Start here to set the right foundation to become a full-time author

This start here page covers all the things you need to do to make your book looking as professional as it can be.

If you already have the intention of going full-time with your writing but you have yet to publish your first book or just getting started, then it’s important to nail down the publishing side of thing first before you do anything else.

You can then move on to the next step which is how you can market your book effectively. You can also take things further by creating your own author website.

Remember that your book is the readers’ first encounter with your work. It’s not going to do you any good if your book looks amateurish and unprofessional.

The guides that are listed on this start here page are according to the order of what you should do first. Doing all the things according to the right order will set you on the right track.

As always, you can follow the systems I outlined on this page to a T. But you can also tweak the system according to your preference if you need to. What you’re seeing here only serves as a guideline.

Feel free to send me a quick email if you have any questions about publishing and the author business side of things. I’ll do my best to help you as much as I can.

Publishing your first book and beyond

If you want to become an author, then it’s obvious that you need to get your book published first. What’s the point of calling yourself an author if you don’t even have any books published under your name, right?

This is where this publishing guide comes in.

With this guide, I’ll be covering:

  • What software you can use to write a book
  • All about editing and where to hire the best editor for your book
  • How you can do copyediting and proofreading yourself
  • How to do ebook formatting without making you feel like you want to pull your hair
  • What you should know about book cover design and how you can do it yourself if you don’t have the budget to hire someone to do it for you
  • How to create a professional-looking print book
  • Where to sell your ebooks and print book

Keep in mind that this guide is intended for those who decide to self-publish their book. It’s a different process altogether if you decide to opt for the traditional publishing route.

Book marketing system

Publish it and they will come. This is what most authors think once they’re done with publishing their book. Except it doesn’t work that way in reality.

Whether you like it or not, you need to have a book marketing system in place if you really want the book to make money from you.

The good news is it’s not complicated at all. Depending on which book marketing strategy you pick, it can be a fun process too.

Now that you know the importance of book marketing, here’s what the guide will cover:

  • How to optimize your book page for Amazon
  • How to build an email list even if you never have one before
  • Using paid advertising to drive more sales
  • All about content marketing for authors and how you can start doing content marketing
  • Using social media without sacrificing your writing time

If you opt to go for the traditional publishing route, this guide will come in handy too. Just be sure to check with your publisher on the things that you can or you can’t do when it comes to marketing your book.

How to create an author website on WordPress

It’s too bad that your author business is incomplete if you don’t have your own website. That’s how your potential readers will get to know you even more.

Sure, you can achieve the same thing with social media. But we all know that we don’t own anything other than our own profile. If the social media platform you use suddenly disappears, there goes your online profile.

But it’s a different story if you have your own website. You have full control of your home base because you own it.

The good news is creating your own website isn’t that hard thanks to WordPress.

No idea how to do that? Well, that’s what this guide is all about.

This guide covers:

  • Where to buy a cheap domain name for your author website
  • A complete guide to buying a web hosting service that is suitable for your author website
  • How to do the setup for your WordPress site
  • Where to buy a premium WordPress theme
  • Which WordPress plugins you should install
  • What pages you need to create for your author website
  • How to sell ebooks directly on your website

For those who decide to opt for the traditional publishing route, having an author website is the best thing you can have.

Most of the things covered in this guide will work just fine even for the traditional published authors. But it doesn’t hurt to check with your publisher on the things you can or you can’t do on your author website. 

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