How to Write and Publish Your First Book, Tips for the New Writer looking to save money.

I have just published my SIXTH book on Amazon, and I wrote it for YOU!

I was recently sitting at my PC and checking on my book sales numbers.

And, honestly, they are not anything to brag about because I am not following my own advice on getting my books out there and in front of the public.

But that is my own personal decision, for the moment. I am presently deep into writing another Novel.

I say my own advice because I recently published a book on how a person can write and publish a book for a very low cost to themselves and still retain their rights to their works.


This is my secure link to the Createspace page that is generated for you, the author, and your book.

It is a simple web page, but it is a secure page with a link for you to securely purchase my book, if you don't want to deal with Amazon.

And, You, the author, can edit and dress the page up yourself, if you want.

Why do I include this page to mu readers?

Well, if you purchase my book at this site, I will get more of the sale price, personally, than I would if you went out there to Amazon and purchased it.

Now, I'm not complaining about Amazon. As you will read in my book. they are providing me with a lot of valuable resources as an author.

But, if a person uses this link, I do get a little more of the sale price, as I explain in my book.

I wrote and self-published it using Createspace which has what I consider a very good system to assist a writer in publishing a quality book.

Createspace is owned by AMAZON and of course they are linked in a way to assist you in easily listing your product for sale with Amazon.

As I have evolved my writing skills and eventually tackled the problems involved with getting my works published, I learned a number of key things that every novice in the world of Book Writing and Book Publishing could probably use.

Also, over time, in my conversations with other novice writers, as well as by reading my fellow Hubbers questions and Forums and saw the problems that they had encountered at one point or another, I realized that there wasn't a very good Guide available for a Novice writer.

By novice writer I mean someone who really doesn't have much money to invest in publishing a book, when and if they ever finished one.

These people often cannot afford to put a lot of their hard-earned cash into getting their dream book published.


a Poor Mans GUIDE to Writing and Publishing a Book

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What is in my GUIDE that you can use?

So, I pulled together these simple and basic tips for the Beginner to aid them in writing a quality book and getting it published at a very low cost.

The first half of my GUIDE is designed to help you, the writer, organize; yourself your plot, your characters and your story itself and then write it all down into a real book, an entertaining and informative book.

The second half of my GUIDe is designed to help you get your book published at a very low cost and also to help you market your finished product effectively and again, at a low cost.

The rest of this article is a presentation of a few of what I know will be useful tips for any writer, that are in my GUIDE for the novice writer to use.

All of these tips, plus many, many more, are covered in more detail in my GUIDE, so get a copy in paperback or Kindle format for yourself..

And, Good Luck on hitting pay dirt with your next book.


First, learn to tell a story, an entertaining story.

As a writer you are constantly hearing people tell you that your book must be very, very good to be successful.

And, of course, this is true, you do need to write a high quality book.

But,first of all you must be a good storyteller. You need to be able to write in an entertaining way that will hold your readers attention from the first page to the last.

Along with telling a telling a good story, you must remember that quality means excellent GRAMMAR and SPELLING skills.

And quality also includes, my friend, darned good EDITING.

A good Word Procesor

Like myself, you probably use a top end word processor like Microsoft WORD which includes a really great spelling checker and a good grammar checker.

You will lean on these tools a lot as you evolve your writing skills.

Using a good word processor with these tools gives you a great leg up on others because the basic Grammar and Editing are pretty much taken care of for you.

That leaves your mind free to concentrate on your story.

Edit, Edit, and Edit again to make your work the BEST

Editing your Book

But, you do need to go back and re-read and re-read your book looking for weakness'.

I even recommend that you let it get cold before you re-read your unfinished work so that you can get a new perspective on those new problems that you will find..

By that I mean, set it on a shelf for a week or so and clear your mind of the book and all of the work that you have put into it.

Then, pick it up and read it, with a fresh perspective. I usually find that I end up performing some major re-writes in some parts pf my book when I do this..

I explain this in more detail in my Guide. Good Editing is as important as good writing.

Be a Quality Writer, make it look professional

Quality Writing with Soul

But, you, as the writer, are the one who is manufacturing a book that has a piece of your soul in it.

Or, it had better!

As you go through my Guide you will see that I try often to impress upon you, the novice writer that a good book tells a story. A story that reflects life.

And a writer often reflects his own life in his writings.


You need to select a publisher that fits your budget

If you need a publisher that fits your budget, then read my Guide.

I went with one that cost me very littel to use and also provided me with the most support for my personal publishing desires.

You need to do the same.

Hardback, Paperback or eBook book format

You need to decide what you desire as your publishing format for your book. Hardback, Paperback or eBook (kindle, etc.). Each of these formats has advantages as well as disadvantages.

And many of the different publishers out there will only support certain of these formats. So, You need to know what you want to write and how you want to present it to your audience.


Sales Price and your Cut

Your Sale Price is a very important deciion for the writer to make. And your publishing decision must be considered for each format that you decide to use for publishing.

In my Guide i cover the reality of publishing costs for the novice writer as well as what they can typically expect from the publishers out there.


Know how to manage your books Pricing

Strategic Pricing

Once you have your book published you need to understand that as a Novice you must be ready to change your pricing and thus your own profit margins strategically to help your book build an audience while at the same time, growing your profits logically.

This is a very important point for any writer to understand after they have published their book.


Perpetual Marketing

Unless you are one of those Novice writers who become immediately famous, you need to work your product and manage your own Marketing of your book.

There are a number of very simple and cheap things that a writer can do to expose their works to a broader audience, and my Guide lists a number of these for the reader.

One of the great things that AMAZON provides for Authors who sell their books through them is a personal Authors Page. This page is where you can list all of your published works in one place, with direct links into the AMAZON store.

Also, they provide for the Author to insert a BIOGRAPHY, a PICTURE and links to the authors favorite BLOGS, and other sites. This single address for all of your works is a great thing to send to potential buyers.


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In Summary, the Novice writer needs these hints.

Read my GUIDE if you are a novice writer who has never written a full-fledged BOOK and who also needs to control their publishing costs.

And, do it YOUR WAY!

Write a quality book and publish it the way you want it published.


Why do You Want to Write a Book?

© 2013 Don Bobbitt

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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Thank you Don for sharing some information on self publishing. I have completed a book and have made a create space account, but haven't yet finished the process. I wanted to do some marketing first and learn more tips on how to do that. So far I've learned that is going to be the most time consuming if I want to get it out there! Kathi :O)


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Kathi- Good Luck as you go through the publishing process. AS you said, the biggest problem for a self-publisher, in my opinion is the whole complex (and time consuming) process of marketing your book to the broadest possible audience.

The "Big Boys" have corporations that do this for them, but we, the unknown writers, must use what is available to us for getting our works known and thus popular.

Good Luck with your efforts,

DON


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Thanks for sharing this informative and useful hub. Not ready yet for publishing any books but will keep your info on hand and passing this on.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Gypsy Rose Lee- Thanks you for reading my Hub and commenting on it. I hope the book will be helpful for those out there who just don't have the extablished reputation as a writer or the money to use one of the

"Big Boys" for publishing their first book. It took me a long time and web searching to find the combination that I now use, so I thought a reference book might help.

Thanks again for your comment,

DON


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Cathy Fidelibus 3 years ago from NJ

Great information and comes at a perfect time. My friend is publishing a book and is a little overwhelmed; I will pass this on to her.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Cathy Fidelibus- Thams for the read and for your comment. And, of course for telling your friend about my new Book.

I am sure it will be a valuable aid for them to save and generate a great book at the same time.

Thanks again for the read,

DON


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carozy 3 years ago from San Francisco

Great info. I will let my friend know about your guide also.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

carozy- I am glad that you enjoyed my Hub and that you might purchase my book. It is loaded with useful information for a writer that wants to save money and put out a quality product.

Thanks, Don


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Bake Like a Pro 3 years ago

Voted up and sharing. What a detailed and great article Don. I know someone who is thinking about publishing a book so will share this great article with her. What a good timing I decided to check the Hub Pages! You never know what you will find. Thank you.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Bake Like a Pro- Thanks for the read and share especially. I am glad that you liked the excerpts from the book and I hope your friend and you eventually will find some use from it.

Thanks again,

Don


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Don, thank you for this useful information.

Much appreciated.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

tobusiness- I am so happy that you liked my Hub and might be interested inmy book. I think such a common sense and simple grroup of important tips and tricks is long overdue for th novice book writer and publisher.

Good Luck

Don


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Thank you for this very useful information. I used to have my own monthly publication (community magazine) but the internet killed it, unfortunately.

Now, I am planning to venture on having my own book publish and would like to start small through my collection of poetry. I understand, it's a different method and process and hence, I am bookmarking your hub so I could refer back to it again in the future.

Voting up, useful and sharing.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Its a very useful hub for the wannabe writers. Well job done. Never though of a book yet but may be after some time. But your hub is sure appreciated very much. You have shown a strong and wise urge to help others from what you have learnt along the way of growing as a writer. Its really very much admired. You have a far long way to go ahead dear friend, God bless you. Votes up and use full. Thanks for sharing this hub about your new book and I am sharing across it also.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

CrisSp- Thanks for your comment and I hope the book willbe helpful to you when you do write your own.

DON


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Interesting hub! And congratulations on publishing six books, that's an amazing achievement!


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks so much Monis Mas for your read of my hub and your comment. And as a fellow writer, you know that we just cna't stop when the right inspiration hits us. I just happen to have a way to turn my better ideas into a book. It is a lot of fun, and I can get more into a Book than a Short Story.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

First, I have to say I am impressed at the list of books you have published...you've been hiding that ;) Second, I think this is an excellent starting point for anyone wanting to write a book and actually publish it. You've given some good points and the video at the end is actually a good ending for this hub!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

tillsontitan- Thank you for your read of my article and for your kind words.

And, you are right, in the book itself, I stress the point that it is for one who can write, but has never tackled an actual book.

What I have found is that writing a plot for a 5,000 to 10,000 word short story, or a few poems or even a few of their favorite recipes, is nothing like the task of writing a 150 to 300 page book full of interesting and entertaining WORDS crafted into one coherent package that the reader will read and cherish.

Wow! What a long sentence full of tripe. Oh Well!

Thanks anyway for your read and the votes.

DON


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ryanjhoe 3 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

I always love to write some books, if I have a chance I think I might do that. Nice hubs, thanks for sharing!


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missolive 3 years ago from Texas

You are a wealth of information and experience. I need to remember this hub for future use. I, like Tilsontitan, had not realized how many books you have published. Definitely inspirational.

Tweeted, HP shared and voted up.


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heidithorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

I also have published 5 books on the Amazon Createspace platform. It is amazing! Like you, I won't be heading to early retirement on what I make with it. But it's today's new "business card" that lends credibility to your entire message (especially if you do public speaking like me).

What I love is that now Createspace automatically can generate a Kindle/mobile version during the publishing process.

Hope you hub encourages more hubbers to take the plunge!


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Missolive- Thanks so Much for the kind words. I really appreciate your opinion.

As to my books, if you notice, each is a totally different format and style of writing. I did this intentionally to "stretch my writing legs" and hopefully become a better writer when I got to my first novel.

Thanks again!

Don


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missolive 3 years ago from Texas

Hi again, diversity at its best. I don't think I could ever narrow myself down to just one genre or niche. By the way, I did have a few non-hubber 'tweeps' retweet your link out. A couple authors and a publishing blog...way to go. Keep on keepin' on. MO


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Heldithorne- Great to hear of your own writing prowess using Createspace. I have tried, in several Hubs as well as in comments to let other writers know how easy it realy is to get a "real Book" published.

On the other hand, as you probably already know, the real work with a book is in the world of Marketing. This has been my weakness, so far, and I keep telling myself to .... get out there and get the job done. Sigh!

Don


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks again Missolive. I really appreciate the sharing of my article with your followers.

Believe it or not, I am working on a ZOMBIE NOVEL at the moment that I hope will entertain people.


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DonnaCSmith 3 years ago from Central North Carolina

Best of luck with your books! Oh, zombies, why are they so popular, LOL. That is another perk to SP - you can jump on the trends in a much shorter time than trying to find a traditional publisher. Even after you find one it can take a year to get your book on the shelf!


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

DonnaCSmith- Funny, isn't it? How these strange ideas get into our heads and work themselves into an actual story?

I don't know where it came from, a combination of childhood stories I heard or these darn movies, ora combination. But it has to come out!

Thanks for the comment,

DON


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Very useful information, the video is brilliant. Many thanks for sharing and good luck with the book.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

tobusiness- Thanks for the kind words about my article. I really appreciate it. And I like the focus of many of your Hubs. Good Luck!

DON


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PaoloJpm 3 years ago from Philippine

This is to useful thank you for making one! I am thinking to continue my writing skills on novels as I stopped doing it since my files were accidentally got to trash so, I was thinking doing it here and such on Amazon maybe.

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