It’s October, the Christmas Eve of NaNoWriMo when thousands of writers will pit themselves against the calendar to write 50,000 words in November. In case you’re wondering, that’s 1,666 words per day.

Once the dust has settled and the words have been beaten and shaped into a book, many writers will consider self-publishing. The very idea, while tempting, is daunting for the average writer. If you have any idea about self-publishing at all, the next 18 days are going to provide a collection of checklists to make the process easier. While the checklists are slanted towards non-fiction, the concept is also perfect for fiction writers. 

You can copy and paste the checklist below or if you’d like the full list of 18 checklists in printable (PDF) format, just send me your email address below and you’ll have them by return. 

Otherwise, check back tomorrow for the Writing Your Book checklist. 

 Checklist 1: Planning Your Book

 

Project Name:   ____________________________________                Date: ______________________________

1  What is the goal of your book?
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2  What is the core topic/idea for the book? E.G. Facebook Ads, Mental Health, Fitness, etc
(One Core Topic), or if fiction, romance, thriller, drama, etc. 
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3  Write down 3-5 working titles for your book…

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Tips For Coming Up With Titles

A. Look at some of the top-selling titles in your industry – model them.
B. Use ‘How to’ titles that solve your target audience’s biggest problem(s)
C. Use benefit-driven titles or titles that help your target audience avoid pain.

 

 

 

The Self-Publishing Writer's Checklists

I'm using these lists myself and they're absolutely chock-a-block with valuable information. Enjoy!