My Recent Book's Journey
Today, I’m speaking with you about my recent book’s journey.
That is where I am now in the publishing and marketing of my most recent book.
There were many steps, and I don’t want to oversimplify them.
This is Kurt B. Ellis, an author who self-publishes with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.
Stay tuned, and let me share with you some critical steps.
When and How It All Began
My New Year’s resolution this year was to publish my recent book.
I started writing it back in 2018 before I retired. I did much of my writing during business trips to break my boredom during flights.
My original concept came from trying to develop an out-of-the-box theme that was purposely ironic to current events.
That is, to look at world events and flip them in a way that would be totally opposite to conventional norms.
And then I sprinkled in the sense of edginess that I took from “The Game of Thrones” series by George R.R. Martin.
And lastly, I coupled some aspects of my previous professions.
So, you can see, this book is a combination of a spin on current events, inspiration from other authors, and my work experiences.
The Process to Publication
The writing was completed in January of this year.
I then edited my book with Microsoft Editor and Grammarly Premium and had my daughter review it.
After that step, I secured an editor and sent it away for an external review.
At that same time, I secured a cover designer.
I then set up the Amazon KDP required formats for Kindle and paperback versions.
I submitted it to Amazon and got my recent book published in March 2022.
The Next Steps
The next step was to market the book. Because you see, you’ve got to get your book noticed.
There are many millions of books published annually. And each new book is competing with millions of other books worldwide.
To compete, you’ve got to get your book noticed by readers, that is, to move it from the bottom of the ocean of books to the top so it can be hooked by book anglers.
And that is not so easy. It’s a continuous process of establishing and refining words and phrases about your book and modifying the book’s metadata.
And using all types of social media to get your books noticed.
And using a website to promote your books.
And using ad campaigns to promote your books.
Do this process, review it, refine it, and repeat it multiple times.
This may be referred to as content marketing. And it is pretty promising once you’ve built a trusted reader base.
So you can say that I am now in the middle of content marketing.
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Thank you for your time, and have a wonderful day.
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