Moms, Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Publishing

I hope all of you moms out there had a great Mother’s Day. I hope your children blessed you with little treats to show their love and that you got a chance to relax and enjoy being with your family. Too often, mother’s feel overworked, overtired, and underappreciated. This year, why don’t you stretch that Mother’s Day bliss into the rest of the year… by allowing yourself to work on your writing project and finally reaching your dream of publishing a book. Here are three reasons why you should give yourself the gift of self-publishing.

1. You deserve a break.

Many moms give all their time and energy to their families and work. They struggle to find time to do the things they love, but you deserve a break. Let the dishes sit in the sink for the night, and spend some time writing.

2. It’s good for your family.

Moms who make time for their passions feel more fulfilled and are able to be happier, more patient parents. Giving yourself permission to work on your own project isn’t denying your children your time, it is giving them the gift of a happy, successful mom. They will be proud of you.

3. It’s also a gift to your family.

Self-publishing a book can be a great way to create a special, unique gift that your children can have forever. Whether you write a novel and dedicate it to them or pen a book filled with life lessons you want to teach them or publish a memoir sharing your life story or create a children’s books of the stories you tell them before bed, they will cherish your work forever.

Happy Mother’s Day!

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.

5 Reasons to Self Publish a Book in Honor of Your Mom

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and many of you celebrated the kind, loving woman who raised you. But why limit celebrating your wonderful mother to just one day out of the year? Give your mom the gift of eternal praise by self publishing a book in her honor. Here are five reasons to self publish a book in honor of Mother’s Day.

1) Books last forever.

Mother’s Day only happens once a year. The flowers you bought her will soon wither, and the chocolates box will soon be empty. By dedicating a book to your mother, you are giving her a gift that will last forever.

2) You can share her with the world.

If you have a wonderful story about your mother, why not share it with the world by turning it into a book? There are many strong, inspiring mothers out there, and readers would love to know their stories.

3) Write a special thank you.

Even if your book isn’t about your mom, you can still dedicate your book to her. In the beginning of your book, write a special note thanking your mom for everything she has done for you and tell her just how much she means to you.

4) Make her proud.

Mothers love to brag about their children, no matter how old they are, and being a self published author is definitely something to brag about. Your mom will love showing off your book to all of her friends and acquaintances, as well as random strangers.

5) Don’t forget yourself.

If you are a mother, you owe it to yourself to make your dreams of becoming a self published author come true. Mothers often put everyone else’s needs before their own, which isn’t a bad thing, but every mom deserves to make her own dreams come true too.

I’d love to know, do you plan to self publish a book in honor of your mom?

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.

5 Ways to Promote Your Book in May

May is almost here, so it’s time to start thinking about the opportunities this new month brings for you to promote your book.  Here are five ideas for promoting a book in May:

  1. Mother’s Day is May 8th.  If your book is about parenting, motherhood, family or a related topic, now is a good time to promote your book as a Mother’s Day gift idea.
  2. If you only have a hard copy format of your book, consider adding an ebook, Kindle, Nook  and/or Apple (iBook) edition. Additional formats help increase the exposure for your book.
  3. The Book Expo America (BEA) is taking place May 26th – 28th.  Even if you can’t make it to New York to attend the book fair this year, get involved in online discussions about the events.  Keep yourself informed about what’s going on and the major topics being discussed in the industry.
  4. Memorial Day is May 30th.  How can you promote your book for Memorial Day?  Don’t…well, not directly.  While you’re relaxing with your family and enjoying some time off, read a book.  When you’re done, write a review for that book on Amazon.  Make sure your Amazon account includes a bio mentioning your book and a link to your website or blog.
  5. Plan ahead for summer.  With school letting out and many people taking advantage of the weather for much needed vacation time, you may be tempted to put your book marketing efforts on hold.  Because your book marketing efforts are so important to the success of your book sales, set goals for yourself now to keep yourself on task over the summer months.  Plan to do something to promote your book every day, each week or each month.

DISCUSSION: How are you planning to promote YOUR book in May?

ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT:
Kelly Schuknecht works as the Director of Author Support for Outskirts Press.  In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.