Starting Your Own Publishing Company

While it’s many an author’s dream to have their book published, it’s unfortunately, also a rarity. Not only is the process of querying agents and publishing companies a lengthy and daunting one, it’s also one that ends in rejection 95% of the time—even for some whose writing is on the level of best-selling authors. To avoid rejection and delays in getting their book to their audience, some authors choose self-publishing. You can contract with a […]

How to Use Public Domain Content to Write Your Book

So many people think that writing a book is more difficult than it has to be. They think they have to have something original, unique and totally new or their book won’t sell. Well, that’s not entirely true. Sure, you have to say something in your own way, using your own voice; but that doesn’t mean that you have to start from scratch and reinvent the alphabet or the wheel. In fact, many great authors […]

What is an ISBN and why do I need one?

An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a book’s identifier, much like a social security number. It’s a 13-digit number which is applicable worldwide and unique to your book. The ISBN system uses a 13-digit number on the copyright/information page, and it also uses a bar code and number on the back cover. But what’s it for? I have a lot of people who ask me that question. Do you really need an ISBN? That […]

Want to be an Amazon.com Bestseller: 3 Tips to get it right…

In my business, I encounter many people who want to go from being an author to being a bestselling author, particularly on Amazon.com. One of the most frequent inquiries I receive is how to become one. Well, there are ways. For starters, you can hire an expert at the rate of $20,000 plus to orchestrate a bestselling campaign for you, or you can do it yourself. The downside of doing it yourself is that most […]

How to Set the Retail Price of your Book

As a new author, you’re going to have to determine how much to charge for your book. What should be your selling price? That’s a question you can’t take too lightly and there are a lot of factors which come into play. You want people to buy your book, so you must price it attractively enough that they believe it’s worth the cost. In addition, if your book is part of your brand, and it […]

6 Advantages of Amazon Bestseller Status

As I’ve coached authors, helping them make their book a business, I’ve had a front row seat to their success. A successful book is quite a feat, but I’ve witnessed firsthand how transformational it is when a book reaches bestseller status. The perks are phenomenal! Why should anyone want to be a bestselling author? Here’s a quick list of the benefits: If your book becomes a bestseller: You get bragging rights! And you’ll deserve them! […]

3 Tips to Become an Amazon.com Bestseller…

As of 9:58 am PST, my client and colleague David Shade became an Amazon.com bestseller. There are many authors, or wanna-be authors, who also want to achieve this status, and I always get inquiries on how one becomes an Amazon.com bestseller. Well, you can pay an expert 20K + to orchestrate the campaign for you (Currently, I charge anywhere from 12 to 15K to coach and strategize all of the intricacies of a bestseller and […]

What Does a Ghostwriter Charge?

Since many business owners are too busy to write their own book, they want to explore the opportunity of working with a professional ghost writer. As a business book writing coach and project manager, it’s part of my job to interview ghost writers and find the best writer for the job. But before I even move to that stage, one of the first questions my client asks is, What does a ghostwriter charge? Unfortunately, there’s […]

She wrote an entire manuscript in just 17 days… really she did!

Actress, entrepreneur and teacher, Melissa Steach, wrote her book in just 17 days. Now she feels totally empowered, because she has the skills to publish her book, market her message, and make more money. Listen to her story:

17-Day Book Challenge Produces Results!

17 days ago, Sanyika Calloway Boyce, aka “The Financial Fitness Coach” and @mediastarr, had an idea around her second personal finance book – and that was all. Now, 17 days later, she has her final cover and a rough draft of her manuscript, which she will take to traditional publishers or self-publish. Either way, at the end of the day, she is in CONTROL and has her book DONE! I love it! PURE ACTION. Do […]

And the last of the 17 myths… drum roll please

11. A book has to be on television to get anywhere. Yes, getting onto Oprah’s show is the hottest ticket in books – but that’s because of Oprah, not television. When she likes a book, she pushes it, and she has a huge audience of readers who value her opinion. Other than that, though, television’s dead as far as book-selling goes. New media is where it’s at: you can sell more books on Twitter than […]

More myths revealed…

Here are myths 6-10 6. I can’t write. Even if I could, it takes years to write a book. If you can tell a story, you can write. Just get rid of the stereotype in your head of the writer brooding in front of a blank computer screen with a mug of coffee, a supply of No-Doz, and a walloping case of anxiety. As with any skill, the secrets and strategies of writing, and of […]

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