Sunday, July 26, 2020

12 Step Summary of Preparation Tips for Creating a Niche Book Series

Preparation Tips for Creating a Book Series

In October of 2019, I decided it was time to tackle one item on my bucket list: To publish a book featuring a collection of my personally written poems.

I've written several articles on my experience as a newbie self-publisher. Here's my most recent article that talks about Glossy versus Matte Finish Book Covers.

In the beginning, self-publishing wasn't easy! In fact, it took perseverance, patience, and a bit of holy water followed by soap to wash my mouth out with!

Creating My Series of Riddle Books

Once the poetry book was under my belt, I decided to create a series of Riddle Books. I have this crazy knack for writing riddles, so I decided to use this quirky ability for books.

My driving force for writing riddle books is to create something light, fun, and distracting. It turns out 2020 needs a lot of that!

I started with one book, then decided to create a series under the same topic. I'll keep adding to this series until my mind runs out of ideas.

To date, I've written and self-published four riddle books. I've just completed the content for Riddle Book number five, Halloween Riddles, which is scheduled to be published in August 2020. I also have a sixth riddle book halfway completed but don't have a date planned for that release yet.

Although I'm not a guru-self-publisher, I'd like to share my own process for creating a series of books for a niche. Note that as of this date, I've self-published via Amazon's Self-Publishing platform; however, I plan to expand to other writing platforms in a few months. I'll write about that learning process later.

Note: These are summary tips. I didn't delve into the detail of each. The tips are meant to give you a mental picture of the entire thought process before you dive into the process. In other words, things to consider if you're truly serious about your endeavor.

My Personal Twelve-Step Summary Guide to Creating Your Own Niche Series of Self-Published Books:
  1. Choose a topic for your series of books.
  2. Write and self-publish your book in both eBook and Paperback format. 
  3. Don't rush, take it one book at a time and don't limit yourself to a specific number of books.
  4. Decide if the format for each book will be the same: For example number of chapters, introductions, closing pages, and structure.
  5. Be willing to change your covers several times in the beginning if needed - I did this a lot.
  6. Create a website that reflects your book's topic.
  7. Design and decide upon a Logo for your series.
  8. Create a business Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter page for your book's topic.
  9. Create engaging posts about your book's topic on these social media business accounts.
  10. Create a video that speaks about who you are and put that video on your website and your social media accounts.
  11. Include your social media links and website links at the back of your ebooks and paperback books. Be sure to follow Amazon's rules on links in eBooks.
  12. Create and set-up your Amazon Author page - be sure to link to your website's RSS feed to your Author Page so that the new posts on your websites are updated automatically to your author page. 

Here's a Four eBook Series of My Riddle Books

Amazon automatically created an eBook Series for me. In other words, I didn't have to create the amazon page that offered my eBooks as a series. They put two and two together and created the page. However, for a paperback series, I'll have to assemble that offer to the public myself. I'll let you know how that goes - I still have to learn how to do it!

My About Me Video

Here's the video I created for my Website and Social Media Websites. It's intentionally not 'guru-professional.' My goal was to introduce myself to my followers - to be real - to be who I am, nothing more. There are several video services you can use online, I used Animoto.

Again, these tips are meant as an overview to help you consider the big picture before you start writing your book series.

Happy Creating!

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  1. Barbara, you are amazing! There is a lot to think about when you are going to undertake a project of this magnitude and you have done it several times. Congratulations on that! I don't know if I will ever get a book going, but my motto for life is "Never Say Never!", so this may just come in handy for me one day! Thank you!

    1. Olivia, thank you for your support. Loving what we do is half the battle, and that helps to keep me going

  2. Barbara you are amazing and an inspiration to me. I can't tell you enough how helpful your articles were to me in publishing my poetry book. I love your riddles and blog for your series. Congratulations all on that you have done this year so far.

    1. Brenda, thank you for all your support as well, and again, congratulations on your poetry book!

  3. Your book series preparations and publications has been amazing, Barbara. Congratulations on all you have done and all you have learned. A fantastic accomplishment for a very 'accomplished' and 'talented' lady. You deserve all the success you receive.

    1. Thanks Elf, I appreciate your support as well <3

  4. What you have accomplished is quite impressive Barbara! Your preparation summary reflects your most excellent organization skills and explains how and why you have accomplished so much in what really is so little time. We are all very proud of you and your success! You already know my family and I have had a lot of family fun with your riddles. Love the video! I wish you tremendous success. I know you are having fun too.

    1. Cynthia, thank you for all your support as well. Means a lot. The challenging nature of this draws me to it lol, and it's fun to create as you know

  5. Barbara, one of the many things I admire about you is that, unlike many people, you don’t just come up with great ideas, you commit to turning them into reality. I envy your energy, drive, and organization skills! It’s no wonder you’re so prolific and accomplished in so many areas. I want to be like you when I grow up, lol! Thanks so much for sharing these helpful tips, which can translate to other types of published content as well.

    1. Margaret, you inspire me everyday - Having people like you in my life who are kind, who choose the good side of life, who choose to see the best in people, and who openly love, rekindles my heart and faith in humanity. I know this sounds corny, but I mean every word of it. With so much negativity, your posts and your thoughts are always a breath of fresh air.

  6. Congratulations and I know HOW much work a book entails let alone a series! You are an inspiration!

  7. Great story, Barbara. I love the step by step list, which others wanting to create a series should find helpful.


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