Are You Planning to Write a Book?

3 Steps to Get Your Dream in Motion!

If you are like most first-time authors, or perhaps you are an established author with many priorities on your plate, either way you may find yourself the victim of never seeming to get your book project in motion… How do you get yourself motivated or organized to make your dream a reality?

How do you get yourself motivated or organized to make your dream a reality?

deadlineI have many conversations with authors (and soon-to-be-authors) and this a common subject of these interactions. I have found myself inspiring and motivating the author—building their dream and providing professional feedback on how they can bring it all together. That’s the emotional side, but what about the practical side, the ever-familiar “I just wish I could find the time—if I could just find a way to lock my self up so I can focus on writing…”?

This is exactly why I’m writing this message, to help authors to realize their dream in three simple steps!

DO! – Planning vs. Doing

There is a difference between being busy and being effective. If you really want to get your book done, regardless of the motivation, you just need to decide! Simple? Yes! But, the big “but,” it’s all about what you do next, after deciding to get your book done. This is why there are three steps and not just one.

Sometimes I run up against the author who has “analysis paralysis” which puts them in the mode of “plan-plan-plan-plan-plan some more-plan…” What they need to do is “plan-do-plan-do…” This is where mentorship or guidance comes in. Having a professional resource at hand that makes you accountable to what you want to do. This keeps you focused on a simple path of:

Plan the work – Work the plan

work the planI like to view this “mentor” as being the project manager—the individual who is charged with the responsibility of getting and keeping the project in motion, keeping it on budget and on schedule.

Now, in contrast, there’s also the author who “proceeds with reckless abandon.” This is the person who just puts their head down and plugs away and just keeps going until they get there. The problem often is “where is there?” I like to refer to this approach as “ignorance on fire!” and yes, it is good to be in action, however this approach can often waste time or result in a less-favourable result.

So the answer is obviously somewhere in between, and getting there is the secret—via a professional resource that makes you accountable, as mentioned previously, to what you are wanting to do.

Have a professional resource at hand that makes you accountable to what you want to do and acts as your project manager. 

question markKNOW! – Knowing Your Options

In an earlier article called The Publishing Process, I fully explained the option of self-publishing with guidance and expertise (professional self-publishing). At this point, I will assume that you are fully aware of the difference between the two common methods of publishing:

  1. Traditional Publishing
  2. Self-Publishing

At Motivated Publishing Studios we focus on the latter—actually it’s perhaps a third one which we’ve coined as “professional self-publishing,” which is all the benefits of self-publishing but with professional resources executing a predictable plan for the desired results. It’s all about getting a professionally executed book project, ensuring your 100% ownership, with all of the modern product options, format and design to meet your needs, and the option of top-flight marketing plan—without having to do it yourself!

It’s all about getting a professionally executed book project, ensuring your 100% ownership, with all of the modern product options, format and design to meet your needs, and the option of top-flight marketing plan—without having to do it yourself!

ACT! – What Next?

Act

Here’s what you’ve been waiting for, the answer!  The time in now! Get a hold of that professional resource that can hold you accountable and act as your project manager. How do you know if you have the right person? There are a couple of ways:

  1. Get referrals from people who have used them before.
  2. Meet with them and engage them on a level where you know you have a good connection.

By ensuring this resource can get you the results and that they have the expertise in coaching/accountability, can set you on your way to success. This is where someone like Motivated Publishing Studios can be the ace up your sleeve. You can’t do it alone, if you could you’d already have done it…

The time to act is now!

Conclusion

There you have it, three simple steps to put you on your way to accomplishing your dream—getting your book published. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Plan the work—Work the plan (but not by yourself!)
  2. Know your options—Use professional self-publishing
  3. Act!—on steps 1 and 2 above…

As one of my mentors taught me years ago, success comes from a simple formula of DREAM => GOAL => PLAN => EFFORT, but I’ll save that for another time…

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Top 10 Reasons To Use PDF Instead of Word, Excel or PowerPoint

I love to use Google Apps – Google’s equivalents to Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.  All of these tools can directly create PDFs all while in the cloud (Google Apps being cloud apps).  PDFs are my favourite method of sharing documents and information, all while preserving the physical layout of the original design (this is particularly useful in the publishing & IP design world).

Now that Adobe have moved to the cloud as well, with its new Adobe Creative Cloud, I receive regular information direct from Adobe.  I ran across this recent article on PDFs and thought I’d share it…

PDF iconThe Top 10 Reasons to Use PDF

Working with PDF formats allows professionals to edit, share, collaborate and ensure the security of the content within digital documents. Now, the PDF can do that much more. Here is the top 10 hit list of why it is the best format.

1)    PDFs are Universal.  Editing documents in Word can be easy and useful, but if you save a Word document on a Mac, it may not visually transfer properly to a PC; whereas PDFs are viewable on any device.

2)    Trusted Security. Even legal professionals trust PDFs as their preferred file format. According to Legalscans.com, for an electronic document to be admissible in a court of law, it must be created in a file format that cannot be altered without leaving an electronic footprint. PDFs satisfy that need.

3)    Quick and Easy to Create. Whether working with Word, Excel or PowerPoint, documents are easily converted into PDF, and with Adobe Acrobat XI you can easily convert them back if need be.

4)    Decreases File Size. Professionals can convert any file into a PDF without sacrificing quality. You can even merge multiple documents, such as spreadsheets, photos, and presentations, into a single PDF file.

5)    Reading is Free. Most PDF Readers, including Adobe Reader, are free to the public.  This ensures that anyone you send the file to will be able to see the full version of your document.

6)    Interactive Documents. To create a fully interactive experience, the latest version of Adobe Acrobat allows you to add hyperlinks, rich media, music, movies, and many other advanced features to your PDF.

7)    Mobile Access. Adobe Reader is available on any device, so people can read your PDF files anywhere they want, while still accessing a lot of the same functionality they would get on a desktop. 

8)    Completely Searchable. Users can easily find what they are looking for through a quick search. PDF documents can even be organized with a table of contents that link all sections to the appropriate pages in the file.

9)    Password Protection. Many industries deal in sensitive material or intellectual copyrights that need an even higher level of security.  The password protection option allows both recipients and those receiving the file to know that their information is secure.

10) Document Analytics. Recipients can also view who has access to the information. If the password is breached, the appropriate actions can easily be taken.

Bonus) Collaborating with Teams.  Colleagues can markup and comment on documents, leaving you in control of editing the original, even if they only have Adobe Reader.

[Source: Adobe]

6 Ways Twitter Lists Can Help Build Your Author Platform

6 Ways Twitter Lists Can Help Build Your Author Platform

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Understanding Book Layouts and Page Margins

Understanding Book Layouts and Page Margins

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A Rendezvous with Destiny

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Just Released

Motivated Publishing Studios is proud to announce the release of Jim Janz’s first book, A Rendezvous with Destiny.

Impact your team, organization, top-performers and attract talent by implementing the principles of long-time business leader, Jim Janz.

Jim Janz is an icon in distribution technology and inspirational communications, having attained the highest performing ranks in his industry. An entrepreneur since the age of 22, Jim knows what it takes to persevere, plan and follow a system of success. Today, his business operates in seven countries and territories, and he’s been sharing his success principles from stages around the world, to well over a million participants.

Jim’s passion is to help people do more with their lives by discovering and fulfilling their destiny. In his new book A Rendezvous with Destiny, you will engage the wisdom, stories, success principles, tips and life-skills that will allow you to reach for your destiny!

“Your great goal in life is to determine your real destiny, the reason why you are on this earth in the first place. Jim Janz, one of the greatest success authorities alive, has created a wonderful, time-tested series of ideas and strategies, proven by thousands of people to work, and brought them together in one place. Now you can achieve more, faster and easier, than you ever thought possible.”

Brian Tracy, internationally acclaimed speaker and author

Get Your Copy Today!

A Rendezvous with Destiny, in hardcover for $19.95, is available now on Amazon or directly from the author’s website; MyRendezvousWithDestiny.com

7 Secrets to Writing Persuasive Back Cover Sales Copy

 

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7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths About Book Editing

7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths About Book Editing

Publishing Process – 3 keys to success

So you’re wanting to write your first book – or perhaps you’ve been frustrated with something that happened when you published your previous book…

Here is what every author needs to know about publishing a book, and it may not be what you are expecting to hear. Having a successful book project is not about ensure any one specific task is done well or execute professionally – it about the overall Publishing Process, and knowing the 3 keys to success:

  1. Knowing there is a Publishing Process
  2. Ensuring you are using one
  3. Choosing the right process for your book

I read a lot of articles and blog posts which attempt to focus authors solely on the merits of hiring the right editor – but this can still lead to an unsuccessful publishing experience. Start by looking at the overall Publishing Process. This ensures, once you’ve selected a good process, that you don’t miss critical steps that can impact design, accuracy, marketing opportunities, and cost savings. This is absolutely critical for publishing success. I have seen too many authors make critical errors, by not knowing the sequence and timing within a book project – often leading to unnecessary additional costs, re-work, or missed sales & marketing opportunities.

So it boils down to step #3, choosing the right process.  Of course this will mean doing your due-diligence on the people/company that you choose to help you. You can read my earlier post here, on what you should look for, as an example, in publishing assistance. Think of it as “self-publishing with guidance and expertise.”

Think of it as “self-publishing with guidance and expertise.”

So, acquiring this help means that you still own and control everything (and get to keep your profits). Here’s a quick checklist for author’s and what they should expect to be involved with, as a minimum, during their book project.  This will help in your preparations.

Publishing Process - 2 author checklist

To set the stage, the following diagram is a simplified overview of the Publishing Process.  Keep in mind that there are many execution steps underneath this overview, and it’s in these details that our book project will be everything you want and expect it to be. Enjoy the process, love the experience, and inspire others with your message.

Publishing Process FlowIf you have any questions or would like to learn more about the MPS Publishing Process, don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Use the Power of Local Promotion to Sell Books

Use the Power of Local Promotion to Sell Books