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Are you looking to publish your book in 2020? Are you tired of that manuscript staring at you from the bookshelf? Have you said to yourself, since I have more free time during this pandemic, I am going to finish that book that I have been wanting to finish for the past 5 years? Well these 10 tips will assist you in getting that manuscript from off of your bookshelf to the bookstore bookshelf and to your website. Here are 10 tips that will put you in the position to become an author within the next 3-6 months, if you do the work!!!!!

Step 1. Understand what it is to be a 21st Century Author and Publisher, by looking at where the industry is and where it is projecting to be in the next 5-10 years.

Step 2. Writing from a Business perspective…. deciding the route that you will take, Authorpreneur or Mainstream. Weighing the cost of both.

Step 3. What kind of writer are you…Understand your niche…?

Step 4. Getting into your writing process…. finding your spot to begin to develop your manuscript.

Step 5. The Table of Contents…..Getting started, and designing your blueprint for your book.

Step 6. Completing your chapters…. navigating your story. Ensuring that your story is flowing and has the correct arrangement.

Step 7. Going to print…..your manuscript is ready to print. Making sure that you understand the printing process and the lead time you will need to get your books.

Step 8. Marketing and Brand U….You have your books now what? Developing your marketing and branding strategies.

Step 9. Distribution…. Your plan to get the books out. Creating your distribution pitch.

Step 10. Who’s on your team? Who should be in your circle of impact? Editor, Graphic/Web Designer, Accountant, Attorney, Branding Strategist, Mentor

Bonus: Do the Work……Getting out of it what you put into it.

If you put these steps into practice and work each task to ensure that they are completed, you will be well on your way to being an author within the next several months and begin to impact others on a great level.

Leroy C. Mckenzie Jr. is a native Baltimorean and a product of the Baltimore Public and Private school systems. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is the President/CEO of JNF Enterprises, which is a Distribution, Publishing, and Business Consulting Firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a contributing writer for the Real Life Real Faith…Men of Faith Magazine, Empowering Disciples Magazine Ministry(New Psalmist Baptist Church), Entrepreneurs of Color and His Favor Magazines. He is on the Board of two Non-Profit Organizations, Black Professional Men and Women Offering Wealth(W.O.W.). He is the author of 7 Books and seeks to Enlighten, Empower, and Impact the communities that he will touch. He seeks to provide emerging authors with an independent avenue to mainstream exposure, and touch individuals, Businesses and churches with his Christian based products and 21st Century Entrepreneurship Techniques.

Leroy Mckenzie Jr. can be reached at

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