it is 100% your own original work. There are lots of legalities for reproducing other people's work, to stop people stealing your work or publishing a book that is legal to sell (see Step 5 for more details).

"But my English isn't good enough" 
To be perfectly honest with you few have English good enough these days to write a book. From slang phrases to acronyms or swear words we are increasingly getting more and more diverse, shorter, easier ways to say just about anything. As a result, we are all getting lazier and lazier and with spell check and other checks on our computers these days, it is only getting worse. The good news is you don't need to have perfect English, spelling or grammar to be able to publish a book. A good editor is all you need and you will be well on the way to creating a masterpiece (see Step 2  for more details).

"But I couldn't make my book look appealing" 
If you don't know what makes a book visually appealing to potential readers then the best idea would be to do some research (see Step 4 for more details). If you don't have the time, or still don't think you could do a good job of it, don't worry. There are very talented people out there who are trained in how to do this for you. Hire a designer to design the layout of your book for you. It will cost you a lot less than you think and the finished product will be something you can be proud of.

"But nobody will be able to find my book" 
There are a multitude of ways to get your book 'out there'. From self-distribution, to online distribution, to putting your book into bookstores, there are many different ways to ensure your book is not only published but becomes well known.

"But I don't know how to get a publisher for my book" 
In the past you would have had little to no chance of ever getting your book'out there'. There are more books being released worldwide these days than ever before. The good news is, there are many more options these days. Self-publishing is a way you can get your book out there regardless of what the bigger publishing houses may think or say. Self-publishing can be a very difficult and time-consuming process, however there are now publishers set up purely to help self-publishers by taking care of this whole process for them. The best thing about producing a book this way is that you still have the experts looking after your baby, but you get to keep all the profits from your work.

So stop making excuses. Your book isn't going to write itself.
If it is your dream to write a book then just do it. The only person stopping you is you.

If you follow exactly Steps 1-7 of the Book Publishing Process you will be a published author in no time.
So what are you waiting for? Begin writing your book today.

Take out a piece of paper and write on it the following:

"I have always wanted to write a book on ..." 
"The title of my book will be ..." 
"The subtitle of my book will be ..." 

You get the idea. Before you know it, your book will be underway.

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