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How to Get a Book Published

16 Jan

Once upon a time, you used to have to get some bigwig at a publishing house to notice your manuscript for you to have any prayer of seeing it in print…

Thankfully, those days are gone.

Sure, there are people (mostly from the old-school publishing industry) that turn up their noses at the idea of self-publishing, but thanks to technology and the ever-loving power of the Internet, self-publishing is not only possible but also easy and more lucrative.

Here’s what you need to get a book published:

  1. Content. You can either write a book yourself or hire a writer to do it, which is called ghostwriting. (It’s true: you don’t even have to WRITE your own book in order to get your book published.)
  2. Perfectly edited content. Your book has to be edited. It’s a good idea to hire a professional to do this or, at the very least, make sure several other people read it to search for typos, poorly-worded sentences, grammatical errors, etc.
  3. A ready-to-print PDF file. Unlike traditional publishing methods, in which the publisher will create your book layout for you, self-publishers have to DIY. If you’re decent at creating PDFs, you can do this yourself; otherwise get a pro to do it.
  4. A book cover in PDF. Again, your publisher won’t do this for you; you have to create your own book cover. If you don’t have graphic design skills, never fear: a lot of online self-publishers have easy-to-use tools that allow you to create your cover art yourself, with minimal brain power required.
  5. A self-publishing company. Check out companies like CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu, etc. There are tons of them out there. Be sure to choose one that has lots of distribution channels so you can get your book in front of the largest online audiences.

Need help with any of the steps above? I can help you get your book from teeny-tiny idea to a printed masterpiece. Tell me about your brain child here.

Your New Year’s Resolutions for Business Are…

1 Jan

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a safe, happy, and blessed Christmas holiday – and super fun-filled New Year with lots of champagne and Auld Lang Syne. 🙂

Now that we’re into 2012, it’s time for your New Year’s Resolutions… and I’m not talking about shedding those holiday pounds (although that is definitely on my list!).

I’m talking about your New Year’s Business Resolutions, your plans to make 2012 the best year yet.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Maintain your blog. A blog doesn’t do what it’s supposed to if you don’t post regularly. Make sure your blog is getting updated at least once a week.
  • Update your social media. Yup, same goes for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and all that fun stuff. If someone goes to check out your tweets and sees you haven’t posted an update since, oh, Valentine’s Day, you’re going to have problems. Learn how to make it easy with Hootsuite.
  • Get those monthly newsletters rolling. Online newsletters are an affordable way to develop relationships with your clients and spread the word about your business. Get out of the dark ages and get yourself a monthly newsletter!
  • Revamp your website. How is your website copy? Does it say exactly what you want it to? Is it getting enough visitors? Is it converting those visitors into clients? If not, you may want to invest in a 21st century website.

WickedCopy can help you with all of your New Year’s Business Resolutions. Contact us ASAP to get started – then let us take care of your resolutions for you (at least the ones that don’t involve you going to the gym).

This Month’s Featured Project: Foreclosure.com

7 Nov

I write the monthly newsletters for Foreclosure.com, which is the Internet’s #1 source for distressed real estate listings across the U.S.

The newsletters are super interesting to write, mainly because the content is so relevant to what’s going on in the economy today and because I am keenly passionate about real estate and real estate writing.

If you’re at all interested in dipping your toes into the waters of foreclosures and short sales, I highly recommend subscribing to Foreclosure.com’s free newsletter. You can see the latest edition as well as all the archives right here.

I’ve been writing for Foreclosure.com since 2007 or so and it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve learned a lot, interviewed a lot of inspiring real estate experts, and even bought a fantastic house of my own.

If you’re considering adding a monthly newsletter to your business but wondering what the point of it all is, read this post. It’s a quick crash course in the importance of an online newsletter and how it can fill your pipeline and jumpstart your business.

I’d love to help your business get its newsletter up and running. I can help you with design and promotions as well as – my specialty – killer copy. The idea is to leverage your monthly newsletter to keep your mailing list engaged with your business so that when they’re ready to buy, they’ll think of you first.

Having a monthly newsletter doesn’t have to be a pain or another stressful to-do. Just let me take care of it for you. I promise you won’t regret it!

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