Writ­ten a book? Learn how to get it pub­lished

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Deb­bie Bal­zotti

Ihave been ap­proached many times by peo­ple who ask, “I have writ­ten my first book and I worked on it for a re­ally long time, all alone, on my com­puter, but I’m sure it’s a good one, so what do I do to get it pub­lished?”

Af­ter sin­cere words of en­cour­age­ment, I fol­low with the ad­vice to take a writ­ing class or join a writ­ing group to be sure your book is the best that it can be. Writ­ing to pub­lish is not the same as writ­ing for a hobby.

Once you are sure you have some­thing worth read­ing, how do you get your book read? Thou­sands of peo­ple pro­duce a book and get it pub­lished ev­ery year, but thou­sands more never find a way to share their man­u­script. You need ex­pert ad­vice ASAP. Springville au­thor Ryan Men­den­hall is here to save the day! Men­den­hall has writ­ten a hand­book with the en­tic­ing ti­tle “Selling Well: The 5 Re­la­tion­ships That Ex­perts, Au­thors & Coaches Use to Sell 1,000 Books in 21 Days.”

His back­ground in mar­ket­ing, the well­ness in­dus­try and his own per­sonal jour­ney pro­duc­ing this first book will help any­one who is ready to share their writ­ten work dig­i­tally. Dig­i­tal books are an ex­pand­ing mar­ket and may be a good op­tion for first-time au­thors who aren’t ready for the shark-in­fested wa­ters of tra­di­tional pub­lish­ing.

In the in­tro­duc­tion, Men­den­hall quotes Mark Twain: “The se­cret to get­ting ahead is get­ting started.” For most au­thors, this time­less ad­vice can be the cat­a­pult. You’re done with blog­ging and ready to write a book. Now what?

Men­den­hall di­vides his 133-page dig­i­tal book into five re­la­tion­ship fo­cuses to guide new au­thors. This ap­proach en­cour­ages and di­rects – a style that is thought-pro­vok­ing but also prac­ti­cal. These re­la­tion­ship fo­cuses are: Re­la­tion­ship 1: Your Mind­set Re­la­tion­ship 2: Your Mes­sage Re­la­tion­ship 3: Your Mar­ket­ing Re­la­tion­ship 4: Your Mem­bers Re­la­tion­ship 5: Your Money “Selling Well” is avail­able on Ama­zon for just $2.99, so down­load and start read­ing. Visit the web­site www.au­thorscat­a­pult.com for more in­for­ma­tion and to help you turn your pub­lish­ing dream into a re­al­ity.

*** Peo­ple never give up their lib­er­ties but un­der some delu­sion. - Ed­mund Burke

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