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You Have a Book in You

by David DeFord

Almost every time I mention that I have written a few published books the reply is the same, "Iíve always wanted to write a book."

Have you?

Do you have a skill or an interest you would like to write about?

Do you have an idea for a novel?

Do you have stories to pass down from your familyís history?

I think you do.

To whom would like to write? Would like to tell your stories to your family, to your students, to your former classmates, to prospective clients, or to the world?

In the process of writing and publishing your book, you become an expert in your subject. Your knowledge will be sought by those who want to know more.

The resources to publish your book have never been so plentiful or so easy to access.

Using conventional publishers has actually gotten more difficult. If you have no notoriety or public platform, your chances of interesting a publisher are small. The major publishers look for someone who can sell thousands of books for them.

If you want to go through a publisher, I recommend you buy a book on creating a book proposal. I also suggest that you search for an agent that works with first-time authors. Very few publishers will work with you directly.

I encourage you to go for it if thatís the path you want to take.

A wonderful alternative to major publishers is the self-publishing market. You have so many alternatives today with the advent of print-on-demand and Internet publishers. You can write your book, format it, and upload it to a printing company, and receive your printed books in the mail in two weeks or so. The quality of these bound books continues to improve each year. The price will depend on the number of pages and how many books you order. But rarely will you pay more than six or seven dollars per copy.

Many highly successful best-sellers started out as self-published works: The Celestine Prophecy; Grishamís A Time to Kill; The Bridges of Madison County; The Christmas Box; Louis LíAmourís first book; Beatrix Potterís The Tale of Peter Rabbit; and many others.

Another reasonable alternative in publishing is to distribute your work in e-book format. After writing your book, you can convert your Word document to a pdf file and distribute it over the web, via e-mail, or on CD.

The cost per copy is significantly more reasonable in this format. You can distribute more copies for less money. Thus you can make significantly higher profits per book.

I was surprised to find that I sell twice as many e-book versions of my books as I do printed versions.

My Experience
If youíve been with me the 2 Ĺ years Iíve published this e-zine, youíve seen me grow my list of published works. Of the five currently available, each book has outsold the last. Book six will launch next week, and book seven will be available to the public in May.

Through my years of studying self-publishing and successfully selling my books, Iíve made many mistakes and learned many lessons.

If youíve always wanted to write a book, set your mind to it and do it. You can break it down into small sections and write it one story or essay at a time.

Donít go through life wishing you could write a bookówrite one. You can do it.

Please see Davidís notes section above to see how I can help you self-publish your first book. Iíll offer my services at no cost to two subscribers.


As long as youíre going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. Donald Trump

My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out. Ronald Reagan

The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves. Garth Henrichs

Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin: it should make you jump up and do something. E. L. Simpson

Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied. Arnold Glasgow

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