Well I spent a lot of the end of this week pushing myself to finish the first book in my how to yo-yo series called “Learn to Throw”. Wednesday I spent a couple of hours writing down what I felt I needed to accomplish to be finished, researched a few website that I could potentially publish on, brainstormed where to take the first book.
Thursday was my hard working day. I woke up, spent an hour focusing on personal development (some audio books I stumbled across thanks to Russell Yermal), and then got dressed for business and headed down to Moxie Java with my laptop. I figured if I was going to be working on my book what better place than a coffee shop to keep me awake and get me into a groove. (My friends think I was being too cliche, I think they need to try and write a book without easy access to coffee.) After seven hours (got there at 11) I left Moxie Java for a Ren Faire Committee meeting (I’m behind on putting together their website, opps!) laptop in hand. Everything I wrote down on Wednesday that I needed to do to feel I was finished I had checked off except for the Acknowledgements page, the copyright page, and the index pages. Today I finished all of that except for the index page which I’m pretty sure I don’t need anyways.
One of my more recent decisions with this book is to publish it initially as an eBook but allow myself the option of selling physical copies if people want one (or two, or five). So I looked around and have been considering using Lulu.com to get started. I am also considering Amazon but considering how I can’t find any links on their website on ‘how to publish your book on amazon’ and how Lulu has a big old button on the top left side that says “publish” I think they’ll be getting my attention first.
There are a few things I’d like to do before I publish it though; I have a friend at the Messenger Index here in town, Erika Harmon, who is their editor who offered to edit the book for me when it was done (she actually edited it as a transcript last year). I’d like to get her the current pdf and make sure I’m not overlooking some idiotic error. Another friend of mine, Adam Haroun who is brilliant with graphic design offered to help me out if I ever needed it and I’d like to see if he can make the cover really pop (since I’d be printing the book too, I want it to catch eyes on shelves 🙂 ). He’s amazing by the way and he’s got his own graphic design business started, you should check it out if you ever need help with graphics, I’m pretty sure you can find it through his site http://www.adamharoun.com/.
I do have a few pictures of me in the book that I didn’t take that I need to ask permission to use and I would like to add a few ‘title pages’ introducing different sections of the book and lastly an updated bio that will make clear who I am, what my mission and vision are, and how to get a hold of me for help and such. After that I’m done! I can move on to writing book two for the intermediates and possibly even recording video to go along with the book. I’ve even been told by Justin Burns who I was on the Go-Giver Tour with to record an audio version of the book, he says it’s huge these days. I’m still not sure… Yo-Yoing is a rather visual hobby… I still think video would work better. What do you think?
I’ll be letting you guys know more about the book as I get closer to publishing it, it’s over due, should have been done last year, but I’m happy that I took the advice I’m always getting to ‘just freaking do it’ and that I did it. If you’re interested in buying the book at all let me know, I’ll make sure to email you when I have more info on how to get a copy for yourself or your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandsons, granddaughters, etc 🙂 Have a great weekend folks!