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This is an interview I did with Frankie Mueller from Book Tours Virtually a few months ago. It is all about the process of writing and getting your ideas from the page into a book form. I am still learning, so hopefully so of this helps you too!
In this podcast, you will learn:
- About me and how I got started in writing, and why I started The Creative Penn
- What is stopping you from writing your book (and how the literary giants stopped me)
- How I wrote the book I needed to write and that was burning on my heart
- Using a deadline can help you to actually finish the book you are writing, or want to write
- Thoughts on finding your target audience
- Use your book to write articles, or your articles to write a book
- Your book will make you an expert, so make sure you are certain you want to pursue that area!
- How “fair use” works: Using quotes as opposed to plagiarism
- If you need other author's permission, build a relationship through Twitter to talk to them
- How to do research without danger of plagiarism
- How to structure your book – top down or bottom up
- Why I did a workbook for “How to Enjoy Your Job”
- About self-publishing and print-on-demand, and using Smashwords.com for ebooks
- Why you need to do your own marketing and Example of a free marketing plan
- 3 ways to marketing your book online: Blogging, Podcasting, and Twitter
- On virtual blog book tours
- Using surveys and competitions to get traffic and information on your audience – I use SurveyMonkey
- About blogging and how great it is – start a blog if you are “blocked”!
- Using proofreaders to give you feedback
- Finding an editor
- On self-publishing options and book cover design