Publishing, Writing Tips

Write Your Way to Business Success #NonFiction #Writing

My writing career began in May 2014 when I self-published my first book, How I Changed My Life in a Year. It was a blog to book project that did change my life! The book was picked up by an Amazon top 100 book blogger, and fortunately, she loved it – her review helped it skyrocket up the best seller charts until it hit the number one spot in January 2015 in self-help and women’s biographies. It bounced around the top 10 for four years before my now publisher bought the rights and re-launched it under their imprint.

Once I’d published the first book the floodgates opened, and I went on to independently publish a further eight titles (non-fiction self-help and young adult fantasy fiction) before signing with a traditional publisher on a ten-book contract in 2017.

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was eight years old, and that’s why I’m so passionate about writing and publishing. You could say I’ve got ink running through my veins rather than blood. However, you don’t have to be as crazy as me when it comes to rattling out the manuscripts.

That single book (How I Changed My Life in a Year) opened so many doors and business opportunities for me, and I started to believe that it was possible to write for a living, but what if writing isn’t your end goal. What if all you need is a boost to raise awareness of your business?  

Perhaps you’re a life coach, a florist, or a therapist? How can writing a book make a difference to you and your business?

Let me give you an example: Continue reading “Write Your Way to Business Success #NonFiction #Writing”

Publishing, Writing Tips

Top 10 Self-Publishing Tips by ‘PJ’ #WritingTips #Authors

I run a successful feature on my author blog called Top 10 Writing Tips where twenty-seven incredible authors share valuable writing advice. You can find all the links to each post at https://shelleywilsonauthor.com/writing-tips. When I approached PJ about providing his top tips I was delighted when he sent me a twist to the theme – self-publishing tips! What a perfect way to help new authors understand the world of independent publishing. Allow me to introduce PJ:

PJ is a long-time self-published author who occasionally turns his hand to a little freelance book-formatting and cover-design work, helping those of us who missed out on the tech-gene. Having helped many, many authors over the years bring their book to market (myself included) he’s the go-to-guy for all your self-publishing tech questions.

Here then are PJ’s top ten tips for self-publishing:

1. First, finish your manuscript

Whilst it’s important to start “building an author platform” and “creating a frisson of excitement about your forthcoming book” it’s far more important to actually FINISH the book. A book usually takes a year to write. START NOW. (If you haven’t finished your book, stop reading this blog post and get back to it.)

2. When it comes to your book’s interior steer clear of anything ‘complicated’

Illustrations or photographs might seem like a good idea, but they make the formatting of your book many times more complicated. If you’re not doing the formatting yourself that could translate to significant hike in book production costs. I charge my clients double if their books contain pictures. Even bullet points are a major headache. Stick to text and headings. That’s all.

3. Edit your book. Continue reading “Top 10 Self-Publishing Tips by ‘PJ’ #WritingTips #Authors”