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Writing a Book

Advice for people who want to write books of their own, with or without my help. Publishing has its own category

The Process of Turning a Concept into a Book Cover

Rich Barrett who illustrated the cover of Tamela Rich's new book "Hit the Road"

Four Octobers ago, in the mountains of West Virginia, my friend Jill took this photo of me. It remains one of my favorite shots—as a photo, and as a memento of a gorgeous day with a dear friend. When I wrote my new book, Hit The Road: A Woman’s Guide …

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Is Writing a Book One of Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Author with books tucked under his arm offering them to an acquaintance at a business gathering

You've heard the drumbeat—You need to write a book! Your competitors have already written books, where's yours? Maybe you don't need to write a book to succeed, but if you've been thinking about it, let's talk.

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My New Book: “Retirement GPS” with Aaron Katsman


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How Much will you Charge to Ghostwrite My Book?

woman typing

Potential clients always want to know how long it will take to turn the content they've been collecting into a book and how much I will charge to ghostwrite it for them. "Can you at least give me a range?" they ask.

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Resolved to Write a Book?

the Google Play Books logo

Within the last week of 2011 over  four million Android devices were activated.  What does this mean to the business professional who has been waiting to write a book? You'd better get with it.

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Mark Cuban Did It and So Should You

Cover of Mark Cuban's book

For a couple of years now I've been telling you to harvest your blog posts, white papers and newsletters into a book. Could it be that Mark Cuban has been listening all along?

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Distribution: Self-Publishing’s Final Hurdle

hand holding up Action Hero's Handbook

The last step in the self-publishing process is getting the book into the reader's hands (or reading device). I'm not talking about marketing in this post (I'll talk about that later); I'm talking about dead-tree distribution here because that's how I published Live Full Throttle, for reasons I outlined earlier in this series.

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What’s the TRUE Cost of Your Book?

crystal ball on sheets of dollar bills


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Hardback or Softcover for your Self-Published Book?

Cover of my book, "Live Full Throttle"

When you're publishing your own work, you're taking on all the departmental responsibilities of a publisher: editing, design, printing, financing, distributing and marketing. Unless you're publishing an e-book you'll have to choose a book binding.* Deciding between hardback and softcover lies at the intersection of finance and marketing.

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Self-Publishing: Book Prototype for Publicity and Advance Sales

So far we've talked about the need to hire a book designer and editor. I took the step of developing a prototype for Live Full Throttle: Life Lessons From Friends Who Faced Cancer.  Mine is in a PDF and included the cover, introduction and first chapter, but you could include less. You'll see that I used the Flash capabilities of Scribd to embed it here.

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