Advice and tips on publishing a book

Here are 5 tips for self-publishing your book!

1. Build your author platform – Make sure that you start building a fan base at least 1-2 years prior to releasing your book. Start by connecting with people on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social media sites.

You also want to create your own website and start a blog. Try to be very strategic in your planning. Blog about topics that you are knowledgeable about and topics that are similar to your book. For example, if you are a chef and you’ve written a cookbook, then try to blog about food. Share with your readers healthy eating and cooking tips or share a few of your favorite recipes.

2. Hire the right staff – Make sure that you have the right team members in place i.e. editor, graphic designer, publisher, publicist, etc. Many first-time authors experience publishing nightmares because they hire people who don’t understand their vision and the direction they want to take their book. Having the right people in place can add value to your book and overall sales.


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Hire people who listen and communicate effectively. Also, you should hire people who are great note takers and can think inside and outside of the box.

Ultimately, you want to work with people who desire to help and not hinder your process.

3. Have a budget – Make sure that you have enough money to fund your book. You’ll need money to hire staff in addition to purchasing the following: an ISBN, a barcode, copyright fees, printing costs, and more.

Don’t short change yourself due to budgeting issues. It’s a great idea to shop around for deals, but you don’t want to produce a poor quality book just to save a buck.

4. Divide your time properly – Make sure that you have enough time and energy to see this book to the end. Often times, work, family, kids, and life in general can get in the way which makes us lose focus of our timelines and deadlines. Remember to pace yourself, stay focused, and organized. If you desire to release your book in December then start at least one year in advance and continue to prioritize your duties and responsibilities in order to see your book finalized at the end of the year.

5. Don’t stress – Make sure that there is a healthy balance in your life. Try not to stress and remember to focus only on those things that are in your control. This can be a very draining process so continue to stay happy and hopeful and always keep a smile on your face.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Broccoli Chronicles IndieFab 2014 finalist

News from Building Voices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/12/15

Contact: Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, Building Voices, tnb@buildingvoices.com

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Broccoli Chronicles (Little Kids, Big Voices, Book 1) named Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist

Los Angeles, CA—Today, Building Voices is pleased to announce Broccoli Chronicles has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Here is the complete list: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2014/

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd.

In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

“After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year’s entries.”

Building Voices’ CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva said, “It is an honor to see my hard work finally pay off.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. Everyone is welcome. The Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.

About Building Voices: Building Voices is a children’s publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA. They publish chapter books, coloring books, interactive journals, and more. In addition to books and publishing, Building Voices offers critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers. Building Voices is scheduled to publish their second chapter book in December 2015. For more information, visit www.buildingvoices.com.

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is media company featuring a FOLIO: award-winning quarterly print magazine Foreword Reviews and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 160 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription.

You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Broccoli Chronicles INDIEFAB Finalist

There are tons of awards that are available for self-publishers and independent presses such as: IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award, Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Award, and many more.  This is a self-publishers dream come true to become a finalist in any competition.

Broccoli Chronicles‬, written by Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva and illustrated by Alvina Kwong, has been chosen as a 2014 finalist for the Foreword Reviews’ ‪‎INDIEFAB‬ Book of the Year Awards! In a competition with over 1500 other entrants, it’s pretty great to have made it this far. Stay tuned for the winner announcements at the end of June.

Broccoli Chronicles, chapter book by Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Below are three reasons why you should and shouldn’t self publish!

REASONS TO SELF-PUBLISH

1. Longevity

2. Creative Control

3. Flexibility

 

REASONS TO NOT SELF-PUBLISH

1. If you are not able to multi-task and wear multiple hats.

2. If you lack vision and can’t see past your first manuscript.

3. If you do not desire to be in charge and be your own boss.

 

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Is Self-Publishing Right For You? Question #4

Is Self-Publishing Right For You? Question #3

Is Self-Publishing Right For You? Question #2

Is Self-Publishing Right For You? Question #1

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Reasons to self-publish

Before you begin looking for publishers you should ask yourself, is self-publishing right for you?

TAKE A LOOK AT THE 4TH QUESTION TO THIS SERIES.

4. Are you limited with marketing, publishing, and technology skills and would prefer someone to represent you?

Self-publishing demands that you wear multiple hats.  You are responsible for writing, marketing, publishing, sometimes editing, graphic design, and a list of other stuff.  As a self-publisher, you don’t have the luxury of just writing.  If you prefer to just write and never deal with the marketing or publishing side of the business, then maybe traditional publishing is a better route for you.


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Self-publishers are multi-taskers who have a diverse skill set.  It’s becoming more popular to see that the author and the illustrator are the same person. In addition, many are learning how to to design their own websites and promotional materials.  Even more so, authors are now becoming publishers who bind and print their own books.

Traditional publishing is great route to take especially if your publisher has a solid marketing plan and can guarantee to sell at least 100,000 copies, but if you prefer to be your own boss, then self-publishing might be a better option.

You owe it to yourself to really investigate the pros and cons of self-publishing and whether you have the stomach to digest everything that it entails. Don’t short change yourself!

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About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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