31 May 2015

Get Clear On Book Publishing : Becky Walsh

Becky Walsh is a real mover and shaker. She writes, blogs and speaks on intuition, motivation and more. She's a mentor, public speaker and essentially a modern day leader. Recently, Becky produced an ecourse titled 'Get Clear On Book Publshing', which is all about how to get your book published. She used Kajabi Next as the course platform and it features a range of video, audio and text.

I completed the course today - it could easily be completed in one weekend if you had the whole two days free - and I'm going to tell you a little about it and what I've taken away from it.

There are 13 lessons to the course and each one begins with a video intro from Becky herself. Becky is a very positive person and even if she's speaking to you from a screen you can't help but feel motivated by her energy. The course is also very practical - on one of the lessons there's a guide to writing a proposal and a detailed example of a proposal, something I thought was extremely useful.

I'm currently in the process of writing an ebook, which will be based on the stories I've written here, so this was a good opportunity for me. It covered all parts of the publishing process including: the book cover; working with editors; writing proposals; self-publishing; contracts and handling rejection.

It's perfect for answering a lot of the initial questions you have when you're starting something new and it leads you to some good sources for taking the next steps.

The key points I took away from it were:

Build relationships and find networks. That old cliché of 'it's not what you know it's who you know' is, well, true! If you have friends in the publishing world they will help you, and it's a good source of motivation to be around like-minded people.

Learn to take criticism and feedback. I recently had a very intense job interview and didn't get the job. I was gutted and, if I'm honest, a little traumatised! But I got very, very detailed feedback - which focused on the good as well as the bad. That information has enabled me to proceed in a slightly different direction with more focus. If someone takes the time to tell you why they're rejecting your book, it might be hard to take - but do take it! You can use that information moving forward.

Be flexible, persistent and persevere. Just because your book got rejected once, doesn't mean it will the second time. Just because your book got rejected ten times, doesn't mean it will the eleventh time! J K Rowling had Harry Potter rejected around twelve times before it got published. Twelve! Keep trying.

If you need to choose, invest time rather than money. Throwing money at something doesn't guarantee it will work. Spending time building relationships with the right people, perfecting your book and building your profile using the vast world of free marketing that is social media, is a far more worthy investment!

If you've written or are thinking about writing a book, I'd highly recommend taking this course. It will help you can identify the path to publishing that's right for you. You can sign up to the course here, and follow Becky Walsh on Twitter here.

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