There is nothing more that screams ‘expert’ to your customers and clients than by letting them know that you have not only taken the steps to writing a book, you have actually had your work published in a top selling online bookstore such as Amazon and is available alongside other published authors such as JK Rowling and Spencer Johnson!

To get your book written quickly takes a lot of enthusiasm, passion and plenty of spare time and while you may have the first two requirements ticked off on your list, there are very few business owners such as yourself that can spare the time to write a book. Quite simply, life gets in the way!

Unfortunately this is why most people never get round to getting their message out. Yet those determined entrepreneurs who have figured out what it is that they know that will make a real difference in people’s lives also figure out that if they can’t afford the time and the headaches to do it themselves, they can find an expert who can get it all done for them.

Knowing what it is that you want to put across to your audience will really ensure that the foundation of the book’s overall picture is set. With some skillful interview techniques, we can help you determine what that is before putting our publishing team to work to create your book in less than six weeks.

Just imagine, in less than six weeks from now, you can be a published author who has positioned themselves as the expert in their niche and, as a result, can demand higher fees and commissions in the process.

It’s what we all wish we had more of, or at least I do. I find myself trying to make good use of every second of my day. Sometimes it works and sometimes, well it just doesn’t. However, over the years I have found some time management tips that work well and I want to share them with you.

1. Keep a Running Calendar

You should have a running calendar that records appointments, deadlines, meetings, etc. As you schedule these events, make it a point to write them on your calendar. Keep your calendar with you all the time. Whether you have a written calendar or perhaps a calendar app on your Smartphone is up to you. The important thing is that you use it.

2. Spend the first 10-15 minutes of your day planning your day

Before you do anything else, spend at least ten minutes of your day planning your day. Write down what you need to accomplish (check your calendar) and what you want to accomplish. Allot time slots for tasks that you need to complete. When you plan your day according to tasks and events, you will be much more productive.

3. Block Out Distractions

Sometimes it is easy to become distracted by social media, emails, or phone calls. While some of these things are essential to your work, other times they are just distractions. When you are working, log off of your social media pages. Disconnect your phone during times that you need to focus and don’t worry about your email. It will all be there when you come back to it.

4. Take Breaks When You Need Them

Some people think that when they start working on a task, that they should not stop until it is completed. While this sounds good in theory, many times this type of mentality just causes burn out. Schedule breaks within your day and you will actually accomplish more in the long run.

5. Delegate

Delegating tasks is one of the best things you can do for your business. Don’t feel the need to do everything on your own. If you can delegate tasks to others, then do it. Take a look at your to-do list and pass on tasks to others. This will help you both.

Time management is an important element in your day-to-day life. What are some of your best time management tips?

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 9.52.09 AMMany budding authors get a bit confused when it comes to thinking about publishing a book and there are plenty who assume that they have to get approved by a big publishing company to get their book out there so read this article so that you never ever get beyond just the dream stage of writing your story.

The fantastic reality is that you can become your own publishing agent if that is what you want though there is a lot of work involved – if you’re determined enough though, you can achieve it.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of deciding whether to go through the traditional route of finding a publishing agent against making the decision to publish your own book.

Who’s In Control?

The first thing you need to consider is the most important – who controls the book once it is published?

When you publish your own book – you are in total control of the book and take responsibility of all the decisions made for both the production and marketing of the entire process. There can be heavy costs involved but at the end of the day, the book is entirely yours and you get all the profits from it.

Finding someone to do all the work for you can be extremely expensive and you can ultimately lose control of many aspects of the book writing and publishing process.

Before you throw your hands up in horror though, there are some upsides. The publisher takes control of the book but they also take charge of paying for editing, graphic design, the printing and the initial publicity of the book. You need to take over the marketing after this point.

The Timeline

Self-Publishing – well the timeline pretty much is what you want it to be! Obviously there is a time factor in writing, editing and designing the book but if you have got your plans in place, you should be able to keep things moving along at a steady rate.

Using a Publisher – you are pretty much at the time-mercy of others. You have to submit your manuscript and to many publishing houses to sit and wait it out – it can take a long time before someone even has a look at your idea only for it to be rejected. Once you do strike lucky it can be months or even years before your book is ready for launch.

The Rewards

As a Self-Publisher – you can choose where your book is sold and how much for. Once you have paid for all of the costs of producing and marketing your book the profits are yours though you will have to pay some commissions depending how your book is sold.

When you find a Publisher – payment is given to you in two lots. First of all, you will receive an advance for the expected sales of your book then once it is in the book stores, you will receive royalties on sales. It’s important to note though that any advance payments are advance payments on sales – if your book doesn’t make those sales, then you will have to pay the publisher back!

Is there another alternative? Well we are happy to say that, ‘Yes, there is!’ We at the East Book Blueprint give you the best of both worlds – for a fraction of the cost (and time) of going through a traditional publishing agency, we will help you plan, write and market your book (including providing you with a professional search engine ready website) – and what’s more – you are the author AND we take away all the pain and drag from hiring the right people and waiting for others to take action – your book can be published on within six weeks of beginning the project – you can’t get better than that!