Have you written a book? Fantastic!
Now what do you do with it? When I first started self-publishing some of my work, I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea how to go about it. All the information I could find online about how to self-publish was lacking in some way. It gave no information on how to design a book cover and a lot of their other information was lacking.
So I learned the hard way: trial and error. My first self-published efforts were shoddy at best. My covers screamed self-published and the type setting and interior were horrendous.
More than that though, learning each step (ebook, paperback, hardcover) was a long learning process. I really had no idea what I was doing at first. Thankfully, over the years, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t.
When I was asked by Planet Botanix to teach a workshop on self-publishing, I wondered how it fit into the other services they offer. Planet Botanix is a one stop health and wellness shop. It’s goal is to provide wellness in whatever form that takes and provide natural solutions for a complicated world.
Planet Botanix is all about finding the peace in your life and embracing the joy. In thinking about it, when I put my books out there, when I clicked that final “Publish” button, wasn’t I finding my own joy? Wasn’t it one way in which I found wellness?
If there’s one thing I have learned as a writer, it’s this: everyone has a story to tell and everyone has a book inside them. It might be a memoir, a novel, a thesis, a cook book. It may be a young adult novel or children’s book, a travel log or a book on meditation. The great thing about books is that they can contain any number of wonders.
However, when a person has written that book, what do they do with it? I found that a lot of self-publishing is really about trial and error. While I was writing the workshop, I wanted to take all of the trial and error out of the equation. Self-publishing should be a joy, not a trial.
Drawing upon my nearly twenty years of experience in writing and publishing, I designed a workshop that would lead people through every step of the way without all the guess work involved.
The ABC’s to Getting Published covers a variety of topics in six lessons:
* Establishing yourself as a publisher.
* Publishing an e Book.
* Publishing a paperback.
* Publishing a hardcover.
* How to establish an author brand.
* How to promote your book.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about publishing a book, it’s that the process involves more than writing it and getting the book out there. You have to reach out to potential readers and find a way to get yourself noticed in what has quickly become a veritable sea of books. How do you make yours stand out? How do you engage your readers?
I take away all the guess work and cover it all. The ABC’s to Getting Published takes place on June 21st and 22nd from 2pm to 5pm at Planet Botanix at 301 Bank Street. Each day will cover three of the lessons and you’ll walk away with the whole workshop printed for you to take away and refer to when you need it.
I’m thrilled to help other writers start on their path to becoming published authors. It’s the first step on the path to finding their joy.
You can register for the workshop by visiting Planet Botanix at 301 Bank Street or calling them at 613-567-4444. Payment is accepted via check, money order or via e bank transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve written a book, I hope to see you there!