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Self-Publish a Best Selling Book

Peggy Dean, Top Teacher | The Pigeon Letters

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12 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How to Choose a Unique Topic

    • 3. How to Structure Your Content

    • 4. Staying True to Your Style

    • 5. Why Createspace?

    • 6. The Createspace Dashboard

    • 7. Formatting Your Book

    • 8. Distribution

    • 9. Pricing

    • 10. Create a Successful Marketing Strategy

    • 11. Self -vs- Traditional Publishing

    • 12. Ready, Set, YOUR TURN

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About This Class

This class will take you step-by-step through the process of creating a self-published title including guidance on many factors that will determine your book's success right off the bat. I've had SO many questions about how I did just that. How did I do it? Where did I start? How did I distribute my books? How did I make my self-published books best sellers? How do I format my file? Any mistakes learned along the way? What are the pros/cons to self-pub vs traditional pub? Well, I promised I’d come back with these answers, and what better time than when I graduated from self-publishing and moved into the world of traditional publishers?!

We'll cover:

  • Brainstorming ideas for the best title and content
  • How to stay true to your own voice
  • How to stand apart from competition
  • How to add unique value to a book
  • How to properly format your book files
  • How to get easy distribution (including Amazon Prime)
  • How to pitch your book to traditional publishers
  • How to network and promote your book
  • How to ensure your book is a #1 New Release

The information in this short class will leave you ready to begin a project of your very own and to embrace your voice and own your confidence that the world wants to hear what you have to say!

As an author that has best-selling books via self-publishing, I can confidently say that I know the methods behind making sure that your book is a success and I'm so happy to be sharing my tips with you!



1. Introduction: Hey, everybody. I'm Peggy Dean and I am the author of The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide and Botanical Line Drawing. And in this class I'm going to talk about my process on how I went in to writing these books and then getting themselves published, how they became best sellers so quickly and how today they have now been re released with traditional publishing. So this class is really great for anybody who's looking for information on how to get your project out there into the hands of passionate creatives, or even just people that love to read any book idea that you have. We're going to cover the ins and outs on how to form out that and get your files uploaded. Teoh reach a broader audience via Amazon Prime, which is pretty much the biggest retailer there is, so we'll talk about distribution. We'll talk about file formatting. We'll talk about ideas, will talk about brainstorming, networking, how to reach out to publishers eventually, if that's where you want to go, how to create bestsellers quickly. How did you create number one new releases and these are things that I have personal experience with, and I'm so excited to share it with you because if you have a dream, you can make it happen and it really can happen overnight. 2. How to Choose a Unique Topic: the first thing that I'll say is yes, there is absolutely room for everybody, and everyone has something unique and clever and witty and informational. To say where you want to be careful in your planning stages is to make sure that you understand your topics neech markets and who you are going to cater to and within that community, what already exists. So the big, big important thing from the very beginning is to do plenty of research to find out what's already on the market. What are things that might be competition to you? What are some existing books on the shelves already? That might be considered competitors, and my suggestion to you is to grab those books and take him home and sticky. Note every single page that you might have a thought about, because the idea here is that you want to create a book that sets apart from anybody else's . You want something of value. You want something that's going to explain things in a way that isn't already explained in the mass production of books. You want content that doesn't duplicate or repeats, or feel like you're reading something that you already know or you've already heard of or isn't unique. Basically, you want a topic that's going to be very unique to your audience that they will walk away from having enjoyed their experience with your book. So you want to think about your topic. You want to think about your niche market you want to think about. Is that topic overly saturated? And if it is, how can you differentiate your book from the ones that are already in existence? What will set it apart? And so this is where you confined topics, find paragraphs, find lessons. Whatever your book, maybe covering you can see exactly how it was broken down and why and how you're going to put value in the way that you're going. Teoh, right it. 3. How to Structure Your Content: Once you decide on the perfect topic for your book, think about how you want to structure it. What type of content are you going to put inside of your book? How is it going to be laid out? This is something that can happen organically as you write. It can also happen in a table of contents. Its preliminary, Um, if you're like me, I'm one of those people. That table of contents comes at the very end. My brain will go all over the place, and I have a really hard time following an outline and staying within guidelines even if I set them myself. Um, the creative mind, I think especially people that are writers. Some people can do it, but sometimes it just has to flow organically as you go. So think about how you want to plan this out. Think about what you want to put into your book. If it's going to have artwork in it or pictures, illustrations, anything like that. If it's just going to be words, how you want to set that up with text? There are some really clever books out there that have used typeface to their advantage, which can make things a lot more interesting to read. However, it might not cater to the mass market, in which case you might want to consider, depending on what type of book you're putting out there. So these are things to think about. When it's time to build your layout and build the interior content, I recommend starting off with some bullet points. I ended up buying a notebook that I used to plan out my book, My very first book. I am laughing inside because I it's not pretty like it's not a pretty notebook. It is a hot mess. My notes air all over the place. They're disorganized, but what it's doing is getting your thoughts on paper. Everybody has a a way of note taking, whether it is the lack of away or away. So in getting these bullet points out of your mind on paper will help you to continue to return to them. And then you can create a topic with sub sub topics and so on and continue building off that if you're creating a fictitious character, let's talk about name options. Let's talk about what type of individual they are. Let's talk about what they might wear, what they what they look like in your mind, what their voice might sound like, whether it's relevant to the texture not or you're gonna included or not included. But you're painting a picture in your mind on higher going to portray these people. They were doing a lesson based book like The Ultimate Brush Letter and Guide or Botanical line dry and think about the way that you want to break things up So Russia lettering has got. It builds on itself as it goes, and it talks about fundamentals and moves into the next. But then they have sub topics, whereas the town of the line drawing doesn't have a lot going on. It's got four sections and you jump right in. So these air things to think about when you're structuring your books. So again, my my best recommendation is to get your note taking ready and have this available to you at any time because the brain storming part of things will jump start the planning process . So if you have your notebook candy, then you can jot that down. I say a notebook versus doing notes in your phone because it's something that's tactile. There's something about writing notes on a piece of paper and the way that you can build off of them. It's almost like you can create mind maps. You know you have a topic, you just draw a line and then you can dry line off of that and draw a line off that and just have some topics, or where that might take you. So these airways to get your thoughts on paper. So think about structure and think about content, and then once you have that ready to go, you can start writing. 4. Staying True to Your Style: way live in a modern world, which means people want to hear your voice when you read. Even before the modern world, you can sit down and start reading a book and some of the best authors you can hear their voice and the way that they think and articulate things in simple text. And so when you're writing, you want to put yourself into it and you want to put your personality into it. And if you're writing a fiction novel, you're going to want personality in these characters. So this is probably something I don't need to tell you if you are a writer already, but something to think about, especially if it's your first time embarking on a book writing excursion. Um, yeah, I mean, you know anything that you are narrating or explaining, Let's say for my you know, in my instance, when I did a how to book, you wanna have personality and and you want to be relatable and you want people to feel like they're sitting next to you and going on the journey with you rather than reading a boring narrative 5. Why Createspace?: way. If you are on the computer and have Googled self publishing, then you will know that there are a plethora of options when it comes Teoh self publishing hosts, If you will, companies that will print your book on your behalf and there's pluses and minuses to all of them in this class, we're going to focus on create space. And the reason why is because that is the company that I have used and have personal experience with navigating and can confidently say that I know most of the ends announced behind this service could be because I'm really bad at following directions, and it took me a lot of trial and error to figure out very simple, simple things. What I will say is that if you ever need to make a call into their service line than you will discover very quickly that all of them are very competent, very friendly and very helpful. Um, I was very impressed every single time, which is not what you would expect when you call into a customer service hotline, especially if you plug in your number and they're the ones that call you. Don't expect that, but yeah, They're fantastic. It's a great company. I love it. They are Amazon sister company, so it's the self publishing platform with an Amazon's umbrella, and they make it very simple and easy to use. The biggest selling point for me when looking into this was the accessibility factor and knowing that I did not have to have any inventory at all. But rather my books would be printed on demand as soon as they were ordered. But they were still available for prime two day shipping, which you can't really go wrong with that. So especially in this day and age when we have zero patients, so that really helped with distribution. But it also helped with the convenience factor of getting into people's hands sooner than later. 6. The Createspace Dashboard: So I'm gonna walk you through the beginning of create space and what to expect as you're looking through and navigating this website for the first time. So it's just create space dot com. It'll pull up this page where it's easy to sign up for an account. Now I already have one, so I'm just going to log right and and it will take me to my dashboard. Now these are the books that I have they say available, actually, have all of these books toggled off so the distribution is off, but they do exist in my dashboard as being available, although you'll see that I haven't made any sales. And it was about four months ago that I stopped and toggled all of those off because my books for being re released with the traditional publisher so I have not allowed any sales other than this balance is probably something that Amazon already had printed. So they were just selling the rest of that, um, and getting that out of their inventory, so that's probably what that is. But once you have a title available, it will look like this and then you can click on them and and be able to see more information on that specifically. So you have title information I, spn interior covered. And then, ah, you're completing the set up. And this is just going to take you through the process, which we will do in a future video. But in the meantime, I want to show you how it's so easy to just add a title just by clicking here. So fired a click. Add new title. You're gonna say the name of your project. You're going to say what it is that you're creating, which is most likely a paperback. The thing to know about create space is that unfortunately, there are not very many options when it comes to the finish of the book. So you're going to have a paper back, and you can choose between a mat, which is kind of a velvety Matt cover or a glossy cover, and then the paper on the inside. You just get to choose whether it is that ivory kind of off white color or if it's going to be a bright white Ah, the paper itself does not vary, So that was one of the disappointments that I had When I first self published, I didn't like the paper on the inside. That's a you know, it's just something that you can't control with. Some of these companies create space being one of them. You do, however, get to have the option of how to sighs the project. So we'll get into all of that shortly. Guided an expert so you could do a step by step guided set up process, which makes things very easy. In the meantime, I just want to give you this quick overview. So my member dashboard, this is what that looks like. And then the nice thing is, I'm going Teoh go into something that I've never sold. This is actually where I created my workbooks for my workshops. So this has never been available on the market. I can get information on this particular book by going through these tracking sales and finding so you can download reports. So if you say run new report, you can choose exactly what is that you want to find and then run the report and find exactly what your sales were for those particular times, which is really nice and helpful. So I'm going back to member dashboard. And then if you look at royalty balance, you can say details, and then you can see that is also available, euros and British pounds so automatically it will go into those distribution networks as well, which is also very convenient. Um, and then you can look up your information royalty by title, by channel byproducts by which would be like that audiobook. But this will usually be a paperback for book publishing and then royalty details. Payment history. So you have all of this information right at your fingertips, so let's jump into actually building the project. 7. Formatting Your Book: Okay, so I'm going to start this project that we briefly went over. Um, so this is my sample. And I was in title information here, So breaking all of this down your title should be something that is catchy. That is quick. That is easy to understand, but will also work well with search results when someone searching for your title, um, your subtitle should have a little more descriptive information. So which will help with search terms when looking up books? Um, your name. You're the author. Any contributors that you might have If it's a Siri's, you can say this book is part of a Siri's. If you want to do a title or you just want to do a volume. This is something that I did with my cacti and succulent version of, um, botanical line drawing, which is actually out of print now and then your language publication date, and that is when you are putting it on the market. So this is something that you have the luxury of choosing. So I'm gonna say saving continue. And now I am going Teoh, choose my eye. ESPN, you're ESPN is like your books barcode on Lee. It is never going to change. So barcodes might change depending on you know what store they end up in. But the I s p n for books always stays the same. So when that is applied to the bar code, it will always ring up as your book, which is really cool. If you end up doing a custom, I ESPN I would go to Baugher's website and you can through backers website it will show you here. Remember, if it's Yeah, just backer dot com. So, through this website, you can choose to get, um, a one I, ESPN or several of you goto authors here I ESPN United States is where I am or identify your services. I don't remember which one of these. It waas o c. It just takes me to the same thing. Yeah, so order ESPN. And then here is where this option is. So if you buy one, it's 100 and $25 But you can buy 10 for 295. So if you see yourself ever writing more than one book, you're basically paying the price just a little bit over what to I s p n's would be, but you get 10. So I'd say that this is the better value. It looks like a big price. I understand it's scary, but the benefit of having I s p n's that are outside of the create space I ESPN, which is free, is that this is going to be this is gonna work in many different areas of distribution. So if you do end up in a bookstore, that I ESPN is good to go, whereas create space won't be as, um, accessible. So the create space you'll see that it can only be used with the independent publishing platform, whereas the not this one, but the providing your own backer, local ESPN agency. It will, yeah, it will be everywhere your imprint name. Also, this can be your own because the imprint is basically like where it's published through minus just the pigeon letters or, um, the organization that you belong. Teoh, which personalizes it a bit more but always, you know, create space. You can go that route if you decide to, which makes it easy, because it is free. And if you're not trying to get on a bigger platform with this self published book. Then you can go this route and be good to go for free. I'm just going to click the free one for now because I This is a sample e. I just want to show you how that's gonna look. Okay, so it's locked in and can't be changed. This is the I ESPN. It's done that fast Menace A. Continue. And then this is where we go back to that interior area. So this is where you upload the interior file. So I'm gonna choose black and white on white paper. My file size. This is important to know when you're putting it in. So I'm gonna choose the size seven by 10 and then I am going to just upload. I know that I have this file. So when a blow botanical line drawing run, automated print checks and ah, what this is going to do is give you the option of checking before you submit your files for review, which will give you the opportunity of fix anything before you have to wait the 24 hours that it will take for them to review and either approve or reject your file. I'm also selecting the option to end my files before the end of the page. Whereas this would be better for a beautiful coffee table picture book. I've got that set. Um, I'm gonna say save and it will take quite a while for this to upload. Sometimes you might even encounter a freeze every once in a while. But bear with it. Go get a cup of coffee and come back and it should be uploaded. As you can see, the automated print check has started. You can either wait for this process or you can start working on the book cover. So I'm going to click on that and you can build your own cover online. Or you can upload a print ready cover. We talked about how to prepare the print ready cover. It does need to be in a pdf. So as soon as that's ready, you can click here and upload it, or you can use their cover creator. So let's launch that and let's see what that looks like. Okay, so this is where you can choose from a template, and it can be very, very simple. So I'm just going to choose this guy or you could look through their pages as well. We'll describe this one, and then I'm not gonna make this pretty. You guys just doing this to show you. So it pushes in your book title. This is, like, supposedly my author name because it's sample sample. But you can make this say whatever you want, and then you can make, um, how come that didn't apply? So that's gonna re upload like that. And then you can make that whatever you want. Change the image. Um, and so on. Here's your spine. Everything's laid out for you. This is where the publisher logo will go. You can upload that the barcode. So it's gonna show you all of these things that you have to complete. Um, so I can choose different themes. Obviously, you can make this look a lot nicer. But I am just for the sake of showing you showing, uh, we're gonna go over how this is gonna go. So sample is supposedly the title of my book subtitle. That's where you can enter your subtitle. Say, apply. It should show up. Yep. Say next. Author. I have that already. Um, front cover image. We're gonna just for now, Use one of theirs, or you can upload your own book. Cover quote that will be up here. You can enter whatever you'd like. Say next. Um, than your author photo. You can add an author photo right here. So I'm just gonna say, not visible to take that away. Say next and then the back cover text Say whatever we want in here and then next, your publisher logo. Just cause I'm not uploading anything, I'm gonna take that off. But you can upload a logo if you want to. And then, uh, whatever color that you want, the main book to be here, the main part of the book to be You can change that if you want. Teoh Secondary color is white here. But let's say I wanted to be bright orange can change that. And then you can change the font color. I'm just going to say next. It's telling me I didn't do two things. Won't a lute the front cover image. So let's go with theirs. I'm just gonna go with animals. Birds. The first thing that I find cape that's there, and then I am going Teoh say next. There we go and then this one back cover quote, it wants me to do my own. Okay, there it is a wonderful quote and done saying Next, Next, next, Overdone says Submit, cover. So that is going to be uploaded. And this part doesn't take nearly as long. Okay, so there's my cover and it's done, and I'm going to say complete cover. And now it's going into the cover section where it's asking me to finish. Ah, selective finish for the book cover. So we've got Matt or glossy, I am a mat fan. If you have one of my original books, then you will know exactly what that feels like. It's kind of a velvety matte finish, and then you can make any changes to it here and you or you could press save. All right, so my interior let's check on that. It does email you when you have an automated print check and it's ready. So this is ready. I didn't check my email to know that, but it will give you an alert when it's ready. So I'm gonna say, launch Interior reviewer, And this is really helpful because you can jump to exactly where it's finding the problem. I'm not surprised. I had so many problems with this. We're gonna say get started. And then, um already it's an issue because I chose, uh, the wrong file size, but don't care. Trim size is incorrect. Got it. This image is outside the margins, and then you can see all of these page numbers that are outside of the margins, and then it's going to show you where so my, um, numbers here, but this is also because I chose the wrong page, the wrong trim size. But just as an example. So you'll see this is what the interior looks like, and you can flip the page really easily and see how that's way far out. So it's going to show you anything that's outside of that, make this smaller and then size different experts. Okay, so that's basically what it will show you. And then what you can do is fix the issue and then re upload the file, do this again, and then, um, you could make sure that everything looks right before use of minutes. I'm just gonna say, ignore issues and save, which is basically me doing exactly that, and ignoring the issues, Um, already. So I'm ignoring as she is and continue. So completing the set up is where I'm out in this process. So this is where you press submit files for review, and this is when you will submit it. And then it's soon as it's approved. It will be available to purchase and that it's literally that fast. I'm not going to submit this because how embarrassing would that have been? Um, so then it'll go into file review, and then you'll have the option. Teoh. Once they approve your file, you will have the option to order a couple of copies of your book to proof it, and you can go through and make sure that everything looks like it should before you make it available. Or you could just do an online proof kind of like what we just looked at and see if everything looks good to you and then you can just say it's time to make it available 8. Distribution: In the meantime, when you choose your distribution channels, you'll go to distribute and you'll go to channels. The standard distribution includes Amazon. So when you have Amazon selected, there's nothing extra that you have to do to get onto Amazon Prime. It will just be available right away. It takes about 3 to 5 days before after you press, um, publisher make available or whatever that magic button is for it to show up. Sometimes, though, I've had it to where it's shown up the very next day and I was totally not ready. And I was like, Well, looks like we really haven't Hercule launched. Um, the other part is that you can distribute in libraries and create space direct, which, what that is is people can go toe the create space website and order directly from there and then bookstores and online retailers. You do need that Valid B. I s a C code. So you can do that by clicking here. And what that means is you're going to basically categorise your book. So this is my description, the category you'll see here choose category, so mine would be art, and then you can go to there should be. Okay. Reference. Oh, techniques, Um, and then minds drawing. So I go to drawing. Choose that category English country of publication. I'm in the US and then keywords sample, sample, sample. And this if it contains adult content, you would click here if it doesn't cool, Large print. If it is something If it's a book that is available like this version is in large print, you could click that so that if somebody's looking for large print books and their search that yours will come up. But then I say saving continue. And then, um, from there, So this is the next section. What this alert is telling me is that I need to finish the set up before I can publish on Kendall. So it automatically prompts you to also published on Kindle, which is kinda cool. Um, so you don't have to go through loops to try to figure out how to do that because it's just linked, which is really convenient. Eso I'm gonna go back to channels now and you'll see that now that I have that code, the category in there, I can now select um, bookstores and online retailers, which is school. Okay, So let's go to the next part which will cover pricing 9. Pricing: So this is where we set our price. And the minimum that it will allow me to do because of how many pages there are in my specifications is $8.60. I'm gonna go with 1999 and then when you press calculate, what that's doing is it's going to show you exactly what you're going to make on your side for each sale. So my 1999 book with the I think it was a little over 200 pages will make me $8.55 each sale that's on Amazon. The expanded distribution, which is the extras. So the bookstores create space. Ah, library selection. Those things you'll make only 4 55 off of so and then this is here where we have the British pounds and then the euros so you can set these yourself or you can have it just calculate based off of the U. S. Price to kind of round it out. You could do something like, um, area like 15 99 or even just 15. Even something like that calculated. It's gonna show you what you're going to make in pounds and then it's You can just google the conversion. And if you don't know off the top of your head, but that it will show you that. So saving Continue. Once you have this ready to go and then from here, you're basically done. See all these check marks air done. You can't publish on Kindle yet. Um, because your book is incomplete because you need to submit the files first. You have to do it under set up. Here we go complete. Set up. That's where you have to do that. Submit files for review. Your done Walk away. Go have a good dinner Celebrate. Hopefully I say celebrated that Hopefully you won't come back to a rejected file. But hopefully everything goes smoothly and gets taking care of and you are immediately approved. And then you can get your book and it is that fast 10. Create a Successful Marketing Strategy: Let's talk about how you can make your book and instant success. There are things that you will need to have ready to go a soon as your book becomes live and available for people to purchase. There's nothing worse than launching your book and having it sit there and it's not purchased. It's not reviewed. You just put in all of this hard work, but nothing is happening from it. The best, best best number one thing that's going to help you and your book success is to have reviews from the very beginning. So what I recommend doing for this There are a few ways that you can do this. I would gather about 20 or so people who you will send your book to free of charge for them to skim through, to read thoroughly. However, they want to go about doing it to where they get a really good idea of what your book is all about in exchange for a candid review, and you always want to specify that you're looking for an honest review, but to get these books to people, the trick is you don't have anything to show them, except for your pdf file. It's totally fine to get that to friends and family. But why wouldn't you want to give somebody the book, the tactile book in their hands so they can really experience the full product for themselves? It'll be tricky because when your files air approved, you will only be allowed a couple of copies to order a samples. So if you want to get this out to 20 people, that will be hard to do with only two, and you don't want to circulate that around. So the best thing to Dio is, too. Approve the files when you're ready to, but don't select any of the distribution areas where it gave us the option to distribute to Amazon to create space toe libraries to bookstores. Have those all toggled off because when you press approve, it's creating it and making it available, but it's not distributed anywhere, but it exists, so that means that because it's been approved even though it's available, it's not distributed. So because it's available, you are able to orders many copies as you want, so then orders and copies and get them out to people who are willing to review it for you and get this prep to get them ready to go. Let them know when the launch date is. When you plan on making this public on Amazon because as soon as launched A it hits, you can let them know. Hey, it's launched A. This is really exciting. Thank you so much again you review is much appreciated if you could get that up right now, because the minute that you start getting reviews coming in, all of a sudden your book gets pushed up to the top. It is suddenly a number one new release because people are already paying so much attention to it. And so this is crucial for the life of your book. In the beginning, as far as marketing goes, having people on your side, having people to support you from the very beginning will get it into the eyes of other people. Another thing that you can do is reach out to book review Bloggers. People with bigger names in the industry offer them a copy. Ah, lot of these people love to review books. It's worth it because it will get in front of a larger audience, and it's a curated audience so whoever you end up reaching out to, they have a curated audience that specific following them for that reason and then you suddenly your book is the focus way. 11. Self -vs- Traditional Publishing: The difference between self publishing in traditional publishing can vary in pros and cons on each side, such as just distribution and also on the amount of royalties that you're going to make, which means the amount that you'll make on each book sale. Let's say you go through this entire process, and you've built up an amazing book that you actually decide that you want to take to interpret a traditional publisher. That is when it's a good idea to research and pick your favorite publishers and reach out to them because it never hurts to go big. What you'll want to do is create a presentation for them. Let them know why you've chosen them like let them know who you are. Let them know what you're doing outside of your book what you have accomplished. If that is applicable, let them know why you've chosen there. Publisher how it fits with your vision and then you'll want to attach a brief. I mean, 30 40 pages is great. It gives them something to go over to really give him idea what they're going to experience in your content that you have created. You'll want to give them time to review these. Um, you know, a lot of these publishers don't accept unsolicited projects or they might, and it just might take a while. A lot of times when you research these options and find out how to submit your files, it'll explain exactly what their process is or how long it might take them. And what I would recommend doing is when you see those dates, if you see you know this might take six weeks, you might follow up at Week five and just let them know you want to delude back in, um, that you're excited to hear their response. Let's say you go the self publishing route, and then you get ah, bunch of publishers coming at you wanting to re release your book under their name. That's an opportunity for you to research that publisher you might not have heard of them. Don't decline something because you haven't because a lot of these publishers air imprints of other large ones, and they might be really great to work with. The nice thing about these boutique imprints is that you're getting a lot more catered experiences with a great team who's really devoted to you, who is also supported by a bigger publishing house. You can also look up forums on authors who are very candid and transparent about their experiences about the publishers that they work with. You might find that you shouldn't work with one that reached out to you, and it could be it could save you from getting stuck in a situation that you might not want to be second. So these air also things to away. There's also the option of hay. If you're if you have a successful, self published book, think about what is going to determine whether you should go the traditional publishing route or not. Um, in my instance, it was a very personal decision. It was a branding decision as a whole. I wanted better quality, and I want a distribution in bookstores. Overall, the big picture looks a lot more polished, if that makes sense. So these are things to think about. If you do decide to go that route, Um, this is something I get asked a lot. So I wanted to explain kind of my thought process there. So a T end of the day, though you should please feel empowered because you have all of the control over your experience over your journey. If you put the effort in, then you will be able to get this beautiful idea that you came up with in a tactile item and into people's hands to share an experience with you, which is a really magical thing, so 12. Ready, Set, YOUR TURN: Alright, guys, that is a good jump start into how to self publish. And I'm really hoping that that was helpful to get you motivated to get started on your big project. Because I promise you it feels so good the minute that you have a book that you created in your hands and it's amazing. And I wish you the best in this journey. And if you do end up going this route, please please share in the project tab. I want to see it. And even if you're working on it, let's see your stuff by steps and things that you've encountered because there are many different ways and avenues that you can approach this subject matter. So I can't wait to hear your thoughts. I can't wait to see your progress, and I will see you next time.