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How to Publish Your Book

publish your own book unconventional guide

Most of my friends (and including myself) have at some point said that we’d love to publish a novel. Since November is National Novel Writing Month and I’ve signed up for the NanoWriMo challenge, I wanted to share something that budding novelist may want to use. As you’ve seen in previous posts, I’m a huge fan of Chris Guillbeau and his micro-business philosophy.

He’s all about finding unconventional ways to make a business around the things you love and he has a guide for those hoping to get their works published. He has teamed up with David Fugate, a veteran literary agent who has sold 1,000+ books to dozens of publishers. Together they’ve created a detailed tactical and practical road-map and guide to getting it done.

Want to Publish Your Own Book?

As with other unconventional guides, there is a ton of information and resources that not only give you an overview of the process, but actual guides to help, including:

  • supplemental interviews
  • recordings
  • transcripts
  • sample contracts & proposals
  • Q&A with various editors

There are 3 customized versions you can get the guides, depending on just beginning on your book or if you’re getting your book out sooner. No matter which one you select, each version includes the main PDF guide and FREE updates for life.

publish your own book unconventional guide

The Hemingway ($129)

For everyone ready to get on the fast track to publishing their book… now. Get this one if you don’t want to waste any time.

  • The Monster PDF Guide. A huge, 45,000 word report written by master agent David Fugate, chock-full of sound advice on how to make your book a success.
  • Video interview on Book Marketing with Jonathan Fields. The bestselling author of Uncertainty (Portfolio 2011), Jonathan is also the founder of Tribal Author, a community that helps authors develop careers that lead to multiple book deals.
  • An extended audio interview with Chris Guillebeau on community building and how it relates to publishing. Learn how Chris pursues both traditional publishing and self-publishing to grow his audience and reach different kinds of readers.
  • Three 25-minute MP3 audio interviews with editors from Crown, Hudson Street Press and Little, Brown about what they’re looking for from aspiring authors.
  • PLUS! An additional interview with David Fugate explaining the book proposal process and why traditional books will continue to thrive
  • Detailed transcripts of all interviews and audio sessions

The Austen ($79)

This version is designed to help you get your book proposal accepted and get you started on writing your book.

  • The Monster PDF Guide. A huge, 45,000 word report written by master agent David Fugate, chock-full of sound advice on how to make your book a success.
  • An extended audio interview with Chris Guillebeau on community building and how it relates to publishing. Learn how Chris pursues both traditional publishing and self-publishing to grow his audience and reach different kinds of readers.
  • Three 25-minute MP3 audio interviews with editors from Crown, Hudson Street Press and Little, Brown about what they’re looking for from aspiring authors.
  • Detailed transcripts of all interviews and audio sessions

Click here if  The Austen version suits your writing and publishing needs.

The Fitzgerald ($58)

For those starting out on the idea for their book and want a frugal option, this guide will give you the information to let you test the waters.

  • The Monster PDF Guide. A huge, 45,000 word report written by master agent David Fugate, chock-full of sound advice on how to make your book a success.
  • Three 25-minute MP3 audio interviews with editors from Crown, Hudson Street Press and Little, Brown about what they’re looking for from aspiring authors.
  • Detailed transcripts of all interviews and audio sessions

Click here if  The Fitzgerald version suits your publishing needs.

Whatever you choose, I wish you the best on your publishing dreams!

Thoughts on the Publishing Your Book

How many of you are interested in becoming an author?

Building Your Own Empire

As a site that reviews financial products, services, and companies, it’s always fun to take a bit of time to review something that I really enjoyed and have used for my own finances. Today I wanted to review the Empire Building Kit from Chris Guillbeau.

For those not familiar with Chris and his Unconventional Guides, he’s a very small business writer. Not so much small in revenue, but small in size. Each of his releases focuses on a specific challenge that business owners have.

I actually bought Chris’ Empire Building Kit when it first launched. I enjoyed his other guides, so I wanted to see how his new guide could help my business.

Who’s the Empire Building Kit For?

With the Empire Building Kit Chris is looking at provide one year’s worth of material to help entrepreneurs to focus and grow a sustainable lifestyle business.

If you have a side project that’s earning you income or just started with freelancing, this guide can provide some great value.

He had spent about year interviewing successful business owners and discovering what helped them to build their businesses and he shares numerous case studies, covering a variety of careers, including:

  • Coaching Artist
  • Dog Trainer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Photographer
  • Web Design

What’s Included in the Empire Building Kit?

All the editions includes the following:

  • Daily emails (for 365 days) with specific goals and tactics to help you determine a business to create and and build.
  • Video interviews with successful lifestyle entrepreneurs about how they speficially built their business (including annual figures) Update: Transcripts of the videos are included.
  • Case studies (PDFs) with a different businesses and backgrounds.
  • Video presentations from Chris on marketing topics like cross-selling and the tools he uses for his own business
  • More case studies, interviews, and content as you progress through the EBK 365 emails.

Chris has created 3 editions of the Empire Building Kit, each designed to appeal to different business budgets. Depending on what your goals, you have to you go all out with the Hail Caesar pass or play it safe with Emperor-in-Training.

  • Emperor-in-Training – $149
  • Hail Caesar – $249
  • Alexander the Great – $449

As you can see with the prices above, this is not for the casual hobbyist. If you’re looking to dip your foot into the water, you may want to check out Chris book, The $100 Start-Upchris guillbeau start up

For those who have a bigger budget and go for the bigger packages, there are extras you get with your personal Empire Building Kit.

  •  The Hail Caesar package includes 12 PDF case studies, 7 video interviews,  and 43-step Product Launch checklist.
  • The Alexander the Great package includes 15 PDF case studies, 7 video interviews, the 43-step Product Launch checklist, and a behind the scene look at Chris’ Unconventional Guides as a business.

Your Thoughts on the Empire Building Kit

If you’re interested in picking up the Empire Building Kit, I hope you find my review helpful. If you have any questions, please email me.

Lynda.com Online Courses for Creative and Technical Professionals

Being self-employed has many advantages. It also motivates you to remain competitive with your talents and skills. For me that means finding ways to get training for working with different content management systems, increasing my spreadsheet savvy, and learning more coding.

Finding a valuable and affordable option is key for me. One such resource that I use is Lynda.com.

Investing in Your Career

I heard about Lynda.com a couple of years ago from a friend who has a web design business. He mentioned to me that it was a great resource and it had courses and materials for every program that he uses in his business. Curious, I decided to check it out.

I quickly joined and I’ve found it to be a incredibly helpful site for my business.

Lynda.com Courses

As of today (summer 2012), Lynda.com offers around 1,400 online courses. Some of the popular courses offered include:
Grow your brain.

  • Photography
  • Photoshop
  • Home Computing
  • Adobe
  • Dreamweaver
  • Final Cut Pro

The courses cover beginners looking at improving their familiarity with the computer and the office suite to professionals seeking to hone their skills and further their career.

Membership Costs for Lynda.com

Lynda.com offers different online subscriptions, either a manageable monthly payment or a discounted annual payment. The online subscription gives you access to 700 training courses with approximately 44,000 instructional video lessons. According to the site, they add new courses on a weekly basis.

  • Monthly Subscription – $25.00/month
  • Monthly Premium Subscription – $37.50/month
  • Annual Subscription – $250.00/year
  • Annual Premium Subscription – $375.00/year
The prices are a great option for those looking at working at their own pace and having access to training 24/7.

Can Lynda.com Give You a Good Return on Investment?

While it can vary person to person, I think if you’re self motivated and you’re looking to build or advance your skill set, Lynda.com can be a very affordable option that can easily pay for itself. For those still on the fence on whether or not to sign up for the site, you can get 7 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com.

I’d also want to hear your stories on being a successful freelancer. What have you’ve found extremely helpful to growing your business?