Write a book to help build your brand!

August 8, 2017 - Tags: Marketing

As part of the branding strategy for your business, writing a book can give you credibility and help you build trust with your customers. A book can be a new source of revenue, and an ongoing marketing tool.

Who has time to write a book?

Don't let being busy stop you; just start small. Introduce your brand or product with an eBook that is a few pages long. If it is well-received, you could write something longer. If you've ever blogged about your business, writing a book will be another step in publishing, but one that is more substantial and has a longer life.

Getting down to business

Decide what you'll write about, and why. Are you a chef sharing recipes, or a computer expert giving tips on cybersecurity?  Differentiate yourself from the competition by offering unique information.

  • Establish a timeline.
  • Set aside time to write.
  • Create an outline, and revise as you go.
  • Have an editor review it before publication.

Publishing your book

Your method of publishing could depend on the following:

  • How involved do you want to be?
  • What is your deadline?
  • Do you want to be able to update your book?
  • Who is your audience?
  • How do you want the information consumed?

ePublishing is less expensive than print publishing. It allows you to make changes easily online and scale your distribution quickly. Print publishing, however, can lend your project more credibility, although getting chosen by a commercial publisher usually requires an agent.

If you are self-publishing, crowdfunding is an option if you think enough people would be willing to pre-order copies of the book.

Promoting your book = promoting your brand

Promote your book online, in your own store, and through your social media channels. There will be more promotion if you are able to distribute it to other retailers.

  • Ask others to review your book on high-traffic websites or in local media.
  • Partner with other businesses to cross-promote in a way that benefits you both.
  • Use the content of your book to continue promoting your business over time with blog articles, videos, Q&A sessions, etc.

Writing a book is an excellent opportunity to reinforce your brand. Once the book is published, it continues to promote your business as a marketing tool in and of itself.

 


Comments

Posted by Canada.ca on August 9, 2017
Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your business in Canada.

All entrepreneurs, including those that fall into the 50+ demographic, can take advantage of the resources found throughout the Canada Business Network website. To register as a business, register a business name, and find other start-up resources, semi-retired or retired potential entrepreneurs can consult our section on Starting a business.

You can use our program search tool to find funding and other programs that meet various criteria including type of program, your province/territory and industry.

You may also benefit from some advertising ideas from our section Promoting and advertising your business. This section includes information that can help you develop a brochure and a website, learn about using public relations to spread the word, and how to go about online marketing. These ideas can be applied to eBooks or traditional print materials as well.

If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.
Posted by Joe on August 9, 2017
Writing & publishing your own book is an excellent idea to brand yourself or your small business. Most people don't have the time to spend the countless number of hours required from the original research phase to finally getting your works published.
Older 50+ entrepreneurs do have the extra time to take on a book writing project. I have done so myself. I know that the Canada Business Network primarily focuses on the younger under 40 potential entrepreneurs, immigrant & aboriginal entrepreneurs. How could we get some attention placed on the older semi-retired or retired potential entrepreneurs to write a book about their skills, interests, education & experiences shared throughout their life. And maybe with the help of the book marketing strategy they can still contribute to solving some of the difficult social, economic, environmental and healthcare problems we face in this society and around the world.

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