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?

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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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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

Planning Your eBook Marketing

So, perhaps you are an author that is already (or about to be…) in process with publishing your new book.  By now, most authors are fully aware of the value and need for including eBooks for your public offering to the market-at-large.  With this in mind, all that is really needed is a sound plan for development of your eBook files and a plan for their distribution.

This post focuses on considerations for your eBook project.  Perhaps these are some of the questions you’re asking yourself:

  1. What are the best formats to use for my eBook?
  2. How can I make money with my eBook?
  3. How do customers buy my eBook?
  4. How do I get my eBook done?

The Best eBook Formats

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My direction here is one of simplicity, rather than technical details; use the ones that sell the most!

The EPUB format is used by Kobo, iBooks, iPAD, Sony Reader and several other platforms.  This is a professional layout used for eBook distribution (it’s actually more like a “website format” than a book format).

Amazon Kindle is a proprietary format used by the Kindle Reader, by Amazon.  Amazon distributes these eBook files on their Website (Amazon.com).

Smashwords is becoming one of the most popular formats/platforms for eBooks. They are a popular publishing service that provides additional multi-format eBooks, including a distribution service.  They are a distributor and retailer of eBooks and also makes your eBook available through Barnes & Noble (for the Nook), Sony (for the Sony Reader), Chapters/Indigo (for the Kobo), and the Apple iBookstore (for the iPad and iPad mini).

As a minimum, I recommend providing your eBook in both Kindle and Smashwords formats, for best coverage of the available eBook reader platforms.

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You may also want to consider doing a stand-alone EPUB file, for sending directly to in-house staff, key clients/customers or for free give-aways/gifts.

Making Money With eBooks

The best and simplest way to make money with your eBook is to make it available on the most popular distribution networks; namely Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords.  Although there are many alternatives, these two sites provide you with online sales, distribution, and profit.

Buying Your eBook

Once your eBook is available on both Amazon and Smashwords, customers around the world can purchase your eBook.  Both Amazon and Smashwords provide your customers with the download and financial transaction to purchase your eBook.  Then, you are rewarded with your portion of the profit.

Getting Your eBook

Motivated Publishing Studios provides a complete turn-key solution for the production of your eBook needs.  Whether you are doing a physical book, or even if you’ve already published your book, we can help you produce and get your eBook online and working for you!

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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.

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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.

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Smashwords: The Power in Publishing is Shifting to Authors

Smashwords: Smashwords Year in Review 2012 – The Power in Publishing is Shifting to Authors.