• Getting Started Writing and Publishing Your Book

    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.

    Getting Started Writing Your Book

    First, answer the following questions:

    • Is your book fiction or nonfiction?
    • If fiction, do you have a concept, but no idea how or where to begin?
    • If nonfiction, are you comfortable sharing personal experiences with readers?
    • Whether fiction or nonfiction, can you identify your audience?
    • Whether fiction or nonfiction, why are you motivated to write your book?
    • Do you want to be a bestseller or leave a legacy for family and friends?

    collage-bestseller-linda-singh-8-3-16We’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.

    Getting Started with Self-Publishing

    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.

    Snobby_cover_5x8_72dpiIt 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.

    Other items needed:

    • International Standard Book Number (ISBN) ~ a unique identifying number for your book that makes it easy for readers, retailers, and distributors to find it
    • Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) ~ allows your book to be quickly found and catalogued by librarians. Your book will be forever housed in the Library of Congress
    • Back Cover Book Description ~ this copy describes your book in such a way as to entice your readers to purchase it
    • Back Cover Author Bio ~ usually shorter than the bio included inside, this tells readers a bit about you
    • Headshot ~ a professional photo of you the author to appear on the back cover with your bio

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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