Do you need help getting started with writing and publishing your book? If the answer is yes, you are in good company. Especially if you are a newbie author, the process of getting started can be challenging.
First, answer the following questions:
We’ve worked with clients who wanted to write straight nonfiction. They had useful information to share, based on past experiences of overcoming adversity and/or starting a successful business. In these cases, their books act as enhancement to an existing career or a bridge to a new one.
With other clients, for reasons of confidentiality, it’s best to take real life events and transform them into a compelling fictional read. Either way, it’s important to know 1.) why you want to get started writing your book, 2.) who your primary audience is, and 3.) your ultimate goal in terms of sales and readership.
If all you have is a concept, but very little (if anything) written down, you may want to consider hiring a ghostwriter. If you’ve already written a full-length manuscript, professional editing is a must.
Once your book is written and edited, the next step is preparing it for publication. Self-publishing is the quickest way to produce your book and present it directly to your readers. But before you can share your work with the world, it must have professional interior formatting. This gives your pages a polished, professional look.
It must also have a professional cover design. An original book cover should draw attention. It should compel a reader to click for more information. In a competitive marketplace, the last thing you want to do is use a cover template. Why? It practically screams newbie author. Of course, we all have to start somewhere. There’s nothing wrong with being a first-time author. But as an important marketing tool, your book cover can spell the difference between making the sale or turning a reader off for good. Don’t skimp on cover design.
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Lastly, you’ll select your self-publishing company. As we’ve posted before, do your research before signing any contracts. If you would like to talk with the Women of Writestream about your project, contact us.