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Introduction
This website is crammed with information about writing and self-publishing. Realizing it can be a bit
overwhelming, I created this road map to help you navigate through the site depending on where you are in the
process.

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN THE BASICS ABOUT THE SELF-PUBLISHING INDUSTRY


IF YOU WANT TO START WRITING A BOOK BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START


  • Questions to ask yourself before you start writing
  • The difference between traditional and self-publishing
  • The many approaches to self-publishing
  • Choosing the right publisher
  • Author platform
  • Where to begin
  • How to spot scams
  • How to choose a book title
  • All about front and back covers
  • Inside the book stuff (font size, headers & footers, front & back material)
  • All about editors
  • What you can do before sending your manuscript to an editor or proofreader
  • How to write an elevator speech, blurb, and synopsis
  • All about genre
  • Helpful reference materials

  • Show, don’t tell
  • Point of view
  • Beginning, middle, and end
  • Character development
  • Setting
  • Transitioning
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Active vs passive voice
  • Narrative tense
  • Giving away the whole police report
  • Moving the story forward
  • Using body language
  • Descriptive writing
  • Dialogue
  • Backstory
  • Creating conflict, crisis, drama, and tension
  • Scene creation
  • Story, plot, and hook

    Another button to click is Book Reviewers for an understanding of what reviewers look for in a book.

IF YOU HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK AND IT’S NOW TIME TO LAUNCH IT

    The button to click is Book Launching where I talk about what you can do before and after your book is released to make people
    aware of its existence.

IF YOUR BOOK HAS BEEN LAUNCHED AND NOW YOU WANT SALES

  • Developing your brand
  • Creating a marketing plan
  • How a website and/or blog can help
  • The benefits of Amazon.com
  • Using social media
  • Defining your target market
  • Where you can post information about your books
  • The benefits of on-line chat groups
  • On-line interviews and writing articles and short stories
  • Getting reviews and testimonials
  • Discounting your book and/or giving it away for free
  • Contests and awards
  • How the press can help you
  • The benefits of face-to-face communication

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE THAN WHAT IS OFFERED ON THIS WEBSITE

    The button to click is Helpful Links where you can find articles, blogs, and websites on a variety of subjects related to book
    writing, publishing, and promotion.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE DEFINITION OF AN UNFAMILIAR WORD USED ON THIS WEBSITE


ON THIS WEBSITE, YOU’LL ALSO FIND



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