If you have ever dreamt of writing a book, now is the time to make your dream a reality. Times have changed and with self publishing readily available to anyone, many of the obstacles facing would be writers have disappeared.
I wrote my first book " The Winning Resume" over a period of 6-9 months from memory, however, it could have been completed in a much shorter time span as I lost focus part way during the project.
The secret to getting a book written is to treat it as a project then assign so much time each week to working on the book until you have your end product.
I chose my topic as I have over 10 years experience as a professional cv/resume writer, however, you wouldn't necessarily need to have this much experience behind you if you wanted to write about a specific topic. As long as you have more knowledge than your average reader and a real interest or passion for what you chose to write about, you are onto a winner.
When I decided to write a book on resume writing, I brainstormed everything to do with resume writing and using yellow stick-it notes, I then organised what I had brainstormed into chapter headings. This provided me with the outline for my book.
If you struggle to brainstorm topics for your subject matter, then I suggest you go to Amazon.com and check out other books in the same category. Choose several of the books on the first couple of pages for your topic as these books will have the most reviews. Systematically look through all of the reviews and make notes about the positive and negative points that readers have commented on. Use this information to build a framework for your book and chapters.
I first wrote up a draft of my book, but by the time I had it published, the content changed significantly. This happened for two main reasons. The first being that I had lost focus for writing the book and put it to the side for several months. When I came back to finishing the book, I was in a better head space and was able to get into the flow of writing a lot easier than previously. Once I had my completed draft, I shared it with 2 people close to me and asked for them to critique it. They both come back to me with two pages of editing suggestions and funnily enough these suggestions were totally different. What one person saw, the other missed and vice-versa, so between them I had some really good feedback which helped immensely.
When it came to designing my book cover, I went to Amazon and checked out the covers that other authors were using for their books on resume writing. There was one which I really liked the look of, so I saved a copy of that book cover and provided that copy to my designer letting them know that I liked the way they had written their book title. I had a few photographs which I had chosen from free image libraries plus another which I had purchased the rights to use for my resume website. Again I went to friends and asked them which images they thought would be best for the book cover. It seemed that the image I had previously purchased was the most popular, so I went with that one. It was also my first pick. With all of this information I went to Fiverr and found a book cover designer who had good reviews from previous customers. Within a couple of days I had my book cover completed and ready to download to Amazon together with my Word file.
From memory it cost me $20 to have my book cover designed, this included the cost of having a back cover made up for hard cover copies as well as e-books.
I tried to format my own document for downloading to Kindle Direct Publishers, however, I found after doing this that certain parts of the book did not look their best when downloaded onto a Kindle device, so in the end I paid someone through Fiverr to reformat it for Kindle. My book was not that straight forward as I had several examples of resumes throughout the book which needed to be produced as images for formatting purposes, but the lady who took the job on soon worked out how best to do this. This cost me $40 but was well worth it. I had spent days earlier trying to get it right!
I self published my book through Kindle Direct Publishing. It's a straight forward procedure to set up an account, all you need at hand is your tax file number, bank account and contact details.
You choose your pricing and countries that you wish to make your book available for sale. I chose to include my book in the KDP Select program which means I can offer it at a cheaper price or free for up to 5 days over a three month period.
My book will be free to download this coming weekend for 3 days if you are interested in grabbing a copy.
I hope this post has been helpful and inspired you to move your dream to your To do list.
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