Top Self Publishing Tool Kits

Self Publishing Tool kits

Self Publishing Tool Kits. Which are Best?

In this article you will find a summary of the top self-publishing tool kits available. However, if you are ready to learn about self-publishing a book its time to take the first step. The first step is to hire a publishing coach or to try a self-publishing tool-kit.

Learn Before You Leap!

It is exciting to finally make a decision to self-publish your book. But, buyer, beware. The so-called self-publishing companies hold hands out for your money. Before proceeding, do yourself a favor by reading my article, Self-Publishing Companies to Avoid and How to Detect Author Scams!

Of course, the least expensive way to start is to try one of the free self-publishing tool-kits. Many of the print on demand companies offer free self-publishing book kits in order to attract buyers to their self-publishing services. This makes sense but the information in these tool-kits is geared to sell you their services which are not free.

Top Self-Publishing Companies with Toolkits

The Process of self-publishing a bookConsider, several prominent and top self-publishing companies include IngramSpark, Morris Publishing, LuLu Books. They all offer free self publishing tool kits. These tool kits offer various tips of how to self-publishing a book–mostly around using their platform. Of course, it is free to sign up for their services. However, these tool-kits offer very little solid information, except for a soft sales pitch for printing. Later, you’ll be hit with “after-the-fact” publishing services.

Indeed, their headliner service includes digital book printing. Yet, once you study about self-publishing, you will realize these that “self-publishing companies” are up-selling other publishing services. Notably, extra services include book cover design, interior book design, content editing, proofreading other publishing services. So, this is another cases of “free is not free.”

Do it Yourself Publishing kits. Feel the exhilaration of being a published author.

High Value Book Publishing Tool-Kits

A great option to ultimately save you time, money, and sweat, is sponsored by The Publishing SOLO Magazine. The Real Self-Publishing Toolkit at Dream to Publish which retails for $80, actually provides tools that will move you down the path to get you closer to publishing your book! These tools were created by Deborah S. Nelson, writer, for Publishing SOLO Magazine, and offers practical strategies to help you learn how to self-publish a book.

Self-Publishing checklist—chronological overview of the self-publishing process$10.00
Seven instructional and inspirational self-publishing videos—you’ll need it at times.$13.00
Intent to Publish Contract—you make a contract with yourself to publish your book.$7.00
Self-Publishing Dictionary of Terms—Learn the terms—it’s a whole new language!$7.00
33 Secret Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish$33.00
TOTAL PRICELESS VALUE$80.00

You may purchase the Real Self-Publishing Toolkit for $47 or try a mini-version for free.

How to Publish a Book in 2021: Learning How to Solve the Self-Publishing Puzzle

The puzzle pieces of how to publish a book

Learn How to Publish a Book with Self Publishing Tips, Tools, and Books by Publishing SOLO Magazine

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

When learning how to publish a book–what is the largest obstacle of all? After being a self-publishing coach for the past decade, my conclusion is that self-publishing’s most serious issue, by far is … lack of knowledge. Unfortunately, both hungry and fat sharks swim about in the ocean of self-publishing. Yet, learning to recognize the wolves in sheep’s clothing, and outsmarting the predators–means getting a good education.

Publishing SOLO magazine by Deborah S Nelson

Education is the core of our work at Publishing Solo Magazine. We provide a solid and thorough education for those who want to learn how to publish a book–before you actually attempt it! Obviously, We do not want to leave you to the wolves, or the sharks! So, in this process, we offer many free and paid tools, book coaching, and other resources for those who are learning how to publish a book themselves. Stick around, and learn the truths you need to know to be a successful self-published author!

The Biggest Challenge in Book Publishing: What You Don’t Know is Costly Beyond Words

One of the first questions most writers who want to self-publish ask is–who are the best and worst self-publishing companies? Which self-publishing companies should they avoid? These questions always bring to mind the truism: You don’t know … what you don’t know! To top it off, not knowing adversely affects your self-publishing costs–another popular question in independent publishing! How much does it cost to self-publish a book?

I cannot begin to tell you how much confusion, miscommunications, time, energy, grief, and money writers spend on learning what they don’t know on the way to self-publishing a book. Without realizing it, many have embarked on becoming their own publisher! Indeed, self-publishing a book goes way beyond just printing a book!

How to Publish a Book Kits
DIY SELF PUBLISHING KITS
by Deborah S. Nelson

“How to Publish a Book” Makes for a Puzzle with a Multitude of Pieces

However, the bigger problem is not which self-publishing company is the best–or the worst, but who is the best match for your book publishing project! But, how can you know that? How do you know which self-publishing company to use in the first place? First, you need to understand the big picture; and you need to know a thing or two.

So, right off you need to understand is that printing a book is only one small piece of self-publishing a book. Many people really do think these are the same–but this could not be further from the truth! Consequently, this one issue causes a lot of untold grief. Indeed, a little education can go a very long way to prevent mistakes and keep from needlessly spending money in the wrong ways.

Tools, courses, books, and coaching for writers who want to publish a book

What is Self-Publishing Anyway? A Few Definitions

This article covers the basic overview of 2021 self-publishing options and possibilities. After a decade of digital book publishing, the dust has settled and systems have prevailed; and stars have begun to shine. Key players, are Amazon Books, Kindle, Amazon Audibles, Ibooks, and IngramSpark. There are many more players in this industry but these are the top ones, for starters.

Image of Publish a Book Kit

Before diving into any one of these venues, you are wise to learn the difference between publishing and printing, self publishing, short run printing, independent publishing and vanity publishing. A lot people companies who print books, refer to themselves and self-publishing companies and they indicate their services are free.

First of all, in reality the “self” publishing is actually produced by the person who has created “the works.” This term has been used loosely or “generically” in the past decade, and it would be wise to get a clear understanding of these terms. You may do so by reading my Dictionary of Self Publishing Terms. This will help you immensely in your quest in learning how to publish a book.

The Chronology of How to Publish a Book

The order of the phases and stages of publishing a book include a lot more steps than just printing a book. This is where a lot of misunderstandings can arise with so-called self-publishing companies. As publisher (self) you are responsible for the design of the cover, the interior layout and design, including front and back matter, and other parts of a book, plus the content editing, copy editing, and proofreading.

As publisher, you are responsible for scheduling, budgeting, hiring freelances; and of course, selecting the printer. Also, you select the distribution options, create author website, social media, and branding and marketing efforts. In summary, for more detail about what a publisher does see the article entitled: Become a Publisher in 7 Strategic Ways.

Frequently Asked Self-Publishing Questions

Frequently Asked Self-Publishing questions

In summary, it is wise to educate yourself in the brave new world of digital publishing. First of all, learn the correct terminology. Secondly, watch a history of printing and /publishing video entitled Once Upon a Book, here. Third, click on the many links within this article which go into specific subject in more depth and detail. Lastly, read my Frequently Asked Self-publishing Questions to build your knowledge and your confidence. I wish you the best and may your dream to publish a book come true!

NEW … “How to Publish a Book” Kits! To Set Your Dream to Publish on Fire

set your dream to publish on fire with How to Publish a Book kits created by Publishing SOLO
Publish a Book Kits offer Tools, Books, Courses, and Coaching by Publishing SOLO
By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

Win at Publishing with How to Publish a Book Kits

What are How to Publish a Book Kits? I know someone who has created these just for aspiring authors. If publishing a book is on your bucket list, you must read on!

POD Printing, Self Publishing and Indie Publishing

Considering it has been a little over a decade since the introduction of print on demand, publishing a book yourself is now a real option for new and seasoned writers. Just as online dating was marginal at first, now we now longer call it “online dating.” Online dating today is just dating of someone you met online. Publishing a book is heading that way and soon, it will be totally acceptable to publish a book using online sources. No longer will there be a stigma attached to “vanity or self publishing.”

Learn How to Be Your Own Publisher with DIY Kits

Although publishing a book online to Amazon Books has become affordable and doable, technical difficulties will arise. For example, you must create the book cover to the exact file specifications required by print on demand. The truth is, if you are unfamiliar with graphic arts and digital files, these specifications could literally cause you to “tear your hair out.”

Additionally, doing the interior layout of the book is even more challenging. For example, you need to consider the placement of all the front matter and back matter. Plus, what is the front matter and back matter? Briefly that includes the Table of Contents,  title pages, Acknowledgements, Dedication, Index, Resources, to name only a few. The interior must also include headings, and page numbers, and Chapter heads. Indeed, this is very complicated even for a seasoned graphic artist who has not done interior book cover design and layout before.

Do it Yourself Publishing Kits by Deborah S Nelson and Publishing SOLO

Honeymoon Over–Publishing a Book Not that Easy

Once reality hits, these are just a few of the difficulties that a novice may find difficult to overcome. After all, a new writer may have already spent a year or more in writing the book. Now this daunting self-publishing aspect could take another year or longer, if you, as the writer, need to learn all these things.

The best option is to hire a book publishing coach, or take a workshop. Although doing it this way may save thousands of dollars and months and years of your time, it tends to be a little pricey. However, you may not have that kind of money to invest in the first place.

Less Pricey than Most Self Publishing Education

Publish a  Book Kits by Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

I created the new How to Publish a Book kits. This was after I had guided writers and their 100 plus new books through the self-publishing process. From this experience, I learned that self-publishing a book boiled down to a few basic steps which cause many aspiring authors to stumble and fail. We breeze though these with the kits.

Do You Know How to Get an ISBN for Free?

For example, most writers lack certain knowledge in this process, and believe they must buy an ISBN number, or even 10 of them. This is an unnecessary cost as you can get them for free. Indeed, this is just one small example, and Publish a Book Kits educate new writers how to make better decisions in their self publishing process. Therefore, this small investment will save hundreds, or thousands of dollars in common mistakes.

How to Publish a Book Kits—5 Spectacular Options

Publissh Your book Blueprint included in DIY Publish a Book Kits

Workshops, seminars, courses, self-publishing books, and a self publishing coach are excellent options. However, these may be too costly for many new writers. Therefore, is suggest you consider one of my How to Publish a Book kits, average cost less than 1 hour of book publishing coaching. These include the following:

DIY Publishing Kits
Flash Book Writing Kits
Blastoff Self Publishing Kits
The Newest Secret Vision Kits Change Your Story Vision Kits

Vision Books Boost Your Dream to Publish a Book!

Much like a vision board, The Newest Secret and Change your Story Vision kits teach how to self-publish a basic story book with pictures. Indeed, these programs deeply psychologically and spiritually prepare you to become a published author. In addition, they are super easy and fun. Notably, The Flash Book Writing Kit is focused on helping you to write you book, or finish writing your book to make it ready for publishing!

In summary, How to Pubish a Book Kits include:

  • A Text book and a workbook, Written by Deborah S Nelson
  • Instantly downloadable Mini courses
  • Consultation with Self-Publishing Coach and Author Deborah S Nelson

Writing Hack—Light the Fire of Your Passion and Stay Inspired to Write!

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #23 Stay Inspired! by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #23 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

If you are doing most of these writing hacks in order, chances are that you are going to be continuously inspired! I was so inspired I once wrote a book in three months. After it was published to Amazon Books, I made enough money to pay rent for the next 5 years just from the sales of that book. Inspiration can start from the simplest of places. More me, I get inspired by peaceful waves of the ocean. If you enjoy the outdoors or certain places spark your inspiration, go there! Find the scenario that helps you write today.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitYou can stay inspired if you truly love to write, and are practicing your writing skills, as well as finding opportunities to write. The more you do it, the easier and faster it will be to write articles, and books. As with any skill, practice makes perfect. Find your inspiration in the mundane or enhance your life with new experiences.

Join some of the online freelance companies for small to big jobs writing articles, and product descriptions, and various other projects.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!


Experience the exhilaration of BOOK COACHING during a trial session with Deborah S. Nelson. Click to schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour—available Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12p.m.-6p.m. EST.

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Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

The Newest Secret Vision Kits by Deborah S. Nelson

WHAT IS A GHOSTWRITER?

Has hiring a professional ghostwriter ever crossed your mind? What does a ghostwriter actually do? A ghostwriter writes a book for you! A ghostwriter is a specialized author who compiles, researches, and writes a book for you in your name. This is common among highly successful people without the time, or skills to write their own book—but have a dramatic story to tell or important information to share.

A Ghostwriter Helps Fulfill the Impossible Dream
of Becoming an Author

Have you always dreamed of publishing a book, but do not have the time or skill level? Perhaps you do not want to suffer the rejection that submitting to a traditional publisher inevitably brings. A ghostwriter, (along with a ghost publisher) can help you hop, skip, and jump over the time, money, rejection, and connection game that generally comes with writing and publishing a book.

Notably, many famous authors were rejected multiple times before landing a publisher—as reported in Top 10 Most Rejected Bestsellers. How can a ghostwriter help? Under your direction, they literally write your book! A good ghostwriter does the heavy lifting for you and allows you to excel and cash in on your day job. Now, you need not agonize over the procrastination involved in writing a book.

Advanced Authorship for CEOs, Professionals, Speakers & Celebrities

With 21st century digital publishing and print on demand (POD), no one need suffer the inevitable rejection that submitting to a publishing house brings. Democracy has arrived in publishing, and most writers can become published authors without fitting a publishing house’s strict constraints. Combining ghostwriting with self-publishing is an advanced way to publish and market your book at Amazon Books within a year.

Authorship Increases Net Worth & Self Worth

Today, we may opt for self-publishing and use print on demand which requires a small investment and may offer huge returns. With POD printing, one book is printed at a time for a small cost. Therefore, hiring a ghostwriter and then doing independent publishing (or hiring a ghost publisher) can position you as an author for a minimum of 10K (for a small book—physical book, not e-book).

By contrast, traditional publishing houses spend $50-300K investment in printing, then more, when distribution and sales efforts start. Therefore, a relatively small investment to publish on Amazon Books is a great alternative to chasing traditional publishing houses.

When is a Ghostwriter Right for You?

You may not have the time or bandwidth to write a book. As a busy CEO, your time is more valuable elsewhere! You may be an artist or celebrity, unable to put a wrinkle in your rising career to write a book. In any case, you possess a certain “secret knowledge,” and, without realizing it, may have already written the book. If a blogger, speaker, television, or YouTube host, with previously produced videos, the content is already done. You will only need a keen eye from an expert who will organize the content into proper book form.

This is where a ghostwriter comes in handy. You may hire them to compile and write your book while you function in your successful career—without substantial interruption!

10 Qualities to Seek in a Ghostwriter

1. Writing a Book Takes Time

No way around it—writing and publishing a book can take years. However, with digital publishing, that time can be cut in half. Expect the writing process to take from 6 months to a year. This does depend on how much material you provide to the writer. Sometimes a client provides material they have already written and the ghostwriter organizes the material into a concept, edits, and perhaps adds more content. This may take up to two years—depending on length of the book, difficulty of the material, and how much initial direction is provided.

2. Cost—Does the Ghostwriter Know How to Price Their Services?

First, understand when you hire a writer, this will cost money. At the very least, expect to spend $5,000 for a small book, of 20,000 words. Writing a book is a time-consuming, detailed, and labor-intensive process. A small 100-page book, 6 x 9 inches (standard size), is about 20,000 words. If a ghostwriter charges less than $0.25 per word, you can guess they do not know their craft. Even a college graduate, a natural English-speaking writer, should not accept any less than $0.25 a word. If someone is charging too little, do not expect your book to be completed. They are likely to become exhausted, ditch the project, and your down-payment disappears with them.

If looking for an experienced professional find someone who charges in the $0.40 to $0.50 per word range. Some experienced and well-known ghostwriters charge $1 a word, which is not completely unusual. Run away from those charging “by the page.” This could be anything from 100 to 500 words depending on the size of the book. Charging “by the page” is too ambiguous and misleading—and leaves too much space for misunderstandings. 

3. Evaluate Their Writing Experience

The ghostwriter you select should have extraordinary writing experience. You certainly do not want to hire someone who bites off more than they can chew, and gives up in the middle! Writing a book is potentially more intense and comparable to having a baby. Seriously. When interviewing a ghostwriter, ask them for links to books they have written. Read at least the first and last chapter to get a sense of what type of writer they are. 

4. Check References & Testimonials

Ghostwriters from foreign countries who are inexpensive can quickly turn into a bad experience. You should hire a natural-born English writer, who has written at least 5 books. Ask for testimonials and references to ensure they do not take your deposit and then forget to produce the book. Many scammers are in the publishing industry, ready to take advantage of those with a dream to publish a book.

5. Does the Ghostwriter Know the Subject Matter?

Interview the ghostwriter to determine if they are relatively knowledgeable in the subject matter of your book. Some ghostwriters specialize in fiction and others in nonfiction, so be sure you are a match. Furthermore, if a ghostwriter is strong on research, this is helpful.

Yet, it is your responsibility to lead the writer as to how the material should be best presented to your market. Be prepared to explain your market, goals for the book, as well as the information you want to impart in detail. Try to find a ghostwriter who has written material on your subject matter but also be sure that what they write will be original. If possible, pay them to write one sample chapter, and run it through a duplication software to determine if the writing is original. Then, read the material to see if you like the style of their writing. This will save you time and trouble.

6. Ask Ghostwriter for a Production Schedule Before Payment

Part of hiring a ghostwriter includes asking them for a production schedule upfront. However, this should be completed before you sign the contract and send a down payment. Certain deadlines and timelines for both the ghostwriter and yourself are imperative. In addition, you may expect to be in a meeting at least twice monthly or weekly to stay on track with the writing progress. You need to take responsibility for providing the content, or at least describing in detail the content you want in your book.

7. Extra Services? Editing.

Some ghostwriters will provide editing as well, but be sure to determine if the editing is included. This separate task is often performed by specialists. Some ghostwriters can do a light edit, but be prepared to hire an editor once the book is written and turned over to you.

8. Extra Services? Sales Copy.

Ask your ghostwriter to include sales copy, if they are a talented writer in the marketing area. They know your book better than anyone. Therefore, they may quickly prepare the book synopsis for book descriptions, back cover copy, and review requests. If you can get them to include this, you will not need to hire another expert later.

9. Negociate a Book Proposal

If you are intent on being published through a traditional publishing company, once the book is written, with a light edit, you may prepare a book proposal to send to certain traditional publishing companies. This is a separate task and you may hire the ghostwriter for this as well. The ghostwriter knows the book better than anyone. However, the other option is to hire a book proposal specialist.

10. Copyrights, Royalties & Contract

Once you select a ghostwriter, ask them for their contract. If they do not have one … oops—next! Agreements must be as clear as possible. These projects are not easy or simple. Some ghostwriters will ask for credit as the ghostwriter or, perhaps a co-author credit on the cover. They may wish to be included on the copyright page, as well as receive your testimonial for their future marketing efforts. Some will even ask for a percentage of the book’s profits. To keep it clean, pay for the entire work in installments.

Of course, in the contract be sure all rights and royalties are spelled out carefully and completely. In most cases, the ghostwriter is simply a writer for hire and will give all royalties and copyrights to the hiring author. However, in cases of “celebrity ghostwriters,” this will not be the case. Yet, contact need not be complicated. Use a contract as a communication and “scope of work” tool—not an expectation of legal issues!

The Thrill and Lifestyle of Authorship

Publishing a book is an incredible accomplishment but will cost time, money, sweat and in most cases, some tears before the final book is in your hands! I have led 100 books and their writers through the publishing process, and although the journey is intense, the rewards are greater. Indeed, many of my authors have increased their income, net-worth, and self-worth many times over by becoming authors. With a fan base, writing a book is a way to build an income stream while also marketing your brand. Although a complicated and daunting task, the rewards are amazing. Once you become an author, the effort, time, money, and frustration pale in comparison to basking in the sunshine of being a published author.

For additional information explore FAQ Self-Publishing Frequently Asked Questions Answered by Deborah S. Nelson. If you are ready to hire a ghostwriter, visit Dream to Publish.

What are the Biggest Pitfalls to Avoid When Self-Publishing a Book?

How to Self-Publish a Book Without Pitfalls

As a book publishing coach for nearly a decade, one of the most frequently asked questions by writers is, “What are pitfalls to avoid when self-publishing a book?” Dream to Publish offers various levels of book coaching. Therefore, I recommend clients assess their skill level first, to avoid an unsuccessful book project. 

9 Major Pitfalls in Self-Publishing a Book

1. Knowledge—You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

This pitfall involves the concept: You don’t know what you don’t know. Many writers do not realize that as the publisher of their book, more time and effort are required than printing the book. Publishing a book involves extensive pre-production services, which may be expensive, time-consuming, and technical. If the skill level is not present, a writer can find themselves disappointed, and frustrated beyond repair. Counseling may be necessary! 

2. Printing—Print on Demand for Self-Publishing

Since the advent of print on demand, self-publishing is affordable and doable for the normal person. However, many so-called self-publishing companies are less than honest. To start with, these companies are misrepresenting themselves as self-publishers. As an aspiring self-published author, you are the publisher, not them. These misleading companies advertise “free” self-publishing knowing that most people do not realize the full scope of publishing a book. Once you send them your manuscript, your book becomes hostage to high price points and low quality provided by unscrupulous companies. 

3. Subcontractors—Hire Book Publishing Specialists

During the process of publishing a book, you will need to hire subcontractors to complete elements of your book such as book cover design, content editing, copy editing, proofreading, interior design, sales copy, finding reviews, and more. Unless you are connected in this field, these contractors may charge too much and know too little about book publishing. They may be a graphic designer but have never designed a book cover. They may be a layout artist with no experience in book interiors. This part is tricky and pricey. Often, subcontractors don’t know what they don’t know, and your book quality and budget may suffer. 

4. Too Many Cooks—Maintain a Vision for Your Book

Most first-time self-publishers cannot resist the temptation to ask others for their opinion of their manuscript, book cover, and interior design. This is a big mistake because everyone is an expert and they all disagree—causing you more confusion than ever! Resist the temptation for approval and support during this process from friends and family. Check with professionals and research online the way books, title pages, back covers, and other components are designed. Do not ask your brother, mother, or some random designer who knows nothing about designing books. Too many cooks in the kitchen can spoil the broth. 

5. Chronology—Follow a Publishing Timeline

This pitfall involves the lack of making a production schedule, following a timeline, and keeping the work in order. If the work is done in the wrong order, you will waste time, receive inferior results, plus, of course, cost yourself more money. The work must flow in a particular order. To start, self-publishers must create a production schedule and timeline, plus stay on track. 

6. Falling in Love with Your Writing—Don’t Do it

Since you are the writer and the publisher, you will find it challenging to maintain objectivity. You may think that your writing is a certain style when in reality, that style is in error. More than one of my clients fell in love with using the word “it” repeatedly to start a sentence, and this is not a style—good writers and editors call “this style” weak writing. However, as the publisher, you are the boss. Although falling in love with your writing is natural, this practice is also risky without the guidance of professional subcontractors who provide honest, high-quality feedback. 

7. Perfectionism—Stop it!

Oh, this is a good one! The book is never going to be perfect. Most books published by traditional publishing companies contain errors—I see them all the time. Yet, these errors can be corrected in the 2nd edition, so resist perfectionism on the 1st edition. Hire a professional proofreader and be done with it! Each change you make begets another. Once you reach a good point, publish and print. Perfectionism can drag you into a black hole of endless corrections. Remember, corrections are not done in a vacuum and are certain to cause a ripple effect going forward. Many people are perfectionists because they are afraid to push the publish button. This is the most heartbreaking pitfall of self-publishing a book. A person makes so much progress and at the bitter end is unable to publish, making all kinds of excuses as momentum dies. 

8. Author Branding—Part of the Process

Technically, author branding is needed after self-publishing to sell books. However, in all reality, one must start this process before approaching a publishing date. Most books are sold online now. Therefore, an author’s website and social media are key to author branding and to make books available through the author. Your author brand is often developed from book concept artwork, so as you go through the publishing steps, be sure to include author branding in the process. Once your book goes to press, your website will be ready and able to sell books or, at least link to your distribution network.  

9. Review Copy—Easily Forgotten When Self-Publishing

As you go through the publishing process you will reach a point where the manuscript and book cover has been proofread. Although not yet in book form, in your hands is a final copy. This is the time to create a PDF of the book cover and interior. Once you do this, you may send this copy through email to solicit reviews. Reviews are necessary to sell books. Additionally, many books include a page at the beginning with review comments. These reviews help sell the book, plus you may include these reviews in your online book description. Once the book is published online, you have lost your chance to include these reviews in the description area of the book. Yes, that can be done later, but not easily. 

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No Time to Write? Try These 6 Quick Shortcuts to Revolutionize Your Writing

Finding Time to Write! by Deborah S. Nelson, Publishing SOLO
Finding Time to Write!

Making Time to Write

Deborah S. Nelson, Author, Publish Your Book Blueprint

I reveal how I make time to write throughout this online magazine. However, also I offer 1/2 hour complimentary publishing consultations. I do this for many reasons. Firstly, I am excited to teach independent publishing. Secondly, often one smart idea, when applied, can improve a writing project by 25 or 50%. This brings me great joy, even if I never hear from that writer again. Thirdly, I can encourage authors in the making!

During my complimentary sessions, I repeatedly encounter this question, “How do I find the time to write?” I get that—and so I will address this question in today’s blog.

The Big Time to Write Issue

Make Lockdown Writing Time by Deborah S. Nelson, Publishing SOLO

In the 21st century, most humans are inundated with continuous obligations and responsibilities. When is the time to write? Today, for example, I filled my car with gas; paid for health insurance; took my computer for repair; updated my virus checker; changed my cell phone plan; replaced my vehicle’s defective door strip; and, changed the batteries in my home security system.

Financial life is also complex, with constant money management duties. For eight months, I have been trying to talk to Amazon regarding misapplied payments; and contact my bank for a refund of the $5/month they are subtracting from my savings account. Plus, two checks from a small income stream are missing in the mail. Tracking monies is so time-consuming—we either pay in money or in time.

Tips to Make Yourself Write!

1. Make Lockdown a Time to Write

Many unsung writers are emerging from their shells during lockdown. What better time to write in 2020 than during lockdown? In 2009, I took a 3-month writing sabbatical to write and publish a book to Amazon. This period was a self-enforced lockdown and that book paid my rent for at least 5 years hence. Use the concept of lockdown and visit me in the Caribbean for a writer’s retreat!

2. Write About What You Know and Love

Writers often believe that they must be novelists, best sellers, or scholarly to publish. Indeed, culture and society have created stereotypes—but, the digital publishing age of the 21st century has obliterated these. Therefore, if you write about a subject you know and love, your writing will have merit. Plus, your words will flow like water and you will hardly be able to stop writing. Even half-an-hour a day will make great progress.

3. Find Time to Write—Make Writing a Habit

If there was just one habit for how to write a book in record time, I would recommend this trick. Set aside half-an-hour to an hour a day to write! Many of us spend that time in a flash on Facebook or watching TV. If you give yourself one hour a day to write, after a month, you will have a chunk of your book magically written.

4. A Timing Issue or Writer’s Block?

Forget about what your writing sounds or looks like. Get the heart of the content written. Later you can edit, copy-edit, proofread or even have a trusted friend check for typos and punctuation errors. Spell-check is not your friend. Do not focus on content and form at the same time. Both will suffer. First things first. Get the heart of what you want to say in writing. Then, you can polish its form.

5. Blog or Write for a Blog Daily

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This is a magical way to finish a book in record time! Commit to providing an article once a day or once a week for a blog. Organize the book concept so that the articles will fall into the chapters of a book. The great thing about this trick is that you are also developing a following while writing. Go to WordPress.com and start a blog on the subject of your book.

6. Publish Your Book

Make a plan to publish your book. Best selling author Jack Canfield once said that writing a book without publishing it is like having a baby and leaving it on someone’s doorstep. You may find traditional publishing challenging and time-consuming, but self-publishing is doable at an affordable price. Notably, if you are an entrepreneur, you can recoup the cost of self-publishing quickly by offering consulting, coaching, and courses in your field of expertise.

New! Do it Yourself Publishing Kits—Become an Author & Change Your Life!

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Do it Yourself Publishing Kits Makes Your Dream to Publish a Book doable

Someone famous once said: Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You … Deborah S. Nelson says: “Don’t Die with Your Story Still in You!”

Your Inside Story Brings Personal Transformation

By any chance, is publishing a book on your bucket list? Well, then, the New Year is prime time to write your story–or to write a new story of your life, A new story is about the only thing that will create lasting self transformation. And, to support the concept of Self Transformation through Self-Publishing, Deborah S. Nelson, Publisher of Publishing SOLO Magazine presents her DIY Book Publishing Kits for 2020.

Self-Publishing is Confusing and Complex

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What, Where, Who, Why, When, How-of Self-Publishing

“Digital publishing presents distinct technical challenges when preparing a book file for printing,” says Ms. Nelson, and adds—“Specialized publishing services like book cover, front & back matter, title, ISBN, bar code, and copyright issues—plus pesky details such as interior book design, sales and social media basics are daunting for the novice!” These aspects are often more time-consuming and challenging, than writing the book, itself!

Self-Publishing Kits for Writers, Entrepreneurs, & Rising Stars

Despite technicalities, Ms. Nelson cheers self-publishing benefits for writers, entrepreneurs, and rising stars. These include notoriety, expert status, and increased self-worth; along with options to speak, consult, teach, and sell books. Plus, Ms, Nelson says a priceless self-transformation occurs through the self-publishing process.

Many entrepreneurs increase their pricing 10-25% once they a published author. Also, some add consulting and speaking as another income stream. Indeed, writers, who have never been published, use their self-publishing success to land better publishing contracts than possible for “first-time” authors. Rising published YouTube stars increase their notoriety, fund-raising, and income streams from their growing online brand.

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Democracy in Publishing—A Right to Publish

Deborah S. Nelson has worked passionately and tirelessly both inside traditional publishing, plus has mastered self-publishing and book coaching during the past decade. Therefore, she understands that the digital transformation is not as easy as was initially expected. Insurmountable hurdles for the new self-publisher include achieving professional quality, overcoming technical blocks, learning author promotion, plus navigating various publishing venues such as Audible Books, Kindle, and online eBooks. These take time, expense, expertise, learning, and persistence.

Self-Publishing is Exhausting for Many Writers

Many first time writers have founded themselves over their heads and mired in the self-publishing process. They get stuck, and quit. Yet, Ms. Nelson reveres the concept of democracy in publishing. Anyone who nurtures their inspiration, has a story to tell, or specialized knowledge to share; has earned the right to publish.

Self-Publishing Made Easy—Kits by Deborah Nelson

Deborah S Nelson, creator of Self-Publishing Kits

Nelsons’ new and revolutionary “how to publish a book kits,” and formally named DIY Publishing Kits, launches in January of 2020! With five types of book publishing kits—each kit offers three levels of guidance. These kits help those who cannot afford to hire Ms. Nelson for ongoing book publishing coaching. Listed below, “how to publish a book” kits include:

  1. Text book (Finding the Author Within or Change Your Story, by Deborah S. Nelson, for example) which prepares the writer for self-publishing.
  2. Workbook, tools, and mini-courses on how to publish a book online.
  3. Book coaching for half hour-1.5 hours with Ms. Nelson to help you through stumbling blocks—especially those which prevent book completion.

Types of Book Do it Yourself Publishing Kits

Since writers publish from various motivations and inspirations, Ms. Nelson had created five types of self-publishing kits.

DIY Publishing Kits
Flash Book Writing Kits
Blastoff Self-Publishing Kits
Change Your Story Vision Kits
The Newest Secret Vision Kits

 DIY Publishing Kits

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These kits are made for the writer with a completed manuscript. Learn the self-publishing process by doing it on a practice book. Once done—you’ll be able to navigate through the process. In your consulting time with Ms. Nelson, she helps you prepare a budget, hire specialists, and organize your project. Prices of DIY Publishing kits are $97, $197, and $297. Components purchased separately at the Dream to Publish Boutique, add up to twice the kit price.

Flash Book Writing Kits

Flash Book Writing Kits by Deborah S. Nelson

Flash Book Writing Kits are for those who have not yet finished writing their manuscript. These are amazing for entrepreneurs or rising stars who already know their subject material, but need it organized on paper. Many people do not realize they already have a lot of material—on their blog, YouTube channel, or company website.

This material simply needs to be organized. Flash Book Writing Kits are perfect for this author type. Three levels of kits are available—silver, gold, and platinum. The platinum offers the most tools, books, and book coaching with Ms. Nelson. The prices are $77, $177, and $277.

Blastoff Self-Publishing Kits

Although these kits are similar to DIY Publishing Kits, they are customized for writers who have completed their manuscript, and feel they want to move fast. You will publish an easy sample book, and learn the process to prevent mistakes on your final book!

Ms. Nelson offers three levels—Silver, Gold, and Platinum, at $197, $297 and $397. The Blastoff Kits include books, tools, mini-courses, and book coaching by Deborah S. Nelson. Notably, these may be purchased separately at the Dream to Publish Boutique for about twice the kit price.

Change Your Story Vision Kits

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Stories are powerful, Therefore, tell a new story and get a new life. With the focus of Self-Transformation through Self-Publishing, these kits help change the trajectory of your life story! The books included in these kits are entitled Change Your Story, by Deborah S. Nelson. The Silver and Gold kit includes the Change Your Story Workbook which guides you to map a new story to change your life—for the better. With this kit, Ms. Nelson also offers three levels–Change Your Story Vision Kits—Silver, Gold, and Platinum, at $197, $297, and $397.

The Newest Secret Vision Kits

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With the focus on Ms. Nelson’s concept of Self Transformation through Self-Publishing, this kit marries The Law of Attraction with the Power of the Pen. Indeed, you will tell your dreams within the pages of your self-published storybook. Therefore, your published vision book becomes your new life plan. The Newest Secret text and workbook, by Deborah S. Nelson is the guiding curriculum. Nelson offers three levels of The Newest Secret Vision Kits—Silver, Gold, and Platinum, at $197, $297 and $397.

Powerful Actualization When Power of the Pen and Law of Attraction Are Together

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Notably, It is a well-known fact that the 3% who write their clearly defined goals and dreams on paper, are the most successful and happy humans. Although, how much more powerful is a clearly formulated vision plan, published in storybook form? Obviously, this is the most super-charged self transformation kit by Deborah S. Nelson. Lastly, the human potential movement is missing a key for manifesting dreams—The Power of the Pen. Consequently, when combined with The Law of Attraction, lives change!

Writing Hack #34⁠—How to Cure Your Writing Hangover⁠s—Yoga for Writers

Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #34 Yoga for Writers by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #34—Yoga for Writers; Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

I want to share a unique writing aid—Yoga for Writers! For three years I wrote nearly non-stop. Oh, the aches and pains! The muse so inspired me that I considered the bathroom break as a rude but necessary interruption. This is what can happen when seized by a writing streak in the Caribbean–or when the mind forgets the body during an inspired writing session. The non-stop inspiration was glorious, but my body paid the price. That is, until I discovered Yoga for writers!

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitWhen the muse was fully operational, I wrote 12-14 hours a day 7 days a week! However, now, I am lucky if I can steal 2 or 3 hours a day to write. This is due to the time required for infrastructure and marketing. A few years ago, building a website was faster, easier, and cheaper than owning-p[=[ a brick and mortar store. Now, maintaining an Internet presence is expensive and complicated.

Yoga for Writers is Saving My Body

But I digress. I return to Yoga for Writers. What a wonderful discovery! My body took a great toll from writing for all these years. I wrote and published several books in those days, and the books have taken good care of me. However, a couple of years ago, I had to acknowledge a “crick” in my neck which was so severe it leads to numbness and tingling in my left pinkie. Then, a year later, my thumbs started experiencing a tunnel carpel situation.

Not one for traditional medicine, I went to the chiropractor for my neck for about a year. In addition, I added monthly massage to my healing routine. It took a year and a half, and the crick in my neck softened and disappeared. But, I realized that I needed more than that to reverse all the unnatural tension in my body. I needed prevention—daily prevention.

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Yoga for Writers Keeps Your Writing Flow Going

Enter YOGA. Yoga in its gentle but firm approach has helped me to unwind the tension from the 20 books I have written over the past 10 years! At first, having worked out as a body builder, Yoga seemed at first to be very minimalistic. However, after a few sessions of trying Yoga, I discovered its power. The gentleness of it keeps me in my writing mind.

Now that I am a Yoga enthusiast, what is even more exciting is a new Yoga practice introduced on YouTube by Adrienne. She has made a special half-hour yoga practice for writers! This is fantastic. As writers, we need to get up every few hours and do a little yoga to keep our bodies from clenching up into a ball in various places.

I love how Yoga can help my hands and wrists and neck and lower back extend, and unwind. If you spend more than 3 or 4 hours a day writing, be sure and give Adrienne’s Yoga for Writers a chance!


Experience the exhilaration of BOOK COACHING during a trial session with Deborah S. Nelson. Click to schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour—available Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12p.m.-6p.m. EST.

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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

Change Your Story Vision Kits by Deborah S. Nelson

Publish your Book Blueprint by Deborah S Nelson

Have a Dream to Publish a Book— But Lack the Time or Know-How?

Look no further. This potent detailed DIY publishing guide grants you the time and know-how. Learn how to self-publish a book by doing it! Once you become a published author, friends, family, and peers see you in a whole new light! This unique system propels both aspiring and seasoned authors through digital publishing step-by-step. You won’t even need your completed manuscript to start!


Those who have completed Ms. Nelson’s Courses are raving fans. See Videos Reviews & Author Library. Hmmm … I am not quite ready—just send me the Free Self-Publishing Toolkit Click Here for Your Self-Publishing Toolkit

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Writing Hack⁠—Less Is More⁠. Reduce Redundancy, Illuminate Your Points

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #28 Less is More by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #28 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

Part of good editing is to use fewer words. If you learn to self-edit, then you will actually be able to improve your writing as you go. However, this is only after you have made telling your story passionately the first priority. Polishing your writing has to come last.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitBelow is a list of common redundant words. Try to learn and eliminate these redundancies from your writing. Obviously, these are only a few. Discover your own and add to this list! Examine these words and realize the repetition!

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Absolutely certain
Actual experience/fact
Add an additional
Added bonus
Advance notice
At the present time
Basic fundamentals
Came at a time when
Close proximity
Collaborate together
Consensus of opinion
Definite decision
Difficult dilemma
Direct confrontation

End result
Enter in
False pretense
Few in number
Final outcome
For a number of days
Foreign imports
Forever and ever
Free gift
Invited guests
Major breakthrough
New beginning
Plan ahead
Possibly might

Postpone until later
Protest against
Repeat again
Revert back
Same identical
Since the time when
Spell out in detail
Still remains
Suddenly exploded
Therapeutic treatment
Unexpected surprise
Unintended mistake
Usual custom
Written down


Experience the exhilaration of BOOK COACHING during a trial session with Deborah S. Nelson. Click to schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour—available Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12p.m.-6p.m. EST.

COMPLIMENTARY BOOK COACHING

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

Change Your Story Vision Kits by Deborah S. Nelson

Publish your Book Blueprint by Deborah S Nelson

Have a Dream to Publish a Book— But Lack the Time or Know-How?

Look no further. This potent detailed DIY publishing guide grants you the time and know-how. Learn how to self-publish a book by doing it! Once you become a published author, friends, family, and peers see you in a whole new light! This unique system propels both aspiring and seasoned authors through digital publishing step-by-step. You won’t even need your completed manuscript to start!

Includes downloadable template Free ISBN number & POD account 10 steps to print on demand publishing Displays book parts in chronological order Publish your book blueprint proof in a week


Those who have completed Ms. Nelson’s Courses are raving fans. See Videos Reviews & Author Library. Hmmm … I am not quite ready—just send me the Free Self-Publishing Toolkit Click Here for Your Self-Publishing Toolkit

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Writing Hack—First, the Art of Writing—the Craft of Writing Beautifies the Art

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #27 Write the Action by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #27 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

Now that your writing is passionately flowing stories with excitement and action, let’s focus on how to polish your writing. Understand that the “art of writing” and the “craft of writing” are different mindsets. For best results do these different types of work in phases so that you are not demanding your mind to shift back and forth from the “art” to the “craft.” If you have not read Hack #10 Art and Craft of Writing you might want to review that tip now.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitThe writing industry offers many options to polish your writing. The three main ones include content editing, copy editing, and proofreading. I find that I can easily edit my own writing, but only if I wait a few weeks or months, after writing it. Content editors charge from $75-$100 an hour. However, this is a cost I do not want to incur. Therefore, I have learned how to edit, and consequently, also to self-edit. The key to effective self-editing is to edit with a fresh mind, and fresh eyes, which requires letting your writing sit for at least 3 weeks or longer.

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I wrote a mini-course, 10 DIY Self-Editing Tips for a Smoothly Written Ride, which is phenomenal for saving hundreds and thousands of dollars in editing. As for copy editing, and proofreading, I suggest hiring a specialist from one of the freelance sites. These are very detailed types of work, and editing takes ongoing practice in order to develop the eye and mind to catch the details of the work.


Experience the exhilaration of BOOK COACHING during a trial session with Deborah S. Nelson. Click to schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour—available Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12p.m.-6p.m. EST.

COMPLIMENTARY BOOK COACHING

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

The Newest Secret Vision Kits by Deborah S. Nelson

Publish your Book Blueprint by Deborah S Nelson

Have a Dream to Publish a Book— But Lack the Time or Know-How?

Look no further. This potent detailed DIY publishing guide grants you the time and know-how. Learn how to self-publish a book by doing it! Once you become a published author, friends, family, and peers see you in a whole new light! This unique system propels both aspiring and seasoned authors through digital publishing step-by-step. You won’t even need your completed manuscript to start!

Includes downloadable template Free ISBN number & POD account 10 steps to print on demand publishing Displays book parts in chronological order Publish your book blueprint proof in a week


Those who have completed Ms. Nelson’s Courses are raving fans. See Videos Reviews & Author Library. Hmmm … I am not quite ready—just send me the Free Self-Publishing Toolkit Click Here for Your Self-Publishing Toolkit

FREE SELF-PUBLISHING TOOLKIT