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How to Write and Self-Publish a Book in 2023

If you have a dream to author a book in 2023 you've come to the right blog. Today I'm going to teach you something I know well, and that's how to write and self-publish books. I'm breaking down step-by-step how you can go from an idea in your head to a published book in your hand. These steps come from my signature book, 6-Step Blueprint: How to Write a Book in 30 Days for Faith-Based Authors. So, let's dive right in.

Step #1 Vision and Your Why

Why do you want to write a book? I know a lot of people think writing is the first step but let me tell you it takes more than putting words together to make your dream of becoming a published author a reality. First, get clear and have a strong "Why". A "Why" is defined as the driving force or conviction that propels you forward.

Start by getting out a journal. Once you have your journal, you're going to do two things:

1) Brainstorm all your ideas that you have. Set a timer for at least 3 minutes and write down all the ideas you want to write about.

If there is not a specific idea you already have here are some questions to get you started.

  • What is something I have achieved?

  • What have I overcome?

  • What can I show others how to do?

  • What are the steps I took to achieve a specific result?

2) Then reflect! Ask yourself out of all the ideas listed which one can solve the biggest problem for someone? Why do you think this book will be a solution to their problem?

When you start this first step, guess what? You have already started toward becoming an author.

Pro-Tip: Taping into your "Why" makes great content that you can use in the introduction of your book. Readers enjoy hearing about behind-the-scenes and the process it takes to complete your book. So, take your reader along the journey.

Step #2 Decide on the Type of Book and Create an Outline

Okay now that you have your "Why" you need to decide. To be clear, decide on the type of book or genre you want to write. A lot of the books I create are in the faith-based genre.

Here are a few books that you can write in 30 days.

Also, you can use your personal story in all these types of books.

Decide who the book is for. It's important to have an audience in mind before even writing the book. Some might call this your "target market" but the point is you're writing for someone else to benefit from your book.