Book Project Update

It probably comes as a surprise to a lot of y’all that I’ve got a book out. Indeed, I do. The funniest or weirdest thing about my book, is that it’s a joke book.

It’s a compilation that I edited from “Mexican word of the day” sayings.

 

photo of the cover for a book named mexican word of the day

Mexican Word Of The Day Cover

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I had avoided doing much promotion of the book because I felt like it was not a “serious enough” of a book for me to promote.

Lo and behold, without any promotion on my behalf, the book has been selling. Not a lot, but enough to encourage me to figure out how the whole listing books for sale for the Kindle things works.

The fact that people have been buying this joke book, is partly responsible for encouraging me to pursue writing my other stories and working on another non-fiction book title.

For some unknown reason, I felt like I need to come clean about this joke book. Not that it was some kind of dirty secret or anything like that, but I wanted to make sure that I was the one that told you about it.

What’s next?

Well, I’ve decided to take the month of June to work on my books. I’m debating between finishing out my zombie book, or working on a non-fiction title that I’ve been kicking around in my head for awhile.

Really, there’s no reason why I can’t eventually do both of these books and more. I just need to decide in what order I’m going to work on them.

I’m most excited about the zombie story, so I think I’ll start with that one and work my way down my list.

Article and book writing tip

I thought I’d share with y’all a nice 3 step tip that I’ve picked up on over the years. I probably picked up the basis of this from a phone interview with Christ Knight, who’s the CEO of ezinearticles, but I digress.

Anyway, I really like this tip and I’m using it to some extent to finish up the book that I’m working on.

Here are the 3 steps:

1. Write an article that lists out, 7 steps to whatever.

Let’s say “7 tips to great vacation photos.”

Write one 400-500 word article that lists all 7 tips very briefly.

2. Write 7 more articles.

Each one focused on one of the 7 tips that you just wrote out in your first article. For maximum benefit, you need to make sure that each article stands on their own. Meaning don’t make them into a series of articles that reference each other.

Do that, and you have just created 8 (the original one, plus seven more) 400-500 word articles that you can market and distribute.  All of them with high quality keyword rich content that you can point back to your site, or give away.

3. Put it all together.

Take these same 8 articles, and put them all together. Go into more detail on each of the steps, expand the opening premise, make sure that the articles cross reference each other and bam!

You’ve just created an 8 chapter book.

Conceivably, all this could be done in one day, but really about 2 days of focused and uninterrupted time should be enough.

What do you think about that?

Article and book writing tip

I thought I’d share with y’all a nice 3 step tip that I’ve picked up on over the years. I probably picked up the basis of this from a phone interview with Christ Knight, who’s the CEO of ezinearticles, but I digress.

Anyway, I really like this tip and I’m using it to some extent to finish up the book that I’m working on.

Here are the 3 steps:

1. Write an article that lists out, 7 steps to whatever.

Let’s say “7 tips to great vacation photos.”

Write one 400-500 word article that lists all 7 tips very briefly.

2. Write 7 more articles.

Each one focused on one of the 7 tips that you just wrote out in your first article. For maximum benefit, you need to make sure that each article stands on their own. Meaning don’t make them into a series of articles that reference each other.

Do that, and you have just created 8 (the original one, plus seven more) 400-500 word articles that you can market and distribute. All of them with high quality keyword rich content that you can point back to your site, or give away.

3. Put it all together.

Take these same 8 articles, and put them all together. Go into more detail on each of the steps, expand the opening premise, make sure that the articles cross reference each other and bam!

You’ve just created an 8 chapter book.

Conceivably, all this could be done in one day, but really about 2 days of focused and uninterrupted time should be enough.

What do you think about that?

Book Writing – Determine the Value of Your Book

reading1 Regardless of whether you are in the middle of writing your book, nearing the completion or haven’t even started putting “pen to paper” yet, you need to determine the value of your book. I’m not talking about the retail price of the book, I mean the value of your book.

Here are some questions that you should ask yourself about your book:

  1. Why are you writing it?
  2. Who’s going to, hopefully, read your book?
  3. What else are you going to use your book for?

Hopefully, those questions will help start to determine the true value of your book. Here are some ideas for what you can do with your book:

  1. It can be used as a business card or for lead generation. Nothing says “expert” more than having written a book about your area of expertise.
  2. You can use the book for generating speaking engagements. People are likely to want to hear from someone that wrote a book than from someone who hasn’t written anything.
  3. For advertising. A book is much better than advertising your practice than almost anything else. You can sell the book or give it away, regardless a book can be used for generating big revenue.

Here’s my bottom line advice: Take action

Ask yourself: What do I want to accomplish with my book?

The book itself will not necessarily make wealthy, or make you famous, or help your cause. What will get you those things, is what you do with the book and how you market it. Think of the book as a means to the end and not as the end itself.