Publishing your book

Working with a publisher

  • You can approach a publisher with your book idea, title, back cover, table of contents or structure and an intro or first chapter. They will also want to know how big your reach is. Think of the number of followers on social media, mailing list size of your email newsletter and other measurable awareness metrics that prove your reach within and access to your target group.

  • I received these guidelines for a book proposal from an American publisher. This may give you an idea about about how many major publishers think.

  • Take a good look at the website of the publisher you approach and follow their guidelines. Do not call, but wait for a response. This can sometimes take up to 3 months: most publishers receive loads of manuscripts.

  • It helps to make contact via social media. Publishers who are active on Twitter or LinkedIn for example, appear to be much easier to approach.

  • Be open to feedback when working with a publisher. A publisher knows the book market way better than you do.

  • Always discuss the contract you get with another author. Then you can check whether the proposal is okay. The default is a percentage of 8 to 10%. So no, you don’t get rich from writing a book.

  • Make agreements in advance about what you will do and what a publisher will do. Are you looking for photos for the inside or is your publisher checking that box? Who does the design? Who decides what will be on the cover? These types of agreements are not in the contract, so discuss them as soon as possible so it’s clear for everyone.

  • Agree on regular check-ins to find out where you are and whether you’re on the right track. Coordinate this with what YOU need.

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Printing on demand (POD)

POD is a great option for printing your book and making it available where and when you want, without much effort and without major investment. In contrast to bulk printing, printing on demand means that only books that are actually sold will be printed. You do not have to invest in pallets of books and you also have no storage hassles (or costs). Everything is possible: direct shipping to the buyer, or a personal message in a book.

Self-publishing tips

Nowadays you don’t need a publisher, you can also self-publish. The process is very straightforward, but I recommend seeking expert help and following a set format in the self-publishing process. Since markets differ depending on where you live or publish, I recommend googling for tips and platforms for the region or language you want to publish in.

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Writing your book is easier than you think!

Are you serious about writing your book? I am the author and co-author of more than 25 books and I have helped more than 400 CEO’s and entrepreneurs to write and publish their books. Writing and (self)publishing your book is easier than you think, with my 7 step ‘Reverse Writing’ method. Here are some options to get you on track with your writing and publishing:

Online workshops – Get inspired by the theme of the week, receive practical tips and get your questions answered. Check out all of the the themes and dates of the “From idea to book” workshops.

Reverse Writing? – Avoid the mistake most writers make: start at the end of your book, not at the beginning. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it really works. Find out more about ‘Reverse Writing’.

Free resources – Find inspiration and tips in my blogs. Sign up for my ‘interested in writing’ list to receive “10 ideas for a successful non-fiction book” as well as more tips and inspiration.

Read the book – Learn the 7 step approach, with lots of tips and examples, in my (recently updated) guide ‘Write your book in 1 week’

eCourse – Learn the 7 step approach in my eCourse ‘How to write a book in 1 week’. It builds on the concepts in the book and is presented in with lots of examples and exercises on writing, promotion and self-publishing of your book on Amazon.

Writing retreats – Spend one week in an exotic environment with other writers. Attend a different workshop every day to help you progress with your book. Get personal guidance and feedback. Join one of my writing retreats this year in  Curaçao, Mallorca and Thailand

1 on 1 support– Maybe you’d prefer a 1 on 1 RESULTant session or even private writing coaching to have my undivided attention and full support in writing your book?

FROM IDEA TO BOOK IN 6 MONTHS – If you are really serious about writing and publishing your book, I can recommend my Writers Mastermind: I will personally help you with every step, so your book can be ready 6 months from now!

Results – My method really works: check out the books my clients have already published. Check out their lessons learned and their testimonials on YouTube.

5 tips  – Check out my 5 most important tips for writing your book in this video:

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