Streamline Your Author Business with Easy Peasy Business: The All-in-One Solution You’ve Been Waiting For!

If you’re a self-published author, you know how crucial it is to not only improve your writing but also master the business side. Juggling marketing, email campaigns, customer relationships, content management, and more can be overwhelming. That’s why I’m thrilled to introduce you to Easy Peasy Business (EPB). Get ready for a game-changing platform that will transform your author business!

What is Easy Peasy Business?

EPB is so much more than just another software tool. It’s a one-stop platform that handles everything for your online presence.

With EPB, you gain access to a collection of powerful features, including:

1. Marketing Automation:

Stop persistently wasting time doing the same thing and start dedicating more time to your writing. With EPB’s marketing automation, you can effortlessly automate your marketing campaigns and streamline workflows.

2. Email Marketing:

Build meaningful connections with your readers through targeted email campaigns. EPB offers email marketing tools for creating newsletters, automating sequences, and tracking campaign performance.

3. CRM and Contact Segmentation:

Get the hang of managing your customer relationships and categorise your contacts based on what they like, how they behave, and how much they interact. With EPB’s CRM, you can personalise messages and offers for specific reader segments.

4. Content Management:

EPB’s content management system makes it easy to keep your author brand cohesive and organised. Easily create and manage your website, landing pages, blog posts, and other content to attract and engage your audience.

5. SEO Optimization:

Boost your online visibility and drive organic traffic to your author website. EPB includes SEO tools and features that help you optimise your content, improve your search engine rankings, and attract more readers.

6. Social Media Marketing:

Tap into social media to connect with your audience and boost your author platform. With EPB, you can schedule posts, manage accounts, and track social media performance.

7. E-commerce Integration:

Turn your passion for writing into a profitable business. Sell your books and merchandise directly to your readers with EPB’s seamless e-commerce integration.

8. Integrated Reporting:

Use EPF’s reporting and analytics to track your marketing campaigns, sales, and audience behaviour.

Why Choose Easy Peasy Business?

Easy Peasy Business stands out from the crowd. Its interface is user-friendly, with lots of cool features, and they’re always here to help if you need anything. EPB differs from other platforms because it caters to the needs of self-publishing authors.

Easy Peasy Business is the all-in-one platform for self-publishing authors looking to level up their business. Say goodbye to the hassle of managing multiple tools and embrace the simplicity and power of EPB. Embrace the business side of being an author and sign up today through my affiliate link to join successful authors.

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Announcing My Debut Publication! Spiritual Entrepreneurship: Navigating Success With Soul

I’m happy to share that my debut publication, Spiritual Entrepreneurship: Navigating Success With Soul, will be available on 6th June 2024. This book is the culmination of months of dedication and collaboration.

Why This Book?

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of our competitive business world and lose sight of what’s important. Spiritual Entrepreneurship: Navigating Success With Soul offers a different path. A path that integrates your deepest spiritual values with your entrepreneurial ambitions. This book is for every entrepreneur who feels there’s more to success than just making profits.

What Can You Expect from the Book?

The book exposes integrating spirituality into the fabric of business operations and strategies. It isn’t just about making money; it’s about making a difference and aligning your career with your core beliefs. Here’s what you’ll find inside:

Inspirational Stories:

Get inspired by entrepreneurs who successfully integrate spirituality into their business strategies.

Practical Guidance:

Learn how to infuse spirituality into your daily business routine for better decision making and creativity.

Tools and Techniques:

Discover how practices like meditation, breathwork, and mindfulness can positively impact business and well-being.

Who Should Read This Book?

Spiritual Entrepreneurship has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re an established business owner, an aspiring entrepreneur, or simply curious about spirituality and success. It’s meant to motivate individuals who aim to balance personal values with professional achievement.

Join Me on This Journey

As we gear up for the release, I invite you to join me in redefining what it means to be successful. To stay updated on book events, exclusive excerpts, and more, sign up here and follow me on social media.

Pre-orders for Spiritual Entrepreneurship: Navigating Success With Soul are now available. By pre-ordering your copy today, you’ll be one of the first to access a new way of thinking about business and spirituality.

I am eagerly anticipating embarking on this exhilarating journey. Join me in uncovering how a deeper connection to our spiritual values can enrich our entrepreneurial endeavours.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Here’s to our collective growth in both spirit and success!

Pinterest for Authors: A Must-Have Tool for Book Marketing

Why Authors Should Embrace Pinterest

Authors are always looking for new ways to reach readers in the ever-changing book marketing world. While social media platforms get a lot of attention, Pinterest is often overlooked. Pinterest isn’t just another social media platform – it’s a powerful search engine that authors can benefit from.

In this blog post, I’ll discuss why it’s crucial for authors to include Pinterest in their marketing strategy.

Pinterest: More Than Just Social Media

Unlike other social media, Pinterest is all about discovering things through images. Pinterest is more about long-lasting content that you can explore and interact with at your own pace. This distinction is crucial. This means that the content you share on Pinterest has a longer lifespan and can continue to attract readers long after you’ve pinned it.

Why Authors Should Be on Pinterest

Discoverability

Use Pinterest’s search to find things that match your interests and intentions. Authors can connect with readers looking for book suggestions, inspiration, and answers. Authors can up their game on Pinterest by using smart keywords and eye-catching visuals to get noticed and connect with a highly engaged audience.

2. Evergreen Content

Unlike social media posts that can quickly get buried in users’ feeds, content on Pinterest has a longer shelf life. Pins can continue to drive traffic to your website, blog, or book sales page for months or even years after users have pinned them. If you’re an author trying to build your online presence, Pinterest is the place to be.

3. Minimal Time Investment

Pinterest is great for authors because you don’t have to be on it all the time to see results. There is no algorithm! Plus, unlike other social media platforms, Pinterest lets you schedule pins ahead of time using 3rd party schedulers so you can stay visible without being glued to your phone.

4. Visual Showcase

Authors can use Pinterest to showcase their books, cover designs, and more. By creating beautiful boards that match their style, authors can attract readers and make a lasting impact.

The Importance of Backlist Sales

We all know that an author’s backlist sales are crucial for growth. Backlist titles bring in money and help authors reach more people. Authors can use Pinterest to boost their income and attract a larger audience by promoting their older titles.

To sum it up, Pinterest gives authors lots of chances to grow their audience, engage with readers, and boost book sales. It’s a game-changer for authors looking to succeed in book marketing. If you’re an author trying to boost your online presence and attract your ideal readers, don’t forget about the power of Pinterest.

Start pinning for success!

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Unlock Your Creativity: ‘Art of the Title’ Writing Competition

Unleash your creativity in the ‘Art of the Title’ writing competition. Craft a title that captures your book’s essence and win exciting prizes. All indie authors are welcome! Learn more about this exciting writing opportunity.

Calling all writers, storytellers, and wordsmiths! The Self-Publishing Advice Conference (#SelfPubCon) is thrilled to invite all writers, storytellers, and wordsmiths to take part in its inaugural ‘Art of the Title’ writing competition. This contest is for writers of any level who want to explore how a title can convey the core of a book.

The Challenge: Craft a Title with Impact

In the ‘Art of the Title’ competition, your mission is to encapsulate an entire book within the confines of a title.

But not just any title—your entry should be a masterpiece of creativity, originality, and depth.

Your words should evoke emotions, intrigue, and provide a glimpse into the heart of your story. The book can be any genre, from non-fiction how-to guide, a poetic masterpiece, a gripping drama, or a heartfelt memoir.

Beyond the Ordinary: Pushing Boundaries with Titles

SelfPubCon is not looking for run-of-the-mill titles for this competition.

The judges want you to think outside the box, stretch your imagination, and captivate them with the sheer power of your title alone.

Can you distil the essence of your book into a handful of words?

They believe you can.

Who Can Enter? Everyone!

This competition is open to all indie authors, regardless of where you are on your writing or publishing journey.

Whether you’re experienced or new to self-publishing, SelfPubCon is open to your creativity.

And the best part?

There’s no entry fee! Your imagination is your ticket to enter.

Prizes Await: What’s in Store for Winners

As if the satisfaction of crafting the perfect title weren’t enough, SelfPubCon has a range of exciting prizes waiting for the winners.

The judges will award these coveted prizes to those who come up with titles that leave them breathless.

Deadline Alert: Submit Your Entries

Mark your calendars!

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, 30th September 2023.

That gives you ample time to let your creativity flow and sculpt the title that will make waves.

Don’t miss this chance to showcase your talent and potentially win big!

The Grand Reveal: Winners Announcement

The moment we’ve all been waiting for will take place LIVE at SelfPubCon on Saturday, 21st October 2023.

It’s a celebration of literary ingenuity you won’t want to miss.

Make sure you’re registered for conference updates so you can join in applauding the victors.

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How to Enter: Your Path to Glory

Ready to embark on this creative journey?

I thought you might be.

The Art of the Title competition is a collaboration between SelfPubCon and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

For all the details on how to enter, additional information about the competition, and a glimpse at the fabulous prizes, visit the website.

Your title holds the key to your book’s soul. Unleash your imagination, craft a title that sings, and send it their way. SelfPubCon can’t wait to be amazed by the literary brilliance that awaits them.

Submit your entries by Saturday, 30th September 2023, and let your title shine in the ‘Art of the Title’ competition!

Don’t forget to let me know how you got on!

For more articles, check out my Library of Resources!

Emerging Writer Prize (2023) Open for Submissions

The Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is an annual competition. The award showcases Canadian debut authors with the chance to win CAD 10,000 per category, plus marketing support for the three winning books.

About Rakuten Kobo Inc.

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Rakuten is a Japanese multinational technology company based in Tokyo. Kobo is its digital publisher and bookseller business created by and for book lovers, with its headquarters in Toronto, Canada.

Rakuten Kobo has 38 million users worldwide. Its books can be read anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

Its mission is to improve reading lives by connecting readers to stories using an open platform.

The reason behind the Emerging Writer Prize

Kobo wants to raise the profiles of debut authors. This prize recognises exceptional books written by first-time Canadian authors in three categories:

  • Literary Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Genre Fiction (a different genre is chosen each year, Speculative Fiction is the genre for 2023)

The Emerging Writer Prize is in its ninth year.

Last year’s winners were:

  • Literary Fiction: Ghost Forest by Pik-Shuen Fung. “A graceful and indelible debut about love, grief, and family”.
  • Non-Fiction: Unreconciled by Jesse Wente. A powerful part-memoir, part-manifesto which uncovers the truth of our flawed concept of reconciliation”. 
  • Genre Fiction (Romance): New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan.A delightful small-town, slow-burn romance”.

Three prominent authors are chosen each year to select the winning titles.

The 2023 judges are:

  • Literary Fiction: CS Richardson
  • Non-Fiction: Emily Urquhart
  • Genre Fiction (Speculative): Robert J Wiersema

Submit your book before the deadline: 6th March 2023!

The 3 winning authors will be announced in June 2023. The winners receive a cash prize of 10,000 CAD however, that’s not all. They also receive valuable marketing and communications support for the rest of 2023.

All books submitted must be available at kobo.com.

 Read all the Rules, Regulations, Terms & Conditions before entering.

Spread the word, and good luck!

Publishing Team: Why you need one as an Indie Author

Self-publishing authors need a publishing team to help with all the stages traditionally published writers get done for them.

The self-publishing market has exploded since 2010. But this means that as a self-publishing author, you must carry out all the stages your traditionally published peers get done for them.

The Self-publishing Learning Curve.

At first, self-publishing seems like the easy choice, with no rejection letters, no negotiating royalties, and no forced deadlines. However, when you investigate self-publishing more deeply, you soon realise that a lot goes into publishing a book beyond simply hitting publish.

There are many departments and specialists within a traditional publishing company, each playing its part. As an indie author taking the self-publishing route, you’ll oversee the editing, designing, typesetting, proofreading, distribution, marketing, and finance surrounding the publication of your book.

“It’s a misnomer to call it self-publishing. No one does it by themselves. You have to have cover designers, book designers to do the layout, and usually marketing support and help. So, there’s a big team that any self-published author needs to create to make a project successful.”

Tom Corson Knowles (author)

But you don’t have to do all of this alone. Finding the right people to help you get your books out is essential. Thankfully, when self-publishing started to take off, many people who had worked for traditional publishers decided to do freelance work instead. They like the freedom and flexibility of working as a freelance provider and the access to self-published authors.

How to Create the Best Team to Support Your Book

Let’s talk about two of the many hats you can delegate:

  • Editing
  • Cover design

“The most common advice is to ask your peers and other authors in your genre. On the one hand, I think it’s great advice because what worked for one author might work for you. But on the other hand, it depends a lot on your genre, for both cover design and editing. Editing depends a lot on your personality and writing style.”

Ricardo Fayet (creator of readsy)

Finding the Right Editor

The most important factors affecting your relationship with your editor are your personality and writing style. Because every writer is different, it’s less likely that one author’s advice about a good editor will translate into a good working experience for another.

When looking for an editor, it’s best to look for an editor who specialises in your genre. Reach out to three or four and see how they work; look at their social media. Good editors usually ask for a small sample of your work; this lets you both get a feel for the relationship before you commit to working together. Taking these steps is even more important when looking for a developmental editor; you want someone specialising in editing your genre!

When you hire an editor, it’s all about developing the right kind of relationship. That’s why it is crucial to reach out to several people, get quotes, and get an idea of what type of feedback each editor will give you.

The best way to ensure you will have a good relationship with an editor is to check out their social media. Do you like their posts? Can you relate to their writing and communication style? It’s perfectly normal to contact a few editors until you find a good fit.

The editor/author collaboration is a special relationship, and you must make sure your personalities match as much as possible before you agree to work on a larger project together.

After the editor receives your submission, they’ll likely have additional questions. Typically, after an editor responds to you, a natural conversation takes place.

If, after you send initial information to an editor, that conversation doesn’t take place, you should look for another professional.

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Finding the Right Cover Designer

The most crucial factor that affects the cover design is your genre or category. Ask authors in your specific genre or category for advice and recommendations on cover designers.

Communication is always vital. If you start a project with a £500 budget and find a cover designer who says they’ll design you a cover without asking questions, that’s a warning sign. You haven’t said what genre your book is or whether your cover design is for a print book or an ebook. Those are fundamental questions that any good cover designer would ask.

It’s always good practice to send your designer images for inspiration. Find two or three covers on Amazon in the genre of your book that you like. When you send those to the cover designer, that’s going to give them an idea of what appeals to you, and then they’ll most likely begin a conversation with you about the specifics of your cover.

You must hire a cover designer with experience with book cover design, especially if you don’t. If you are an experienced indie author, you can take on an inexperienced cover designer because you’ve been through it before. But if this is your first project, you want someone who knows the ins and outs of cover design.

You’ll want someone who:

  • Knows the type of images that will work for your genre cover.
  • Knows the kind of typography that will work for your genre cover.
  • Knows how to lay out your cover so that it looks right.
  • Has to experience the problems that can occur when designing a cover.
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How to Get the Best Out of Your Team

It may seem strange, but it’s probably best to work with editors, marketing assistants, and cover designers with fewer clients. If you work with freelancers with fewer clients, they’ll have more time to devote to your individual projects.

Communicate, communicate, communicate! If you’re not honest about a problem at the beginning of the process, it leads to miscommunication, hurt feelings, and bad relationships throughout the entire process. Bad situations like this mean losing time and money for you and your team member.

The longer you wait to let your freelancer know there’s a problem with your project, the more likely it is that you won’t be able to publish your project on time. Don’t be afraid to tell a freelancer that you don’t like how the project is going early.

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Final Thoughts

Experienced freelancers will ask the most questions up front because they know the process and all the issues that might pop up during their work. They’ll want to have as many solutions for those potential problems as possible before they put in the time and effort to do the project.

If you’re on a tight deadline, you must contact multiple specialists for the position you need to fill. It’s also important to brief them thoroughly about the project so the rest of the process can go smoothly.

Feel free to ask me any questions you want. My inbox is always open, and I’m happy to recommend freelancers for your project from my extensive network of friends in the industry.

For more helpful resources about self-publishing and the craft of writing, check out my Resource Library.

The Agatha Award 2022 Winners!

As a lover of the cosy genre, I’m not letting the Agatha Award 2022 pass without mentioning the winners on my blog!

Hello. Today on the blog I’m sharing the Agatha Award 2022 winners. This prestigious literary award is run by Malice Domestic. The award was created in honour of the queen of cosy mysteries, British crime writer Agatha Christie to celebrate the authors publishing works in the cosy genre.

Here’s what Malice say about it on its website:

Established in 1989, Malice Domestic is an annual fan convention that takes place each year in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Malice celebrates the Traditional Mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries which contain no explicit sex, or excessive gore or violence.

The six categories in the Agatha Award are:

  • Novel
  • First Mystery
  • Historical Novel
  • Short Story
  • Non-Fiction
  • Children’s/Young Adult Mystery.

Additionally, in some years the Poirot Award is presented to honour other individuals who are not writers themselves, but who have made outstanding contributions to the mystery genre.

The nominees are suggested by everyone who has registered for or became a Friend of Malice Domestic by the end of the previous years. The five finalists in the six categories are chosen, then the attendees vote for the winners. In case you were wondering, here’s a link to the list of nominees.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Agatha Awards were once again announced at the More Than Malice online event.

So, who were the Agatha Award 2022 Winners in the different categories?

Contemporary Novel

**Cajun Kiss of Death by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)

Historical Novel

**Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day (HarperCollins)

First Novel

 **Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (Berkley)

Short Story

**”Bay of Reckoning by Shawn Reilly Simmons in Murder on the Beach (Destination Murders)

Non-Fiction

**How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America by MWA with editors Lee Child and Laurie R. King (Simon & Schuster)

Children’s / Young Adult 

**I Play One on TV by Alan Orloff (Down & Out Books)

Have you already read any of these winning titles? I’ll certainly be adding a couple of those fiction books to my shelf. 😉

I’ve written a post, highlighting the top tropes and uncover the secrets behind successful cosy mysteries “Unlocking the Secrets of Successful Cosy Mysteries.” Check it out!

Are you in the progress of writing your own cosy mystery story? Would you like someone to give you some honest, supportive feedback? I can do that. Have a look at my Manuscript Critique service to find out how.

3 Reasons To Ask For Reader Feedback

Today, I want to talk about reader feedback and reviews.

Your career as an author will make more money if your readers are happier. It’s not rocket science. But how do you keep your readers happy? How do you even know what they like or dislike about your books?

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Ask them.

I’m not talking about the reviews that readers post on retail sites after reading one of your books. Yes, these reviews are an important part of the sales algorithm, but it’s the reader feedback from your VIP readers, your mailing list, and Facebook groups that I’m focusing on today.

Check out my post about how book reviews on retail sites boost sales.

Asking for feedback can provide extremely valuable insight for your writing process as well as book sales. It’s common practice that businesses send out short surveys to customers asking for their feedback. Yes, both positive and negative is equally helpful. As an author, you ARE the business!

Feedback from your VIP list about your books can directly influence what changes you make, what traits you want to use more, and what elements need to stay exactly the same. You’ll have your finger on the pulse of what makes your target audience tick. This reader feedback is invaluable, and it doesn’t cost you anything to get.

Here are three reasons you should ask for reader feedback.

1. Learn what your readers like and don’t like 

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When you ask your readers to give you feedback, be it your books, series or future ideas, you’re going to learn what they like and don’t like. This information is extremely useful. If you know what’s working for your readers and what isn’t, you can tweak things to better serve them. For example, if you find out that there’s  a particular side character that fans love and connect to, you could open up a whole new spin-off book/series with them as the protagonist.

2. Make readers feel important and involved 

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By asking for your VIP readers on your email list or in your Facebook group to provide you with feedback, you’re letting them know that you value their opinion, and you care about what they have to say. This builds loyalty and makes your readers feel important because you’re treating them as such—they feel involved in shaping your books.

3. Constantly improving your craft 

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You can consistently improve your books and keep them being the best they can be. If you’re consistently listening and seeking feedback, you always have a pulse on what’s working for your readers and what’s not. Ultimately, this will lead to better business, better sales, and a better reader experience (which starts the loop all over again!).

Are you ready for feedback about your stories and writing style?

There’s a lot to be gained from getting reader feedback and absolutely nothing to lose. All you have to do is ask!

No VIP readers or suitable email list? Read these helpful articles written by David Gaughran. https://davidgaughran.com/tag/email-for-authors/

Are you’re looking for someone to read your book and give you honest feedback? Check out my beta read or assessment services and get in touch!

Essential Parts of a Book Every Indie Author Should Know Before Self- Publishing

As readers, we probably haven’t paid much attention to the different parts of a book. The publishing industry has named them all: from the title page that launches the front matter to the index or bibliography that completes the back matter. Each section serves a particular role in bringing the book together.

When self-publishing your first book, it pays to know how the parts of a book function as integral parts of the larger whole. Understanding not only each component’s purpose but also the exact placement of each within the body of the manuscript will keep you on track to align with the publishing industry standards.

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So, what are the parts of a book?

The main sections can be categorised as:

  • Front Matter
  • Body Matter
  • Back Matter

In this post, I’ll explain what’s included in each section.


Front Matter

The front matter is the first section of the book. These pages outline the various technical details and some input from the author about what inspired or drove the project.

The front matter includes:

1. Title page

The title page contains the book’s title, the subtitle, the author or authors, and the publisher.

The copyright page, or edition notice, contains the copyright notice, the ISBN, any legal statements, and credits for book design, illustration, photography credits, or to note production entities. The copyright page may contain contact information for individuals seeking to use any portions of the work to request permission.

3. Dedication

The dedication page allows the author to honour an individual or individuals. The dedication is usually a short sentence or two.

4. Table of contents

The table of contents outlines the book’s body of work by dividing it into chapters and sometimes sections or parts. Much thought goes into the titles of the chapters, as the titles can set the tone for the book. When someone quickly glances through the table of contents, they should be able to recognise the scope and central theme of the book.

5. Foreword

The foreword is a short section written by someone other than the author that summarises or sets up the book’s theme. The person who writes the preface is often an eminent colleague or associate, a professional who has personally interacted with the author.

6. Acknowledgments

This page allows the author to express thanks to individuals who may have inspired them, contributed research or data, or helped them during the writing process. Acknowledgements are a public thank you for the support and contributions of individuals involved in the project.

7. Preface or Introduction

The author explains the purpose behind writing the book, personal experiences that are pertinent to the book, and describes the book’s scope. An introduction can be deeply personal, seeking to draw the reader into the book on an emotional level, and usually explains why the book was written. For scholarly works, the preface or introduction helps erect a framework for the content that follows and illustrates the author’s point of view or thesis.

8. Prologue

In works of fiction, the prologue is written in the voice of a character from the story—it sets the scene before the first chapter. This section may describe the story’s setting or background details and helps launch the tale.


Body Matter

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The core content of the book is referred to as body matter. It’s the collection of chapters, sometimes divided into sections, in which the body of work is organised. In works of fiction, chapters drive the narrative, events, and locations in the story. In nonfiction, chapters might each consist of a particular area of study.


Back Matter

Once the story is completed, it is followed by back matter or end material, e.g. references about the core content and author biography in some cases.

Back matter includes:

1. Afterword or Epilogue

These are author comments that follow the end of the body matter. These thoughts may summarise the project or the writing experience that helps bring closure to the book. The epilogue can help soothe the reader after a particularly harrowing story. Alternatively, it can serve as a final chapter that helps to wrap up the loose ends of a story.

2. Appendix or Addendum

The addendum refers to documents added after the body of work that may not have fit in with the narrative or is additional information that reinforces the work.

3. Glossary

The glossary is an alphabetical list of terms and definitions found within the body matter. These terms may be standard or specialised terms that refer to a particular field of study.

4. Bibliography or Endnotes

The bibliography is the listing of books or literary sources that were cited within the body matter. These sources may be books, magazines, or online sources accessed during the research phase. In other words, endnotes resemble footnotes but they are found in the back matter instead of the page’s footer.

5. Index

A guide offers an alphabetical list of terms, people, concepts, or events with the associated page number. The index provides an easy way to locate critical items within the body.

6. Author biography

The biography page summarises the author’s professional background. The bio should be relevant to the publication and include a few personal facts about the author. Having said that, instead of a page at the end of the book, the author’s biography may be on the dust jacket or the back cover.


I hope you found this post informative. 

If you want to get your book published by a publisher, you’ll need to write a synopsis. Check out my post Top Tips for Writing an Amazing Book Synopsis which will help you with the basics.

For more helpful resources about the craft of writing, check out my Resource Library.

What to Do After You’ve Written a Book

You worked hard on your book baby. You’ve conquered those writing struggles. Staying up late, getting up early, pushing through writer’s block, and finally, you’ve finished. You’ve written a book! Congratulations!

And now breathe…

But, now the questions start hounding you. Beginning with, “I wrote a book! Now, what?”

I’ve created 4 simple steps to follow that lead you through the next part of the process.

What Do You Do After You’ve Written a Book?

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If this is your first book, or the first one you’ve actually finished, I’m sure you’ve got a hundred and one questions clamouring for answers.

Do I look into self-publishing?

Maybe it’s time I look for a literary agent?

Should I hire an editor to double-check my formatting?

Do I have to do all of this to get my book out there?

All of these questions are important parts of the writing and publishing process. However, you don’t need to do all of them right away.

In this article, I’ll break down the next steps you should focus on now (and which ones you could forget for a while, or not bother with at all).

As you’ve probably guessed, when you finish writing your book, you’re not actually finished. Sorry.

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In fact, finishing your book is just the beginning. And if this is your first time, you’re probably looking for advice on what to do next.

In this post, I’ll cover what comes after you write a book.

But before we talk about what you should do, let’s talk for a moment about what you should avoid after writing your book.

First, What You Shouldn’t Do After You’ve Written a Book

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New writers are usually eager to send off their books or short stories as soon as they finish writing. However, very few—if any—finished books are good books after a first draft.

For this reason, the first step you take after finishing a book is not to announce you’re done on social media before quickly heading to Kindle books or Amazon to self-publish it. Or is it rushing off to a publishing house or literary agency in search of representation.

There’s still work to be done!

You’re going to want to make some revisions before that first attempt, even if it’s a decent first draft, becomes a great book.

In a nutshell, here’s what to avoid after you write a book—for now.

Don’t send your book to a publisher.

Good writing is rewriting. If you want to get published, don’t send your book to any of the following people yet:

  • Agents
  • Acquisitions Editors
  • Publishers

Submitting your manuscript before it’s ready could lead to permanently burning a bridge. Some literary agents even have a policy that rejection of a manuscript is a rejection from the agency as a whole.

This is why literary agents will openly encourage writers to participate in programmes like NaNoWriMo, but also politely ask them to not send their manuscripts to them as soon as November ends.

Revising Needs to Happen First!

I know you’re excited about sharing your hard work, but there’s still a lot to do.

Don’t send your book to beta readers.

Beta readers, are people who read your book and give you feedback before you publish. Good beta readers can help transform your manuscript from mediocre to excellent.

However, beta readers are best used after you’ve worked out some of the kinks in your manuscript on your own first. Or else, you might get feedback that you’re not ready for, or that hurts your self-confidence as a writer.

We’ll talk about the best time to send your story to beta readers in a moment.

Don’t edit your book.

What most people do after they finish their book is going back to page one and start line editing from the beginning; fixing typos, correcting grammar, and polishing sentences until they shimmer.

This is a huge mistake.

Here’s the problem: after you finish your first draft, there’ll be major structural issues. There are going to be sections that need cutting, other sections that need to be written from scratch, and others that need replotting.

What happens when you realise you have to cut a section that you’ve devoted hours, or even days polishing? At best, you’ve just wasted a heck of a lot of time, and at worst you might be tempted to “just leave it in” because of the time you’ve spent on it.

Instead, I have a better system that will save you time and result in a better book at the end of the process.

Next Steps After You Write a Book

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Now that you know how to avoid the dangers, let’s talk about what you should do next after you’ve written the book.

I recommend these four steps.

1. Let Your Book Rest

What to do after you've written a book - Step 1. Let your book rest (1)

Not only do you need a break after you’ve written the book, but your book also needs one too.

This is because after you’ve finished writing, you have no perspective on it. You’re too close. You won’t have the objectivity to know what works well, what should be cut, what needs work, and what is fabulous and should be left alone.

Letting your book sit for a few weeks, even a month, gives you time to regain perspective and start to see your book for what it is — or what it can become.

If taking a break is hard for you, remember that working on your book doesn’t mean you have to stop writing or growing as an author.

If you’re feeling antsy, head out to your favourite coffee shop. Brainstorm new book ideas. Read your favourite published author’s books. Lose yourself in the latest bestseller. Listen to your favourite podcasts on writing.

If you want to see your whole book for what it is, you need to spend enough time away from it before picking it up again, this time with fresh eyes and a clear head.

2. Read Your Book

What to do after you've written a book - Step 2. Read your book from start to finish

Before you jump into editing mode, read your book from start to finish. This is the second step in gaining perspective on your book. While it is time-consuming, it’ll save you countless hours in the long run because you’ll see exactly what you need to work on for your next draft.

As you read, ask yourself the following questions and take notes about what you find:

  • What’s missing?
  • What isn’t needed?
  • Which bits need rewriting?

I understand that this step can be both exciting and a little terrifying. But I promise you, it is worth it!

3. Edit and Rewrite for Structure

What to do after you've written a book - Step 3. Edit and rewrite for structure

Now that you have a good idea about where your book is and where you want it to go, you’re ready for the second draft.

This is when you write new sections for those holes you found when you read through your draft. It’s when you cut those sections that weren’t necessary, and when you rewrite the sections that were needed but weren’t quite right.

Your second draft isn’t about fixing typos and polishing sentences. It’s about structure.

This part can feel like sculpting, chiselling away at your book trying to discover the treasure hidden in the unsophisticated, hulking block.

Once the overall structure of your book is sound, only then should you start to polish it.

Depending on your comfort level, you might decide you can do this with self-editing. If you’re less sure, don’t be afraid to reach out to a developmental editor for direction and advice.

4. Get Some Help

What to do after you've written a book - Step 4. Get some help

It’s a good time to start inviting other people into your book once you got your second draft, this includes critique partners, beta readers or even an editor.

Before this stage, your book isn’t you enough. Getting too much involvement from other people after a first draft may cause your book to get lost, to lose some of your vision. The second draft allows you to put more of yourself into your book.

It can be hard to tell when your book is done, which is why it’s so important that you find a writing community and critique groups that can push you through not one, not two, but at least three revised drafts. The more revisions the better.

And finally…

Only then, when your manuscript is the best it can possibly be, should you consider your publishing route.

Traditional or self-publish?

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If you hope to pursue traditional publishing, your next steps will involve tackling the submission process.

The jobs needed here include:

If, however, you want to self-publish your book, the next steps will include tasks such as:

  • Editing the book to a professional level
  • Get an eye-catching cover design
  • Formatting the inside and outside for publication
  • Market the book to drum up sales pre and post publication

Taking the time to assemble a good team that can help you take your book to the next level will give you the tools to be on a level playing field with the bestselling authors in your genre.

You’ve written a book – my final tip

You’ll spend a lot of time “waiting to hear back” during the publication process, whether you’re going down the traditional route or taking the plunge and self-publishing your work.

Precious writing time shouldn’t be wasted by sitting back and not doing anything. You can always do something you’re waiting for a stage to be completed. Take the time to think about what your next book is going to be. Start plotting. Make notes. Start writing!

Have you written a book? Do you have a published book out at the moment? Have you survived the submissions process? How did it feel?

Let me know in the comments!