I hosted my first WEALTHY CREATIVE webinar last Sunday and it went great! It felt so wonderful to share this knowledge I've accrued over years of self-publishing and promoting my books. One of the emails I got after the webinar was from a viewer who said she watched it twice! In case you missed it, here are are a few things we talked about:
- We talked about Terri Reid selling a million books
- We talked about how I double, triple, or in the case of this month, quadruple my royalties
- We covered the best ways to become a distribution master
- We covered how to stay inspired to write even when you have a baby! #momlife
- We even talked about how to do this easily when you "aren't good with technology" (me!)
It was a privilege to share all this info with everyone on how to make more money self-publishing than with a traditional publishing deal.
If you missed the webinar or want to attend again, I'll be doing another live WEALTHY CREATIVE webinar on the same topic Friday, April 28th at 2pm PST. You need to sign up here:
I also want to share that I have a new coaching program called Author Dream Life Now. I'm taking my years of experience coaching writers, adding what I've learned about self-publishing with Amazon, and created my dream program that I wish I could've signed up for and used before I wrote and published my first book :)
Shoot me an email if you have any questions. We'll be working together for 90 days or until you make back what you paid for this program from your book royalties, bounties, and book-related income so it's a win win :) It covers support during ideation, writing, publishing, and marketing your book.
I got some questions after the webinar so I've turned some of my answers into a little Q+A for this blog post. The questions weren't in every case exactly what was asked, but I think they quickly get to the heart of the topic:
When do I need to start thinking about marketing my book?
The "making money" part actually starts during the writing process. Although you aren't making royalties yet, (that I know of) you do need to start planning your launch, building your audience, and doing mindset play if you want to have a successful book launch and writing career. Thinking of yourself as a best selling author starts now.
How long is your book?
Minimalist Living is about 30,000 words. Nonfiction books are often 30,000 - 60,000 words although it varies a lot. Fiction is usually 50,000 or more. My second book is very short -- a "mini book" or guide. Anything goes, although with very short publications the length needs to be clearly stated since people can't tell with an e-book how thick it is like they can when picking up a book at a book store.
How long did it take you to write your book?
If I remember correctly, it took me 3-4 months to write what is now Minimalist Living. Then about a year later I realized I wanted to do a revision and change the title, so that probably took me a month or two.
Did you hire a copy editor (or any kind of editor) before self-publishing?
I did not hire a copy editor or pay anyone to edit it. I had a group of beta readers give me feedback for free on typos, etc. I do recommend hiring a copy editor and would do it for future books. For my first book, I had no idea if anyone would pay to read it. Now that I am more confident about the whole process, I would pay for a copy editor, knowing it is totally worth it. This is the kind of confidence I try to instill in my coaching clients. The "I've been there, you can do this," feeling. I didn't have that then, but wish I had someone like me. If I could go back in time I would hire myself :) It would've cut out a lot of wasted time trying to figure things out on my own. I would've started making more money faster and enjoyed more time to pursue my many passions and other paid word.