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115 Days to Book Launch – March 19, 2016
The quote, “Do what you do best and do it better than anyone else” is taken from John Kremer’s book – 1001 Ways to Market Your Book.” He was talking on the importance of specialization. No one can do everything well. Aim for what you can do well and work on that to make it the best you can.
This is what I did for my first book which was published in 2003.
At the time I was a nun in a monastery and wanted to write a book on the rosary. To start with my plan was to do a copycat of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Collect stories of people praying the rosary. Very simple and straight forward just like the books that Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen put together. After reading John’s advice though I tried to think how I could make my book better than the typical “Chicken Soup” book.
I went to Amazon and I looked at what other books were written on the topic of the rosary. I came up with the idea that not only would I include the stories, I would add the complete encyclical of Pope John Paul II on the rosary, I would add a chapter on how to make a rosary, a list of organizations people could join or find more information, and finally a complete index of places online and offline that had anything to do with the rosary.
My idea was to make it clear to anyone who wanted to buy a book on the rosary that one book covered it all.
Presently I am working on my first children’s novel. It is written for ages 8-10. I hope to make the book the best it can be for that age group by writing and editing the story the best that I can have it. But I also plan to include at the back of the book links to a free study guide, list of vocabulary words and online games that center around the book.
I am not pretending that it will be a better book than anyone else has ever done. I am trying though to make it the best that I can make it. I continue to read and study how to write better. I keep thinking every day, “What can I do to make this book more fun? More exciting? More challenging?”
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