People generally publish a book for 1 of 3 reasons; to fulfil a dream, to earn a passive income or to gain credibility. What people don’t realise is it doesn’t matter why you want to publish a book if you don’t know the 3 secrets of how to do it successfully you will never be successful. I like to describe the process of publishing a book like driving a car:
To drive a car you need a licence. It is a fact that to get behind the wheel without one would be pure stupidity. Some people do it, yes but we hear what happens to them on the news every day. When it comes to publishing your book do you want a journey full of potential accidents waiting to happen or do you want a safe arrival at your destination?
2. Plan & Budget
To get to your destination of choice you need both to plan and fuel your trip. A map (or these days a GPS) will show you straight away how to get from A to B and a little bit of petrol to fuel your trip will get you well on your way to a safe arrival. When it comes to publishing a book people seem to forget these steps. They jump straight on the publishing highway with no sense of direction most of the time, never even having planned where they want to end up before they start driving, little lone how they are going to get there. And the amount of times I have heard someone complain about how expensive self publishing can be, knowing every time this statement was made because they hadn’t written a budget before they started so they could see what was involved and adjust their plan to meet their budget. A good plan needs a good budget but who said you had to be the one the fuel it.
3. Create, Cruise and Repeat
So you’ve learnt where the pot holes are, have a detailed map to guide you round them and have pre-sold your book to fund your dream. Now and only now are you ready to begin creating your book and as such the cycle starts again. You have learnt what you needed to learn in order to plan and create a budget for your publishing process but now you have been educated on what you didn’t know, you didn’t know it is time to repeat the process to learn what you need to know in order to create your book. Who once they have their licence only plans 1 route and drives it the rest of their life? No, we go out and we create new experiences as we travel new routes to new destinations throughout the whole rest of our life. The same is true of publishing a book – it is a constant learning and planning experience as you move you and your book to the next level but once you become an experienced driver and can turn on cruise control and enjoy the publishing highway you are constantly fulfilling your dreams, earning a passive income and gaining credibility at the same time.
The choice of when to start and when to stop is entirely up to you but if you
time and time again you will never want to stop. You will become (to take the road analogy a step further) what I refer to as an up-side-down traffic light; ready to go now, radiating a bright light as you are extremely passionate about your book and never want to stop promoting it!
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