|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:
- Choose a topic for your series of books.
- Write and self-publish your book in both eBook and Paperback format.
- Don't rush, take it one book at a time and don't limit yourself to a specific number of books.
- Decide if the format for each book will be the same: For example number of chapters, introductions, closing pages, and structure.
- Be willing to change your covers several times in the beginning if needed - I did this a lot.
- Create a website that reflects your book's topic.
- Design and decide upon a Logo for your series.
- Create a business Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter page for your book's topic.
- Create engaging posts about your book's topic on these social media business accounts.
- Create a video that speaks about who you are and put that video on your website and your social media accounts.
- 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.
- 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.
FOLLOW US ON: