Self Publishing Part 3

Self Publishing Part 3

Are you ready to move on with Self Publishing Part 3? I am here to tell you Rome wasn’t built in a day! You must buckle down and focus on the end result. Make lists with daily points to complete. I would not make that list too long. Many times we all are anxious to get the job done but lose ourselves because it overwhelms us. I set a goal of completing certain areas of book writing on a weekly basis. Don’t let yourself fall into a slump, it’s time to get real.


I Think I Can!

                        Self-Publishing

Focus-Focus-Focus

1-Focus on illustrations – this may be illustrations you draw, select from various friends or the internet, or need the help of a professional. Don’t make the mistake thinking you can do it by yourself. Don’t forget to get permission and a signed contract to use the images in your book. You will also need a bio page of your preferred illustrator.

2-Focus on your book contents page – arrange your chapters with a focus on the reader instead of the author. Chapters require a flow of information to give the reader an easy guide throughout the book.

3-Focus on quotes – quotes from famous people can give your book a sense of ownership and enhance the book tremendously.

4- Focus on costs– a very important part of the book writing process. Talk with your advisor and get a detailed list of items required to complete your project. Don’t just assume the company will cover costs such as, book cover, copyright, etc. Research and research your options.

5- Focus on distribution costs will rise with many attributing factors such as design elements, color illustrations, and selecting a kindle version. I hope by now you did your research and are on your way to having your book cost under control. Yes, things will come up but keep your head focused on costs.


Self Publishing Support

I encourage you to be creativity and get the assistance of your friends and family. Especially let them know you’re in your final days of being a self published writer. Others being behind you and supporting your efforts will give you a rush to help you feel accomplished. I visited a site that inspired me and I think you will be happy with a post of this kind too,  book writing .

I congratulate you as a writer and let’s keep in touch. I hope in some small way I have given you tools to be inspired. Self publishing is a goal that is obtainable. My post, Self Publishing Part 3, contains 5 areas to focus on and complete on your way to become the best writer of year!

Sending inspiration, Doris aka Queen Rose

Self Publishing Part 2

Self Publishing!
Part 2

Six avenues of research in your quest to become a self-published author.

  1. Select your self publishing company. Communicate daily with your advisor.
  2. Enlist the people in your circle of friends to give you feed-back. They will be honest and give you loads of good advice.
  3. Select a person to proof read your chapters. ( You can hire a professional. I chose several of my friends to help.)
  4. Research your title to see if it ranks high with Google. Be creative! It needs to be something catchy.
  5. Your book cover design is most important. Select an image to inspire your audience and make them want to open the book and read.
  6. Keep colored photos to a minimal. Color photos can drive up the cost of production. Black and white are cheaper.

Hints to consider

  • How much are you willing to spend? You can purchase a medium priced package for under $1,000. It will include loads of features and business support to answer all your thousands of questions.
  • I suggest a book calendar to keep you on track. Don’t try to do too many things at once. Build your calendar around topics to be completed. Work with one thing at a time. Start with the most important and work down.

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 BELIEVE

You CAN become a self publish author.

Doris

Self Publishing Part 1

I Think I Can

I Think I Can!

 

Self Publishing is our topic and I am sharing my experience and with all who keep reading.

Maybe you think you will never be able to gather all the research needed. Sometimes it crosses your mind but maybe you don’t have the confidence to forge ahead. It is a over-whelming task unless you take it step-by-step. Begin to rethink the idea. Tell yourself, “I Think I Can self publish.”  I’m here to help you begin. Many other bloggers have excellent blogs with information that can get you on your way.  I’ve been in your shoes. I learn to focus on step 1 and it taught me to realize my potential. Now I want to pass it on!

Steps to consider prior to Self Publishing Part 1:

  1. Do you have a story to tell that will give the reader pleasure?

  2. Are you aware of costs involved to self publish your book?

  3. Will you give your time to make your dream come true?

If you answered yes to these three questions go to Part 1.

Quick Notes

  • Find a room or hide away where you can write and be free from distractions.

  • Purchase a journal or notebook and special pen. ( maybe a pencil is the best choice)

  • Make sure you have good lighting for long periods of writing.

  • Keep a note pad on your night stand. Thoughts come to you when your mind is going over the events of the day.


Self Publishing Part 1

Several ideas come to mind to help you get started. Start research on self-publishing and especially for a rebuttal self-publishing company. There are many companies to choose from with various plans available to help you throughout the process. With so many available, you need to view their credentials and background before you decide. My choice was Outskirts Press  . I know Amazon and others now are in the business too. All it takes is research, research

  1. Begin to write your story with either the use of pen and paper. You might want to use a feature on the internet also.

  2. If you are writing your memories then talk with family members to get their perspective on relatives and events.

  3. A title is very important part of your book. Just think about a catchy phrase to lure your readers. It can wait for you to discover one that fits your . If you have one selected, I suggest you request a copy right to secure it from being used by another author.

  4. Research the internet for a self publishing company to handle your writings. This is an important step and please do read the fine print. You want to own publishing rights!

  5. Engage an illustrator to produce your images and front cover. (You may want to use selections pre-made with your publisher)

  6. Look for photographs or images that speak to you and convey your message.

  7. Make a list of your chapters to be included in your Contents page.

  8. Research images and photographs for your book. Gather some old and new and maybe even some funny ones to give your book humor.


A Self Publishing Company is a great choice on your way to become an author.

I hope you will continue to follow my blog and the second part will be featured in my blog next week. Keep trying to follow your dreams and believe in yourself. I know you too will begin to say,

“Self Publishing is for me!”

Keep your dream alive! Doris

Feel it, Believe it, Pass it on!

I love to write! I guess you could say it’s been in my blood from an early age. I like to keep lists and starting writing down my thoughts  when I used my writing as a stress release. Writing helps me to keep focused on the big picture of life. Feel it, Believe it, Pass it on! The Power of Friendships helps to keep me focused on the big picture!


In 2001 I started a Red Hat group of friends to meet and greet monthly so that we could share our life stories. Of course, I named myself Queen of the Flashy Flamingos. My friends were so excited to have a group to belong to and our group activities include lunch, conventions, and travel. We travel to fun places like Nashville, Atlanta, Savannah, Las Vegas and even San Miguel, Mexico.

Queen Rose & Flashy Flamingos

Queen Rose & Flashy Flamingos


I began thinking of ideas for a book and worked endlessly for 6 years accumulating articles, papers, quotes, and an illustrator. I self-published with New York Institution Arts & Design and the end results were amazing. It challenged  me to be a self-published writer.

My published book, Feel it, Believe it, Pass it on!  The Power of Friendships, is available in paperback, e-book file, and kindle. My pen name is Queen Rose Flamingo.  is available at Amazon , Barnes and Noble , or Outskirts Press, Inc .  If you would like to purchase directly, please fill out the request.

feel it, believe it, Pass it on!

The Power of Friendships


Do you have a story about friendships to share? We all have a story to tell mine is full of laughter. Reply with some fun stories of your friends. I still have more to share!

Have a great day and keep reading! Queen Rose