Publishing my first book was a very confusing time. On one hand, I was super-excited and on the other, I was dreadfully nervous. Unfortunately, though, I had more questions than answers. And everywhere I looked seemed to yield only conflicting information.
Despite these traps and obstacles, somehow I managed to accomplish the task - albeit resulting in a spectacular trainwreck. But that experience provided me a place to begin learning and develop a process. That is if I decided to continue on this journey and attempt to unscramble this puzzle...
Too Much of a Good Thing
Depending on how you word your searches, one can easily find a multitude of information on writing and publishing a book. This vague oversaturation of advice and guidance litters the internet, from blogs addressing "How to Self-Publish" to videos on "What is Copy Editing" and "How do I Market my book". So much information exists, it is a rather difficult feat to find any definitive answers to these honest questions. And before long, you are locked in the downward spiral of research more than actually writing. Frustratingly, you find yourself yelling at the search engine, unable to precisely word what it is you are searching for, and verging on the brink of throwing in the towel.
Don't Give Up
With every book I have written and released, I have learned very specific lessons. Sometimes it would be social media campaigns, email marketing, using new editing software, launch teams and the list goes on. But I had to begin and be willing to fail, just to learn and know exactly what it was that I didn't know. In hindsight, all of this effort was not only to make me a better writer, publisher, or business owner but a better teacher.
Determine the Destination
We at Cabin decided to distill the process down to actual, applicable steps and provide a map with landmarks and guidance for anyone who may be interested in beginning their journey to become an author. This free downloadable self-publishing guide is available to anyone who joins our mailing list and is the result of many lessons learned during our journey. However, like any good teacher, our main goal is to provide you with guidance and tools. It will be up to you to determine the destination. The infographic above is an outline map of what the full guide covers in greater detail, expanding on each step during the entire publishing process - from the initial concept idea to sustaining ongoing sales.
Where to Begin
So, have you kicked around the notion of writing, but don't know where to begin? Every person has a book hidden within them. They have advice to give, encouragement to share, and a story to tell. We want to help you do that very thing. We know, if you have never ventured down this path before, it can seem daunting, unsure, and vulnerable. And whether or not you choose to work with us, we want to make sure you at least have a map handy for when you do decide to take the first step.
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