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Author Solutions, Inc. Offers Tips on How Writers Can Become Published Authors in 2011

ASI Sr VP, Indie Published Author Provides Six Keys to Completing Your Book

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Jan. 12, 2011)Author Solutions, Inc., the world leader in indie book publishing, wants more writers to make 2011 the year they join the ranks of published authors. Keith Ogorek, who published his first book with AuthorHouse in 2007, before he joined Author Solutions, has compiled six tips he shares with authors to help them stay motivated to finish their manuscripts and get published:

  1. Set a date you want to hold a finished copy of your book—Before you start, pick a date on which you want to hold the first copy of your completed book. Choose a significant day like your 50th birthday, your wedding anniversary or a day that coincides with a life event like a speaking engagement.
  2. Pay attention to the best time/place for writing productively—Pay attention to the time and place that allows you to do your most productive writing. One author found that he worked best in the morning, stating that he could get more done in the hour between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. than he could in the three hours between 2 and 5 p.m.
  3. Set a schedule that will allow you to hit your target date—So you’ve decided that you work best late at night. Block off that time as your time for writing and stick to it. Make writing just another part of your daily routine, like eating breakfast or taking a shower.
  4. Make yourself accountable to someone for finishing your book—Designate someone who will hold you accountable for reaching your goal. It can be a friend or family member or someone familiar with the process. Oftentimes, publishing professionals can serve in this role. A firm but gentle hand can be all the encouragement you need to stay on track.
  5. Have a plan for promoting your book once it’s finished—This can serve two purposes. First and foremost, from a practical standpoint marketing your book effectively can be the most important step in getting it into the hands of thousands of interested readers. Secondly, as a creative person, cooking up innovative and exciting ways for promoting your work once it’s completed can drive you to remain focused on the job at hand.
  6. Plan an event to celebrate the book’s completion—For many authors, writing and publishing a book is one of the greatest accomplishments of their lives—celebrate this feat. Throw a launch party at your home for friends and family. Give out copies of your book to those who’ve inspired you. This is more than a book; it’s part of your legacy. Take a few moments to pat yourself on the back and enjoy your achievement.

“I know firsthand that sometimes the challenge of completing and publishing a book can be daunting, but following these six tips has helped countless authors reach their publishing goal,” said Ogorek, ASI’s senior vice president of marketing. “Holding the first copy of your completed book is quite a thrill, and I want to see more writers experience that joy.”

For more information on Author Solutions, Inc. and its leadership in indie book publishing, log on to www.authorsolutions.com.

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About Author Solutions, Inc.

Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) is owned by Bertram Capital and is the world leader in indie book publishing—the fastest-growing segment of publishing. ASI’s self-publishing brands—AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, and Wordclay—have helped more than 85,000 authors self-publish, promote, and bring to market more than 120,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, ASI is making it possible to develop new literary talent efficiently and provide authors a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, ASI also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information, visit www.authorsolutions.com and follow us on Twitter @authorsolutions.