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Putting life together after losing several years to the changes in the independent publishing game due to life choices felt like an eternity. After my divorce, I watched the momentum I’d worked to build writing books dwindle to nothing as I shifted gears to rebuild my life. The thought of leaving “author” as something I used to be in my past crossed my mind several times as I prepared to re-enter the workforce as part of my new normal.
I knew having no outlet for the the characters and stories swirling around inside me wasn’t an option. I started with Smashwords but over time realized they weren’t the long-term independent distribution partner for me.Pursuing work that used my writing skills made rejoining the workforce an opportunity instead of a chore. After months of research and watching emerging platforms come and go, I continued publishing to native platforms, then after watching them for half a year decided to go with Draft2Digital for my non-native distribution needs.
Creating a Book Business Plan Template: For Your Book or Book Series
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The days of posting to Kindle, being discovered by readers “accidentally”, and hitting the top 10 bestseller list with no marketing, ads, or plan ended. Unicorn stories happen every once in a while, but the most successful authors have a pattern and those focused on writing full time as independent or hybrid authors use a plan.
Use these steps to build a template for connecting with your readers for each book or book series. Attempting to squeeze the unique bends, twists, and curves of your story into someone else’s marketing plan isn’t the way to reach your readers. Your book or book series deserves a template built specifically for you.
By the end of this blog post you’ll have the outline to build a book business plan template for each new book or book series. You’ll also have the foundation to add-to or remove the elements you need as your book catalog grows.
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Within minutes you'll have the ability to launch your author site with every component an author needs to connect with readers today: