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A question I received today is if you could add something to the publishing process that you have not seen, what would it be? This is an excellent question.
I am not completely sure what we are getting at. I think what we are asking about is maybe some additional steps to the publishing process. Or things that make it easier for us perhaps.
There are several ways of looking at this particular question. So let's get started here. One of the issues that I would be looking at is when we were getting publishing.
We are going through the steps and we might be thinking that maybe there is something we are missing. Maybe there is a couple of steps that if we knew about them, we would be better suited to do the publishing.
To produce higher quality products. Or that would make the process less painful if you find that it is a little painful when you're publishing your books.
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It helped me publish over 170 books and counting. So definitely, you are not going to want to miss out on that. But let's get straight into my story.
When I first started self-publishing, one of the things I first experienced was a complete overwhelm. Too much stuff going on at the same time. Too many things to do with so many steps.
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It felt like it was going to take me forever to get my books onto the market. And it actually did, it took me months to get my first book on the market. I think I started in February 2015 and I didn't get it on the market until it must have been April.
It took me months to get it in there. It is funny because, for many people, months would seem like a long time. But in the self-publishing world, we can move much much faster than that if we are doing the steps in the right order.
Step By Step Process
So then the question would be, did I have the feeling that something to the self-publishing process I haven't seen or something that was missing? I would answer that and say, no, I did not.
I just felt that there was almost too much. And so let me see if I can get into answering this question, assuming I understand it correctly. But it is interesting, sometimes I get a question asked that I'm not completely clear over what we're trying to get at.
By closely thinking about it, sometimes it can pull out aspects of the issue that we are looking at right here. So in this case, there are already more than enough things to focus on at the same time.
If you look at my checklist, you will see that it breaks down all of the different phases. Each phase has maybe hundreds of steps or ways that you can do that individual step.
There are new services and new products that are created on a daily basis to help self-publishers get started. Sometimes courses and products can be so confusing.
We try all of these different services and products and many of them are trying to tell you "you could do it this way, you could do it that way". And that's one thing that I try to avoid. I do not want to tell people how to do things in a hundred different ways.
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I would rather be saying, let's keep it simple, let's break things down and just go right through the steps. First thing you need to do this and here's how you do it. Then you need to do this and here's how you're going to do this.
Sometimes when we feel we have the basic flow and you've got your first several books out, you've got the process down. Then, we're ready to move on to the next thing.
So for example, the other would be things like new strategies that are emerging daily. Being part of a community can be very helpful. Finding out what is the latest and greatest strategies that will work for you.
We Like To Move Forward
The final thing and this is the point that I really want to get at, I want to emphasize this point, this idea of things missing. Something you could add to the self-publishing process. It is the fact that this shiny object syndrome, that is the problem that most people face.
You get started with this and then here's a new product, here's a new service, here's this, here's that, and you simply quit working. You quit working towards your publishing process as opposed to understanding you need to find what are the basic steps like you find on the checklist.
What is the easiest way to get started on each of them? And then the daily grind, making progress every single day. So the first day you do one step. The next day you are working on step number two.
The third day you're moving on to step number three, and so on. This is something that I believe is very important. So, what have you found?
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To the person who asked the question, I hope this clarified it for you a little bit. If not, let me know. I would love to hear in the comments.
What exactly were you facing specifically what you were thinking about? Is there something that you have found that was missing from the process that will do it? But whatever the case is, let's continually be moving forward.
We want to be moving the needle. We want to be selling more books. We want to be creating more books and more products that we are putting onto the market.
We are creating value and we are hoping that people are getting something out of, especially during this quarantine period that we are in right now. It's all about creating value, making people's lives better. That's what we are trying to do here.