As we note in action #7 on our list of Ten Everyday Things You Can Do To Help The War In Europe, creating writing and other art is of crucial importance in our struggle. Every piece of art or writing that awakens people to the situation in Europe, and that instills the values and concepts within them that are needed for our people to survive, will make an out-sized difference in the course of events.
Everyone who regularly reads this website is- just like me- ready for the war to begin. We are ready to join in and fight and risk our lives, so that no more 11 year girls are gang-raped and tortured, so that no more old ladies are beaten to death, and so that our lands do not succumb to Muslim rule. But we must not lose sight of the war of information in our haste to join the physical war. Without trying to sound too hyperbolic, one could truly argue that words and ideas will also save people, at least to some extent, from those threats detailed above.
To that end this post is a short tutorial on how to 1) write a book, and 2) self-publish it on Kindle and similar platforms. If more European-Preservationists can engage in this and similar actions, hopefully our side will recruit more and more individuals to our way of thinking, and put more timely information into their hands.
How To Successfully Write A Book And Self-Publish it
1. Step One: Engage in massive-daily action
The only way to begin and finish a book is to engage in a concerted attack plan to do so. Every year countless people across the world decide they want to write a book, but only a very small percentage will ever do so. If you want to be a part of this minority who does, you need to schedule a dedicated time to write every day. You must engage in massive-daily action (the secret to succeeding in anything).
Personally, I couldn’t imagine writing any less than five days per week, but each person is different. The time you schedule for writing, should, of course, be free from distractions, and afford an environment that provides for ample focus and comfort to accomplish one’s task. Different people write at different times, but I would of course recommend the morning, since- as we have written about- waking up early will make you more successful and help save Europe.
2. Step Two: Outline
There are certainly great writers who work without outlines. Tolkien famously did not make any attempt at outlining The Lord Of The Rings before diving in, and it is fascinating to read the various iterations of that tale as he ‘figured out’ the storyline. I, for one, would be totally lost without outlines, and wholeheartedly endorse them.
Mine are quite in-depth, and often have ¼ as many words as the finished product. Others are more basic, providing just a rough sketch of what the end result will look like. Either way they provide the crucial clarity- and 30,000 foot view- needed to successfully transfer your imagined product to paper.
3. Step Three: Put words on paper
When you are writing you need to actually get words on the page. Turn off social media, quit researching, quite doodling, and WRITE. A lot of writers have a word count goal they shoot for every day. This is important, so that you can ensure your writing ideas actually become reality. There is actually a great book on writing called Bird By Bird, and that metaphor perfectly captures the reality of how to write a book. To that end, no matter what, put words onto paper every day. Even if you have to just rewrite a single word a thousand times- to use an extreme example- follow through on your daily writing goals every day. Even if you have trouble coming up with stuff at first, eventually, the words will flow.
An amazing tool that I love is the app called Evernote. You can use it for a million different things but I use it to quickly jot down ideas and inspirations during the day while I am off doing other things. I listened to an interesting interview with Brett McKay where he also talked about this. He said that once the universe knows you are actually going to take the time to write down the good ideas you have, it will allow more and more of them to pop into your head (since it can trust you to act on them). I think this is spot on, as I have noticed that since beginning to write down every idea that comes to me, I seem to have a far greater number of such inspirations.
4. Step Four: Edit
Once you have the book, or a chapter, written, you need to edit it. This is especially true if you use the ‘vomiting’ style of writing, in which you throw as many words down onto the page as you can without worrying about quality, in order to have more to work with later. I like to use this in combination with a strong and detailed outline, as it seems to allow for the maximum amount of creativity and ‘inspiration’.
Initial revisions should be pretty natural, but once you have a semi-finished piece of writing (whether the entire book, a chapter of the book, etc), you will want to get more specific.
To this end you must decide if you yourself will be the only editor, or if you will utilize outside help. If you yourself are going to edit it, then you should likely take a break from the manuscript for a couple of weeks at some point after it is completed, so that you can look on it with fresh eyes from both a content and grammatical perspective.
If you are going to utilize outside help, there are two different areas and routes you can go.
Area One – Grammar:
You can pay an outside editor to do this, which on the very, very lowest end will be a couple dollars per page. Or, you can ask friends and family. Most folks should be able to at least offer a “fresh eye” and catch typos you have missed, and as a result this is a good and logical avenue to take.
Area Two – Content:
This area can also be edited by a professional editor. I would be reluctant to recommend this however unless the editor was well-respected and had expertise in that particular field. If this were the case, they would be very expensive. Obviously there are a lot of editors who excel at this and provide a valuable service, but if you are going to self-publish a book, in the vast majority of cases you would not go this route.
Using family or friends for this purpose can be a great solution, but must be ventured into thoughtfully. Most writers think of their books almost like children and if you select a “Beta Reader” who is overly harsh with their feedback, the results might not be as helpful as you had hoped. On the opposite side, selecting a “Beta Reader” who gives you nothing but praise will also be ineffective.
5. Step Five: Format it
Once your manuscript is finished being edited and you have a final copy you are ready to publish, you will need to format it so that it looks visually pleasing as an ebook. Skipping this step will result in a book that appears amateurish and unsightly, and thus should never be done. One can do the formatting himself, and there is a very helpful and very well-known how-to guide written by Guido Henkel that explains how to do it. You can also hire a professional to take care of formatting however, and this is the route I chose for Fistfights With Muslims In Europe: One Man’s Journey Through Modernity. It cost 150$, which was definitely worth the time it saved me. Note: I actually chose to use Guido Henkel himself, and was very happy with the results.
If you decide to publish a print version of your book you will need to get it print formatted as well, which will take additional funds. Formatting for print is also reportedly more difficult to do on one’s own. I am in the process of getting the print formatting done for Fistfights right now.
6. Step Six: Cover Design
Once your book is formatted, you will need to engage in the important work of cover design. Having a quality cover is of obvious importance, as it is the first thing people will see when browsing through books on Amazon. It is 100% the case that many potential buyers will choose whether or not to purchase a book based almost entirely on the cover.
One can, again, create a cover oneself instead of paying a professional to do so. I think the most common sense route is to attempt to create one on your own, and then if needed pay a professional if you cannot create one you are content with.
7. Step Seven: Publishing
At this juncture it is a simple manner to log onto the Amazon author platform, insert all the relevant information and files, and hit ‘publish’. You will need to select two categories for your book, but these can also be changed later on.
My goal is to publish my next book within the next 12 months. I also would love for ES Linden Co. to eventually publish other authors as well. The process of publishing ebooks is highly exciting and fulfilling, and I would recommend any of the readers of this site (many of whom demonstrate great writing ability in the comments section) to do so if they have the inclination.
The events going on in Europe are the continent’s most important and momentous of the last 1000 years. We are living in extraordinary times. Our thoughts and visions must be transmitted to paper, if for no other reason than so our descendants will know we fought back, and did not go softly into night, as Europe was raped and destroyed.