Write Your Book “Really Fast” Checklist

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When it comes to writing books these days, I like to write them “REALLY FAST” so I can go to print with them fast, start marketing the contents in the book fast, and start making money with it … fast! Well, to write a book really fast, here’s what you need to keep in mind, how to start and how to finish!

1.0 __ DECIDE WHY YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK “REALLY FAST!”

Check off all that apply! Then, keep these reasons in mind as motivators to start writing your book “really fast!” The sooner your book gets done, printed and ready to promote, you can start taking advantage of some of these benefits!

1.1 ____ Promote your company and/or services with ease …

1.2 ____ Easily find, attract and impress potential clients

1.3 ____ Get interviewed on TV, radio and podcasts for exposure …

1.4 ____ Easily create workshops, classes, seminars & webinars …

1.5 ____ Make extra $$$$$ from book, eBook and audio sales …

1.6 ____ Help grow your list + income potential …

1.7 ____ Other reason(s) ______________________________ …

1.8 ____ ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!

2.0 __ WHAT TYPE OF “REALLY FAST” BOOK WILL YOU WRITE?

There are certain types of books you can write really fast, such as:

2.1 ____ REGRETS Book: This book is filled with regrets people make in your chosen industry or niche. For example, see RelationshipRegrets.com.

2.2 ____ MISTAKES Book: This book is filled with mistakes people make in your chosen industry or niche. For example, see NetworkingMistakes.com.

2.3 ____ FAQ Book: This book is filled with the most frequently asked questions people might ask about a topic in your chosen industry or niche. For example, see my How To Become A TV Guest book.

2.4 ____ PITCH/OFFER Book: This book goes into a specific offer you might have of your services, a product or program you have for sale. While the last part of the book might go into the offer, the first part of the book might educate the reader on a particular problem that your product, service or program solves. Simply hand the book out or sell it for very low cost because it’s used as an upsell to your product, service or program. See, TrueLegacyWealth.com. I helped that company put that book together pretty fast. It was a simple book talking about real estate investing.

2.5 ____ SELF-ASSESSMENT Book: This book states a problem people have that you solve with your product, a coaching service or program. Inside the book, you’ll start out with a message from the author, a section talking about the problem you solve, then each part thereafter (or chapter sections) would simple have questions for the reader to fill out (in the book). Then, when done, the reader would contact you to go over the questions and his/her answers. It’s the perfect lead generator for coaching clients and consultants to hand out to prospects. “Here, take this book, read it, answer the questions inside and call me.”

2.6 ____ OTHER: ________________Book: What other type of book do you think you could write really fast? Make not of it and start writing it!

Notice I didn’t mention novels, memoirs, fiction books, or anything that might go over 130 pages in length. Keep in mind “Really Fast” books are between 30 and 130 pages in total length.

3.0 __ HOW WILL YOU START WRITING YOUR “REALLY FAST” BOOK?

What software program do you feel most comfortable using when it comes to writing your “Really Fast” book and inserting images, etc.?

3.1 ____ Microsoft Word: This is where most decide to start writing their book. I have a tutorial on MyTrainingCenter.com that shows you how I go about using Word to write my books. I use bookmarks and internal linking to help me to write a book fast.

3.2 ____ Google Document: Writing your book in a Google doc has many of the same advantages as writing it in Word does. What’s more, the beauty about using Google Docs is that you can easily share it with your editor.

3.3 ____ Adobe InDesign: I don’t mind writing my book using this program, but it’s not for everyone. This is an advanced page layout program that I use to design the interior pages of my books. While my clients might start writing their manuscript in Word or a Google doc, I’ll then transfer their written work into this program for final design layout purposes. So, if you’re just starting out, I’d recommend you go with either Word or a Google Doc.

3.3 ____ Other: Do you have a specific software program you’d like to start writing your book in? Hey, go for it!

4.0 __ TIME TO EDIT YOUR BOOK WHEN YOU’RE DONE

Once you’re done writing your book, it’s time to edit your book. How will you get your written work to your editor?

4.1 ____ EMAIL ATTACHMENT: If you wrote your book in Word, you can simply send your Word .docx to your editor via email attachment. He/she will make the corrections and send it back to you via eMail as well.

4.2 ____ SHARE GOOGLE DOC: If you wrote your book in a Google doc, you can simply share it with your editor if they have a Gmail account. He/she will make their corrections and contact you when they’re done. You can then go into the Google doc and see what corrections they made.

4.3 ____ PRINTED COPY: You might be excited to give your editor a physical copy of the book for them to proof in hand. All they need is a red pen and they’re set to start reading it, making notes and corrections in the margin, etc. When done, they just turn the book over to you and voila! It’s up to you now to go page by page and enter their corrections into your book before sending it to the printer.

5.0 ____ TIME TO DESIGN THE INTERIOR PAGES OF YOUR BOOK 

5.1 ____ Design It Yourself: Do you have the design skills to design the interior pages of your book? If so, then I recommend you use Adobe InDesign. That’s what I use. Otherwise you might need to find someone to design the interior pages of your book for you. The reason why you want someone to design your interior pages, professionally speaking, is because you want a professionally looking book. Writing in Word or a Google doc helps you get the content out of you. The design aspect of your really fast book is a completely different situation and needs to be handled by someone who can make your manuscript look HOT in book format.

5.2 ____ Find a Designer: Now you can easily find designers online at Fiverr.com and other websites for hire, or you can contact me and we can talk about me designing your really fast book.

6.0 ____ TIME TO DESIGN THE COVERS FOR YOUR BOOK

As they say, covers can sell books! So, be sure your cover rocks!

6.1 ____ Design Your Own Covers: Do you have the design skills to design the front, back and spine covers for your book? If so, then go for it!

6.2 ____ ONCE YOU KNOW THE PAGE COUNT of your book, you will download a template specifically designed for that page count. Create your covers using this template and then you’ll be ready to submit your covers and interior files to the printer.

6.3 ____ Find a Designer: Now you can easily find cover designers online at Fiverr.com and other websites for hire, or you can contact me and we can talk about me designing the covers for your really fast book.

7.0 ____ CREATE ACCOUNT AT KDP.AMAZON.COM & UPLOAD FILES

7.1 ____ Create Account at KDP.Amazon.com: If you don’t have an account already over at KDP.Amazon.com, then you’ll want to create one so you can upload your interior and cover files into your account for printing.

7.3 ____ Complete Your Profile, Royalty Payment & Tax Information: Before you can your and cover files print your book Amazon, you’ll need to complete your profile and add royalty payment information and finish your tax information as well. This is a requirement before you can send your book files to their tech department for review/approval so you can print books.

7.2 ____ Add Your Book Title: When you’re ready, go ahead and add your book title account, add the title, subtitle, author name(s), description, keywords, and then proceed to the second tab where you will secure your FREE ISBN# (if you don’t have one) and upload your interior and cover files for review online.

7.2 ____ Upload Your Interior Your Book Title: It’s on the second tab of this process, that where you will upload your interior and cover files in PDF format once they’re uploaded you will get a chance to view them for errors you will launch their online reviewer preview the book if it was going to be printed. find errors you’ll have to go back and fix them I just come right back and re-upload the newly corrected file if there are no errors, you will be able to proceed to the third Tab and finish this process so you can submit the book for review and ultimately printing.

7.3 ____ Enter The Price You Will Sell Your Book: It’s on the third tab that you will enter a price to sell your book. Now, what do you price your book at? That’s up to you. You could price it low so people buy it and they get a hold of it and then they call you! That’s what you wanted, right? Or, price it at $14.95 or $19.95. That way, you make some money from selling it. Because this really fast book is going to be short in page count, that means it’s going to be cheap to print. So, if your book prints for $3, you could easily sell it for $19.95 and make a nice profit.

7.4 ____ Submit Your Files For Review: Once your files are ready to submit for review, go ahead and click that button to submit your files for review. The book title will be locked for 24 to 48 hours while your files are reviewed for printing. If there are no errors you will receive an email that says you can now place an order for your books. If there are errors, you will need to go fix them and then re-upload them into this title and go through this whole process over again.

8.0 ____ ORDER “AUTHOR COPIES” (BOOKS) & PROOF 

8.1 ____ Order “Author Copies” For Review: When you receive an email from Amazon saying that your book is ready copies you can do that. Log back into your KDP.Amazon.com account and proceed to click on the option that says order “Author Copies.” Do NOT order proof copies; order author copies. Don’t order 1,000 books. Don’t order 100 books, unless you’re in a jam and need books right away. There are still many mistakes in this first round of printing. So, I would order anywhere between 1 and 10 books. One for you, one for your editor, two or three for your friends to help proof, etc. Order only what you need so you can proof this book in-hand. Books will be delivered in 7-10 business days once ordered.

8.2 ____ Proof Book In-Hand: Once you have the book in-hand, go through it page by page, word for word. Read it two or three times making notes and corrections in the margin. Circle words or punctuation that needs to be corrected, etc.

8.3 ____ Make Changes/Corrections: You will then go through your book page by page entering these corrections into your manuscript in the computer. The same goes for any corrections to the cover. Or, give the book to the person working on your book and they’ll enter the corrections into the manuscript for you, professionally.

8.4 ____ Re-upload Book Interior/Covers With Changes/Corrections: Once your corrections have been entered into the book and any corrections made to the cover, convert those newly corrected files to PDF and log into your KDP.Amazon.com account and re-upload those interior/cover PDF files for submission again. Again, preview your book online to see if there are any errors and if not, submit your files to Amazon for them to review your book and bless it for a second round of printing in 1-2 days!

8.5 ____ Order Second Round of “Author Copies”: At this juncture your book has gone through many corrections and changes and submissions and re-uploads. Upon this second round of ordering author copies this is when you might say, “Okay, I need 20 copies or 50 or 100.” Hey, go for it! There will always be corrections and mistakes to be found in books. Always. But at this point, most have been found and corrected by now. So, go ahead and order 20 copies, 50 copies, or a hundred or more. But, always be correcting your book and resubmitting those files to Amazon for the most cleanest of manuscripts and covers.

9.0 ____ RECORD YOUR BOOK

9.1 ____ Decide WHO Will Record It: Decide who will record your audio book. Will it be you? Do you have those skills, a good voice, any training, equipment or software to be able to do it? Do you have the right space or environment (is quiet enough) to record audio? Make this decision and move on to the next step.

9.2 ____ Get The EQUIPMENT To Record: To record quality, professional-sounding audio, you’ll need a really good microphone and you do not need to go into a studio do it. You can record from home if you have the right environment that’s quiet enough. I’ve been recording at home for 20+ years. The equipment I use is an Audio-Technica USB desktop microphone, which you can buy for around $120. That’s all you need.

9.3 ____ Get The SOFTWARE To Record: Where software is concerned, I can only recommend Sound Forge “Audio Studio” made by Magix. Sound Forge is the best for recording audio and editing audio. Hands down! Now, if you have a MAC, you might use something else. That’s okay. If you do want to use Sound Forge, get it, install it, and started using it. It’s only about $60 or $4 a month. I have tutorials on MyTrainingCenter.com to help you.

9.4 ____ Start Recording With My HELP/TRAINING: Now, before you start recording audio, if you were going to do it, make sure you check out my recording tips and techniques report to help you get introduced to the art of recording quality audio, and, of course, you can check out my Sound Forge “Audio Studio” video tutorials to help you learn the how to record, edit and mix audio that you will be recording.

9.5 ____ FIX ERRORS In Your Book As You Record: Now, big tip, when you are recording your book going to find more errors that you didn’t catch work editing the book. So, make sure you make those corrections in the book as you record the actual book. It’s very possible if you have access to the manuscript and the recording window at the same time. I do, when I record my books, so I make those corrections as I see them. Then, of course, I go back and reprint the book with those newly-made corrections feeling better that I caught more errors.

9.6 ____ Listen To Your Audio When Done For Mistakes: After the audio is done, go back and listen to the audio from start to finish yourself and listen for mistakes you hear. There may be a section in the audio where you hear something was said wrong or a sound that wasn’t supposed to be in the audio was heard, etc. Go back to the audio file and fix the error or tell the person who recorded the book for you to fix it.

9.8 ____ Sell Your Audio Online: Now is the time to consider where and how you will sell your audio online. You can sell it from your website via a membership protected web page, ACX (which is the audio division of Amazon, much like Kindle is to selling eBooks) and/or you can upload your audio to AuthorsRepublic.com and get your audio sold on over 30+ audio book platforms online. Check ’em out!

10.0 ____ CONVERT YOUR BOOK TO AN EBOOK

10.1 ____ Convert Your Manuscript To KINDLE eBook Format: It’s at this juncture, that you can now convert your book to an eBook. Having gone through so many revisions, finding errors and making corrections, you’re ready to convert your book to an eBook. Kindle is your first stop. Take your manuscript, drop it back into Word and format this document to be submitted to your KDP.Amazon.com account as an eBook under the same title as your printed book.

10.2 ____ Convert Your Manuscript To SMASHWORDS.COM eBook Format: Smashwords.com is much like AuthorsRepublic.com, but for eBook distribution. You could submit your eBook to them and they will distribute your eBook to 20+ different eBook selling websites online. They have their own formatting which you need to check out, but still a great resource for selling more eBooks.

11.0 ____ TURN YOUR BOOK INTO A COURSE (ONLINE/OFFLINE)

11.1 ____ Convert Your Book Into An ONLINE Course: Can your book be turned into a course? If so can it be taught online? If so, consider just that! Turn your book into an online course that people can learn from (you) and study online wherever they’re at in the world. Of course, you’re doing this for extra income! You an create/sell your course from your website, Udemy.com, Skillshare.com, Teachable.com Lynda.com, and Podia.com, among other similar websites that let you submit your course to their site for them to sell online and share the profits with you.

11.2 ____ Convert Your Book Into An OFFLINE Course: if you are book can be turned into a course online, can it be taught offline as well? If your book can be turned into a course to be delivered offline in-person, go for that as well! I have a checklist you might want to check out shows you how to set up seminars and workshops and classes that might be helpful to you if you’re going to deliver your course offline. I also have a report on how to create fill-in-the-blank handouts if you want those to go along with your offline course.

11.2 ____ Create The Course: Simply take your book and the table of contents and create an outline for your course based on the table contents. Create any needed handouts, downloadable workshops or other supplemental materials and you’re on your way.

12.0 ____ HOW WILL YOU SELL YOUR BOOK ONLINE/OFFLINE

12.1 ____ SELLING ONLINE: Selling online means will you be selling via Amazon (yes), 20000+ online retails through your KDP.Amazon.com account (yes), from your website (hopefully, yes), on your Facebook page via their store/product (hopefully, yes), via postings on your other social media accounts (hopefully, yes) … etc. You can either do the fulfillment if you get online orders, or direct all traffic via BUY BUTTON on your website to your Amazon page that sells your book and simply collect the royalty when someone buys.

12.2 ____ SELLING OFFLINE: This includes selling your book in-person when you go networking, at events you host or attend, book signings, presentations of all kinds, etc. Always keep 50-100 books on hand so you can sell 10-20 when you’re at an event. Don’t wait ’til the last minute to order a bunch when you need them tomorrow night! 😉

13.0 ____ START MARKETING YOUR BOOK, AUDIO, ETC.

13.1 ____ Time To Market Your Book ONLINE: This is the time that you will list of online marketing activities that you will implement. This might include advertising across all the big social media networks, creating videos to promote your book on YouTube and other websites, as well as submitting press releases to distribution websites to help attract interviews with you about your book.

13.2 ____ Time To Market Your Book OFFLINE: Offline, you can conduct book signings, book launch parties, speeches, promotional presentations that are in alignment with your book in front of various groups, tradeshows, expos, and other events where you can set up a table to promote and sell your books.

About BartSmith

Bart Smith is the author of several books, professional marketer and self-publishing consultant, a personal coach, and a dynamite, motivational speaker. A self-starting, life-affirming, renaissance man, Bart is an entrepreneur at heart, who also bakes the world's best chocolate chip cookies at BartsCookies.com. He shares his insights, skills, training and knowledge here, on his training website, MyTrainingCenter.com, and helps people make money online with his online marketing shopping cart software, MyMarketingCart.com.


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