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30 Days to Becoming an Author

1 Module 4 Chapters 34 Lessons Easy

About this course

Take some time to consider what you want to accomplish with your book. This is the most important step you can do so don’t skip it.

You may have one goal for your goal or you might have several goals for it. For example, Tina wanted to use her eBook to establish herself as an expert in the parenting niche. However, she also planned to use the book to create a passive income stream, too. This meant that when she chose her topic, she picked one that she could easily turn into a series later.

One thing to keep in mind, when determining the overall goal of your book, is that it doesn’t have to be monetary. For example, you might plan to write a book and give it away for free. The reason some marketers do this is because they use the book as the first step of their funnel.

Once someone has downloaded the book, they present an upsell. Usually, this upsell is a product or service with a large discount. If you have a large fan base or you have strong relationships with well-known affiliates, then you can still make hundreds or even thousands of dollars by offering the book for free.

Another reason you may want to publish a book could be to establish authority. That was what Bob planned to. He was known in his field but he wanted to be thought of as an expert and jumpstart his speaking career.

Once his book was for sale, he began networking with professional journalists and established bloggers. It wasn’t long before he was quoted as a source and began receiving regular invitations to speak at various industry events.

As you consider your goals and determine how you’ll sell your book, don’t fly blind. Do research and see what others in your niche are doing. Do most of your competitors use their books as an introduction to their funnel? Are they cross-selling similar products like workbooks or journals to their audience? Knowing this information can help you shape your offer so that your community responds favorably to your book.

When you do find marketers who have built funnels around their books, take the time to sign up for them. Whether you can download them for free or you have to pay for them, it’s worth the investment. By being part of their funnel, you can see how they’re selling their book and using it to achieve their goals.

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30 Days to Becoming an Author

Publishing a Kindle eBook can grow your business in exciting, new ways. Some marketers and digital business owners use eBooks to grow their platforms and develop a fan base.

 

You can publish eBooks to create an additional source of passive income in your business, too. You can use eBooks to boost your credibility, making it easy for you to become a sought-after speaker or well-paid consultant.

 

You might think that writing and publishing an eBook is a difficult process but it’s not. In fact, the journey to becoming a published author can be fun and enjoyable if you know what to do. Here’s how to get started…

Week 1 - Determine the Goal for Your Book 11 Lessons

What you want to accomplish?

Before you write a single word or start researching your topic.

Choose your Topic

Once you know what you want to achieve with your book, it’s time to get ready to create it. This part trips up many people. You have dozens of ideas until you sit down to write then it feels like they all evaporate at once.

How to outline your content?

Once you’ve finished your research, you’ll probably have dozens or even hundreds of ideas.

Sources for Inspiration

It’s not unusual to get stuck during in the outline or mind mapping phases of your book. This happens because you’ve exhausted your own idea well. Fortunately, you can refill this well at any time. Here are a few techniques to help you with that…

Podcasts

If you prefer audio to text, you don’t have to be stuck using tools like Google Books.

Social Groups

When it comes to getting new ideas, you don’t have to lean into meaty resources.

News and Journalism

Sometimes, looking at your topic in a new way can be exactly what you need to give you fresh eyes for your outline.

News and Journalism Videos

Videos can be another great source of inspiration when you’re not sure what else to put in your outline.

Surveys

If you’re stumped with your outline and you already have access to a large audience like a big mailing list or a huge blog following, use that to your advantage.

Stay the Course

You might be tempted to skip the research week.

Week 2 - Write your Draft 9 Lessons

Method 1 - Writing Your Book

You’ve done the hard work of researching and outlining your book, now it’s time to get to the fun part: writing it.

Method 2 - Rework Old Content

Repurposing old content is a lot simpler than you think.

Method 3 - Try Transcription

Transcription services are easy to use.

Method 4 - Dictate Your Content

Most phones offer a full dictation service

Method 5 - Write It Out

Brain-dumping is like a first draft with no formatting or punctuation.  It helps you to get everything on paper so the process or refining can begin. 

Method 6 – Hire a Ghostwriter

Don't think you have to write it all.  Some of the best writers and politicians in the world use a ghostwriter.

Method 7 - Partner with Someone Else

A writing buddy can be the one thing that hold you accountable to writing regularly.

Choose a method

Now its time to get started!

Book Topic Worksheet

Use this worksheet to help you choose a topic

Week 3 - Polish It 7 Lessons

What you need to do?

Writing a book is quite an accomplishment and you should proud of yourself. Not many people reach the point where they can say they’ve written a book. But once you have completed the writing, the book is still not finished yet. There’s more to do…

Make it Shine

The process of shining and refining

The 3 Stages of Editing

The hardest work you’ll ever do on your eBook is the editing.

Finding Beta Readers

Now that you’ve completed the editing stages of your book, you’re ready to take the next step.

Tools to Help You Edit & Polish Your Book

When you’re editing your book, you may need help organizing all your thoughts, ideas, images, charts, and other information.

Dont Rush It

In the excitement of having your eBook completed, it’s natural to want to begin working on the publishing process.

Back Cover Copy Template

Your back cover copy is one of your most important sales tools.

Week 4 - Publishing Your Book 7 Lessons

Create the Back Cover Copy

Once your eBook is written and edited, it’s time to start the publishing phase.

Write Your Amazon Description

Create the description for your Kindle eBook is usually easier than writing the back cover copy.

Build Your “About the Author” Page

Every publishing platform has an “About the Author” page.

Design Your Book Cover

When you’re ready for your book’s cover, you can make it yourself, use an online cover creator tool, or hire someone else to create it for you.

Format Your Book for Kindle

If you don’t understand how to format your book for Kindle, then you need to outsource this task.

Publish

Finally, when all the work is done, you’ve checked the book for mistakes and placed it in the correct categories, it’s time to hit the publish button.

Marketing your Ebook Checklist

Publishing your eBook is only half the battle. Now you need to get the word out about it so readers can find and buy it. Here’s what to do:

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