Many people, especially future authors, have asked me about writing and publishing my own book.
Writing Your Book
I have trouble organizing myself and just tried Scrivener Writing Tools. Scrivener puts everything you need for structuring, writing and editing long documents at your fingertips. Restructuring your draft is as simple as drag and drop. Scrivener lets you work in any order you want and gives you tools for planning and restructuring your writing. In Scrivener, you can enter a synopsis for each document on a virtual index card and then stack and shuffle the cards in the corkboard until you find the most effective sequence. You can try it for free, which I did. I just bought it myself and have two books in progress.
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Publishing Your Book Yourself
I went through all the regular channels to get HOW TO BE A ZEN MAMA published. I thoroughly researched agents and publishing companies. I got books out of the library. All the while I was writing, editing and finishing ZEN MAMA. I was having a great time doing just what I’d wanted to do since I was a little girl.
What I found is the most discouraging group of people. The message in the publishing world is this: You may not want to try because your book will never be published. If you want to send us something anyway, fine. We may not read it. And if we do, it will be 6-8 weeks from now. So sit around and wait. Don’t get excited. Don’t check you email or wait at the mailbox. Good luck!”
I asked a friend of mine in the publishing business about this. A publisher friend of mine told me how much change publishing world is going through out there. He recommended trying self publishing.
I got back to researching and found several companies that self publish. My favorite turned out to be CreateSpace, a member of the Amazon group of companies. It is the place for independent artists to create, engage, distribute and sell their work in physical and digital form to a worldwide audience. With industry-leading technology, innovative tools and services, and on-demand production, CreateSpace helps authors, filmmakers and musicians realize the potential of their creative content. Media formats supported through CreateSpace include books, DVDs, CDs, video downloads, and MP3s.
I have had a great experience with this company and would love to answer any questions you have. Authors can self-publish and share the book with millions of readers through CreateSpace. CreateSpace offers authors many benefits as a publishing partner, including high royalties, low book pricing, and expanded distribution options. Your book is automatically listed on Amazon, which is a great benefit. Please email me at thezenmama (at) gmail.com and I’ll answer any questions you have. (I am not a createspace affiliate, just a lover of the company)
Createspace has a great website. It has some wonderful training videos. You don’t have to join until you’re ready. You can click on the link below to find out more.