Behind the “Seens” with Amanda Miller from My Word Publishing
Deciding to become a published author is no small decision – for many it’s a dream come true, for others, it’s a calling and for others it is a way to share their expertise, experience or their point of view with the world.
After committing to your book, the next major decision is how will you publish book? If you are thinking that the traditional publishing route might not be for you then considering the self-publishing option could be a good idea
My guest in this episode is Amanda Miller, is a self-publishing consultant with My Word Publishing. In our brief time together, she runs down several tips and strategies you can use to self-publish your book.
If you’re considering self-publishing your book, then this episode will help you figure out how to do it successfully.
Things to consider when self-publishing
- Review different publishing models
- Money, time, and control are major points
- Key players to involve in the publishing process
Amanda explains why it is so important to understand the different publishing models and the full spectrum of options available to you. You can go the traditional route and submit multiple queries, or you can try the other extreme and keep it really basic by uploading a PDF copy.
The main thing to remember is that you have options and they vary based on your individual needs and tolerance.
Money and time are both major factors to consider when you think about all of the key players involved in the self-publishing space. There are things you can do for yourself that may take time and effort to research, learn and implement. While other things such as hiring an editor and a book designer ideally require more money than time.
“If you want to keep your rights and royalties, you want to make a good book, you want to get it out into the world in a timely manner, self-publishing is a really good option for you.”
- Watch out for overwhelm
- Optimize your sales page
- Get the foundational marketing done well
Amanda touches on the importance of avoiding overwhelm. Publishing a book through any route can feel overwhelming, but it comes at you even harder when you’re not sure what to publish, where to start or how.
Know what needs to be done when. Things like getting your ISBN before or after the cover design matters. Having a consultant like Amanda to help guide you through self-publishing can really relieve overwhelm and give you peace of mind.
Another major part of self-publishing to consider and plan for is how you will optimize your sales page. This includes Amazon and the book page on your personal author website
Amanda shares tips and about where and how you want to optimize the blurb on the back of your book and your Amazon sales page.
Making marketing foundational from the beginning of your journey as an author will be a huge benefit once your book is published.
PRO TIP: Work on two book marketing tasks every week for a year.
Reach out to Amanda with any questions. She is amazing with the execution of strategy and figuring out the marketing to strengthen your brand and improve recognition for your self-published book.
Also, check out Amanda’s upcoming author platform marketing classes on email marketing.
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Interested in exploring where you are in your branding journey? Let’s chat! If you want to learn more about how to be seen, be found, be heard, please connect with me on the socials or let’s set up a call to chat.