How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Own Book
Y’all have probably heard my story more times than you care to. But if you’ve missed it, the nutshell version of how I started my writing journey is that, when I had my first novel idea (about 15 years ago), I got so excited about my decision to write a book, I just dove in and wrote it. It only took a couple of months, and I was certain I had written the most original book that would be the next NY Times Bestseller! Alas, it totally flopped. No agents were beating down my door. No Big Five publishers sent their private jets to whisk me to New York. And Stephen King did not send me a BFF invite.
I almost threw in the towel until I woke up one day and realized the problem was not with the industry, it wasn’t even about my book. The problem was me. I had mistakenly assumed that because I was naturally gifted with words, grammar, spelling, etc., and because I had exceled in creative writing all through my school days, that automatically, I could churn out this amazing book simply on talent alone. I’d made the biggest, most common mistake so many new/aspiring authors make when they write their first book.
I just sat down, dove in, and started writing.
I understand why I did it, and I understand why so many writers still do it. It’s the excitement and the impatience when it comes to having our dreams come true. After all, we usually start our writing journeys alone, and there’s no one there to tell us to slow our roll, be patient, and not skip the most crucial step on that journey…
Learning the craft of writing fiction!
There’s so much more to writing a good book than knowing how to string together a decent sentence or even having a brilliant story idea. There are characters to develop, worlds to build, settings to create, timelines to iron out, and the list goes on and on! And we have to learn the proper way to accomplish all those tasks and put them together the right way before we can even think about writing out that first scene.
Beyond that, there are still more things to be considered and decided on before we begin writing. We need to consider our genre, our category, get to know our “ideal reader,” do some research, and so on and so forth.
Think about it this way. If you wanted to become a concert pianist, you would not run out and book the local concert hall and sell hundreds of tickets to your debut the moment you decided this. You’d first learn the basics of the notes, which keys make which sounds, how to read sheet music, and you’d likely hire a piano instructor to teach you these things. You’d start by learning how to pluck out Chopsticks, then Mary Had a Little Lamb, until you learned more complex songs, and it would be months, if not years, before you had the skill, ability, experience, and confidence to play in front of your friends and family, let alone in front of a crowd of strangers. Am I right or am I right?
Why should writing a book be any different? It’s not, and that’s why we have to slow down and take the time, as excited as we are, and learn as much about the craft of writing first and only then can we consider trying to write that book we’re dreaming of.
Okay, so hopefully, I’ve convinced you that we need to learn as much about writing fiction as possible before we attempt writing a book. The next struggle you might face is figuring out where to turn to learn these essential lessons.
Back when I first went through this, there was no such thing as author coaches, and there were really no “experts” online giving advice to the masses on writing fiction. That’s why I decided to eventually quit my corporate career and help writers as much as possible to learn to hone their craft. But today, I’m obviously not the only teacher/coach/editor out there. In fact, there seems to be a new writing “expert” and new websites popping up every day, claiming they can make us famous writers and bestselling authors. It’s almost info-overload.
So, how do we know where to go and who to trust?
That’s entirely up to you. I can’t tell you who’s the best or persuade you to choose me as your mentor. All I can do is create resources for you and make them as streamlined, easy to follow, and as practical as possible in the hopes that you’ll see that I make no promises or claims other than that I can teach you to write YOUR best book and show you how to achieve your highest and best potential.
Every day, I coach clients on the best methods for writing their book, tailored to meet their own needs and abilities and to work through their own individual struggles on a one-on-one basis. I do this through my individualized one-on-one author coaching programs. But let’s be honest. Even though I try to make my coaching programs as affordable as possible (and more so than most), not everyone has the financial resources or the time for specialized coaching. I knew there had to be a way I could also reach those folks, as well, so more authors had access to learning the best method for writing their best book.
That is why I’ve spent the past 14 months working on and creating my very first online course for writers, called, BEST BOOK METHOD: How to write, publish, and sell your own book!
This easy to follow, hands-on course is separated into three modules and will take you through each and every stages of writing a novel from landing on the right idea all the way through writing and into publishing and even launching your book. The three modules show you what to do BEFORE, WHILE, and AFTER you write your book.
Let me give you an exclusive sneak peek into each module so you can see exactly what I’m offering in this incredibly helpful course.
Module 1 – Before You Write
We’ll start with start with picking a story idea. Most courses will assume you already have the perfect story idea lined up, but not everyone does, and that is not only okay, it’s completely normal. I want to help you either pick the right idea, or if you have no idea at all, I’ll even help you come up with a winning story idea.
We’ll go through all the common questions authors should be asking themselves before they write, like what kind of author you are, whether you should plot it or pants it, what genre you should be writing in, whether to write a series or standalone, and more. These things, most experts and course teachers just assume or expect that you’ll already have figured all these things out. But I know from experience that’s not always true. That’s why I cover these things right out of the gate.
Next, I’ll walk you through developing your characters, creating subplots, and pacing. We’ll also cover all the important tips and tricks to help keep you focus and ensure you’re in the right headspace to write in the first place.
Module 2 – While You Write
I want you to be confident and proud of the book you’re about to write, so in this module, I go through all the technical aspects you need to learn to make your book a work of art.
One of the hardest steps in the writing process, even for veteran authors, is the opening scene and first chapter. Not to add anymore pressure for you, but think about this. If a reader picks up your book in a bookstore, if the cover grabs their attention, and the back cover blurb really makes them curious, what’s the first thing they’ll do? Open up and read the first paragraph. And guess what? Now, even e-book readers and Amazon buyers can do the same thing with the “Look Inside” feature. So, it is imperative that your book, especially those first few pages, are very well-written. And in this module, I will give you all my best advice, tips, and tricks to help you write your book from beginning to end.
Some of the topics we cover in this module include all those pesky writing “rules” we’ve all heard but often have a hard time understanding and/or implementing, like not using passive voice, not overusing adverbs, showing not telling, and so much more. I cover literally every single writing concept I’ve learned in my fifteen years writing books in great detail, rather than glossing over it as most course creators do.
I even teach you how to create subplots and weave them into your story, how to make sure your book has “voice” and a theme that is clear, come up with the best conflict, write a compelling plot twist, and even how to write the perfect ending to your story.
Module 3 – After You Write
Once you type “the end,” your job is not over. You have two possible publishing paths you can take: traditional publishing and self-publishing. I go over both paths in detail to ensure you are well-informed of your options and make the best decision for you and your book. But since self-publishing is on the rise right now, and so many traditionally published authors are jumping ship to become indies, I took most of this module to teach you all the things you should do between finishing your manuscript (including finding and working with editors, cover designers, etc.) and publishing your book.
I even reached out to a good friend of mine and fellow author mentor, Shayla Raquel, and she and I recorded a discussion where she goes over the top five things you must know before you self-publish your book.
Here’s the cool part. I even gathered expert advice from all across the internet and compiled one resource that teaches you all the best tips on marketing your own books. This bonus section covers newsletter/email marketing, blogs, social media marketing, book publicity, and so much more! And you don’t even have to take my word for it as most of this section comes to you from experts I’ve partnered with throughout the past year!
Finally, if you’ll indulge me, I want to tell you what sets my course apart from the herd.
During the past year, I enrolled in some of the “top” online writing courses, hosted by some of the biggest names in the biz. And let me start by saying that I’m not at all knocking their programs. In fact, in some cases, there are some topics they know more about than me. I can admit that. But there are two main things I feel makes this course rise above the rest.
For one, most of those “big” courses are video recordings of the host talking and talking on and on about the theory of writing, mindset, why you should write, and the art of writing, etc. Very rarely do those courses give you hands-on, practical, and visual examples of the detailed advice you really need to write more effectively and write better. In this course, sure, I show my face plenty. But the majority of it features colorful slides that show visual representations of my tips so you can see examples right in front of your eyes that show you what I’m talking about. Not only that, I give you actionable tips, as well as downloadable templates, resources, worksheets, and guidebooks you can save and use forever and with every book you write.
The second difference is that all those well-known expert courses can cost as much as $500 to $1,000 or more, which makes taking them almost impossible for most authors. But Best Book Method is meant to be highly accessible and reach as many authors as possible. So even though my course is the same length as theirs (in some cases, longer), I wanted to price mind below my competitors’ rates, not just to drive more sales but to make learning to write much more reasonable and affordable for as many people as possible. This entire course, including the bonus materials, coupons, discount offers, and downloadable resources, is priced at only $297 IF you pay in full. But it gets better. I also have it set up so that authors who need it can make 3 monthly payments of $97!
Hopefully, I’ve proven not only how important this course is to me, but why I worked so hard for over a year to put it all together for you. And because I adore you all just so much and to sweeten the pot slightly, I’m extending my discount offer of 20% (which first went to my email list) and I’m offering it to anyone who reads this blog post in full. If you have made it this far, use the coupon code BLUEPRINT20 at checkout, and I’ll take 20% off your total enrollment fee if paid in full.
So, hop on over to the information page using the button below and at least read up on the course lessons and testimonials, then put your faith in me and enroll in my course before the cart closes on March 10, 2021 and the course goes back into the vault for God knows how long. I promise, you won’t regret it. And I believe that so much, I also offer a 100% money back guarantee. If you take the entire course, and you don’t learn what I promised OR if you don’t learn ways to write the best book you’ve ever written, I’ll refund your entire enrollment fee within the first 90 days after purchase.
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