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You Want to Write a Book?” – How to Use the Internet to Write,
Publish and Promote a Book in Record Speed
Los Angeles, California – Eighty-two (82%) percent of
the American adult population dreams of writing a book one day.
(Source: Survey by the Association of American
Publishers and USA Today).
Are you one of them?
"If you're one of the millions of Americans who's in the process
of writing a book, planning to write a book, or dreaming of
becoming an author but don't think you can do it, it's easier
than you think,” says Maria Veloso, author of 4 books, and
online marketer of over a dozen books, who knows how to do it
the easy way.
Whether you want to write a book to inform, enlighten or inspire
people, to make a difference in people's lives, to acquire
fortune and fame, or to position yourself as an authority on a
particular subject, it doesn't have to be a daunting task that
takes months or years -- and a lot of money -- to accomplish.
Here are Veloso's tips on how to use the Internet to get the
book inside you out into the world.
Tip #1: Before you even start writing your book,
find out if there's a market for your book. There's no
sense in spending months or years writing your book – only to
find out that no one is interested in buying it. You can
start by writing an article regarding the subject of your book,
disseminating it on the Internet, and getting indications of
interest. For example, if you plan to write a book titled Get
More Energy Now, you can write an article between 500 to 800
words on the subject matter of your book, such as “The Top 10
Ways to Increase Your Energy.” Put a byline or resource
box at the bottom of the article identifying who you are, and
include a note that says: If you'd like to be notified
when Get More Energy is released, send an e-mail to <Your
Email Address>. Veloso received over 950
reservations for her book, Web Copy That Sells long
before she got a literary agent, and the number of book
reservations she received convinced AMACOM (the publishing
division of the American Management Association) to publish her
Tip #2: If you've written your book manuscript,
create a PDF (Portable Document Format) file of the first
chapter, and invite people who have large e-mail lists to offer
it to their friends and/or list members. Their e-mail
should include the PDF file of your sample chapter attached, or
include a link to the webpage where they can download the PDF.
Tell them to encourage their list members to forward the link or
the PDF file to other friends. Over 2,100 people
downloaded the first chapter of Veloso's novel, Midwinter
Turns to Spring, and this produced 1,639 book sales in the
first 2 weeks of its online launch. This initial flurry of
sales led to a second printing of her novel and its companion CD
even before the book hit bookstore shelves.
Tip #3: Consider publishing an electronic (eBook)
edition of your book and making it available on the Internet via
your own website. Profit margins on eBooks are excellent
(almost 100% after development costs). There are no
printing costs and no shipping costs since you deliver the book
electronically. Veloso sold over $750,000 worth of a $27
eBook for one TV celebrity client, and the profits earned
exceeded the profits from all her client's book infomercials
Tip #4: If you want to write books for profit,
consider writing a book manuscript and selling the book rights
to entrepreneurs on the Internet. The way to determine what to
write about is by skimming through book titles of bestseller
lists (New York Times, Amazon.com, etc.) to spot the buying
trends and discover what books people are buying. Another
way is to go to Overture.com, visit the Resource Center, and
click on the Keyword Selector Tool. If you want to write
about weight loss, for example, type in “weight loss” in the box
provided, and the tool will show you how many times the term
“weight loss” was searched last month. As of the time of this
writing, “weight loss” was searched 345,365 times the previous
month. That's a LOT of people looking for weight loss
information. Then, you'll have to consider the competition
by typing “weight loss” on Google to see how many websites come
up in the search results. After using these research
methods, Veloso wrote a 93-page book titled “Megabolic Weight
Loss,” a weight loss book for sedentary people, which took her 4
weeks to write. She then sold the book rights to a day spa
corporation in Florida for $23,000.
Tip #5: If you want to find a literary agent to
help you get your book published, you can do it online.
Most literary agencies accept new author submissions via the
Internet. The Literary Agents website
(http://www.literaryagents.org) gives free resources and tips
for finding agents; a template you can use to write a cover
letter to an agent; and links to literary agency listings.
Some agencies require you to fill out an online submission form,
and others ask you to e-mail your submission. On November
23, 2002, Veloso sent 10 identical submissions via e-mail to 10
literary agents. In the e-mail, she wrote that she had
just written a book, “Web Copy That Sells,” gave a bulleted list
of topics covered in the book, and said that she was looking for
a literary agent. Less than two hours later, she received
an e-mail from Wendy Keller, literary agent to authors such as
Jack Canfield of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.
Keller became Veloso's literary agent, and got her a book deal
with AMACOM a few months later.