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Note: I live in an area not too far from Southeast Missouri State University. Every so often, I run into someone who looks college age and is sporting the college's sweatshirt. While she didn’t have the sweatshirt, my checker at Dollar Tree mentioned that school started in a couple of weeks. Major clue! She’s a college student. Public school high schoolers have already gone back. My “go-to” question when I run into a college student is “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” Immediately, my friendly checker replied, “An author. But I know that will take a long time.” “You are checking someone out who has written over 100 published books and who taught a non-credit adult writing class here in Jackson for a number of years,” I replied. She was all ears with a look of surprise on her face. “Let me give you one way you can write immediately and end up with a book.” (To be totally honest, I gave her a very limited version of the following. When I go back to the store, I will give her this url and she can look at it all she wants!)
What do you want to write about? (Your niche, okay to be a How-to Book, a cookbook, even a work of fiction or a children's book. The niche doesn't matter!)
Using Neil Patel’s Ubbersuggest, start with a keyword search. (I find this easier to use than Google’s.) Write those out and refer to them often. You want your work, including title and even chapter titles, to be naturally peppered with them. You are stuffing the turkey - you are just seasoning it!
Brainstorm domain names with the best keyword at the beginning!
Purchase that domain. I use GoDaddy.com, but you can use whichever one you want to use, but make it a .com.
I use Weebly.com to host my sites. They will allow you to have a free site, but you put videos on it. Use whatever you wish!
Write out 10-12, or 21 major sections on your topic. Arrange them in a logical fashion. Now, put subtopics under each. Congratulations! The major topics are your book chapters and thus your Table of Contents. Your subtopics are the 250-300 word segments. You now have a workable outline. Oh, by the way, never think for a second you have to write the blog posts in that order. Write them in the order you want to or have something to say on it!
Begin writing a blog - your book, if you will! AND USE THAT KEYWORD LIST OFTEN!!! And that "Outline."
Blog posts are great at about 250-300 words each. If you need to write 500 words, then make it into 2 blog posts. EDIT BEFORE YOU POST!!!! Did I mention for you to edit BEFORE you post for the public to read?
Blog a couple times a week or even daily. Consistency and regularly are very important here. I insisted my writing write 10 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week. You would be surprised at the results! Usually, they wrote longer! Many books were published and are still in print today because of that 10-minute rule.
Invite folks to sign-up so they won’t miss any posts. Be sure to invite friends and family and folks you run into, including those you are connected to on social media.
Decide if you want your book to be a downloadable pdf file or a printed version. You can have both - the pdf file is easier, cheaper, and quicker. You can always add a printed book later.
For just the downloadable version, you can put it on a webpage. You put up a sales page with a PayPal button on it. When someone buys it, then you set it up where the PayPal button takes the buyer to the downloadable page after they purchase. HOWEVER, if you put it up as an Amazon Kindle book for 99 cents for a limited time, then you can contact friends and family to purchase it and write simple 2-3 sentence reviews and then up the price. Do NOT RELEASE IT FOR FREE for this work inb your favor on Amazon rankings.
If you want to have a printed version then you can use Amazon Kindle to publish your book OR you can keep the lion’s share and use DriveThruFiction.com
Read the parts on how to set it up and design it from both of them.
You can use Google Docs if you just want an e-book hosted on your own website to design it. Or whatever program you like to use. I use a design program that might still be available for all my printed books and most of my e-books.: SerifPagePlus9
You can use Pixabay.com for all the images you will probably need.
When you get 100 or so blog posts posted, start putting them together in chapters and arrange them in the order of your Table of Contents. What item are missing? Write blog posts on them.
Now think about this: 1 small blog post of 250 words on a particular topic. Add other small blog posts on different segments of the same topic. Put them together and you have a book length something! And you didn't have to wait until "some day" to be an author!
You should have 10-12 chapters or 21 chapters, each with about 2,500-3,000 words, maybe less, depending on your intended audience as well as your topic.
Books have parts: Title page, copyright page, Table of Contents with chapters listed, the chapters. Always include your website URL and perhaps Facebook, Twitter, etc. as to ways folks can get in touch with you.
If you want it printed, you can get paperbacks with full color covers, black and white or colored interiors, or hardbacks from DriveThruFiction.com.
Think in 3’s! Keep blogging for the next edition or book in a series!
Be sure to keep your email list in the loop!
Learn how to market and market like crazy!
Look back at this outline. There are 25 items. If I were so included, each one could be a chapter in a book with sub-topics tossed in the mix. And, a printed book only needs to be 24 pages long. An e-book can be however long you want it to be.
And if you are interested, here's some neat directions for making a tiny 14 page booklet out of one sheet of paper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0sS59oMBe0
Here's one for making an 8 sheet booklet out of one sheet of paper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21qi9ZcQVto Linda P.S. There is certainly more than enough here to get you started. But always be learning more on your subject, on writing, and on marketing!