Published on March 15, 2014
From an Indie Author 1Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Why Write a Book? 2Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Who are you writing it for? 3Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
How is Your Book Unique? Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com 4
What’s The Title? Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them 5Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Table of Contents Copyright © Dedication Introduction Chapters – How many? What titles? Sub-Titles – How many? What titles? Acknowledgements Index, Notes and References About the Author 6Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Layout & Book Size Choose font size, style and layout of the pages Visit your local book store and check out other books related to your subject matter and to see what size of book they used. Adopt a “Best Practice” mind set. I wanted a book that you could read on a plane and carry in your briefcase or purse. Settled on 6 by 9 7Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Start Writing Decide on a schedule. Write to the title and stay on topic Write – print out – edit Re-write – print out – edit I write – print out – edit – and write again until it flows off my tongue without stumbling over the words. I read out loud – drives my cats crazy – but it has to sound right to me or it isn’t right 8Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Editing Convert word document into a PDF – the way it will look in the book Make final changes Save completed chapter as a PDF file 9Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Editing & More Editing After all the chapters have been written and converted to a PDF in the books format I print out a number of copies and give a copy to people who’s opinion I respect and who will be honest with me when giving feedback. Make revisions based on the feedback. Print out one final copy and give it one last look over. 10Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Final Editing Letting go is the hardest part for me because I’m always tweaking what I write but, you have to learn to let go and give it up. 11Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Does Your Cover Grab You? 12Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Back Cover 13Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
ISBN & Bar Code The Canadian ISBN Service System (CISS) – Library and Archives Canada Created an account and listed myself – Brinley Publishing as the publisher of record. You can get up to 6 ISBN numbers at no charge. You will need an ISBN number for each edition. (hard cover, paperback and ebook) 14Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
File Conversion Formatting for Smashwords – ebook Formatting for Amazon KDP – paperback and ebook Conversions cost $60.00 US each ePUB and PDF formats Conversion done by Ebook Launch – Comox BC https://www.facebook.com/YellowDog.ePublishers http://www.freelancer.com http://www.elance.com 15Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Publisher Options Brinley Publishing – Owning your own ISBN allows you to be listed as the Publisher. Createspace - http://www.createspace.com Createspace - ebook store Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com Lulu Publishing – http://www.lulu.com iUniversal Publishing – http://www.iuniversal.com Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) 16Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Createspace – Printed Edition http://www.createspace.com Division of Amazon Book listed on Amazon Book web page They handle the sales on a 70/30 split You decide retail price and retain all rights You can order copies to sell at your book signings, workshops and on your website 17Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Smashwords – Ebook http://www.smashwords.com If you have any questions you can find answers on their FAQ page: https://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq Gets your ebook edition on Kindle, Kobo, Sony, Apple, Diesel, Libraries, UK and Europe Web page for your ebook They handle the sales on a 70/30 split You set retail price and retain all rights 18Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Printer Options Createspace – Paperback USA Edition First Class Press – Paperback Canadian Edition Local printer for inventory to sell at book signings, workshops and online Small independent book stores will carry your book on consignment. Print on demand saves you carrying inventory. Same price per book for 1 or 100 First Class Press – Contact Larry Cavanaugh Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com 19
Marketing Twitter: http://twitter.com/briansmithpld Linkedin: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/briansmithpld Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BrianSmithpld 25 Free Services to Help You Promote Your Book http://dpc123.com Susan Kendrick - From Back Cover to Bestseller http://www.WriteToYourMarket.com Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/briansmithpld 20Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Create a Buzz Book Signings Interviews Book Reviews Articles Blogging Kobo ebook (Chapters) Nook ebook (Barnes & Noble) Kindle KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) 21Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/reformedcontrolfreak 22Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Wordpress Blog http://briansmithpld.com/brian-smith-pld/blog 23Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
You Need a Web Site Web Site: http://briansmithpld.com Wordpress: http://www.wordpress.com Webmaster: Barbara Munshaw – firstname.lastname@example.org Graphic Designs: Kimb Tiboni Manson – email@example.com Book Cover Photo: Josh Jefferies Photography www.joshjefferies.com 24Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Projects on The Go Workbook to compliment my first book – Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak. “Leadership Lessons from a Reformed Control Freak – The Art of Managing and Leading in the 21st Century” One of 20 authors collaborating on a “Global” leadership development project. “Energize Your Leadership – A New Beginning for Tired, Stuck or Discouraged Leaders” 25Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Which Title? Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak Musings and Other Notable Short Comings or Get a Grip! You Can Live a Deliberate Life 26Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
Thank You Questions and Answers? Thank you for being here and participating in today’s discussion. I wish you continued success. Brian Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org 27Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
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