EP 010 – How To Become  A Best Selling Author

EP 010 – How To Become A Best Selling Author

On the 10th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are answering the question on everyone’s lips: “How the heckfire do I become a best-selling author?

 

Boy, if it were just as simple as answering this question with one simple answer. But the truth is, like everything else in the world right now, it depends on the criteria of the algorithm, whether you are talking about hitting the Amazon best-seller list or the bigger fish to fry: Wall Street Journal, USA Today, or even the biggest fish of all… The New York Times!

The good news is, it is possible! You just have to understand what you have to do. And you need to make a time and money investment (like everything else under the sun!)

If you are interested in busting onto the Amazon best-seller scene, these are the criteria that have to be executed. (But also note, there are specific levels and numbers you need to hit):

  1. Pageviews
  2. Reviews
  3. Categories
  4. Initial pricing
  5. Overall activity and interest
  6. Sales

Hilary gets into detail on each of these points, so make sure that you listen close. Also, tune into the tale of two Stus, two authors who trod two different paths to reach the status of Amazon best-seller. 

Stu #1, upon publication, generated so many sales and reviews, in short, bombarding Amazon so hard that his ranking couldn’t be tabulated for 13 hours!

Stu #2 has sold over 5000 copies due to his consistent branding and marketing. 

It should be noted that both these gentlemen also have tons of reviews on their books. This is a huge contributing factor to grabbing that best-seller sash. So, as you are writing your book, prepare to get those reviews in and coach your readers to get them uploaded to Amazon on time. 

Writing your book begins before you write it. It begins with defining what you are saying and the building blocks of your platform. Doing all this work beforehand makes a huge difference.

That’s it for this chapter until next week. Now, it’s time to Go Book Yourself. Until next time authors, write on! 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

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EP 009 – How To Save Money Publishing Your Book

EP 009 – How To Save Money Publishing Your Book

On the ninth episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, our hot topic will help you save money! Save money writing a book? You heard that right. It’s possible and Hilary and her Bookmark team helps peeps do it every day. This is the beauty of bundling and unbundling with a caring crew.

Just as authors aren’t one size fits all, and there are massive variations in book length, author aptitude, the services needed, and heck, even how the needs of the digital publishing company have changed, you don’t and shouldn’t approach writing and publishing your book with a broad brush.  On this episode, get ready for some truth bombs (is that still a thing?) concerning three areas where you need to invest your time and money, and more where you don’t. And we’re not talking about a few hundreds here and there, but actual savings that can turn writing a book from a pipe dream into a realized vision. 

A few hints:

  1. You never want anyone to question your book’s professional appearance.
  2. Make sure that if there is a task you don’t want to do, or can’t do well, you hire out.
  3. Examine whether you have more money or time resources–and what the tradeoff is. 

As always, reach out to us if you have questions, and especially if you are ready to get started writing. Even if you have just a glimmer of an idea. That’s how all books start and catch fire, after all. Visit GBYPodcast.com for guidance. 

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode and leave us a review–especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. (You know you want to). 

It’s easier than you think to become an author. You just need a little faith and a solid team. 

That’s it for this chapter until next week. Now, it’s time to Go Book Yourself. Write on! 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

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EP 007 – Self-Acceptance In Writing

EP 007 – Self-Acceptance In Writing

If you struggle with getting content out of your head and onto the paper or laptop, keep reading and listening. On this episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re creating the optimal environment in which to create your book and get your ideas and content flowing.

How you think about and talk to yourself has everything to do with your success in writing. Think about it this way: when was the last time you reached a goal after berating yourself to get there? Probably never. Because negative self-talk stops you from making any forward momentum no matter what you are trying to do. 

When you sit down to create, keep these three takeaways from this episode of Go Book Yourself in mind (of course, there are more in the show).

  1. Walk away to clear your head and get busy doing something else so your brain won’t buckle under pressure.
  2. There’s no such thing as writer’s block… What Hilary shares will change the way you think about approaching the white page forever–or the white bull, as Ernest Hemingway used to say. 
  3. Love yourself enough to suck.

Judgment of any kind hurts you, and it even hurts your writing. In some cases, it plugs up your creative channel so that new ideas can’t flow. Our brains inform our progress and success. So start working on loving yourself despite any missteps you might take. We all take wrong turns; it’s how we get back on the road to our goals that have the most impact on our productivity and futures.

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. 

Don’t let intimidation stop you from becoming an author. 

Now, it’s time to close this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!

 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

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EP 006 – Storytelling Enhancements

EP 006 – Storytelling Enhancements

On this episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re talking about three storytelling strategies. When you practice these enhancements, you will set yourself apart as a solid writer with a world of experience.

Many writers do a fine job of laying down the bones of a story, but especially when they are a neophyte, they lack enough meat to hold their reader’s attention. It doesn’t mean they can’t improve; what it means is that they need to know the tricks!

Remember these storytelling enhancement techniques and watch your writing change from amateurish to absolutely on-point.

Here are the three takeaways for this episode of Go Book Yourself:

  1. Set the scene. We can’t give it all away, but make sure you introduce the characters before you jump into dialogue. And that’s one point of this tip–the others are in the show!
  2. Dialogue. There’s a reason dialogue is provided, and it’s up to you to figure out why and how to add it to the content to make your reader attach more easily to your characters.
  3. Thoughts. When formatted in either italics or quote marks thoughts take the reader into the mind of whoever is doing the thinking, offering a fresh experience. 

When you think of your favorite books, you’d probably remember that these practices are used thoroughly. It’s what grabs you and pulls you inside the book. It reveals what’s at stake, so you will keep reading. 

Your reader wants an emotional connection with you, and these three strategies will absolutely link them to you. Through setting the scene, they can step inside the book and feel like they are there. Dialogue introduces your reader to verbal nuances and specific speaking styles. It adds dimension. When we use thoughts, it provides a glimpse into a person’s mind. So obv, all of these put together does a magical job of weaving a magnetic spell that will rope your reader into your book and make them never want to let go. 

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. 

Don’t let intimidation stop you from becoming an author. 

 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

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EP 005 – Repurposing Content … And A Secret

EP 005 – Repurposing Content … And A Secret

On the fifth episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re talking about one of Hil’s fave topics: repurposing content. Not only that, but she is sharing a secret!

It seems like a lot of the episodes lately have revolved around setting the story straight when it comes to the real scoop about what it takes to write a book. This episode explains the work you actually need to do and asks the question are you doing too much?

And the truth is, you just might be–especially if you are regularly producing content because you can absolutely use that content in your book.

Three takeaways from this episode of Go Book Yourself:

  1. Have a blog? You can use the content for your book.
  2. Have a podcast–use a transcribing service, and BOOM! Book content!
  3. You’ll have to tune in for the secret–but it’s a good one since you might have the copy that you need at your disposal right now!

For more tips on writing your book, no matter what state of writing or planning you’re in, listen to additional episodes at GBYPodcast.com.

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes as well as read all the show notes. 

Don’t let intimidation stop you from becoming an author. 

We’re closing this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!

 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/