Friday, 4 November 2011

An Important Note to Potential Wannabe - Self Publishing Authors

Many of you will know by now that BIS Publications ( set up a sister company BIS Publishing Courses ( and during 2011 started delivering publishing courses for authors who want to self publish successfully.

For the last few years we have experienced a noticeable increase in the amount of manuscripts sent to us on a daily basis. They come at a time when more and more bookshops and book-chains are closing down around in the UK. In the last few years we have seen the closure of Borders UK, Books etc. Ottakar's, which was taken over by Waterstones and then the reduction of Waterstones branches. Specialist bookshops in the African / African Caribbean community have not faired any better as many of them have also closed down over the last few years.

I mention the above as an introduction to why we set up the publishing courses. It is our belief that even, though for some this could be the hardest time to try and get their book(s) published for others this is a great and exciting time to have their book(s) published. This could be a great and exciting time for you to if you know what you are doing.

We set up the BIS Publishing Courses is to help all of those who have been sending their manuscripts to publishers with the hope that they will publish their work. Unfortunately this becomes more of a dream than a reality. There are many reasons publishers will not take on authors work, believe it or not most times it’s not due to the work (manuscripts it self). Some of the reasons are highlighted on our courses (

You may be thinking that with bookshops shutting down and many publishers not signing authors, so what’s the point in writing a book?
Remember what I said earlier, that this is a hard time for some, but great and exciting time for others. As a self-published author you can save yourself a lot of time and heartache if you know what you are doing. Technology has made becoming a successfully self-published author so much easier than any other time in history.

On the BIS Publishing courses we will show you how using modern technology you can self publish successfully even if your a technophobe. We will show you the most cost effective ways to publish your book and also show you how to reap huge profits from the sales of your book, plus much much more.

A Message to BIS Publishing Courses Previous Attendees

Those of you who have attended our courses should remember that we always stress that you know what your exit strategy plan is even before you start on your self-publishing journey.

We also stress that you understand thoroughly the market that your book is intended for, that you Focus, Commit, Act and Don’t Give Up!.

It disappoints me very much when I hear of anyone who has been on our courses and feel excited by what they have heard and learnt whilst they were there, but when they leave within a very short period of time their excitement and enthusiasm disappears. They loose their focus and then allow other things to become priority.

This results in them becoming less committed to their project and even allowing naysayers to talk them out of their dreams. Some will try and fool themselves by saying that they will get back on it tomorrow, next week, next month and even next year. Well next year turns into 2 years, 5 years, 10 years and before they know it the dream of having their book published never happens and the sad fact was that no one stopped them from achieving their dream but them.

Procrastination is the biggest killer of potential best-selling author’s dreams, it will steal away your dream without you even knowing it. Procrastination can happen for many reasons some of the most common, which I have found are confidence, fear, (I can’t do that, attitude), it’s too expensive, fear of failure and being criticized.

I believe the procrastination reasons can all be summed up as a lack of CONFIDENCE. The best cure for lack of confidence is Get Up, Stand Up and TRY! If you make a mistake you can only learn from it and get better, I was once told that failure is just one half of success, this is something I have taken to heart and always try to remember when things don't go to plan - you can try this to.
Let me leave you with this:

Take Positive Action Now!

  1. Attend the BIS Publishing Courses (
  2. If you’re the type of person who thinks the courses are expensive; try to change your mindset and see it from the point of view of an investment in making your dream of being published a reality.
  3. If you have been on any of our courses don’t give up continue the momentum.
  4. If you have lost momentum come on the course again and refresh and regain momentum.
  5. If you have completed the 1 Day Intensive for African/ African-Caribbean Writers who want to self Publish Successfully and now wondering how your going to sell your book register for the How to Market and Sell your book(s) and Create the Demand.
  6. Follow BIS Publications on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  7. Bookmark this blog-site and return to it frequently as we will post up useful tips and advice.

I hope this helps and I look forward to reading your book(s) soon. Please note we still have a few places on the last 2 BIS Publishing courses of 2011 also please take advantage of the Early Bird Prices which ends on 5th November.

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