Have You Ever Thought About Writing a Book?

I know I have ever since I was young! I fondly remember my first grade teacher leading our class through writing our own short-stories, illustrating them, binding them, and then selling the class “book”  for a fundraiser for new classroom decorations. As an avid reader, I have often looked back over my first “book” and wondered if I had what it takes to produce a real book of my own one day.

Well, thanks so Self-Publishing School I can finally say that I am a published author with an Amazon Best-Selling book, and it all happened in less than 30 days! Keep reading to find out the steps I took to write and publish my first book in under 30 days, and how you can too!


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The Beginning…October 31, 2017

Halloween 2017 will forever go down in my personal history as a great day, for it was on that day that I watched a free webinar on “How to Self-Publish a Best-Selling Book”. From that free webinar I clicked for more information, made the decision to invest in myself and my future, and began writing my very first book. I could not have imagined that in less than one month time I would be hitting Publish on my very first book! I became a published author from Halloween to Thanksgiving and I’m here to tell you how you can make it happen for yourself.

Invest in Yourself

While I had always dreamed of writing my own books, I honestly never thought it would become a reality as I always envisioned the process as grueling, ridiculously expensive, and nearly impossible to actually be published. While that may still be the case for the traditional publishing route, technology has paved the way for authors to skip the middle man (the publishing houses) and get their work out into the world themselves.

This opportunity is amazing, and overwhelming all in the same breath. As someone who loves the writing process, but starts to hyperventilate when considering all of the other aspects of publishing (finding an editor, proofreader, cover designer, formatter, uploading my book, distributing my book, marketing the book, etc), I knew that I needed guidance through the process.

This is where Self-Publishing School came into my story. I did what any other rational American does with a question, and hit up Google. From there I started researching the different programs available for learning the ropes of self-publishing and I kept coming back to Chandler Bolt’s Self-Publishing School.

I loved the fact that the program covered the entire book writing process from deciding on your subject all the way through marketing the book and beyond. I also loved the fact that Chandler actually had real-world success with his program and had a community of like-minded authors willing and available to help with any questions and to give honest feedback and encouragement. (The mastermind Facebook community is included for one month with the program, but I have kept my subscription active as I’ve found the community to be invaluable)

Once I watched the Free webinar and committed to the program (I went with the base plan for $995, but there is also a plan that includes coaching for $1995) I jumped feet into the process of writing my first book. The program breaks down every step of the writing and publishing process in easy-to-follow modules that are self-paced to get your first book completed in 3 months. Sounds do-able right? That’s what I thought too, and I was even able to finish in 30 days!

While this was a very large personal investment (I recently made the jump to a SAHM/Work-From-Home Momma), I felt like it was the right thing to do for my future. I knew that there was something in me calling me to take this opportunity and I’m so very grateful I listened. While it can be scary to invest in yourself, I think about what I would have missed out on if I had chosen to listen to the voice of fear. Besides, that, with that much moolah invested, I knew I had to commit to the program!

what to Write?

First major decision, what to write?! I had several books swimming around in my head, so which one to write first? The SPS (Self-Publishing School) program recommended writing the book that you could finish the fastest first, so I instantly thought of my idea for a book on Christmas tree decorating as I had lots of experience with the subject matter and could get it down quickly. There was one major problem with that idea though…it had a rapidly approaching deadline!

No one in their right mind would launch a Christmas tree decorating book right after Christmas, so that meant I needed to get my book completed and published fast! My dream launch date was Thanksgiving weekend, but with only 20 some days to my deadline, I selected a still-ambitious goal of December 1st. Now to get to writing!

Map Your Ideas Out

The SPS program recommends starting the writing process by mind-mapping out every idea that comes into your head on your subject matter and then breaking those ideas down into the outline of your book. From there you quickly write up a rough draft and from there you start your writing in earnest. Even though I was on a tight time-line, I found the process of mind-mapping my thoughts out to be so important to the finished product. Having all of my thoughts out of my head and onto paper allowed me to truly focus on the topic at hand and not be scattered with all of the other thoughts floating through.

Just Keep Writing, Writing, Writing…

Once the mind map, outline, and intro were complete, I sat down during every waking moment I had and typed. I typed early in the morning while the kiddos watched cartoons, I typed during nap times, I typed after dinner while the kids played outside, and I typed at 2:00 am in the morning after little man woke for his nightly feeding (did I mention I wrote this with a 4 month old, a 2-year old, and a 7 year old underfoot?). At the end of 2 weeks I had completed over 18,000 words, 12 chapters, and a bonus chapter. Now onto editing and formatting!

Don’t Be Afraid to Delegate

Since I was trying to get my book completed as quickly as possible, I hired out both the editing and the formatting. Since I knew I was only launching an e-book this time around, I knew I didn’t have time to learn how to format my book in a professional and attractive way. While I was waiting on the editor to go over my book, I began the quest for my cover. Budgeting for a cover is tricky as you want a professional and beautiful product, but the budget can only stretch so far. I was very lucky and got a reference from another SPS member for a talented and affordable cover designer on Fiverr. My cover only set me back $30 and I love the way it turned out!

Once my book was back from the editor I sent it to be formatted and began the process of building a launch team to get my book the initial push it needed to be successful. The SPS program offers lots of information on marketing and there are countless books and articles out there on the “best” way to market a new book, but following the SPS “Free Promo” was very effective for me and I recommend it to any first time authors out there as it builds excitement and momentum for your book right out of the gate!

Time to Hit Publish!

With my cover completed, launch team complied, and book formatted, I was able to hit Publish on Amazon on November 22nd. Only 22 days from signing up for the program! The book took several hours to load and by Black Friday I was able to promote my book to the world! With a 3 day free promotion and then a switch to 99 cents, I was on my way up the Amazon charts! After a little over a week on Amazon my book received the Amazon “Best Seller” banner and I officially became a Best-Selling author! I still can’t believe it!

What’s Next?

With my first book under my belt I am now onto releasing my very first children’s book (another large learning process!), writing my second Holiday decorating book, and getting my first book out into print in time for the 2018 Holiday season. All of this began by believing in myself and making the investment in educating myself on the process of self-publishing.

Now It’s Your Turn!

I truly hope that this post has inspired you to jump in with both feet and do something you have always dreamed of accomplishing! If you have a dream to write your own book, please feel free to reach out to me as I would love to encourage you on your journey! If you are interested in learning about the program that I followed then click HERE for Self-Publishing School to sign up for your Free webinar to start you on your journey to becoming a Best-Selling author! Trust me, If I can write a best seller in 30 days, with 3 small kiddos underfoot, I KNOW you can do it too!

 

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~Cassie

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10 thoughts on “How-To Write and Publish a Book in 30 Days!

  1. Very well thought out and written!

    Posted on January 9, 2018 at 2:23 pm
    1. Thanks Amy! Hope you’re having a great start to the New Year!

      Posted on January 9, 2018 at 2:49 pm
  2. This was an inspiring post. I’ve written books but never done it in 30 days! I do like the cover too.

    Posted on January 17, 2018 at 12:12 am
    1. Melissa, Thank you! What have you written? I would love to check it out!

      Posted on January 17, 2018 at 1:00 am
      1. I recently co-wrote “How to Make a Living as a Writer” and have published romance novels under the pen name MJ Greenway.

        Posted on January 19, 2018 at 8:40 pm
  3. I love your article! Thank you so much for the useful information. I would like to ask ( if it OK with you to share) what was your cost to self publish a book?

    Posted on February 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm
    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the article! I’m happy to share as I hope to encourage as many other writers as possible. In addition to the course, I invested $30 in my cover, $40 in editing, and $200 in formatting (this was more expensive than most, but I was on a time rush and he also resized and placed my photos. E-book formatting usually runs in the $40-$60 range). After the book was live I spent around $40 for paid promotions.

      That was my overall investment, but you can spend considerably more or less depending on who you source through (I used fiverr for my cover, an editor who was just starting out, and a contact from the self-publishing group for my formatter).
      Hope that helps! If you have any other questions please let me know!

      Posted on February 5, 2018 at 5:46 pm
      1. Thank you so much for the detailed answer! I am surprised how affordable self publishing is. I have one more question: in your experience is self publishing a profitable endeavor or is it done more for self promotion (which is also great in my opinion)?

        Posted on February 5, 2018 at 9:58 pm
        1. The profitability is really dependent on the marketability of your book and the topic. Several of the authors in the SPS community have full-time careers as authors, but many choose to write a book as a stepping-stone to other opportunities. It really helps to have your endgoal in mind even before you begin writing.

          Posted on February 5, 2018 at 11:15 pm
          1. Thank you very much for helpful advice.

            Posted on February 5, 2018 at 11:42 pm