Author: Melissa Desveaux

Starting to Write is the Struggle

Starting to Write is the Struggle

Many people have said to me that starting to write is the struggle they have. They WANT to write a book but they get stuck, overwhelmed and question their ability to write so they give up before they even give it ago.

Is this you?

Writing a life story is fulfilling and it can help not only yourself but the many lives you touch that will read what you have written. 

If you follow a certain person say a celebrity or influencer online, many of them have written a book. Why? Because it shows credibility, authority and power. 

Because they know they can change the lives of people through written words. 

If you are someone like me, an introvert that really doesn’t like being on the camera, how else will you get your message across? 

You have to write!

So it’s not about being too hard to write, it’s really about your priority and what it means to you. Or better, what it will mean to you once you get it out!

So you have to start from somewhere and you have to just give it a go.

And this comes to a part about looking up information for free to help you get started. Google “how to start writing a book” and you’ll find thousands of ways to do just that. Which one are you going to choose?

I can give you guidance on writing in a blog post or article but will you really take the time to read through the whole post and actually take action? Yes, maybe some of you will. Not all though..

And have you downloaded free e-books, workbooks or cheatsheets only to just discard them a few days later, but you are still on the mailing list that you don’t really know why you signed up in the first place? 

This was me all the time until I started spending money on things I wanted to learn.

With a book you are more likely to read it. And the simple reason is, most of the time, you will have to pay for it. Even if its an e-book that costs .99 cents, you will find the extra time to read it. You had to make a decision to get out your credit card to make the purchase in hope that it will be worthwhile right?

So, writing a book can be a struggle if you don’t know how but think of it as a benefit to your reader. A reader actually needs and wants to buy your book, not just skim through it like you might on a blog or article.

If you are serious about writing but feeling stuck I want to help you…

For just a short time, I’m opening up my course Write, Self-Publish & Empower to a few people. 

This course is not just about writing and self-publishing. 

You need a starting point so you can truly understand your purpose for writing, who your audience is and finally break free from your fears and self-doubts of writing your personal story. 

In this course, you will be given an easy step by step guide on how to start the process of writing, all the way through to self-publishing your book in 12 weeks!

You will learn how to identify you, your audience and overcome those fears and self-doubts.

You will know exactly what to write about because you’ll gain clarity and a vision for your book.

You’ll gain the confidence to start writing your book, edit, format and self-publish it using the tools and resources available.

And you will acquire new skills and knowledge on how to write more books. 

The course is delivered to you over 12 weeks so you don’t skip a step and feel overwhelmed. 

Once you complete all the modules, you’ll have unlimited access to it as well as a private membership group for support.‍‍

I want you to get serious about writing your personal story and get clear on your goals. 

There is so much opportunity out there after you write your story so why not start now? 

You can be helping the people that need your help

Become a public speaker

Open the doors of opportunity

Share your passion

Feel proud of your achievement

Yes, there is a small investment, because like I mentioned earlier, if you invest you will do the work. And you will do the work. I have already seen results from some of my students!

This offer ends on the 25th August!!

 

If you want in just click the link and get started. The price will increase after so don’t let this opportunity pass you! 

What you should know about Self-Publishing your book

What you should know about Self-Publishing your book

So you’ve written your very first book. Congratulations! 

Now that’s out of the way, the next part is getting it published and to start marketing so it touches the hearts of people around the world.

What I am going to share here are the steps you need to know in order for you to publish your own book.This is where some help may be required.

Start Marketing

 

If you haven’t already, start marketing your book. If you use social media, let your followers know that you’re launching a book soon and get them really excited so they are ready to buy or download when launch day comes. Launching a book is where all the hype happens and when you are likely to get the most sales. Plan ahead of time, at least three to six months prior to the day you launch. Hire a marketing expert if you need help in this area.

Attract your audience. You want people to read your book but not everyone will. This is why you need to find your niche. Let’s say you’ve written a book about exercising during pregnancy. Not all pregnant women will be interested in this book. You will need to find pregnant women who are interested in exercising techniques during pregnancy.

The best way to find your audience is through market research. You can ask questions in polls, on social media, on your website, in local areas. 

Build a relationship with them. You can perhaps capture emails, create a group and follow other groups in your particular niche.

 

Preparing to Self-Publish

Editing is a must! You really do need to have an editor check your written work for grammar and spelling and a proofreader to check to ensure the edits meet expectations. An editor may also make suggestions so your paragraphs read well, especially if you read it out loud.

Join my Facebook group – A community for inspiring authors, where you will find editors and designers that can help you.

Structuring is the way your book will flow. You can download my free ebook – 3 Steps to Structure your Book to help you.

The elements of your book make up the structure. These include the title page, copyright, contents, forward, chapters, and thank you page. Depending on the type of book you’ve written, you may have all or just a few.

The layout of your book is where your book comes together. It’s the formatting stage. Here you will decide on the size of your book, creating a template, making sure the margins align with the publisher’s specifications, your font is chosen, you may want to include indents at the beginning of each chapter, headers and footers and page numbers.

There are many programs you can use to format your book depending on your skill level. A basic word document can do it, but if you want a more professional look that is easy to format, programs like Reedsy editor, Vellum, Ultimate ebook creator will do it. If you like a learning curve and are willing to spend money on professional software,  Scrivner, Jutoh and Adobe inDesign are the best.

Create a cover. When having a cover designed, ensure you know the dimensions of your book first. Your publisher will have all of these specifications.This is most important if you are printing your book. You may want to hire a cover designer if you are unable to create one yourself. Canva, especially for ebooks is a great tool to use for designing covers if you want a low cost, do it yourself design.

 

Publishing your book

You’ve finally put your book together, now you’ll need to convert the documents into a PDF, epub or mobi file. These are the formats your publisher will use to submit your book for publishing.

Some applications will convert files to these formats however Calibre is a free tool you can use to convert your document to an epub or mobi file for ebooks.

You will need an ISBN if you want to sell your book online and in bookstores. An ISBN is the international standard book number that you see on the copyright page and in the barcode. 

You will need one ISBN for each format – Print or ebook. Apple iBooks will also need a seperate one. 

Your publisher can provide you with a free ISBN however, it is best to purchase your own. You will have your own rights to your book and can publish it where ever you choose. You become the publisher.

A free ISBN from Amazon for example will make Amazon the publisher and you will have limitations on where you can sell your book. You can purchase ISBN’s from Bowker or Bowker Thorpe.

For print books, you will also need to purchase a barcode.

Some publishing platforms you can use are:

There are many more, however these are well known and either have a small fee to pay to publish or are free.
There are pros and cons with all publishers so you should do your own research to find the best one for you.
 

Once you’re ready to publish, upload your ready made documents, complete the required details within the publisher account and you are published!

Now it’s up to you to spread the word to get your book out. Hopefully you started your marketing plan long before you published!

That’s pretty much the process of self-publishing your book. 

If you need any assistance or don’t have the time to publish yourself, get in touch and we can discuss your needs.

 

All the best on your publishing journey
Melissa Desveaux

 

What’s your #1 Fear when it comes to Writing your Personal Story?

What’s your #1 Fear when it comes to Writing your Personal Story?

We all have a fear of something and whatever that fear is, overcoming it is to face it head on. You know , just do it!

Well, it’s the same with writing your personal story. You have to start writing it. There is no other way to do it. Here are some ways you can do this without having a heart attack in the meantime.

1. Start a journal – write a little bit each day about your thoughts, and feelings and why you think you have that fear of writing your book.

2. Keep it to yourself – You don’t have to share your story until you are ready to. Start writing, structure it so you you create an outline. You can download my free workbook – 3 Steps to Stucture your book

3. You don’t really need to tell a story – Write quotes or poems that relate to you and your personal story.

4. Make it a novel – You can change names of people, use an alias, change locations etc.

5. Communicate with people – You can find groups on social media that have been through your experience, ask questions that will help you talk about your story and read other stories that relate.

6. Seek professional help if you’ve experienced trauma. It will help you open up to a trusted person and they can give you the best advice for your circumstances.

7. You can fix mistakes in a book so don’t let that stop you from writing. An editor can fix it and help you make your book read well.

8. If money is a problem, start out writing an e-book. It costs virtually nothing to write and upload a book on Amazon and you can do pre-sales and sell your book for as little as 99c! The only out of pocket expense will probably be editing, cover designer and formatting if you need help with  it.

9. Learning how to write takes practice – Write it down. Read it so it makes sense, and you are not confusing your reader. Get someone else to read it for you. Two eyes are better than one. Then, get an editor to go through it properly.

10, If you think writing is too hard, record yourself telling your story. You can replay  it and sell it as an audio instead. Or get a ghostwriter to write it for you!

There are many ways to overcome fear of writing, but you really do have to start somewhere otherwise you never will and no-one will have that chance to read your story and be inspired by you.

Melissa Desveaux