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Reading Your Writing

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When I joined the Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) in the fall of 2016, I had never heard of a book reading. A few months later, the OIW advertised that they would have a poem reading at the Christmas Party. I am not a poet and I was not available the day of the party, so I missed out on the readings. The next spring, I participated in the OIW Writer’s Workshop. It was held in the beautiful village of Westport, Ontario, right by the lake.
During the workshop, there was an evening dedicated to readings. This would be my first reading ever. I selected a flash fiction story, Take It Away Sam, that I had written the previous year and that was published online on the Flash Fiction Press website. When it was my turn to read, I was surprised at how nervous I was. I regularly present in front of audiences of up to 100 for my job, but this was a new context and I doubted my writing and delivery skills. My nervousness brought out some old habits of mine which are to talk too softly and too rapid…

Selling Your Self-Published Book to Family and Friends

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Selling your self-published book to your family and friends sounds so easy. Just ask your spouse, kids, parents, uncles and aunts, and close friends to buy your masterpiece. In reality, I found this more challenging than I expected. As I am not selling my book to make money and I have a well-paying job, I found it difficult to ask my family and friends to purchase a book from me.
Based on my goal of selling 200 copies of my children’s book, Frankenstein’sScience Project, my action plan included approaching my family members and friends to distribute copies of my book.
The first person I approached was actually the illustrator for the book, Alex Bjelica. He was not really a friend, but a working colleague on the book. After my book was officially published in January 2018 through Lulu, I sent Alex a free copy of the book. He had done such a wonderful job on the illustrations, that he deserved a copy. When he received his copy, he thought the book was “fantastic”. I then suggested that i…

Pricing Your Self-Published Book

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I published my book, Frankenstein’s Science Project, through the Lulu platform. I have used it in the past for a running manual, Plan on Running Your Best, and a running memoir, Take 10 and Reach the Boston Marathon. Lulu has many advantages such as reasonable prices for publishing your book, wide international distribution, you control the publishing and it is pretty easy to use.
When I was ready to publish, I had to decide on the price of my book. There were quite a few elements I needed to consider. The first element was the cost of printing and shipping. My book is a softcover children’s chapter book of 136 pages with one black and white illustration for each of the 19 chapters. The dimensions are A5 (14.8x21.0 cm or 5.83x8.26 in).
The printing cost from Lulu is $5.78 per book. Shipping varies by the number of copies; if you only ship one book it would cost about $5. Lulu often offers rebates of up to 20% and they sometimes offer free shipping. Although making money is not one of my…

What It Takes To Sell Your Book

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My goals for selling my self-published book, Frankenstein’s Science Project, have now been set, as described in a previous post:
I will sell 200 copies of Frankenstein’s Science Project within 2 years of the published date. I will get 25 reviews of Frankenstein’s Science Project on Amazon, Goodreads or Google Books within 2 years of the published date.
Now, I need to determine what it takes to sell a book and to get reviews. This is the first “A” in the DREAMS Cycle ™ which stands for Acquire Knowledge. To gain insight, I searched the web, read blogs, watched YouTube videos and joined the Ottawa Independent Writers. Here is a list of wonderful resources:
How to Promote and Sell Your Self-Published Book 5 Things This Self-Published Author Did to Sell Over 20,000 Books With Almost No Money 7 Book Marketing Lessons for the Self-Published Author I Wrote A Book – But It Won’t Sell – Here’s How To Sell Your Book
Of the information gathered, the main methods of selling your books are:
Sell to fa…

SMART Selling Your Book

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Once you captured your dreams for selling your self-published book and you know why you want to sell that masterpiece, you need to set a goal. To be realistic in your expectations, you will want a thorough understand of where you are currently in your life. This is where the Dice of Life and the 5 L’s of Life can be useful as presented in a previous blog post. Now is time to explore your dreams and establish your goal. Explore Your Dreams Exploring your dreams and desires corresponds to the first E in the DREAMS Cycle ™. This involves examining your dreams and how they fit with your purpose. This will assist in determining what you want to achieve. My dreams for selling my book were the following: Become rich.Become a bestselling author.Get positive reviews of my books in newspapers, magazines, television and social media.Become rich To me, becoming rich means earning a million dollars. This comes from my youth where you could win a million dollars in a lottery, and t…

Reality Is What Is Between You And Selling Your Book

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Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels You want to sell a million copies of your book because of your desire to share your stories with the world. What a wonderful and invigorating desire! Now is time to face reality. To paraphrase John Lennon, reality is what happens when you’re busy trying to sell your book.
Reality represents the second R in the DREAMS Cycle ™. Reality reflects what is happening in your life that will impact the achievement of your dreams. Two dimensions of reality need to be considered: The Dice of Life and the 5 L’s of Life.

The Dice of Life
The Dice of Life is just a metaphor for what life throws at you. More importantly, just like a dice, it has six facets that represent the six elements that will allow you to reach your dreams and desires. The six elements are: money, time, energy, opportunity, talent and support, in no particular order. In your lifetime, and at any particular time, these elements will be available to you in a certain quantity. How much of each you ha…

Book Selling With Purpose

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You have a dream of becoming a bestselling author. Obviously, you need to start selling your book. What will drive you to put the necessary effort to become a bestselling author is your purpose for selling your book.
In the last post of Selling Your Self-Published Book the DREAMS Cycle ™ Way, we explored the dreams you have regarding selling your book. My dreams for selling my children book Frankenstein’s Science Project were:
·Sell a million copies of my book.·Become a famous author.·Do a book tour across the world.·Get reviewed by newspapers and magazines.·Get on the New York Times bestseller list.·Become an Amazon Best Seller.·Become rich and famous.·Be interviewed by Oprah.·Become a bestselling author.·Get my book transformed into a movie.·Sign autographs of my book.·Getting on the cover of a magazine.

We cannot achieve all the dreams we desire, at least not at the same time. The DREAMS Cycle ™ will help narrow down your dreams to the ones that rea…