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Ideas, tips, and tools for planning your book publishing success
Resources for planning your way to book publishing success
Successful books are not "written" as much as they are planned. The ability to write, by itself, is no guarantee of success.
Well-intentioned authors who write the wrong books, i.e., books that readers aren't interested in buying or that duplicate existing books, are setting themselves up for disappointment.
"Big 4" planning questions
The resources in Step 1 provide you with the information you need to create a strong foundation for your book publishing program.
When you're finished with this step, you'll have answered the 4 critical questions needed to move forward in the right direction. Here are the 4 biggest planning questions that we help you answer:
- What are your writing goals? Start by analyzing why you want to write a book and how you expect to benefit from your book. For most business and career-oriented individuals, a published book is a tool to achieve specific goals. To succeed, you have to identify those goals so you can make decisions based on achieving your goals.
- Who are your intended readers? Next, identify your intended readers, their characteristics, and their goals. You need to know whom you're writing for so you can write a book that they want to read! This involves identifying the characteristics of your most desired readers, and the problems they want to solve and the goals they want to achieve.
- What is your book about? It's important that you begin to identify the topic, or focus, of your book as soon as possible. We'll show you how to analyze existing books on the topic and search for "the book that hasn't been written yet," a uniquely-positioned book that satisfies both your goals and your reader's goals.
- Which publishing option is best for you? In order to avoid later frustration, it's important to choose the publishing option that works best for you, taking into account both your goals and your resources.
Once you have answered the 4 above questions, you'll be ready to move on to the writing stage which involves choosing the right title for your book and organizing your book's contents.
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Once you have answered the 4 above questions, you'll be able to move on to the writing stage which involves choosing the right title for your book and organizing your book's contents.
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Book Title Ideas for Self-Publishing Success|
Get a new perspective on choosing title for self-published books and ebook by reading this special Published & Profitable report. You'll learn the characteristics of successful titles and how to choose the right title for your book or ebook. . . . Keep Reading
Tips for Preparing a SWOT Analysis of Your Proposed Book|
One of the most common business planning techniques is to analyze a project from a SWOT perspective. SWOT refers to Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Since writing a book is to closely related to your firm's profitability, it makes sense to analyze proposed titles from a SWOT point of view. . . . Keep Reading
Author Guide to Building Cash Flow|
Most authors agree that cash flow is continuing challenge. Learn a 3-step program for smoothing our your cash flow by choosing the right types of products and services. Included are a 1-hour audio plus worksheets and dozens of resource links. . . . Keep Reading
Author Decision-Making Worksheet|
Book publishing success is based on making the right decisions at numerous points in the author's journey from idea to published book. Often, decisions are best decided on an "either-or" basis. You'll be using the Author Decision-Maker Worksheet over and over again. . . . Keep Reading
Author Cash Flow Planning Worksheet|
Authors should carefully analyze the cash flow implications of their publishing choices. The Author Cash Flow Planner Worksheet help you not only identify how much money is going towards you, and away from you, but when it's going to flow. . . . Keep Reading
Author Influence & Control Worksheet|
How much control and influence do you want over the numerous creative and marketing decisions involved in publishing your book? Use the Author Influence and Control worksheet to identify your preferences before signing a book publishing contract. . . . Keep Reading
Evaluating Competing Book Titles Worksheet|
Download and print-out as many copies of the Evaluating Competing Book Titles worksheet as you need while analyzing existing books in your field. Fill out a copy for each important book. These worksheets will help you plan and write our book proposal. . . . Keep Reading
Searching for Competing Book Titles Worksheet|
Research into existing and competing titles is an important task during the planning stage. The Searching for Competing Titles worksheet helps you identify existing books and paves the way for showing how your book will be different when you write your book proposal. . . . Keep Reading