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Today officially marks the beginning of the second week of 2018.

That's right. Week #2.

How are you doing so far on those 'New Years Resolutions'?

If you're like most people, you've already 'fallen off the wagon' in one way or another and are now 'back to normal'. If not, congratulations. We'll commiserate with you next week :-)

​Although the beginning of any new year is a great time to decide to make positive changes, I believe that ANY time can be a great time.

Every moment we are here on this earth, we have the ability to alter our futures, design our destinies and 'change the family tree' as Dave Ramsey likes to say.

If you find yourself cursing at your apparent inability to keep a resolution, just take a deep breath and DECIDE to try again. And then DECIDE again. And again. As many times as you need to. For you, it might be just once more. Or it might be a thousand 'once mores'. Every one of us is different in that resolve.

But, the one thing that we ALL have in common, is the ability to DECIDE.

What decision do you need to make right now?

Make the decision.
Now.
And act on it.
Now.
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One of the questions we regularly hear in the publishing consulting world is “How long before my book can be published”?

If you’re familiar with traditional publishers, you’ll understand this is a valid question. Traditional publishers can take up to two years—perhaps in some cases even longer—to publish that coveted manuscript. 

So, the question we in turn ask the author is, “Would you like to wait a year Two Years Twenty years Never (It really can take that long to find a traditional publisher willing to work with you.) Or would you like to see your book in print in eight weeks?

In fact, if your manuscript is formatted and edited, if the cover is designed, in other words, if your manuscript is print ready, the publishing process can take as little as two days.

With Self-publishing, also called Indie Publishing, you, the author, set the timeline for when your manuscript turns into a living, breathing, work of art with a cover and page numbers and author bio and all that other stuff that makes a book a book. You get to choose when the best time to publish is.

If your manuscript took you twenty years to write, then two more years or twenty more years might not matter. But, if you have a stack of books sitting on your computer just waiting to change lives worldwide, then it might matter to you to have a venue to publish those books in a timelier manner.

Everyone is different. Everyone has different needs. Different wants. Different opinions.

All you need is a print ready manuscript and the rest is up to you.

In review, patience can be a virtue or a curse. A virtue if a traditional publisher meets your needs and waiting to be published is part of your end goal. It’s a curse if you’ve been waiting for that traditional publisher to take notice of you and you just don’t care about who publishes your work…as long as your work gets published.

The beauty is…you get to decide.
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We never claimed to know it all. In fact, we learn something new just about every day.  Case in point...
We have been enrolled in KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Select with some or most of our books during the past five years or so of being self-published.
 
Mother’s Day is a big day for promotions as moms everywhere are getting e-readers for their big day.
 
Darlene planned a giveaway for her first cozy mystery and we helped one of our clients with a giveaway for that weekend as well.
 
Our client eagerly filled out the online submission tool that sends out the promotion to 30+ online E-Book promoters. They will in turn send out 1,000’s of emails to their subscriber lists letting readers know the book is free and when.
 
After having her do that, Darlene reminded her to go and make sure her dates were secured for the giveaway on KDP.
 
A little while later, we received a frantic message from her that KDP would not allow her to schedule her free days. Darlene signed into her account and lo and behold, her 90-day renewal date for KDP was the Friday before Mother’s Day, which happened to be the proposed first day of her promotion.
 
Big smack upside the head! We could not schedule the promotion until the new term actually began!
 
Darlene ended up staying online until 3 am on Thursday night to set up her free days—once her KDP Select automatically renewed—and we totally missed out on the first free day, Friday.
 
Lesson learned?
 
Schedule the FREE days first in your KDP account before doing any promotion!
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