I know I have some basic information about self-publishing in my last couple of articles. It's seems to be a daily adventure for me as I learn more and more about self-publishing. This is especially true for learning about marketing and writing more books.
I knew when I wrote and self-published my first book, I would do more.
I've always had a creative mindset. Even as a child, I would get lost in coloring books, writing journals, drawing, and even some graphic design once computers were available in schools. Even the "girlie" side of me was artistic because I loved to style hair and create different fashion accessories for my dolls.
Now that I'm older, my goal is help people start living life more effectively using my creative mindset. As I continue to find ways to market my books and develop my brand, I'm nothing that whatever will work for me will be unique to me. I do conduct research on marketing and branding. I've attended free webinars and some paid conferences to further get knowledge about being an entrepreneur. It takes time and patience when you get deep into marketing.
I have started to coach some self-publishing authors and it's been an amazing journey. When I discuss marketing to these people, I do tell them to try to keep it simple when starting off. Once you publish your book, that's not the end. Now the book is ready for others to read and may actually be a launching pad to further your ability or business. Some believe that social media is the greatest way to market while others feel it's the old traditional 'word of mouth'. Either way and / or combination you may use, it's important to recognize that whatever works for you will be unique for you. I'm learning to market in ways that does not cause me to come out of my pocket every month for everything. That's what I strive to empower and encourage others to recognize as well. It does not have to take a lot but it does take time. I've only been on my self-publishing journey since August of this year (2015) and although I can proudly say I've published a total of four books, I still have a way to go. However, I do not mind taking a few determined and motivated people with me.
Finally, I'm recognizing that when you develop your plan of action, for whatever it may be, it takes motivation and knowing your purpose. As I coach others, and continue to further push myself, I truly hope and believe that people will recognize that living effectively includes accomplishing dreams.