How and Why I Self Published a Book

I remember one day sitting at a trade show booth in Las Vegas with my awesomely successful and lovely sister. Clients would come up to us and ask if we had any number of objects from Velco to copies, to faxes to signs.

We’d look at each other with a knowing smile, pretend to bend down and change hats.

One hat said Designer, one said Electrician, on said Copy Girl. Today my hat says Blog Writer.

i shall be calm in this moment. ♡
i shall be calm in this moment. ♡

I think that flexibility in skills in today’s marketplace is absolutely key to being successful.

One day I decided to write a book. It was so easy. I was sitting next to my fire while my family was either watching TV or playing cards and I was surfing the internet for interesting things to read.

Then I thought to myself, hey, if that person can write a blog or publish a book, then what is stopping me. So I did. I opened a blank document up and started to type. Before I knew it I was looking at my guide book called Zero to Blog.

Basically, it explains why I started a blog and how easy it is for you to do the same.

The steps I took to get my book available to the public were so easy. After you type up your book, you just need to design a cover. I had read about lulu.com where you can upload a book and name your price. I think I make half of book sales. I can’t remember exactly.

I designed the cover according to their requirements. They needed the cover to be a certain exact size, so I did that following their directions.

Then, all I had to do was upload it and there you go. I linked it to my blog so anyone who is interested can download it.

You don’t know actually need any authorization or approval from anyone in particular in order to write or sell a book.

You just do it.  Simple, right?

I also like to go the extra mile so I’m sharing some adjectives here you can use to spice up your writing. Have fun and let me know how your projects come along.

Here are 9 rockstar blog words for dummies smart people.

1) On Fleek  If you don’t quite get it, neither do I. I am almost sure it’s just a good word. I love people just like to say it. If you know why they do, please tell me. 🙂

2) Life Hacks I’ve noticed a lot of the seriously smart blogging blogs are using Life Hacks in a positive way. Life Hacks offer simple solutions to every day problems.

3) Wicked As old as this seems I’m still coming across Wicked in in well written headlines. It’s still works. At least on East Coast it was big when I was a wee tot. On the west coast we used a little bit more surf slang. You tell me, do people still use this? I try to use words that I say. I’d never say killer buzz words. It sure looks good in a title though, doesn’t it?

So I heard you been jammin’ down some gnarly tunes on your guitar?

That is just so wrong on so many levels. This gem was offered up last summer at a barbeque.

Be a free thinker.

4) Zen Whether it’s Zen Motorcycles or Zen Journey or Zen Habits people love anything that will make their lives more zen like. It’s an art. It conjurs up images of peace. Oaahhhhhmmmmmmm.

5) Simplicity I like any website that promises a simpler better life. I remember reading one day less is more. Or was it every day one thing less? My goal in my life is to get everything put away before I die. One thing less. Simple Life, Simple Pleasures, Simple simpleness. Simplify your life. It’s simple.

6) Social Media I don’t truly love this term. I bought a book at a garage sale in Pacific Palisades, California from a nice lady. I wanted to keep in touch with her so I asked her if she was on facebook. She said, no I don’t like social media. It was the first time I heard the word. Now it seems to be everywhere and growing. I still can’t use it in a sentence though.

Take the road less travelled.

7) Non Conformity If we are living parallel lives as avatars in another planet, I think we’d all be driving Prius’s and living in solar powered houses. The idea of non conformity offers you the possibility of changing your life for the better by choosing to do what you love.

Be a non conformist. Be a free thinker. Turn off the news. Get informed. Read. Stay informed. Make up your own mind.

~8)  Trending It seems like people say Trending and then whatever new thing is out. I don’t know because I’m not trending anything!

*9) Boomz Thanks to one of my super cool blog writer friends like Tiny Island who shares with us some Singaporean coolness from their beauty girl Ris Low. I love they they just have fun and play with language. I used to do this when I was a little girl. I wonder why I no longer do. That’s just Boomz {hands out}.

It’s time for reader input ~ what are your thoughts?

What do you think? I think these words are on their way out: Dude, Alternative, Rad, Stoked, Factoid, Gnarly, Social Media and SEO. Those are lame in my opinion.

I think these words are up and coming: Blog, Boomz, Fluffy, My Bad, Hiney, Smile and Nod, Shiny, happiness, writing and Talk to the Hand.

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19 thoughts on “How and Why I Self Published a Book

  1. Hey Julie: Regarding your comments about all the many hats we wore — You could add that when people would ask us if we offered a certain type of service, we’d bend down and go under the table and say, “WTF? Do we? Quick! Act like we do! Act like we do!” And you’d say, “What should we charge?” And I’d say, “I don’t know…make it up! Charge him $40 bucks, plus delivery”. My business was more about flying by the seat of our pants and “acting” like the hat we were wearing actually meant that we knew what we were doing!

    On a serious note, though…what was cool about my company is that it was 100% about resourcefulness. Customers would come up with all the anxiety of tradeshows, and we’d calmly say, “Relax…we’ve got your back!” …and then they would leave all relieved that someone was taking care of their problems (not knowing that as soon as they left, we’d be freaking out saying, “Great! How are we supposed to make 100 custom buttons in an hour?!” But we always managed to find a way, and the customers were always happy.

  2. Those were the days my friend. We thought they’d never end.

    We had good times, didn’t we? It makes me laugh to think of all of the classes we studied at University on charging the right price when taking in factors of supply and demand in Economics 101. $40 bucks with delivery seems to answer 90 percent of our clients’ needs. 😉

    Julie

  3. Hi Julie,

    I agree. “Hack” is big in blogosphere. When I first saw it, I thought it was rather negative and maybe a little illegal. Now we see “hacks’ everywhere, often meaning quite the opposite.

    Zen, on the other hand, might be getting a little over used. After Leo had such great success with his blog, it seems like many have tried to copy him by including “Zen” in their name. I say, ‘be original”. After all, who else will name a blog, “blogging without a blog”? LOL

    1. Hi Barbara!

      You take the time to get to know your readers as well as us new around the block. You offer good and personal advice. Thank you so much for that.

      I agree with you about Zen being every where. Great job at getting the word blog in your title TWICE. I bet that helps with google searches.

      Julie

  4. I love ‘hiney’. Uh, that didn’t come out right.

    My grandmother would try to teach us kids some Czech words when we were little. One word meant a ‘chicken’s hiney’, her words exactly. Why she taught use that I will never know, but I still remember how to say it. 🙂 Then again, she could have been making it all up. Good memories.

    I also like Awesome and any word I can create by using a hyphen and tricking spell-check into believing is legit.

  5. Hey Anne,

    You’re funny. I would write lol, but I actually did laugh to myself. I like hiney. I don’t why I wrote that. Most of the time I’m typing with a smile on my face and wondering why no one is editing. In one of my posts I wrote about some important ah huh historical facts and thought I wonder if some one will check this.

    I’m extremely curious to know how to say a ‘chicken’s hiney’ in Czech. I only know one Russian word from my grandfather and it was ‘Tibulah’, although I’ve checked with many sources that and only one confirmed it. It’s supposed to mean little bird.

    Julie

    1. There’s a friend in my ceramics class whose name is tibellie. pronounced the way grandpa said it. If she comes to class tonight, I’ll ask her what it means

  6. Re social media…… Lisa told me a couple of weeks ago that there are over 30,000 people a day joining facebook

  7. I agree with Barbara, we need to be original and try to choose our own words instead of copying. Great lists, thanks.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy

    1. Yes, that’s a good point. I continue to learn a lot of Barbara at her blog since she’s a naturalally gifted teacher. One thing I have learned from her is that each blog has their own individual style that comes through in their writing.

      Julie

  8. I love this post especially the words zen and simplicity. It just puts me in a nice calm mood. It’s amazing the power of words.

    Thanks for the blog love Julie! 🙂

  9. Hey BJ,

    I’m with you when it comes to the way a word can make you feel, like fuzzy and warm on a kitten. Words are powerful and can change lives. That’s probably one of the most rewarding thing about blogging is that you never know who is going to come across your words and how they might effect them.

    You words are ALWAYS appreciated around here and at your cool blog.

    JB

  10. Personally, I use “dude” pretty much everyday, but that may be my age/generation. But I’m also a big fan of “hiney” and always have been. Gonna have to try out the “boomz” – I’m gonna enjoy my kids faces on that one! LOL!

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