2017 Book Guide

3 Rules For Earning Money As a Self Published Author

By Ruth Barringham 

The problem with being a self published author is that you have to publish your books yourself. But you don't want to be a publisher. You just want to write books.

Well, if you want to publish all your books, then you have to do it yourself. That's why they call it "self" publishing.

The good news though, is that it isn't difficult, and once you've done it, it's easy to do it again and again for all your books.

But before you do anything there are 3 things that you MUST do with every book you write if you want to be a successful published author. And these 3 things are so important that I've called them 'rules' because if you break any of them, you'll be punished - with low or no book sales.

So here are the 3 rules you must follow:

1. Write a book that's good enough to send to a publisher. By this I mean don't write garbage and expect people to buy it. Instead write a book that's so good that you know that if you sent it to a publisher they'd think it was so great that they'd offer you a huge advance. THAT'S how good your book needs to be.

2. Write out a ten-point marketing plan - and do it. If you did send a copy of your manuscript to a publisher, they'd expect it to be accompanied by a list of 10 ways that you plan to market it. Publishers always expect authors to do their own marketing and you should also do it for your self published books because marketing really is important. It is the make-or-break difference as to whether your book sells well or not. So have your plan ready BEFORE you write your book so that you also know exactly who are your target readers.

3. Publish print books as well as digital. It's so easy - and free - to set your book up as a POD print book and eBook (for free) using online services like Amazon's Kindle Digital Publishing (kdp.amazon.com). Not only can you set up your book to be printed on demand at no cost to you, but they also have free cover-creating software and will automatically create a digital copy of your book too. Offering your book as a print edition as well as an eBook helps to open it up to a much wider market.

And those are my 3 rules.

Write a book so good that publishers will fight over it.

Have your 10-point marketing plan ready.

Offer a print and eBook edition to readers.

And remember:

Break these rules at your own peril.

Ruth Barringham is a writer and author from Queensland Australia. Subscribe to her website for blog updates and articles for writers at http://RuthIsWriting.com where you'll find information and inspiration to help you achieve your writing dreams. When you subscribe you'll also instantly receive 4 free writing eBooks to assist you in becoming the wealthy writer you've always dreamed of being.

Debut book brings awareness of Alzheimer’s disease

Deborah Lynn announces release of ‘On Angels’ Wings’

The Alzheimer’s Association provides that an estimated 5.5 million older Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease; almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women.

Using poetry, prose and art, Deborah Lynn shares the experiences of living with Alzheimer's disease in her first book “On Angels’ Wings: A Journey Through Alzheimer’s with My Mother” (published by Balboa Press). This touchingly intimate book depicts the struggles, stumbling blocks, fears, final days and hidden joys that accompany a caregiver through the loss of a loved one to Alzheimer's disease.

An excerpt from the book:

Was there a beginning to Mom’s Alzheimer’s? There was. Buried somewhere in the tenuous strands and filaments of her brain, delicate protein fibers began to grow. They grew and grew and stretched and grew until they started to choke the spaces between her neurons, interrupting the paths of energy and thought and flow, and causing memories to disappear;

“On Angels’ Wings” also shares practical tools and provides resources for living with the disease, gained through the personal experiences of the author. “This book expresses grief and loss in a cathartic and beautiful way. It creates a path to hope and transformation through death and loss from Alzheimer's disease and shines a light on the caregiver path, helping others to make clearer choices in their own journeys,” says the author.

“On Angels’ Wings”

By Deborah Lynn

Softcover | 7.5x9.25in | 216 pages | ISBN 9781504375139

E-Book | 216 pages | ISBN 9781504375504

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Deborah Lynn is a lyrical poet with an intuitive vision of the world. She has the ability to clear a path, restore a vision, encourage hope and give voice to spiritual truths found in the minutiae of the everyday. The author is a certified reiki master and teacher by Libby Barnett, RMT, MSW, and Level III Shinpiden reiki practitioner and teacher by Frans Stiene, co-founder of the International House of Reiki. She is a member of the Shibumi International Reiki Association, a certified dementia practitioner (NCCDP), an Alzheimer's advocate and a member of the Alzheimer's Impact Movement.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit balboapress.com. To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

JULY 2017