When I checked my bookshelf in my amazon KDP account I saw #25 and some words
This information was new to me so I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking at
I clicked on the link that took me to a page with more numbers and then I saw #1
Could this be possible? Could I actually be at #1?
Let me take you back a few months to the start of this journey, a time when I needed an outlet and a new way to share my knowledge
I watched a webinar on the Internet about how you can make money by publishing books. It was delivered by two young lads who were very convincing and energetic and as I watched the webinar I took note of some of the names they mentioned
I’m someone who doesn’t like to be scammed so I reached out to one person and surprisingly he was really helpful and showed me his figures and told me it would be hard work, I’d have to put the effort in but he now makes 3k a month by doing nothing
I had to put faith in my ability to do things and as a former high level athlete I know when you put the work in you get results. I was willing to put the work in
The course I enrolled in is very informative, honest and new and I had a steep learning curve to climb
There were things I was learning I knew nothing about but overcoming challenges is what I thrive in, so I continued to learn and implement the teachings
As a mental performance coach and with a passion for mental health, the self help niche was the one I wanted to explore, but the experts told me to stay away as its a saturated market
But I understood that warning was aimed at novices and I had something unique. I had experience, clients had found success with me and I had a unique angle.
I was going to go for it!
One of the first things I had to do was seek out key words and phrases which took a few weeks to get my head around but once that was done, things began to get easier
Now I had to find someone to turn my idea into something substantial
I wrote an outline and included the essential parts and sent it to a writing agency who would give my ideas some meat
Here we go!
Excitedly I connected with a writer and began to see my idea take shape. This was the start of something amazing. In two weeks I’d have my completed manuscript
After three weeks and little progress she left the organisation
I was shocked
The agency told me they would allocated a new writer quickly and after a few days the new writer introduced herself to me and we started from scratch
Her communication was brilliant and her eagerness to complete the book seemed genuine
After a few weeks she left!
She had written about 3000 words of the 30,000 and now she was gone
Again I was told a new writer would be allocated to me and I was offered a discount which I negotiated and as haply with the plans put in place to move forward
I’m not the kind of person to hold grudges but I am the kind of person who seeks out solutions when things go wrong. Third time lucky?
This time the momentum gathered and I built a small team of 3. Writer, cover designer and copy writer. In just 4 weeks I had my manuscript, cover and copy, all downloaded to my folder. All I had to do now was log onto my KDP account and upload the separate documents.. What could go wrong?!
Perhaps it was the past events that led me to be cautious or a little bit of imposter syndrome kicking in but when I published the book, I expected the worse. Quite literally, the reverse happened
Part of the process is to offer the book for free to gain some interest and I sent it to about 15 family and friends so when I saw the number of downloads I was confused. In just 2 days I’d had over 1500 people download it which led to the #1 ranking in my niche of self help and counselling for free downloads and #25 in all genres!
This ranking told me something about myself – I was able to follow instructions and take action and somehow made the decision to say yes to the manuscript, yes to the cover design and yes to the keywords, put them all together and create a book that grabs people’s attention
Now I have to start a paid promotion to get the book in front of paying customers with the aim to help as many people I can around the world
The book titled Shut Up! 7 simple steps to master your negative self talk, remove anxiety symptoms, stop beating yourself up then take back control and build good habits is availbe now by clicking here
Will I make #1 as a paid book? At only £0.99 or $0.99 it’s worth having a look right?