How Long Should it Take to Publish my Book?

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publishing-101A popular question I receive is what is a good timeframe for publishing a book. The traditional way in publishing is 6 months to a year. However, so many people are self-publishing that its takes nowhere near that long to publish a book. The amount of time should be no more than 6 months.

Let’s discuss

Writing the book should take about three months. No more than this unless you are not writing everyday. This is for those who work full-time jobs, have families and live a busy life that doesn’t allow you to be in front of the computer as much. If you are writing everyday, your book should be finished in three months.

Then you need to acquire time to do at least 2-3 read throughs before you send it off to the editor. One thing an editor hates is a book that is poorly written that requires them to almost have to write the book for you.

After you have done this, it should be off to the editor and you should be in the middle of working with a designer for your cover. Editing should take no more than 3 weeks if you and the editor are going back and forth consistently to get the book to where it needs to be for publishing.

By now you should be sitting at about 4 months in the cycle of publishing.

Now you should be ready for formatting. This should take no more than 2 weeks. 1-3 days if you know how to format your own book. Less than that if you hire someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Give yourself a week to receive the paperback/hardcopy of your book in the mail so that you can proof it.

Now there are two months left in the publishing cycle. You should already have a release date by now. You are probably wondering why there is so much time left between now and the publication date. That is because you need to leave room for error. What happens if editing takes a month rather than a few weeks? What if the designer is stalling or gets back logged with orders? What if you decide to do a major storyline or scene change that causes you to go back and rewrite some things? You’ve already put out a release date. You don’t want to push the book back right? This is that little window of error that you need just in case. If all goes smoothly, than congrats to you. But every author needs to save room for error.

The last thing you should be doing is promoting the pre release. Interviews, blog tours, reviews etc. Promote the book before it comes out so that when it does drop, your audience is ready!

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique Watson

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How to Tuesday: How to Use your Blog to Engage Readers

Hello Readers!

Using a blog to engage readers can be a wonderful tool. It’s definitely a great way to target your readers. Not everyone likes to read blogs but some do. If you know that some or all of your readers are interested in finding out more about you through your blog, then let’s discuss how to engage your reader through your blog.

First you need to make sure you are consistent. Blog readers love consistency. So if your blog comes once a week on Friday, make sure they get that.

Secondly, you need to make sure your topics are interesting and something they would want to read and look forward to reading. Have giveaways, trivia etc. Readers love things like that. Anything to make them come back for more is great.

Lastly, make sure your blog is everywhere. Share it on your website, social media sites etc. Although those who have signed up for your blog will be notified via email when you post something new, it’s still a good idea to have it everywhere. This helps you gain readers.

Keep your blog exciting and interesting. Make them want to come back for more.

-DMP

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How to Tuesday: How to Find the Right Editor

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Finding the right editor for your work can be tough. It’s important to have the right set of hands editing your work. You want to make sure they know the genre and have experience. They need to have the “eye” when it comes to editing. So here’s how you find the right editor.

First, look around, ask around.  See who people recommend. Then go to them and ask for prices and references. Don’t be afraid to do this. This is your money and you want to make sure you hire the right person. Then you want to make sure that they editor in your genre.

A lot of people are confused about this. Why do they need to edit in my genre? Because if you write urban fiction and your book is filled with a lot of slang, to Word, these words maybe wrong and the editor, who is not familiar with slang, will fix them and your voice will be lost in the book. It’s important that you hire someone within your genre so asking what genre they edit in in the beginning stages needs to be one of your questions.

Take your time. Look for an editor before you need an editor.

-DMP

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How to Tuesday; How to Put Together a Media Kit

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Whether you’ve written and published one book or several, all authors should have a media kit. This is what you send to any media personnel when you are interested in being featured or promoted on their website, blog, magazine, radio show etc. This document should have all information about you and your new release and past releases.

So if you are going to put a media kit together yourself, here’s what to do.

Create a word document. Include in this document your bio, pictures of yourself, book cover, synopsis, release date of the book(s). If people have left reviews or spoken about your book, include this as well. Contact information, excerpts are good to include. Press releases, event picture as well. Now if this is a media kit just for you as an author, all of this and some should be included. If this is just a media kit for a book, all you need is all of the information that pertains to the book.

Once you have included all important information in this document, turn it into a PDF and save!

All done!

-DMP

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How to Tuesday: How to Be an Author with a Full Time Job

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Being an author with a full time job can be very overwhelming and frustrating. You have to work, yet your passion is to write books. I definitely understand. But if you are in the middle of this struggle, I’m going to show you how to balance.

The key is to organize your schedule. Then you want to pick a time that is the best time for you to write. You don’t want to do it at two in the morning if  you have to be at work every morning at six. That’s not smart. So pick a time that works best for you.

A lot of people live by the rule to write everyday. You don’t have to. Write every other day. If you do this, it keeps you from getting frustrated at how busy your schedule is.

Then you want to  make sure that you are writing somewhere that’s quiet and secluded just for you. Create that environment if you don’t have it.

Don’t get frustrated about not having the time to write or that work gets in the way. Set up your schedule so that you can make time to do what you love. Then stick to it!

-DMP

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Tuesday How to’s: How to Build your own Website

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I have been running my websites for years. I’ve never hired anyone to put my sites together. I am a firm believer in cutting out the middle man. Now, I don’t build my sites from scratch. I get an account with a builder and learn how to navigate it, then I put my site together.

One clear way to learn this business is to cut out the middle man wherever you can. There’s really no need to hire a designer if you are good with designing. There’s really no need to hire a marketer/promoter if you have experience in marketing/promoting. There’s really no need to hire a web designer if you are good in this area. So cut out the middle man where you can. Take some time to learn how to navigate the builder you are using and save your money. (This is a good way to invest in yourself)

So here are the steps to make this work for you:

  • Find site builders that you like (www.webs.com, http://www.wix.com, http://www.godaddy.com)
  • Create a free account and play around with it.
  • If you like the site, pay for a domain that matches your brand
  • View other sites that are already created by the ones you like
  • Take time to learn the builder. Create your site yourself.

This is an expense that you can keep in your pocket. Cut out the middle man and learn how to build your own website.

-DMP

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Tuesday How to’s: How to make your Blog Productive.

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I really do love blogging. Blogging is a good way to engage with your readers and keep yourself relevant. The key to having a productive blog is consistency. Blogging doesn’t need to be done everyday, but it does need to be on a consistent bases. If you blog three times a week, you need to be consistent in that. If you are blogging on a specific topic, you need to stick to that. Even if your readers aren’t responding, many of them are watching and one day that one post will get their attention enough to respond. So you need to keep posting.

You also need to make sure your blog is clear, presentable and welcoming. Don’t clutter it. Make sure your page tabs are easy to find. Make sure they can contact you easily and make sure it’s easy to navigate. A reader will spend less than 1 minute on your blog if it doesn’t catch their attention.

You also need to try your best to make your content error free. This is a turn off.  Read over your content a few times before you publish it. Too many errors can cause the reader to delete the email or click off your site. Edit it carefully!

If your blog is based off of your brand, make sure your blog is named after your brand. Use the same colors, same logo; keep the theme going.

Lastly, advertise your blog. Let people know it’s there. Find ways to make your posts creative and fun to draw people back for you.

-DMP

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