Fast Self-Publishing Mastery

Fast Self-Publishing Mastery

 

Become A Self-Published Author

 

Do you want to develop fast self-publishing mastery? If so, you will need to develop and practise the appropriate skills.

If your game plan is to publish just one book you will not get the practice. To become good at something you need to repeat the actions over and over again.

But the question is how to go about it. How do you get to become good at publishing?

I’m going to tell you how I developed my publishing skills and got the practice.

Low-content books

Some years ago I discovered the concept of publishing low-content books.

A low-content book has little or no content on its interior pages. These pages are generally repetitive and are designed to be filled in by the user.

Common examples of low-content books include notebooks, planners, journals, prompt books, step-by-step guides, password books, diaries, sketchbooks, log books, and guest books. They are any type of book that has no text or just a little text.

Just one?

The most dangerous number in business is 1 (one) and this applies to the book business. Never depend on “1” of anything in business.

One “1” is a dangerous number.

If you only self-publish one book you will never develop the skills needed for self-publishing.

To practise self-publishing you need to publish multiple books.

You need the practice of doing it over and over again. By publishing multiple low-content books you will quickly develop the appropriate skills.

Notebooks

When starting out as an Indie author I published a batch of notebooks. Notebooks are fast to create and you can use the Amazon platform to publish them.

They are in fact activity books. The end-user can write on the pages or make drawings.  To make the interior a little more interesting the pages of ruled lines could be broken up with quotes or even some illustrations.

The advantage of publishing notebooks is that they are fast to make.

To successfully sell notebooks the idea behind them is to research a profitable niche, apply appropriate keywords, and then design an eye-catching cover.

When I started my apprenticeship in publishing I made about twenty of these notebooks. It was an experiment and I used them as Christmas gifts for my young nieces and nephews.

The benefit

Paperbacks

The great benefit of this experiment was that I learnt a lot about how to

  • research and identify a profitable niche,
  • create book covers that sell,
  • identify a target audience, 
  • optimise the listing of these books on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) 
  • do keyword research
  • make titles and sub-titles, 
  • understand categories, and 
  • write book descriptions.

To my surprise about half of these notebooks actually sold.

As a result of this experiment, I learned the value of getting a lot of practice at becoming an Indie author. It was an exercise in publishing a lot of books fast and generating multiple sales opportunities.

By publishing a lot of low-content books I learned the fundamentals of self-publishing and quickly mastered the skills.

Once you set up your KDP account on Amazon there are no limits to how many books you can create.

How To Become a Self-Published Author

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Marji Hill

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New Book Release

New Book Release

 

 

A new book release Gates of Gold is the first in the series – Gold! Hidden Stories of Australia’s Past.

“Around 16% of all the gold on the planet is buried under our red Aussie earth” and it’s in times of uncertainty when investors flock to and cling to gold. 

Gates of Gold

 

Gates of Gold tells about the discovery of gold and the legacy it left that changed the face of Australia defining and shaping its identity. Learn about:

  • how, in the lead up to the discovery of gold with the trailblazing of the British into Victoria and beyond the lives of First Nations people were irrevocably changed.
  • The catastrophic impact on First Nations people and how they found ways to survive even when the odds were pitched so much against them.
  • How Australia became like a whirlpool of molten gold sucking in men and women from all over the world creating a population explosion with diverse communities and religions, different races, and different ideologies.
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Anti-Chinese Roll Up banner

  • The coming of the Chinese, who contributed greatly to the Australian story, but whose migration to the goldfields gave birth to racist, anti-Chinese sentiment. 
  • The seeds of the Australian uprising and how the Eureka Stockade on the goldfields in 1854 was a battle inspired by political purpose. 
  • A landscape transformed, a country upset, turned upside down, and a once pristine environment redesigned.
  • How the prevailing attitudes of the Europeans in the nineteenth century justified their actions prior to the discovery of gold and its aftermath.

About the author

Marji Hill in the Gates of Gold explores themes to do with the First Nations, the Chinese in Australia, Australia’s multicultural melting pot, Australian identity, Democratic rights, and law and order.

She is the author of more than 70 books.  Marji is a highly respected international author as well as a seasoned business executive, researcher, coach and visual artist. She is passionate about promoting understanding between Australia’s first people and other Australians.

Review

“Gates of Gold is an important addition to the historical record. Gold is pivotal in the nation’s history. It features in its defining moments and its discovery is engraved into the Australian story and its destiny. In addition, Marji Hill refers to the hidden stories relating to First Nations people. the Chinese question, the fight for democratic rights, and the tensions between law and order.”    John Foley, Barrister

Looking down a mine shaft

Gold series

The other 4 books in the Gold series are

  • Shadows of Gold:  Eureka and the Birth of Australian Democracy
  • Gold and the Chinese:  Racism, Riots and Protest on the Australian Goldfields
  • Ghosts of Gold: The Life and Times of Jupiter Mosman
  • Blood Gold:  Native Police, Bushrangers & Lawlessness on the Australian Goldfields

The Gold series is beautifully illustrated with Marji Hill’s own artwork.

Anyone who relishes uncovering hidden stories, iconic episodes or truth-telling to do with Australia’s past, will delight in this book and the forthcoming ones in this series.

Gates of Gold is available at a discounted price on Amazon.com.au.

 

Source

Chu, Brian “Five Strategic Gold Plays for Your Long-Term Portfolio”

 

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Sell to Bookstores

Sell to Bookstores

 

 

sell to bookstores

 

Do you want to sell to bookstores? Perhaps this is your dream, and just imagine how you would feel when you see your book displayed in shop windows.

It wasn’t easy in the past to get a bookstore to buy your self-published book. There used to be a stigma associated with such books because the stereotype was that self-published books meant poor content or poor quality. 

The self-publishing landscape has changed. Indie authors have upped their game.

Today, indie authors compete with authors who have published their books through traditional publishing channels.

How to do it?

 

How do you go about selling your book to independent bookstores?

You might be very successful in publishing on the Amazon platform. I certainly recommend Amazon when starting out. Learn this platform and how to market your books within that ecosystem.

Even if your book sells very well on Amazon this won’t guarantee that your book will be taken up by an independent bookseller.

Amazon

Amazon is a bookstore’s competitor. Remember this.

 

  1. Amazon is a bookstore’s biggest competitor.
  2. Amazon doesn’t give the bookshops a trade discount
  3. Amazon doesn’t have a returns policy  
  4. Amazon sells direct to the consumer – there is no middle person.

IngramSpark

 

sell to bookstores

If you want to get your book into bookstores use the IngramSpark platform.  

IngramSpark is set up to promote to bookstores. If you have published a print book using the IngramSpark platform you will already be in the IngramSpark database.

With IngramSpark you can organise a generous trade discount for booksellers. In addition, you can agree to have a returns policy.

Being able to offer attractive terms booksellers are more likely to buy your book.

IngramSpark has been in the book industry for a long time and it is well respected. It’s a reliable resource for booksellers when they want to acquire books.

Using a reputable distributor like IngramSpark is convenient to bookstores. The easier,  you make it for them to buy your books the more likely they be willing to give your book a try.

Your book can be available in bookstores.

However, you’ll still have to do the hard yards, the leg work, the cold calling, the email marketing and other promotions to let bookstores know about your book.

 

 

Marji Hill

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Can’t Get Started?

Can’t Get Started?

 

 

Many new authors can’t get started because they get stranded even before they commence to write their book.

Would-be authors might talk about the book they plan to write but often that is the end of it. They just don’t seem to be able to begin writing their book. 

For one reason or another, they talk themselves out of it or they just let their book idea fall by the wayside.

Some struggle to find the time to write. There are those who want to have the perfect writing studio. Others wait for the muse to magically appear. 

Or it’s something else. 

People find excuses – anything to avoid making a start. 

Time

 

Time

Time is a common challenge. 

If writing a book is truly important then you’ll find the time to write it. 

Let’s say today is the day! Today you will make a start on your book.

But suddenly another priority steps in the way and you are sidetracked by that.  Maybe you have to make sure that your writing space is perfectly clean and tidy, so you spend the next couple of hours making your writing space the perfect place to be.

Writing that day, today never happens.

Or there is something else that distracts you.

The solution is to prioritise what has to happen in your day.

Identify the core commitments of your day and rank them in order of importance.  

When you rank your priorities you will find time for your writing just so long as it is high on your list of priorities. 

Busy life

 

People’s lives are full of all the things they are obligated to do. The people who repetitively say they are “gonna write their book” lead active, busy lives. 

Many would-be authors never sit down long enough to focus on their writing and produce a manuscript. 

They overload their time and do everything else except what they say they want to do, and that is to write.

Life just gets in the way.

 

Do it later

 

Procrastination

Maybe you sabotage yourself by frittering away your time pursuing meaningless activities and time just slips by.

Procrastinators lose time by putting their energy into tasks that have lesser importance.

If you have a job you will show up for work every day otherwise you’ll be dismissed. You are not likely to say “oh” I really don’t feel like it today” and then fail to show up for work. 

You turn up to work, or else you will suffer the consequences.

Writers must make a commitment to themselves. You must show up at the appointed time to write.

Don’t let procrastination become more important than writing your book. 

Manage yourself.  Make an appointment with yourself to write.

Plan to write a set number of words each day and go for it.

Be disciplined, get motivated.

Self-doubt

 

A common downfall is a newbie author suffering doubt about their ability to write. They fear that they are just not good enough. They doubt their knowledge and worry that they don’t know enough. 

They fear what others will think of them; they worry that their friends and family will not be supportive.  

Identify your self-limiting beliefs and turn these self-limiting beliefs into positive affirmations. 

If you find yourself getting stranded at the start by not being able to get organised, not having enough time, putting things off to later, and being plagued by self-doubt then try to crystallise your reason to write. 

You can make it happen. If you develop the habit of writing daily, even for short bursts of time, productivity and creativity will happen.

Your inner drive will propel your creativity and you will be compelled to move forward. Nothing will stop you. 

Nothing will get in your way.

When you examine the reason for wanting to create a book many of the challenges like getting stranded at the start will disappear. 

Don’t wait for success to happen because, if you do, it’s going to be a very long wait. 

Take the initiative, seize control, create the opportunity, and make things happen.

Marji Hill

Author and Coach

 

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Inspired by Country: a Book

Inspired by Country: a Book

 

 

Inspired By Country: An artist’s journey back to nature landscape painting with gouache is my latest book. It celebrates creativity, and in the process teaches creatives the essential elements of painting Country with gouache. 

Inspired by Country

Gouache

Other names for gouache paint are gouache water colour or opaque water colour. Gouache is not dissimilar to water colour paint because you mix it with water and the brushes are cleaned with water.

Back to nature

In this book you are taken on a journey back to nature specifically to the Springbrook National Park in southeast Queensland. Here you are introduced to the concept of plein air painting and you     

  • learn the art of painting compelling outdoor compositions to create beautifully expressive subjects and themes
  • learn time-honoured techniques of painting with the most versatile, daring and expressive of mediums – gouache.
  • get a snapshot of Australia’s antiquity and how Indigenous Australians responded to Country through art and ceremony
  • and, escape day-to-day existence and experience mindfulness at its best

In my experience of how I perceive Country I  have moved away beyond the Anglo sphere to a mindset that has a heightened awareness of what Land means in this country of Australia.

It is not just learning about Aboriginal culture it’s about learning through Aboriginal culture, embedding Aboriginal perspectives into the psyche, and developing awareness of and acknowledgement of the traditional custodians and their long and continuing relationship with Country. It’s a recognition of the Law of the Dreamtime. 

Painting Country and getting inspiration from a place like the Springbrook National Park is a journey back to nature and in the process this takes you into another world.

Rainforest painting by Marji Hill

Mindfulness

At one level it is a rewarding, artistic experience which can be full of joy, a healing, and adventure. At another level it is mindfulness in practice.

We escape our day-to-day existence, we centre ourselves, and we are taken into a realm that is calm and focussed.

We contemplate the beauty of Country; we have an in-depth experience that takes us into our inner world. This is mindfulness. 

Our emotions are stimulated, fresh ways of thinking open up, and we enjoy simply being.

Australia’s antiquity of art

In addition, visual representations of Country have been going on in Australia for probably much longer than 65,000 years. They are part of an ancient tradition of art making in Australia.

This long and ancient tradition of being inspired by Country and painting Country has a shared history with the more recent European tradition of what is called en plein air. Within this context I’ve shown how our perception of Country can be enriched by understanding the religious, and innate connection to and knowledge of land.

Inspired by Country is beautifully illustrated with my own paintings. It’s perfect for all artists who want to paint in the open air and it’s for those who want to understand that art making outdoors in Australia springs not only from an Impressionist tradition but from Australian antiquity as well.

A Sculptured Country by Marji Hill

Be inspired by Country, appreciate its historical and cultural implications, and experience it beyond the simple visual perspective.

Marji Hill

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Advantages Of Print On Demand

Advantages Of Print On Demand

 

 

November 2007 put an end to the high costs of self-publishing with the advent of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). From this time on the advantages of Print on Demand(POD) revolutionised the publishing industry.

Traditional publisher

Up until this point, the first option for getting a book published was to negotiate a publishing deal with a traditional publisher with the likes of Macmillan, Angus & Robertson, Allen & Unwin, Heinemann among many others.  

Self-publish

The second option was to self-publish. This meant finding a printer to do a large print run and then having to distribute and sell the books yourself.   

This old method of self-publishing meant risking $20,000, $30,000 or even more to self-publish a book. 

If you had surplus funds to invest and you were prepared to risk that money then fine. But many authors were fearful of risking thousands of dollars to do a large print run. 

You needed to get a return on the investment. Naturally, for many authors, this was a fearful thing to do. What if you didn’t succeed in getting your books sold?

If the author did not sell their books thousands of copies could end up sitting in boxes and boxes taking up space in the garage or someone else’s garage. 

I saw this happen so many times. I even used to store boxes of books belonging to other authors in my own home.

 

Print On Demand

A changed publishing landscape

 

The publishing landscape had changed.

  • No more did authors have to get past the gatekeepers to land a traditional publishing deal.
  • No more did authors have to self-publish and do a large print run.
  • No more did authors have to face the high costs of getting their book designed, formatted and book cover made
  • No more did authors have to invest in a large print run, then face the issues of storage, and how to get a return on investment

Advantages of Print On Demand

 

The concept of print on demand(POD) transformed the publishing world. Instead of investing large sums of money for giant print runs POD meant you could order and print just one book, or ten books, one hundred books or more. If you wanted just two paperbacks, for instance, you could order just the two.

Very simply the POD model allowed you to order a book, print a book, and be able to do this one at a time.

Amazon had set up two publishing platforms. 

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) was Amazon’s eBook publishing platform and its CreateSpace used the POD model for paperbacks. In 2018 CreateSpace, however,  merged into KDP so from that time on you could publish both Kindle eBooks and paperbacks on KDP.

POD eliminated the need to invest thousands of dollars doing large print runs. Substantial economic barriers had been removed and authors could publish their books on a low budget, as low as $200 or less, or even for nothing at all. 

With the POD model, authors could market their books throughout the world, sell their works, and not have to worry about holding inventory, storing books, or monitoring stock levels.

Benefits of Amazon

 

One of the great benefits of publishing on Amazon was its domination of the world book market. Customers were there ready to buy and pay for books with their credit cards. 

With just a click a Kindle eBook was delivered immediately to the free Kindle app on their computer, iPad or smartphone. Because of Amazon’s Expanded Distribution, both paperbacks and eBooks had access to global markets through the Amazon distribution channels.

Royalties were high – 70% for Kindle eBooks and 60% for paperbacks. Authors retained their rights, their books were published within hours, there was no need for inventory, and book cover and design tools were supplied. 

While there might be some costs involved for the preparation of eBook and paperback manuscripts there was zero cost for actually publishing your work on Amazon. These benefits made publishing on Amazon a no brainer.

The concept of POD transformed the way you could publish a book.

Amazon was the game-changer.

Print On Demand is affordable

 

Print On DemandWith POD, the costs associated with having inventory had gone. It was affordable, it was efficient, and you had the freedom of printing anywhere from one (1) to ten thousand (10,000) copies of a particular title.

Keeping your book in print is these days an outdated concept. With POD your book remains in an online database and it is only printed when it is required.

Given the escalation of interest in the new way to publish multiple companies, products and services are flourishing throughout the world that is specifically designed to service this new self-publishing industry.

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Learn Self-Publishing Fundamentals Fast

 

Learn Self-Publishing Fundamentals Fast

 

 

Self-publishing on Amazon is easy. The challenges lie in getting lost in the detail and not being able to see the wood for the trees.

Fast Track Learning Curve

 

Learning curve

 

 

 

 

 

 

In essence you

A method for fast-tracking your learning curve for understanding the steps involved in self-publishing a book on Amazon is to create a short read Kindle eBook on Amazon and then complete the project within 30 days or less.

The preparation of the manuscript involves having it edited and formatted. It is then uploaded to your KDP account.

The easiest way to create a book cover is to use the FREE KDP Cover Creator. List your eBook on KDP by simply following the prompts, and then hit the Publish button.

If you take on this challenge your learning curve will increase dramatically. And once you’ve done this for the first time, the next time around is easy.

You’ll quickly become a veteran.

Speed Up The Learning Curve

 

Low content book

If you want to speed up your self-publishing learning curve even more consider publishing a low content book?

Don’t assume that when someone talks about books, you think of a book in terms of written content. You associate a book with having text.

But what about books with minimal text or no text?

 

Low Content Books

 

The low book content industry is popular and it is a thriving business model for many self-publishers.

Those wanting to earn an income from book publishing are benefiting from creating low content books because they require minimal to zero original written content.

They include publications like:

 

  • Notebooks
  • Journals
  • Guest books
  • Colouring books
  • Word games and puzzles
  • Prompt books
  • Planners
  • Diaries
  • Activity books
  • Sketchbooks
  • Children’s books

The Benefits

 

Low content books are:

  • Quick and easy to create
  • You get a lot of experience in self-publishing fast
  • You learn the art of creating book covers that convert
  • Develop mastery of all the fundamentals for successful selling: market research, title, keywords, categories, book description 

Thousands of self-publishers have joined the low content book niche. Jumping onto this bandwagon creators have pumped out millions of publications to the extent that they have possibly even saturated the market with low-quality journals.

If you want to speed up your mastery of self-publishing on Amazon then experiment with publishing low content books. They are a fantastic stepping stone to self-publishing your mainstream books.

  • Low content books are fast and easy to make
  • Learn what’s involved in the self-publishing process
  • Build your confidence

Start with Journals

 

If you decide to dig deeper into the low content book industry you might start with notebooks or journals. After developing mastery here then experiment with more complex interiors like colouring books, logbooks, daily planners, or children’s books.

Publishing low content books, particularly ones like notebooks and journals, is a way of doing your self-publishing apprenticeship.

Quickly learn the fundamentals of self-publishing and apply these to publishing your own mainstream books.

 

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How To Find The Time To Write

How To Find The Time To Write

 

 

Are you struggling to find the time to write? If time is your enemy then would you like to know how to find the time to write?

I recommend that you analyse what you actually do every 30 minutes over a 24-hour period. This is known as a time audit and is a time management strategy.

Time audit

 

Time management for authors

A time audit tracks what you do throughout the day or even for a week. Its purpose is to ensure that you are not fooling yourself into believing that seductive dream world where you think you are doing your best is actually real.

From time to time, create a 24-hour chart and break this down into 30-minute time slots. Document what you are doing every 30 minutes.

If you don’t want to do it the old fashioned way by drawing up a chart listing 30-minute time slots do it on an app.

Fill in the 30-minute time slots with your activity. Do not leave anything out.

Be brutal.

  • How long were your meals?
  • How long was it between sitting at your desk and then actually starting to work?
  • How long was your coffee break?
  • How many coffee breaks did you have?
  • How many toileting breaks?
  • Did you time your phone calls or just make an estimate?

Track EVERYTHING you do over a 24 hour period. 

Do this for a week. 

Boring?

Yes.

Essential?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

People say to me that they are so busy – busy, busy, busy – and that they work very hard. But there can be a very big discrepancy between what they think they do and what they actually do. 

It is essential to identify the things in your daily life that are eroding your time. 

What’s draining your time? 

Who or what’s stealing your time? 

Is it your family pouring through the open door into your workspace? 

How many calamities did you have to deal with?  

Were you distracted by a news event on television? 

Or a sporting event? 

Do visitors drop in unannounced?

Are you always surfing the net or getting distracted by social media? 

Learn to say “No”. 

If social commitments become a pressure and shrink your time, learn to say something like “Let me take a look at my diary and I’ll get back to you”. 

Classic time-wasters

 

  • Emails
  • Meetings
  • Perfectionism

I’ve come across a number of authors who want to produce a book but they let their need for perfectionism get in the way of their productivity. By trying to be perfect they set very high standards which they can never attain. 

  • Facebook  

Facebook would have to hold the current time-honoured position for being the most effective distraction to steal your time. 

  • Others making demands on your time 
  • Other people demand attention which can encroach upon your time. 
  • There are the visitors who decide to drop in and absorb your time. 
  • There are the household members, your family, who claim your attention.

The possibilities are endless unless you do something about it. 

It doesn’t stop there.

In addition, there are many other time-wasters: 

  • organising files on your computer, 
  • television, 
  • watching movies, 
  • YouTube, 
  • televised sporting events…

By doing a time audit it will become very clear to you where your time is going. If time is being wasted what can you do to rectify the problem? You have to set the boundaries for when and how you will allow the distractions to impinge on the one precious commodity you can never replace, and that is your time.

If you want transformational results, focus on how you are spending the time you have available. If you master your time well, you will be able to create a life balance.  

It won’t be always about sacrificing the activities you like to do. Your book will get written when you achieve time mastery.

 

Time management for authors

Productivity 

 

When you manage your time successfully and practise it, you will make time to pursue your creativity. You will become more productive and you will still include your life’s obligations and have time for some rest and recreation. 

Learn to eliminate what is irrelevant in your day-to-day and you will find that you have more mental space to move forward in your quest for productivity. 

If you fail to do this you will likely feel “busy” all the time. Many activities may not align with your ambitions so it’s possible to waste much of your valuable time on petty matters that do not move you forward on the path you want to travel.

Your life goals are important to you.

Don’t let anyone or anything steal them from you.

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Is An Author Website Necessary?

Is An Author Website Necessary?

 

 

Author website

 

Any author planning a career as a writer will be faced with the question – should they have an author website? The answer to this question depends on how serious they are about having a career as an author.

If planning a career as an author and wanting to publish books then clearly the answer is “Yes.”  An author does need to have an author’s website or blog.

Why have an author’s website?

 

An author website is fundamental to establishing an author platform. It’s from here that you tell your story and communicate to your followers information about you and your books.

From your website or blog, you will project your brand. Basically, this means the way you will present yourself and how your followers will perceive you.

Your author platform will lie at the heart of everything you do as an author and will be central to your marketing strategy. It’s a hub – your hub.

You the author are at the centre of your hub and your hub is like a wheel from which all things radiate.

Having an author website, then, is the starting point for building your author platform. From the website, you will communicate information about yourself, your images, books, reviews and testimonials, and sales pages.

The website will become your hub. From here you will communicate with your target audience promoting your book/s, selling your books, and advancing your career.

Author website

You the author will own and control it. The website is your vehicle where you will have all information about you and your books, the links to your books, perhaps even a shopping cart, and there will be a lead magnet to attract followers who will become part of your database.

You can create valuable content in the form of blog posts that are disseminated to your subscribers, and these blog posts will get indexed and ranked on search engines like Google.

You will be seen as an authority in your field of expertise.

From the links in the social media icons on your website, you’ll be able to connect to your various social media platforms allowing for an even wider distribution of your valuable content.

In addition, if you so wish, you may want to monetize your website with affiliate links to generate extra income.

How should you structure an author’s website?

 

An author’s website will be structured with various pages. There will be a

  • Home page
  • About page
  • Contact page
  • Promote your books page
  • Blog page
  • Legal pages such as the Terms & Conditions and Privacy pages
  • Lead magnet
  • Links to social media

When starting out just build a basic website. Don’t have all the bells and whistles or anything too high tech or fancy. Regard your website as a work in progress. Start simple and as you grow and develop as an author so too will your website grow and develop.

WordPress website

 

There are many other website platforms available but WordPress is recognised as the best and easiest platform to use.

And when I refer to WordPress I mean WordPress.org which is the most popular and the number one platform in the world.  WordPress has two platforms (1) wordpress.org, and (2) wordpress.com.

With WordPress.org you own and control it. This will allay any danger of losing your site just because someone else decides that it is against their terms of service. With wordpress.org you can choose your own hosting, you can customise it by choosing powerful themes and plugins, and if you want to you can monetise the website.

Learning curve

 

Author website

If all this is new to you there will be at first a steep learning curve but despite this, you can easily learn to build a website yourself and manage it yourself.

Start out by learning the basics, build a simple website,  and get it up and running. That’s all you have to do.

I did, and I’m not a techie type person.

How do you start?

  1. If money is no issue you can hire a web developer which means you’ll be investing anywhere from $500 to thousands of dollars.
  2. You can hire a low budget web developer on Fiverr
  3. If you are the techie type you can DIY
  4. If you want to learn yourself enroll in a course
  5. Find a mentor who can guide you

If you’d like to learn more about what is involved in building an author website, how to establish an author platform, how to outsource, ways to market your book, and in fact, if you want to learn every aspect of the self-publishing journey then consider joining the monthly subscription program How To Become a Self-Published Author.

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Marji Hill

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