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WHY YOU SHOULD
SELF-PUBLISH A BOOK

...Or Not
IT NEVER FAILS...
Anytime I do something new,
(write a book, launch a podcast,
film a video, write another book)

some folks will tell me how cool
it is that I did those things.

IMAGE: David Gabino
Which is almost always followed by
“I want to do one too, someday.”

IMAGE: Natalie Johnson
My next response is always the same

If you want it
Go Get It!
When I wrote
my first book,
I was TERRIFIED.

IMAGE: Hammonton Photography
I had no idea how to deliver it,
didn’t know how to host it,
didn’t know which format to use,
and no idea how long to make it.

IMAGE: College Degrees 360
I was scared,
worried people wouldn’t want it.

IMAGE: Cayusa
Fear of rejection is a
bad Mutha-Trucker.
Fear stalled me for months,
but eventually

I wrote that book
IMAGE: Romana Klee
Did it get downloaded
thousands of times?
NO

Did it make me rich?
NOPE
DID IT PROVIDE VALUE?

Hell Yes!
IMAGE: AMcGill
If you want to write a book,
stop talking about it, and do it.
IMAGE: Steven DePolo
Yes,

it really is that simple.
Open up Word, Notepad, or Google Docs and start writing
IMAGE: The Culinary Geek
Get your ass out of

“eventually”
and get to work.
Need some compelling reasons?

You should publish
a book because...
IMAGE: Kevin Dooley
#1

BECAUSE YOU CAN!
IMAGE: Kevin Dooley
You were equipped with opposable
thumbs, and the innate ability to
string words together,

What more reason
do you need?
IMAGE: Tom Conger
#2

Completing a monumental
task is liberating.
Finish the book, and you’ll feel unstoppable

IMAGE: Gonzalo_AR
#3

People will
love you.
Share your words and
the world will beat a
path to your door.

IMAGE: Neal.
#5

Make the world
a better place
The more value you provide, the
better the world will be.
IMAGE: NASA
#6

Help someone else
up the ladder
Remember that one book you read
that changed your view on life?

BE THAT RESOURCE FOR OTHERS
IMAGE: Georgios Karamanis
#7

Insane amounts
of credibility
You can’t swing a dead cat
without hitting a blogger, but
tell someone you wrote a book,

& WATCH THEIR
EYES LIGHT UP
IMAGE: Jeff Harris
#8

You may already have
all the content
Pull together a couple dozen blog posts you wrote on a subject
clean it up, organize it, create a cover and BOOM!

YOU’RE AN AUTHOR
IMAGE: GinneRobot
#9

More eyeballs on your work

Provide a free resource guide
& gain a whole legion of
new fans to your tribe.

IMAGE: Ashley Rose
#10

The root of authority is

author

Write a book and people ask
you to be part of things.
IMAGE: Theresa Thompson
THERE ARE MANY REASONS
why you should write a book.
Then again, maybe you shouldn’t.
Consider a few reasons

why you shouldn’t
publish a book.
A: There’s no money in it
Unless you’re Stephen King,
JK Rowling, or Seth Godin,

IT IS UNCOMMON TO MAKE A LIVING
ON THE SALES OF A SINGLE BOOK.

IMAGE: Alex Barth
B:

You’re not
a good writer
Stringing words together
in a cohesive manner
not your strong suit?
A BOOK MIGHT NOT BE THE RIGHT GIG.
IMAGE: Alex Proimos
B:

Your heart isn’t
in the work

You may have a lot
to share, but if you’re
not passionate about the
work, it will show.
C: You’re miserly over your methods

Go ahead, hold onto your
precious trade secrets...
I’m sure your competitors
will be more than willing
to take your place
D: Mediocre is the best you can do

WE HAVE NO ROOM FOR

mill
f tINheLIBRARIES.
run o OUR
PHOTO: Azrasta
NOW YOU HAVE A
DECISION TO MAKE
Are you up for
the challenge?
PHOTO: Trilli Bagus
Willing to put for time & energy
to put out something WORTHWHILE?
Then let’s get started
PHOTO: James Clear
So, how do you start
Your First Book?
Rule #1
BABY STEPS
IMAGE: Efilpera
If you run your engine at full throttle,
YOU’LL BURN IT DOWN, AND END UP STUCK.
Motor along at cruising speed,
you’ll last longer, and pass the guy
burning on the side of the road

IMAGE: Ashley Burton
Automotive metaphors aside,
the 1st thing you need

IS A PLAN
IMAGE: Dollar Bin
Know your Niche. Know Your Reader.

UNDERSTAND EXACTLY
what and who you are writing toward.
IMAGE: Dollar Bin
And the deeper the niche
the BETTER!
(specific sells better than general)

IMAGE: Hani Amir
OUTLINES RULE!
Get your thoughts down hard and fast,
and then put them in a structure
that creates fluid progress.
IMAGE: Ulisse Albiati
Write
Every
Day
Small, daily rituals of writing lead
to better success of finishing on time.
REMEMBER: Baby Steps
IMAGE: Luca Barcellona
Side Note!
If you miss your daily writing goal,
don’t beat yourself up about it.
Just start fresh again & move on.

IMAGE: Luca Barcellona
Read Strunk & White’s

ELEMENTS OF STYLE

A resource every writer should have in their library.
No screwing around, just buy it, and read it.
IMAGE: Kevin Dooley
Know Your
Formats
The more you know about headlines, subheads,
and body copy, the better off you’ll be in the end.
IMAGE: Bbum
Know Your
Publishing
Options
IMAGE: Brenda Starr

Should you give it
away as an incentive,
or should you sell it?
Do you want to go
print, or should you
stay digital?
THAT SHOULD GET YOU STARTED

IMAGE: The Happy Rower
You will have questions along the way,

BUT THE ANSWERS EXIST.

I learned by doing, and you can too.

IMAGE: jjjohn
But Wait,

THERE’S MORE!
IMAGE: Daliborlev
Did you think we would leave you hanging?

VISIT
www.CreativelyPublished.com
Free training to help get you started.

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Why You Should Publish a Book… or Not

  • 1. WHY YOU SHOULD SELF-PUBLISH A BOOK ...Or Not
  • 3. Anytime I do something new, (write a book, launch a podcast, film a video, write another book) some folks will tell me how cool it is that I did those things. IMAGE: David Gabino
  • 4. Which is almost always followed by “I want to do one too, someday.” IMAGE: Natalie Johnson
  • 5. My next response is always the same If you want it Go Get It!
  • 6. When I wrote my first book, I was TERRIFIED. IMAGE: Hammonton Photography
  • 7. I had no idea how to deliver it, didn’t know how to host it, didn’t know which format to use, and no idea how long to make it. IMAGE: College Degrees 360
  • 8. I was scared, worried people wouldn’t want it. IMAGE: Cayusa
  • 9. Fear of rejection is a bad Mutha-Trucker. Fear stalled me for months, but eventually I wrote that book IMAGE: Romana Klee
  • 10. Did it get downloaded thousands of times? NO Did it make me rich? NOPE DID IT PROVIDE VALUE? Hell Yes! IMAGE: AMcGill
  • 11. If you want to write a book, stop talking about it, and do it. IMAGE: Steven DePolo
  • 12. Yes, it really is that simple. Open up Word, Notepad, or Google Docs and start writing IMAGE: The Culinary Geek
  • 13. Get your ass out of “eventually” and get to work.
  • 14. Need some compelling reasons? You should publish a book because... IMAGE: Kevin Dooley
  • 16. You were equipped with opposable thumbs, and the innate ability to string words together, What more reason do you need? IMAGE: Tom Conger
  • 17. #2 Completing a monumental task is liberating. Finish the book, and you’ll feel unstoppable IMAGE: Gonzalo_AR
  • 18. #3 People will love you. Share your words and the world will beat a path to your door. IMAGE: Neal.
  • 19. #5 Make the world a better place The more value you provide, the better the world will be. IMAGE: NASA
  • 20. #6 Help someone else up the ladder Remember that one book you read that changed your view on life? BE THAT RESOURCE FOR OTHERS IMAGE: Georgios Karamanis
  • 21. #7 Insane amounts of credibility You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a blogger, but tell someone you wrote a book, & WATCH THEIR EYES LIGHT UP IMAGE: Jeff Harris
  • 22. #8 You may already have all the content Pull together a couple dozen blog posts you wrote on a subject clean it up, organize it, create a cover and BOOM! YOU’RE AN AUTHOR IMAGE: GinneRobot
  • 23. #9 More eyeballs on your work Provide a free resource guide & gain a whole legion of new fans to your tribe. IMAGE: Ashley Rose
  • 24. #10 The root of authority is author Write a book and people ask you to be part of things. IMAGE: Theresa Thompson
  • 25. THERE ARE MANY REASONS why you should write a book. Then again, maybe you shouldn’t.
  • 26. Consider a few reasons why you shouldn’t publish a book.
  • 27. A: There’s no money in it Unless you’re Stephen King, JK Rowling, or Seth Godin, IT IS UNCOMMON TO MAKE A LIVING ON THE SALES OF A SINGLE BOOK. IMAGE: Alex Barth
  • 28. B: You’re not a good writer Stringing words together in a cohesive manner not your strong suit? A BOOK MIGHT NOT BE THE RIGHT GIG. IMAGE: Alex Proimos
  • 29. B: Your heart isn’t in the work You may have a lot to share, but if you’re not passionate about the work, it will show.
  • 30. C: You’re miserly over your methods Go ahead, hold onto your precious trade secrets...
  • 31. I’m sure your competitors will be more than willing to take your place
  • 32. D: Mediocre is the best you can do WE HAVE NO ROOM FOR mill f tINheLIBRARIES. run o OUR PHOTO: Azrasta
  • 33. NOW YOU HAVE A DECISION TO MAKE Are you up for the challenge? PHOTO: Trilli Bagus
  • 34. Willing to put for time & energy to put out something WORTHWHILE? Then let’s get started PHOTO: James Clear
  • 35. So, how do you start Your First Book?
  • 37. If you run your engine at full throttle, YOU’LL BURN IT DOWN, AND END UP STUCK. Motor along at cruising speed, you’ll last longer, and pass the guy burning on the side of the road IMAGE: Ashley Burton
  • 38. Automotive metaphors aside, the 1st thing you need IS A PLAN IMAGE: Dollar Bin
  • 39. Know your Niche. Know Your Reader. UNDERSTAND EXACTLY what and who you are writing toward. IMAGE: Dollar Bin
  • 40. And the deeper the niche the BETTER! (specific sells better than general) IMAGE: Hani Amir
  • 41. OUTLINES RULE! Get your thoughts down hard and fast, and then put them in a structure that creates fluid progress. IMAGE: Ulisse Albiati
  • 42. Write Every Day Small, daily rituals of writing lead to better success of finishing on time. REMEMBER: Baby Steps IMAGE: Luca Barcellona
  • 43. Side Note! If you miss your daily writing goal, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just start fresh again & move on. IMAGE: Luca Barcellona
  • 44. Read Strunk & White’s ELEMENTS OF STYLE A resource every writer should have in their library. No screwing around, just buy it, and read it. IMAGE: Kevin Dooley
  • 45. Know Your Formats The more you know about headlines, subheads, and body copy, the better off you’ll be in the end. IMAGE: Bbum
  • 46. Know Your Publishing Options IMAGE: Brenda Starr Should you give it away as an incentive, or should you sell it? Do you want to go print, or should you stay digital?
  • 47. THAT SHOULD GET YOU STARTED IMAGE: The Happy Rower
  • 48. You will have questions along the way, BUT THE ANSWERS EXIST. I learned by doing, and you can too. IMAGE: jjjohn
  • 50. Did you think we would leave you hanging? VISIT www.CreativelyPublished.com Free training to help get you started.