If you love to write, it must be your dream to become a best-selling author – one day – in the near future. You also have the dream of seeing your name on the list of book lovers stating that they want to read your book more than other books in the world.
Now, this sounds great, but becoming a best-selling author requires serious work, effort, and dedication from your side. Writing a manuscript doesn’t seem to be enough – you will have to build an author platform, which will induce people to buy your book based on your name and reputation alone.
You get the point – there is so much more than writing and publishing a book if you want to become a best-selling author.
The following steps will help you reach that place that comes with becoming a best-selling author.
Decide the Bestseller List You Want to Appear On
As a bestseller, there are different paths to follow if you want to get published. For instance, you will want to choose whether you want to become an Amazon best-selling author – or – you would want to become a New York Times bestseller.
If you want – you can aim at becoming a bestseller on all potential lists – that is, if you are really that ambitious. All you need to do is to have a direction by understanding what you really want in life and where you want to take your writing career.
Write a Phenomenal Book
Of course, you will want to write an amazing book – without a book – you cannot become a best-selling author. You will want to make your book worthy of selling.
Decide the Genre
Firstly, you will want to decide on the genre – do you want to write fiction or nonfiction? Both categories can take you to the top of the bestseller list. While this decision is fairly easy, you will want to brainstorm great book ideas.
You might want to use mind mapping, or writing prompts to come up with amazing book ideas. Don’t choose a book subject that you aren’t passionate about. As an author, who will be if you won’t take an interest and be passionate about your book?
Your readers can tell you – if you write without passion.
Outline Your Book
Once you have come up with the best book idea, you will want to use a mind map to outline your book. Outlining will help you steer in the right direction while working on your book.
You will also be able to write good quality and complete your book within a given deadline. If you are working on your first book, you will be going through loads of emotions, including self-doubt. But, you will want to be disciplined and write your book.
Put in the Work
Believe us when we tell you that there is no such thing as writer’s block. You will want to write even if you don’t feel like writing. You will want to invest time and effort every day in the writing process and do your job with your goal in your mind.
Establish an Author Platform
Even before you start to work on your bestseller, you will want to establish an author platform. In case you don’t know what an author platform is – it refers to your audience. Of course, to sell your book, people will need to know about your existence.
Your potential audience should know that you have a name and are writing books exclusively for them to read.
You will want to establish a strong social media presence to establish an author platform. Furthermore, you will want to invest some time in developing the best marketing strategies to promote your book.
With that said, you will want to start marketing your book – even before it is out. Simple strategies would be creating social media posts and other online content that contain some aspects of your book.
Essential Tips for Marketing Your Book before Publication
The following strategies will help you market your book even before you hit publication.
- Post content on social media about tips linked to the content of your book.
- Keep updating your followers about the progress of your book.
- Post about challenges linked to the book content.
- Create online countdowns for when the publication date comes closer.
- Have online conversations with your followers.
- Give interviews about your book.
Choose between Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
Ideally, you should decide based on the bestseller list you will want to be on as a bestselling author.
Suppose you want to be on the list of New York Times Best Sellers, you will be going for the traditional publishing route, which can have you waiting for a couple of years before the status changes from ‘manuscript accepted’ to ‘published.’
Nonetheless, if you want to become an Amazon bestselling author, you will want to opt for self-publishing. The essential difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing is that you are in control of nearly everything – but – with traditional publishing, you aren’t in control of anything – but – you earn all royalties.
So, you will want to understand the essential pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing and then make a better and well-informed decision.
Follow a Solid Launch Plan
Suppose you want to become an Amazon bestseller; in this case, you will need a precise book-launching process. The below-mentioned tactics might not work if you want to become a New York Times Bestseller.
But – the right strategy will help you reach that top spot on the list of bestsellers. You will want to include the following aspects in your launch plan.
- Decide a good price for your book that will help you reach maximum sales.
- Host a book-launch event.
- Get book reviews from your launch team.
- Access sites that promote books for your book’s free and paid promotion.
It is essential to mention here that you will need a good launch team to successfully launch your book and become a bestseller. When hiring a good launch team, you will want to hire people who share the same passion and are genuinely interested in your book.
Your launch team should have your back and be eager to participate in your book’s promotion. Your launch team should be able to come up with innovative promotional strategies to help you market and launch your book.