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Optimize Your Book
Today's question has three answers and you're going to want to stick around for the third answer. I'm going to explain exactly the one thing that makes the difference between those who manage to get their books fully self-published and selling and those who fail at this effort.
The question that was sent in today was, how to self publish a book Wikihow? Now, the person who sent this in is wanting to get the highest quality book. In your mind, you envision having the book that you've written published by yourself with a cover.
The content is looking amazing and the quality of the work is great. It's completely optimized so that your readers are going to be excited to read through your book. Then the question is, how exactly do we do this as painlessly as possible?
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But before we get into the answers, check out my absolutely free Self-Publishing Power Checklist. It will help you get started on your self-publishing journey right away.
I want to tell you a little story related to this thing regarding mac and cheese. I was at the Air Force Academy and about my third year at the academy, I was getting hungry I had bought a box of macaroni and cheese.
I was going to make it. I was thinking well this will be easy enough, I don't need to read too many of the instructions. I grew up in an environment where I really would just try to figure stuff out for myself.
I didn't really want to have to see if I could figure out if I could read the instructions and then follow step by step. Why should I do that when I could figure stuff out and it seems like a good idea to do?
I always would feel so wonderful when you would solve a problem without actually reading the instructions. Only later on in life did I understand that this was a bad idea on several fronts.
Read The Instructions
When it came to the mac and cheese, I took the bowl and I took the macaroni. I stuck them into the bowl and I put the cheese on top. I started pouring hot water into the bowl and mixing it around.
Now the problem is not how you're supposed to do mac and cheese. It's supposed to be you boil the pasta first and then we pour off the water. Put the cheese in and mix it together.
But I did not know that because as I mentioned, I didn't read the instructions on the backside of the box. So the result was I had a watery cheese with hard macaroni inside of it which is a terrible combination. If you've ever tried mac and cheese or tried pasta that's not fully cooked, it's absolutely awful.
Now my roommate was completely laughing at me at this point. I wasn't humiliated but I felt that I had done wrong here. And what was crazy was that even this experience itself did not teach me the key lesson.
It is if you follow other people's guidance who have been there before you, like reading the back of the box, you can save a lot of time and money. Because there's no need to reinvent the wheel.
That was a very important lesson for me regarding the mac and cheese. And it's a very important lesson for you when it comes to self-publishing.
Let's get into the answers. The first answer is there are 3 phases with self-publishing that you need to pay attention to and not ignore. The first of those phases is finding the right market.
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The way that we do that is we use a tool called KDSpy. This is the one that I use to specifically find which books are selling a lot in a given niche where there are not that many books available. This is a perfect tool for finding out the titles and the niches that you should be writing your books in.
But if you've already written your book, then it moves us into the next phase which is the optimizing of the book. To optimize the book that means we need to get it properly formatted. I use a tool called Jutoh to make sure my books are spotlessly perfect every single time.
The Marketing Phase
Then we're going to be able to take the tool, the book, and the manuscript. We're going to get a cover ordered and then we combine it, we're going to have a great description.
We're going to make sure the keywords we're using are great. We're going to have the table of contents. When somebody does a look through on there, the combination of all of this is going to result in us getting a fantastic book onto the market.
And when we do publish this book onto the market, we're going to go on to the third phase which is the marketing phase of the entire process here. That's where we're going to run ads and do content marketing for your book. That will ensure that you're able to get it done.
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The thing is you shouldn't do all of these phases at once. This is something that many new self-publishers or new authors don't completely catch. You need to master one thing at a time.
Go step by step and each time we put a new book on the market, we learn a little bit from the previous book that we had. So that we don't make the same mistakes twice. And that is something that most people just get so bogged down with so much stuff.
Or like in my macaroni and cheese, you think you don't need anything. Throw it on the market without actually getting help with regards to your book. You watch it crash and burn.
So take my word for it. You don't want watery macaroni and cheese. You definitely don't want a low-quality book on the market that nobody wants to buy since there's not even a market for it.
Those are terrible feelings. The authors, when they focus on all 3 of these points, they break it down step by step. Making a little bit of progress each day.
So, how to self publish a book Wikihow? Have you published your very first book? I would love to hear it, let me know. Write "Yes" below in the comments if you have. And write "No" if you have not published your very first book.
I would love to hear and know exactly the audience that I'm speaking to right here. Thanks a lot and check out my other blogs and videos for more answers to your self-publishing questions.