Who Wants To Learn How To Write and Self Publish on a Shoestring Budget?
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I don’t know if you all have noticed, but over the past couple of years I have been able to publish a couple of books. They’re not the Da Vinci Code, but they do uncover a couple of secrets here and there.
The number one question that I get from people is “How do I write the books so quickly?”, and the second most common question is “When do you find the time to write the books?”
The answer is that I have fine-tuned the process of authoring walkthrough guides over the years and by creating templates and also automating a lot of the formatting work through macros and pre-built templates. The creation of the content happens automatically as I document processes for myself, and the publishing of the content becomes a simple byproduct. As a result I am able to share everything that I learn with you all in a easy to follow format. And to make this even better, I self-publish and it doesn’t really cost me a cent out of pocket.
In a nutshell there are just a simple set of steps that I go through with all of my books in order to get them out to you all and I have distilled them into these five categories:
I think that this is something that everyone should be able to do and want to teach everybody that this isn’t rocket science and that you shouldn’t be afraid of writing and sharing your knowledge with the rest of the community. Heck, if I can do it everybody should be able to. And along the way you all could make a little bit of pocket money as well.
Informally I have helped a couple of people start down this track, but I am thinking that I am going to hold a small on-line training seminar with any of you all that may be interested in learning how to do it. In the session I will walk through all of the steps that I go through to create, and publish books, and I will also share with the attendees all of the templates that I have generated that they will be able to use to start off their own publishing empire.
It will probably be about 2-4 hours long (I’m estimating), held on a Saturday, and to cover the setup and online costs it will be a fee per participant – probably US$99 per attendee, so keep that in mind if you want to sign up, but if you follow my guide then you will make this back and more in no time.
I don’t have a date yet, but want to hold this before the end of the year, and I wanted to get feedback as to who would be interested in taking part, and also the time zones that I will be working with so that I can find the right time that suits everyone.
So if you are interested then just drop me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) – If I get more than a handful of people then I will start planning a date.
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