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How to Sell your Self-Published Book

Updated on January 2, 2015

My Successful Book

In stores for over six years
In stores for over six years

Your Self Published Book

I have had success and failure with two self-published books; both on completely different topics, and written in two different decades. The first book was tremendously successful and the second book didn't do well at all. Ironically enough the first book cost little to produce and market and the second one was a seriously costly and a most disappointing project. I wrote the first book, "The How To's of Gift Baskets" in 1990 and the last book, "For Kids 59.99 & Over" in 2008.

Over the past two decades the self-publishing industry has totally changed, marketing has changed and it goes without saying that technology has drastically changed. I was extremely lucky and had perfect timing with the first book, due to the fact that I was the first one to write about the growing industry of the Gift Basket Business. It is a daunting task to market your self published book, but it can be done successfully.

My First Attempt

For my first book copies I had Xerox Company run off 100 copies in a spiral binder. I sold these books from a small ad I put in the trade magazine. The books sold quite fast, so I was encouraged to get serious with this project. I went back to the drawing board and did some editing and additions. I hired a college student to do the cover for $50.00. I got an ISBN number and we printed 1000 books for $2.50 a piece. I found a company in Ohio that specialized in printing books. We did all the layout and artwork and got a good deal on the printing. Today the same company has expanded their operation to include all facets of book publishing from the design, layout, artwork, editing and sales.

The How To's of Gift Baskets

·During the '90s I had a gift basket business in Phoenix, San Diego and Houston. With all the moving around I became quite an expert in starting a new business. Until the early 1990s gift baskets often consisted of plain shrink-wrapped baskets full of fruit and nuts. The creative gift basket industry grew and flourished offering beautiful baskets for all occasions with a variety of products and enhancements. Many of these gift baskets were works of art. New businesses popped up featuring gourmet food in small "gift basket size.” These products were packaged creatively, very small and fit easily into different size baskets The prices of these products were often twice the price of a similar produce twice the size.

I was highly motivated to have a successful business as this was our livelihood so I searched for product companies, marketing information and creative packaging, but all I could find was the industry’s first magazine.In the beginning there were only a few companies that had gotten on the gift basket bandwagon and they were a challenge to find. This was before internet marketing. As the gift basket business became a viable business, things changed at a rapid pace and the competition of products began.

The light bulb went on and I decided to write a book. I wanted to write a book that would help beginners who did not have a clue about most different facets of business. My goal was to turn a popularcottage industry into a real and successful business.




Marketing of the Book

I got lucky, and I positioned myself in the right places. I knew absolutely nothing about marketing a book. I sent out a variety of letters to different magazines (in those days we wrote letters). I heard back from one magazine " Small Business Opportunities". I was lucky as the editor liked my book, and she continued to feature me in the magazine for the next four years. I also got a write up in the major craft magazine and sold 200 copies there. I wrote a letter to Barnes and Noble and I got a response. I was told to get a wholesaler and I did. I was in Barnes and Noble and several other bookstores for six years. Marketing a book was much easier to market in days gone by.

The Success Doesn't Last Forever

Life changes and this is what happened:

  • Internet marketing came into being
  • My book became outdated as the industry changed
  • Other people started writing books about the business
  • The business lost its popularity

My second book

My Second Attempt
My Second Attempt

For Kids 59.99 & Over

I came up with what I thought was a brilliant book idea--writing about ways to enjoy life and have a healthy life style as we age. The book had a lot of helpful information to grow old energetically. I hired a professional editor and a publisher that cost quite a bit of money. I worked on the book for an entire year. The publishing company did very little marketing, however I have to admit they had a great sales team. Unfortunately the title didn't work. I got caught up with what I thought was a creative and catchy title. I learned--at a major cost--that the title is the most important component of the book; and it has to explain the content of the book. The book was way too small and thin, and looked extremely insignificant on bookshelves in the stores. Much to my horror all of the books were returned to the publisher. Fortunately the publishing company was a POD (publish on demand) so I didn't get stuck with a bunch of unsold copies.

One lesson here: Never Fall in Love with Your Title. Take the most time with choosing the best title.

Mistakes I Made in the Total Marketing of My Book

  • I hired a publishing company that was expensive and ultimately my book did not have the appropriate title for their venue of authors.
  • The title was not explanatory about what was inside the book. Your title is the most important part of the book, as we know from titles we use on HubPages,
  • The book was too small in size and looked insignificant in bookstores.

Astrology-My Next Book

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Marketing Your Book

Marketing

There are many "gurus" out there promising to sell your books. These experts charge a lot of money and offer a lot of promises. You can spend up to $30,000 and more and still not see monetary returns from your labor. There is a huge amount ambitious authors writing self-help books on the marketplace and unless you are well known with lots of pedigree after your name, the outcome of sales could be pretty grim. Today monetarily successful books are often written by movie stars, sports stars, politicians and well know business people. I judiciously marketed my book after taking an internet marketing class.

During the first seven or eight years of this decade, giving away free information was one the proven ways to succeed in selling your book. I took a class in internet marketing for selling your book in 2007, At that time we were taught that social network marketing was a waste of time. Today using social network marketing properly can propel sales of books as well as businesses. Times and technology keep changing and we have to go along with new marketing strategies for success.

This was how I wrote a successful and unsuccessful book.




Current Marketing and Book writing

Today there are many alternatives such as ebooks and downloads. Social networking is an excllent way to market with all the viral possibilities. If you are an excellent navigator on the internet you are way ahead of the game. Or if you are not, find someone who is an expert at internet marketing. This could pay off big time.

John Kremer

Anyone who has written a book, in the middle of a book or planning to write a book should check this out. John Kremer is the main reason my first book was successful. He offers great ideas of which many are free. He has been helping writers succeed for many years.

http://www.bookmarket.com

Things to Consider When Planning a Book

  • Do some soul searching on your motivation
  • What do you want for a final outcome?
  • How important is it to you to make money with the book?
  • How much money do you have available for publishing and marketing?
  • Always hire a professional editor
  • Research the market for competition
  • Get your ego out of the equation
  • Study titles and think about which ones that would intrigue you
  • Run your title ideas among lots of people.
  • Don't get sucked in by promises from a promoter or marketer.
  • Purchase the book, "A 1001 Ways to Market Your Book" by John Kremer
  • Purchase the book " Writer's Market".
  • Personal stories that you think are amazing in your life may not really be of interest to other people.
  • Write a book for your own passion.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carol, thank you for sharing about your two very different experiences writing books. I have thrown the idea around, but to self publish and your article definitely has given me some food for thought. Have voted and shared too!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Janine: It was quite an experience both times. The first was so easy--things were very different in the 90s...and I spent a lot of money on the second..As you may have guessed I got some bad advice. Write the book if it is a dream and passion to do so.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Your personal experience is very helpful. I really appreciate your honesty. Most writers dream of having a successful book on the market. You accomplished that. I have a children's book in production and am writing one for the adult market. Your advice will assist me in being a success.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am so glad that I could be of little help. It is all about marketing...and finding creative ways to do so. John Kremer's book is the best there is on marketing. I thank him for success on my first one. Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. We can learn from your mistakes and revel with you on your successes. These tips will come in very handy when I eventually write and publish a book.

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Very interesting hub. I bet your second book would have sold much better with a different title, it sounds like an interesting idea. Maybe you should try to write a third one of these days!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Millionaire Tips: thanks for stopping my. Writing a book is a love/hate proposition and though wonderful can be frustrating at time..A true labor of love.

      manderson500: The book was okay and I mentioned the problems I had. I should have gotten better advice from all the money I spent..Oh well..A third one probably not. But you can!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and here's to so many more to share with you on here.

      Enjoy your day

      Eddy.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      eiddwen: thanks for the visit and most kind words.

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      Qmarpat 4 years ago from Northern,California

      That was a really nice article, Carol! I had a experience like that recently. I wrote a book, and a self-publishing house hacked it up. It almost killed my spirit. Reading articles like yours recently, has driven me to keep working on it.

      PS, I found your articles, because you commented on; "The Best Eggplant Ever". I like that one too. When you get a chance check out my eggplant, "Killer Eggplant'. Continued success with your writing.

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      Caren White 4 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      I've been working on abook for several years. What's really holding me up is the marketing aspect. Thanks for your valuable insights on the pitfalls of publishing. By the way, I LOVE the title of your second book. It would make me more likely to buy it than a title that was more descriptive and generic. Your title is a true reflection of you, the author as someone whose writing I would enjoy.

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      Russell-D 4 years ago from Southern Ca.

      Carol -- I'm with you re: self-publishing. My 6th self published book "Who'z Who At The Zoon" is a month from publication, illustrated by a young art student 65 years my junior. My regular illustrator, Frank Furlong, whom I worked with for 40 years is doing a Nickleodeum pilot, so young Nathan was recommended by my grandson. It was a hard 6 mos. helping him find his look, but when he graduates from art school this Fall, he'll have an already professionally published, beautifully pictured, sample book. It never could be pulled off had we not self-published. I'm glad we did, I also learned something: how to appreciate real talent wherever one finds it. David

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Thank you for your honest and candid story about your experience. I think you are amazing. Up and useful and awesome too!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      omarpat: Iwill check out the eggplant. Thanks for dropping in for a visit. Don't get discouraged. Marketing today is actually cheaper than ever if you are computer savvy and understand the viral nature of social networking.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Well good luck with your self publishing venture. Writing is a gift and a project that is always a works in progress, Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you breakfast pop..Love the compliments. It was an expensive venture..but I learned a lot and worked really hard. Thank you again.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great hub! I can learn a lot from your experience. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful;-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for sharing your ideas and experiences, Carol. This hub would throw up useful ideas to budding book writers. Sharing this hub. Voted up and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thelma alberts: Thanks for the vote and for dropping by for a visit.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you for dropping by. I really appreciate the vote and the kind words.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Carol7777, This is important information for those of us who have aspirations to publish. It is a different world everyday now as technology is changing by the minute, but what you have shared is eternally useful. The part about choosing a good title is really key. BTW I love giving gift baskets for holidays. Your book looks interesting.

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      Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

      This is a great article! I have pondered writing a book for a while and it is incredibly intimidating to imagine spending all that time to have nothing happen. I appreciate what you have written here and will likely come back to it in the future! Keep writing and I look forward to reading more!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much. Getting better at writing includes several things 1. writing 2. paying attention to grammar and spelling. 3, Reading successful writers. And all writing needs constant editing.

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      My Esoteric 4 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Carol, thanks for starting to follow me, that brought me here to this great hub. Currently, I have a book with a publisher/editor; you can find most of it at the hub beginning "A Short History of Recessions, Depressions, and Panics ...". It started off as what was supposed to be a simple explanation why economic downturns happened and somewhere along the line it found one of those Alice in Wonderland cakes or drinks, for it grew and grew. Anyway, the publisher (AuthorHouse) is currently trying to figure out what I need to source to stay legal.

      I started another hub-book a little while ago about the history of political parties and how we got from there to here. Hopefully, it will follow the same path.

      In the meantime, I will need to come back here to keep myself focused on what I need to do.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am excited for you and such a timely subject..that is the backbone of success. When I wrote my gift basket book it make it so much easier that the wave was cresting on the gift basket business. Please keep me posted on your progress and how you are doing..I am so interested. We lived in Florida for four years, and sometimes I really miss it. Good luck to you!!!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Carol, I find this enriching and thanks for sharing your experience of writing with us. Now know what the pitfalls are of writing and publishing books! Sharing, votes away.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much. Yes, publishing a book is a daunting experience..and really tough today. However, when the desire hits..go for it. thanks also for sharing.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Your experience is fascinating to read about. Marketing is so complex and much of success is about timing. You're so right that our ego can blind us to the best approach. Times have changed! I'll look into the book you recommend. Thank you!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I hope you do..He is an amazing man. Writing a book has to be a true labor of love. Thanks for the visit.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Wow! Will have to bookmark this one. I think, in my opinion, that 59.99 threw people off. "Oh no! $59.99? No way! Let's go Gertrude, stop reading that expensive book..."

      Your first book was timely done, and technology was still relying on printing. Now, you need to adapt all your work for eBook or Kindle software. Thanks for sharing your experience Carol!

      P.S. Just a little reminder; some words are missing a letter(beginning and end of the hub). If I don't tell you, I don't think anybody will dare. Just because I care. Have a nice one!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much. I always appreciate someone telling me about mistakes.. I guess we all do. Very kind and thoughtful of you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I just went through the hub Lord DeCross and did a lot of revising and mending of mistakes. Thanks again.

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I encourage you to maybe read some of Aya Katz hubs on self-publishing. She now has a small press called Inverted-A, and she is even helping indie writers get published. She is really good about promoting the work of the writers that work with her, so maybe this is something you might want to explore.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for the information and I will look into it. And thanks for coming by.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great hub, Carol! Very informative. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of your hubs. From a fellow Arizonan who has also lived in Chicago and all over the map!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      How nice to have a fellow Arizonian here at Hub.. Though there are more I am sure. Thanks so much fro stopping by and lovely comments.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Awesome hub Carol! Wow you have really gotten a taste of the book publishing world huh? I just don't know if I have the patience to write more than 1500 words at a time:) lol

      Thanks and I'm sharing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is a humbling experience to write a book and takes a lot of patience and a willingness for constant rewrites. When the passion hits..do it..It is amazing how it can be done. Thank you for sharing and visiting me here.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Great tips, Carol. I am glad you got your surprises and met some bumps. You are no more a novice at this :)

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you for sharing both the good and the bad experiences, Carol. I'm sure I'll be referring back to this hub as I progress along on my own book. Voted up and more.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      ruchina: Thanks for joining in and commenting. Writing a book is an experience for sure.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for dropping by and nice comments..Also thanks for the vote UP...Just remember to edit, edit, edit...I think I edited at least 20 times over and above the professional editor.

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      First Colony 4 years ago

      This was very informative. I wonder about that instructor who said social network marketing was a waste of time. I wonder if he/she is still in business!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      He is very much in business and has gone along with the times. Four years ago marketing online was about giving away freebie information and stuff.Today it is about social marketing. Thanks for stopping by.

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      I.W. McFarlane 4 years ago from Philadelphia

      carol777, thanks for sharing your experience in writing and publishing books. I agree with you, things have certainly changed a lot over the years making it much easier for writers to get their work publish. If I should ever consider writing a book, I will bear in mind all that you have said here. Voted up useful!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is easier to self publish these days with so many companies catering to new authors. However making a success out of the published book is another question. After my experience I realize that you have to be a great internet marketer...or a famous author. Thanks for the vote and dropping by.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Carol, this is very helpful to me. I have hundreds of poems I'd like to put in book form and publish. I also have a novel in my head, with initial scratchings put on paper. I made the mistake of contacting self publishing companies a year ago and they continue to hound me. When I first began writing, there was no such thing as self publishing companies because there was no such thing as the internet. However, there are still books with paper pages and storefronts that sell them. I do not want to say I've been published because I paid someone to do so. I want to be published because someone believes in my talent and is willing to compensate me and absorb my production costs. Some things shouldn't be fixed if they ain't broke!

      That's my opinion and that's what avenue I will travel in order to become published in a venue that can actually pay the bills!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by...and don't eliminate the possibility of doing it yourself. Finding a publisher today is very challenging (not impossible). The book world has changed so much. However, believing in yourself is so important. Keep me posted on your progress.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful ;here's to many more to follow.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for the kind words. Writing a book is a daunting experience and everyone should try it at least once.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Carol,

      What an amazing hub of your experiences on publishing your books. And we really appreciate you sharing all of this very insightful information here with us. Excellent write. Voted Up

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much for kind remarks. But mostly thanks for stopping by and visiting.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Carol7777 It is good to read of experiences that are authored by someone who has actually done what they talk about in an article. You address this topic with candor and that makes it valuable. This is a helpful hub that I am bookmarking to come back and reread. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Well thank you for dropping by. As I have said many times it is an amazing experience writing a book...and I still kick myself for decisions I made with the last book...However it is past. I still believe in the process.

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      Karen 4 years ago from The Garden of Eugene (Oregon)

      59.99 and over makes the second book sound like some kind of product review (for expensive kid's toys?). I can see how the title could be confusing. What surprises me is that with a professional marketing team you didn't get some good advice about it right up front. Good lessons to learn from though. I have a website (plagerize.me) that I think is like your second book. People see the name and don't "get it". I suppose I will have to come up with a better name before too long and try again with the marketing! Have you ever considered trying to market that second book again - but with a new title/cover?

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I got so burned out after much marketing and working on blogs, websites etc. There are many books out there that are really good and written by people with pedigrees..So what I really learned was have the best possible title.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I love the personal aspect of this article. Those who have not published a book yet or are looking to often do not get the inside track like this. So this information was extremely useful and interesting.

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks for putting it out there Carol. It is an overwhelming proposition. It always beckons at my door, but I usually never go to answer. I had given up after writing a children's story years ago. I have a new idea now but remain gun shy. Anyway, thanks for the hub.

      R

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Don't be shy..put it out there. You will never know until you do. I have always been gutsy..sometimes to my demise but I never quit...Keep going.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed your excellent Hub. You give solid advice and it is good to read the experiences of others who have gone before you. But I like the title of your second book! :-)

      James

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks so much. You are very kind, but having the right formula for a successful book is a daunting experience.

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      Helena Ricketts 4 years ago from Indiana

      Wow, this is a fantastic hub! I've kicked the idea around for years of putting a book together but just haven't found my true motivation to do it yet. :) I've bookmarked this so when the day comes that I finally decide to do it, I can come back here for a reference.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      it is a lot of work and truly a labor of love. Selling and marketing the book is quite an experience. So, you really have to want to share your ideas for you alone.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for sharing your experience here. I think it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and risk writing a book and good for you for giving it a go, twice! You are one of the few who can say she had a successful book and that's something to really celebrate.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping by with lovely comments. I enjoyed the visit.

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      elle64 4 years ago from Scandinavia

      Maybe it is time for another book!I hope one day I will get there.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping in for a visit.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Well at least you had some initial success with your first book! I am currently toying with the idea of producing some ebooks, from my Couples Cookbook series that I have on here, as I have a ton more recipes I am working on and trying out - and I think there is a market for good healthy recipes which are easy for busy working couples. Plus ebooks are super cheap to produce if you can do most the work yourself, then it's all about getting the word out and marketing, I'll be taking some of your tips into consideration if I decided to take the plung next year!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Writing a book is a daunting experience and today requires massive marketing..so you have to be ready to forge in that department. Ebooks are a great boost to the writing market as long as you market what you have.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...well dear Carol - just the fact that you have published two books makes you a success story in Epi's eyes and ears. I was fascinated in particular about the process behind the book making itself and the selling and promotion of it - it seems to be just as much work in this part of putting a book together and then promoting it as the actual writing and creativity itself. But either way you have an amazing story to tell here and I am so proud of you for telling it.

      I am off now for a walk with my cat along the beach and the lakeshore road (he is a deaf cat on a leash and loves his walks) Thank you also for you royal fan mail and coming from someone special like you - really means a lot to me - sending you warm wishes from lake erie time canada 12:49pm

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Well gosh thank you for such beautiful thoughts. I am so flattered ....It was a daunting experience both times. Lots of work and lots of learning about promotion. Thanks again for stopping in.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      A very useful article for aspiring writers and newbies like me...

      thank you for this article...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for dropping and lovely comments.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      This is great advice, Carol. I have visions of becoming published and have many 'how to' books in my possession, but it's best to hear from someone who has actually gone thru the process. Thanx for the insight!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is an experience and you have to be willing to market your heart out..in any way you can. Writing the book is the easy part. Good luck to you. If you have information people need...that is the best. Thanks for dropping in.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      These are helpful lessons.

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      Tony Mead 2 years ago from Yorkshire

      Hi carol7777

      I must say I found your hub very interesting.

      I think that marketing and promoting the finished work is much harder than writing it. I fail miserably at marketing, but currently my batteries seem pretty flat and even writing is hard work.

      good hub.

      cheers

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      My Esoteric 2 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Yeah, I know what you mean @tony, I have been stuck in final editing with publisher for 18 months; not their fault, mine.

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