How to Become a Published Author

How to Become a Published Author


No doubt.

There is how to’s for everything.

How to jump from planes. How to scuba-dive.

How to wash your car.

How to sew. How to read, write and prosper…  

You can learn almost anything, nowadays. The internet is full of lessons and important tips and insights. No wonder why they called it The Information Age (also called Computer Age, Digital Age, or New Media Age). It’s a historic period of the 21st century characterized from the rapid shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based on information technology (the use of computers to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data) – according to Wikipedia.

So how to become a published author in an Informational age, actually it’s opposite of rocket science. We may found that It’s easy. Read on why.

The easiest way to become a published author is by teaming with a Digital Agency to meet your needs. There are a couple of good ones on the internet, which can help you along your way starting from scratch and guiding you through the whole book process – to the bare end or after you publish. You don’t even have to know how to write, nor learn on the internet, and plus you keep all your royalties for yourself. Yes, that’s how we are rolling at The Books Factory.

eBook sales are ramping up since 2010 and almost every book on the planet is out there on the internet in this format. People are reading on their phones, tablets, laptops, and computers. Now, they are carrying a whole library with them, all the time in just one device.

The greatest thing about books being available online is their downward cost – there are no costs for storage, distribution, and physical materials so the sale is only on an informational basis and can be delivered instantly. That’s why thousands of eBooks are available for pennies and for the greater good that allows us as publishers to publish also for smaller audiences, and narrower niches. That’s why we too recommend and choose this route at The Books Factory. It’s win-win for everyone!

Should you self-publish or publish the traditional way?

You can always choose to self-publish too, but keep in mind that there are a lot of bad self-published eBooks that desperately need the helping hand of an editor to sum and clear them up. That’s why we believe you should consider a helping hand when it comes to publishing your book.

Should you choose to self-publish or go the traditional way?

If you are in doubt or wander around this question, you are not alone! Manny writers regardless of their skill level, career path or how established they are, struggle with this too.

Since 2000, times have dramatically changed and now many self-publishing authors accuse traditionally published authors of being short-sighted in their compliance to a “standard” system. But the truth is that there isn’t a single right answer to this question, it depends whether you choose the old traditional way or you want to be up to date with the New Media, and grasp its benefits.

Answering these 3 questions might help you decide:

  1. Do you expect to see your book in the bookstores across the country?

It’s almost impossible for a self-published author, to achieve wide-scale distribution. You may be the lucky one, and be able to get your book locally if you are well connected in your community but for the most part, self-published authors will sell on Amazon as an eBook format. That’s not bad at all because more than half of all the books sold in the United States are through Amazon. Combined with a Digital agency to cover marketing and promotion, it’s one of the most successful tactics you can choose to.

2) Do you want to hit the bestseller status and get media attention?

Whether you seek for the New York Times bestseller list or Amazon bestseller, you’ll need help from a traditional or digital publishing agency. It’s also very challenging to get any major media to pay attention to you as a self-published author.

3) Can your book easily reach your audience?

It’s senseless to partner with a traditional agency if your book’s audience is one that you can reach easily on your own. However, if you’re looking to increase your readership in some way or help you pivot – then a publisher can be of tremendous help.

Don’t use self-publishing as a way to land a traditional deal. Once you self-publish a book, it will be very difficult to garner interest for your book from a traditional publisher or an agent. Some digital publishes may offer you help, but it’s better to let them help you before you even decide to publish.

The success rate for self-publishing is not that different from the traditional. You may end up making more money in both cases. Self-published authors may find that marketing and promotion for their book are much tougher than the writing of their books. So are you committed to producing more work, and market it month after month, year after year?

You may be on your right path then.

So take action and see it for yourself. Go and try the traditional route first, get rejected, try to self-publish. Because it’s very very hard at first to go the other way around successfully. In the end, few authors end up as bestselling superstars. Some authors do very well. And the majority do not make a living from selling books. If you’re not an expert it’s better to ask for help from a Digital Publishing agency.

So:

  • Do you want to hit the bestsellers status on Amazon?
  • Do you expect to see your book sell across the country?
  • Do you believe your book can easily reach mass audiences?

If “yes” is your desired answer to these questions, schedule a free call with us, today. At The Books Factory, we always love to help you publish.

Social Media Platforms: The Best Way to Promote Your Books

Do you have a book and plan to post it on social media? You are making the right choice!

Launching a book using social media makes it easy for your audience or the community to spread the word and let more people know about your book. This way, just by promoting the books on social media platforms alone is more than enough for you to find customers that you didn’t even know existed, or let your customers find YOU.

Using social media is one of the best ways to connect with fellow writers, experts, fans or customers, and industry professionals. This way, you can not only be led to having writing opportunities but also gain friends who give you mutual support.

However, in promoting your books, the general rule is that your social media feed should only contain about 20% to 30% promotional posts to prevent people from unfollowing you. 70% to 80% should be about everyday things like your rants, opinions, even writing struggles and achievements. This is to let people relate to you which is why they follow you.

Harness the power of speaking engagements for your book and your brand

Speaking engagements help the authors to build a promotional platform for their book and business simultaneously. They also provide an opening for creating an in-person impression on the various players in your industry.

As a publishing agency, we consider speaking engagements as a crucial component of both author promotion and brand building endeavors. We encourage and support our authors to find high profile speaking engagements and help them devise strategies to maximise their effectiveness.

How to choose the perfect Book Title ?

First impressions matter – in life as well as in publishing.

Whether you like it or not, your book title is crucial in drawing the eyeballs and persuading them about the appeal of your book.

As a publishing agency, we are reminded on a daily basis how Titles can make or break a book. So, we wanted to give the authors an introduction to choosing a powerful book title and help them avoid the most common mistakes.

What is the Purpose of a Book Title?

A powerful book title fulfills 3 crucial functions –

  1. A good title communicates the essence of your book to the reader. It points the readers towards the specific outcomes or benefits they can achieve through your book.
  2. A powerful title creates an emotional connect with the reader – usually by creating an intense an instant desire for more information.
  3. An impactful title is unique and original so that your book stands out in the minds of the reader.

6 simple steps to build an Online Brand

Online or digital platforms are the great equalizers

They essentially put the small and large businesses on equal footing when it comes to access to consumers.For a majority of small businesses and entrepreneurs, having a compelling online brand creates opportunities and visibility that is impossible in real life without considerable investment of resources.

Benefits of building a powerful online Brand

Increasingly, entrepreneurs and businesses are realizing that branding is a crucial component of business success. Obviously, in the digital age, online branding forms the core of business communications.

In this regard, we want to draw your attention to following specific benefits of having a powerful online brand –

  1.       A well-defined online brand attracts the right section of customers. The whole purpose of branding is to ensure that your ideal clients should be able to relate to your company’s profile.
  2.       An established online brand creates valuable visibility within the industry – laying the foundation for complementary players to find you and associate with you.
  3.       A clearly defined online brand helps to associate yourself with a market niche and solidifies your position as the specialist of product or services.
  4.       A well-known online brand brings widespread recognition and prestige for your business establishing your position as an industry leader.
  5.       A powerful online brand that has high visibility exudes credibility and confidence to your consumers.
  6.       Your online brand can help you leverage the existing following and popularity to launch new products/services or position yourself as a higher value business.
  7.       Online brand popularity can often be translated into real-life situations to boost your brand awareness.