Goals—why you need them before self-publishing

Posted By on April 8, 2013

I read somewhere that life is a journey, and like for any trip, an itinerary can be very helpful. The same is true for your self-publishing venture. Time and again, it has been proven that those who take the time to think through and write down the desired results in terms of specific steps are the people who achieve success. Experts tell us we can program our subconscious to help bring about things we genuinely want, including success. (Ever hear of the Law of Attraction?)

There are at least two things you need to do to obtain your goals. The first thing is to clearly identify and quantify your goals. The second is to write them down. I’ve become a firm believer in writing down goals. This year is the first time I’ve ever done it personally, and it’s amazing how different it is when you actually commit them to paper (or screen). So getting back to self-publishing goals, you can identify, quantify, and write down your goals before you’ve even written your book.

Let’s say you want to sell 2,500 copies of your book by the end of the year. So your affirmation might be, “I have sold 2,500 copies of my book as of December 31, 2013. The gross income from these sales is 25,000 dollars and the net profit is 15,000 dollars.” Or instead you might say, “I have written a book that is being very well received and is changing the way people live their lives. If you express your desired outcome in the present tense, you condition your subconscious mind to accept it as fact. This is the method taught by most successful motivators.

Don’t float along with your published book, just letting things happen. Have a very well-thought-out plan that includes goals. Write the steps involved. Break down the overall process into easily digestible chunks. Chew on them. Spit out those that don’t work. Take more generous bites of those that are satisfying. Set your goals and plan for a prosperous journey. Planting a seed of positive expectations now will set you up for success later.


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3 Responses to “Goals—why you need them before self-publishing”

  1. Thanks for the advice. I’ve been trying hard not to negative talk myself and meditating more, I’ll be trying this…though I’m unsure I’ll be going 100% indie. Very helpful information in the event that I do.

    I’ve been trying to set more goals. It’s been working…better than usual, but maybe I should set some long term goals too rather than week by week. I also have yet to try talking about them in present tense as though I already completed them. I think that’s what you were getting at? I was confused a bit since you said talk about them in the present tense but then gave past tense examples.

    Anyway, thanks again! Gonna see about subscribing to your site :D

  2. Yes, the negative talk is tough to avoid sometimes. Good luck! And thanks for commenting.

  3. Goals are a great idea!

    With goals, you have something specific and quantifiable to work towards. Goals will keep you focused and in line. Then after the time is up, you can determine how good you did.

    I believe in goal setting in all aspects of my life. Sometimes, my husband thinks I am too goal oriented. He thinks I should relax more. But, how will things ever get done? lol

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