Michelle Stimpson | The Business of Writing Series

Michelle Stimpson | The Business of Writing Series


Welcome back to the “Authors to Love” series.  I decided to take a bit of a different spin and feature authors who write about the business of writing. Today, we meet author Michelle Stimpson. She is the author of more than 20 books and 50 short stories.

The 21-Day Publishing Plan

REAL21DayCoverYou’ve finished the manuscript. Now what? Do you get an ISBN? Ask your cousin to read it? Hire someone to sketch a cover? Before you spend a ridiculous amount of time, energy, and money trying to figure out the next steps, you must read this book!

There’s a ton of information about independent e-publishing on the Internet. It can be hard to separate the junk from the gems and even more difficult to know whom to trust. Let’s face it: many people/companies will share just enough “free” information to convince us to sign up for an UNfree service. Not so here! The 21-Day Publishing Plan is a straightforward, no-nonsense plan for learning the industry, contracting with professionals, preparing your manuscript for publishing, and setting up your book’s promotional plan.

Written by a full-time novelist who has experienced success as a traditionally and independently published writer, this book gives insider tips through the eyes of one who has weighed the options and seen the best of both worlds. With Michelle’s tried and true plan, you’ll go from first draft to first sale in three weeks or less!

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You have probably seen blog posts and other ebooks touting that you can have your book published in less than 24 hours on Kindle and Nook, right? In a very real sense, anyone and their momma can call themselves an author only moments after typing “The End”. The question isn’t whether or not you can publish a book in a matter of hours, but if you should do so.

As a multi-published, best-selling author (both digitally and traditionally), I’m going to answer that question with a resounding “No!” While it doesn’t take years or even months to publish a book like it did in the olden days, throwing a book up on the Internet willy-nilly is, in my professional writer’s opinion, a good way to sabotage your literary efforts.

Take the time to present a product that you will be proud of for years to come. Think of these three weeks as the difference between eating something that was baked in the oven versus something that was zapped in a microwave. They are both warm, but the one from the oven is better for a number of reasons that I won’t go into because I might find myself in the kitchen if I think about food too long.

This book is actually a labor of love for me. Since my first novel was released in 2004 by Time Warner/AOL (now Grand Central Publishing), I have encountered numerous would-be authors who want advice about how to get their work published. Ten years ago, I would give them tips on contacting agents and publishers and how to write query letters.

However, since I made the switch to self-publishing in 2012, I have been even more overwhelmed by people who want to know how/why I made the switch from traditional to self-pubbing, whether or not they should use a “middle-man” publishing company, how much it costs to self-publish a book, and all kinds of questions which (in and of themselves) take lots of time to answer completely. Their questions also highlighted the fact that while there is a ton of free information on the Internet, it’s hard to separate the junk from the gems, and often difficult to know whom to trust because many people/companies will share just enough “free” information to convince us to sign up for an unfree service.

I understand this is how business works. I’m not hatin’, as my teenage son would say. I’m just not into doing a whole lot more than writing and publishing my own books. I have no other services to offer the masses at this point. The 21-Day Publishing Plan is simply a quick, no-nonsense resource for people who want to share their work with the world. It can be used in conjunction with other resources. I do have a few other books that I will recommend. I have linked them through my affiliate links, but my purpose is not to make a ton of money through those links. I am a novelist, not an affiliate marketer. (I think I made a whopping grand total of $13.00 last year through my affiliate links—woo hoo!)

I hope you’ll find this book useful, and that you would so kindly leave a review when you’re finished!

Order Your Copy of  The 21-Day Publishing Plan at Amazon.com.

About the Author

Michelle StimpsonMichelle Stimpson started journaling regularly at the age of twelve. According to her mom, when Michelle wasn’t writing, she had her nose buried in a book. All that informal “training” worked together for Michelle’s good, as she is now the author of more than 20 books and 50 short stories. Her titles are regularly found on bestseller lists for African-American, Christian, and women’s fiction.

A former classroom instructor, Michelle still uses her teaching gift to educate aspiring writers, bewildered wives, and thirsty Christians. In addition to her work in K-12 schools, she teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Michelle and her husband live near Dallas. They are the grateful parents of two young adults and one crazy dog, Mi-Mi.

Visit her online at  www.MichelleStimpson.com

Order Your Copy of  The 21-Day Publishing Plan at Amazon.com.