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Chris A. Baird | October 13, 2020
A Beginner's Guide to the World of Self-Publishing

So, you want to get into self-publishing but you don't know how to start. Here is a beginner's guide to the world of self-publishing to help you get started right away.

My Terrifying Experience

Today's topic is a beginner's guide to the world of self-publishing. And you're going to want to stick around because we're going to hit the three main points that ensure that you are going to succeed and do better than most people who jumped into the world of self-publishing.

By the end of this article, you are going to know how momentum is the key to winning. You're going to have the 3 steps necessary to get started right away. You're going to feel great knowing you did what most people who wish to publish a book never did.

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But before we get into the points that compose a beginner's guide to the world of self-publishing, grab a copy of my absolutely free Self-Publishing Checklist. It will help you ensure you are not skipping any of the key steps necessary to get started.

Well, just to start things off a bit, I wanted to tell you a story from my past. I was thinking I was going to die. Having grown up in Florida, I've never driven before on ice or snow.

I've never seen snow living in The States. But there I was, driving in Montana down a road that was completely covered in ice. Having gone to school in Colorado, I was familiar a little bit with driving on the snow but I have no idea what was in for me on that particular day.

So, I was making a trip on the ice, I had learned that by going slowly we don't particularly build up momentum as we're going down the road. So what happens is I'm moving at the right speed but then we're slowly going up the hill.

But when I'm coming down the hill, suddenly all brakes quit working and I'm going full speed ahead. The momentum that I had built-up was sticking with me as I was going straight down towards the lights. My car was sliding the entire way towards the red light.

I put my foot on the brakes and tried to turn out of the way of going through the intersection. But before I knew it, my car was spinning around. In the back of my mind, I remembered the lesson that I learned before which was "do not start hitting hard on the brakes" and secondly "turn in the direction that your spinning".

Momentum Leads To Success

That was what I learned from some experts on that. They were telling me exactly how you should navigate when you're into the situation where you've lost complete control on ice. And this was a very transformational point in my life.

Because I realized that this is something that is building up momentum. In this case, it was a negative sense. I knew I was going to die out there.

Now, fortunately, I did not hit any other cars since they are not coming down from a hill. They were able to stop as I pulled through and managed to get through the light and gained control over my car. But it was an important lesson on the subject of momentum. 

So, let's get into today's answers on how does momentum exactly fits into the bigger and broader picture of our story here today. The first thing is you need to get your first book out fast. A lot of people spend way too much time in the first book.

Because what's going to happen is you're going to focus on things that don't matter. You're going to spend so much time that you will lose interest and motivation. Then it will cost you not to get it out.

The second thing is, it is the momentum that drives success. Just like my car coming down from the hill on pure ice, the speed that I built up even if I didn't feel like moving forward, it kept on moving forward. It was terrifying but it can be exhilarating for making progress on the books.

That means that we need to keep going. We do 30 minutes a day or a thousand words or maybe even if we have more time. The key is no exceptions, there are no off days.

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Just keep on pounding and making progress until we have established these habits. And the momentum which is, I am a person who publishes books, we change identity based upon the habits and rituals that we put into place. 

This is something that we all need to keep in mind if we wish to succeed in anything. It isn't just self-publishing but a mindset issue that you're going to remember when we're trying to reach a particular goal and that is the momentum that we can build.

But it doesn't come easy and we have to do the task day in and day out. This is one of the reasons I produced blogs and videos every single day. I am a producer and I am a content creator.

I want to contribute to the world of self-publishing to make it easy. Unlike a lot of the others who are on the market who are trying to make it complicated but rather trying to make it as simple as possible. That is the reason I tell you that you need to get your first book out on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing as quickly as possible.

Optimize Your Books

Let's get into the secret answer of the day which is that you can fix everything afterward. We build momentum, we simply get our books on to the market, and then we change what we are doing. So that we get to focus on how we can improve our books.

Making sure that the keywords are good so that we are targeting people who already searching for the books that we have. Another thing is that we also want to ensure that we are optimizing our books to make sure that our books are going to sell as many copies as possible.

We need to have a great cover and description. The title must be designed to pull people in. It is not about describing the book, it is about selling the book. That is something that many self-publish authors completely misunderstand when it comes to the cover, description, and title.

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Even the chapter break-down when a person is looking ahead of the book. These chapter headings are also designed to sell the book. We want to make sure the person gets a full quality experience.

They will never ever get into our book if we simply fail to optimize the book. Make it easy and irresistible for our target audience. And finally, marketing on the books.

All of these things, that's super complexity doesn't have to be so complicated if we could just break things down into small bites like chunks. To bring people in so that they will be more interested in our content.

So, a beginner's guide to the world of self-publishing. I hope this was a little bit of a beginner's guide. Did I miss anything?

Go ahead and let me know below in the comments, I respond to all of the comments that come in. I would love to hear what you have to say, how are you feeling about all of this. Check out my other blogs and videos for more answers to your self-publishing questions.

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