Well, it’s the last day of the year. Tomorrow begins a new year and a new decade. Are you satisfied with your writing/publishing/book promotion accomplishments to this point? Are you excited about your writing/publishing/book promotion goals for 2011?
Are you aware of the steps you can take in order to change your bad “luck” in publishing and start on a new, more successful path? If you have been unable to sell your manuscript, or sell as many copies of your book as you’d like, here are some things that WILL help in the New Year.
• Study the publishing industry so you have a better idea about the business of publishing, your options, the possible consequences of your choices and your responsibilities as a published author. And keep studying it so you are constantly on top of your game.
• Write a book proposal. No matter where you are in the process of your project, a book proposal can assist you in so many ways. How?
1: You’ll find out whether you have a valid book at all.
2: You’ll discover who your audience is and where they are.
3: You’ll learn what it takes to reach this audience.
4: You’ll get a handle on what you can bring to the table—your platform.
5: You’ll be guided to create a marketing plan for your project.
6: You’ll have a greater understanding of what it will take to promote your particular book.
New authors tend to look outside for advice and input related to their book projects. Seeking out the assistance of professionals is a good idea—it is part of how you study the publishing industry. However, you have even more power to determine the potential for your specific project than practically anyone else if you would only follow these two steps all the way through to completion.
I would like to hear from those of you who have learned the value in this recommendation. Details, please.
For Those of You Who Need Guidance
I’m currently teaching an online book proposal course. We have completed the first in a series of eight lessons. It would be easy to catch up and continue the course along with us. And what better time to fully prepare yourself for publishing success than as the New Year dawns? Check out the course and sign up: http://www.matilijapress.com/course_bookproposal.htm
Sign up at the site: it is $200 for the course. And you get plenty of one-on-one attention.