Welcome to our ‘Everything You Need to Know to Be a Successful Author’ Blog.
Today we will delve into an extraordinary topic which will be dissected and discussed in dozens of incoming articles: Part One: 1003 Ways to Write, Self-Publish & Market Your Book: The Complete Guide. In effect, this is everything you need to know in order to write, self-publish and market your book for the new decade of 2020.
1. Ask Yourself Why You Want to be an Author
Some people write to make money. Others do it to solve an obstacle. What’s your goal?
2. Brainstorm Ideas For Your Story
Brainstorming grants the writer the highest amount of generated ideas in such a short period of time, allowing you to organize your main point and explore various approaches to your paper. It is important that you take advantage of this stage and determine who your characters are. Where does your story take place? This is your chance to create a fairly detailed game-plan. Don’t screw it. Your writing future is at stake here.
3. Create an Original Plot
With the growing number of published books to the tune of 1 million books each year in the United States alone, coming up with a story deemed original in the writing world is no minor feat.
4. Get Your Characters Straight
Create your first 5 main characters. Each page a character. Write about their likes and dislikes. Their strengths and weaknesses. Their purpose in your original plot.
5. Identify a Target Audience
We need not explain why you have to know your audience before you write a single word on that paper. Failure to identify who your readers will be could
6. Start Writing!
Nobody cares if you have a story to tell unless it’s taken paper-form. If you don’t put action to where your mouth is, you will never be an author. You’re just a dreamer.
7. Forget about Writer’s Block. It doesn’t Exist!
It’s easy to get started writing your book and within a few days come to a screeching halt. This is most common among aspiring authors. The oddity here is that you’re most likely to blame your shortcomings on writer’s block. Here at Alpha Book Publisher, we don’t believe in writer’s block.
8. Still Having Trouble? We recommend free-style writing.
At Alpha Book Publisher, when our editors are experiencing what some would call, “writer’s block,” we don’t believe it has anything to do with writer’s block.
Instead, our editors try free-style writing. It enhances their abilities and promotes process, not outcome. If you’re interested in learning about free-style writing, you may check out the following article where we talk extensively about the benefits of free-style writing: 9 Simple Habits to be the Perfect Writer (Part 2)
9. Set a Word Count Goal
You’re not the battle-hardened master of words until you have a set schedule in place that will allow you to churn out at least 500 words on a regular basis.
10. Write Everyday
Remember your 500 words commitment? Do this on a daily basis and you should finish your story in no time. In 3-6 months tops. This is the best way to find out whether or not you’re really serious about publishing your book. Will you buckle under the pressure of writing every day within a few weeks?
11. Do Not Wait For Inspiration
Relying on inspiration to write your book is like waiting on your high school crush to ask you out. It’s never going to happen. So stop procrastinating. And take action today.
Otherwise, that incredible story of yours will never get finished.
12. Find a Second Pair of Eyes
What’s that? Think you’re the best writer in the world? I hope you don’t actually believe that. It’s easy to overlook your own mistakes when you’re so close to your work.That’s why it’s absolutely necessary that you find more eyeballs to examine your story.
13. Hire an Excellent Editor
Now that we’ve settled on the fact that you definitely need an editor, you need to find the right nerd. That’s right. I said it. A NERD.
14. Why do you need a nerd?
The difference between an editor and a nerd is that editors do it for a living. Nerds are so passionate about writing they’re most likely to do it for free or for a much lower price -- and probably a better job. Now let’s be real. Nerds are hard to find nowadays, especially outside of high school. If you don’t have a family or friend befitting this personality trait, then you’re better off finding a freelance editor instead.
15. Don’t be afraid to rewrite
Rewriting is an important part of writing. If you ask Robert Mckee, the famed Hollywood screenwriter, this is what he’ll have to say about rewriting:
“Secure writers don't sell first drafts. They patiently rewrite until the script is as director-ready, as actor-ready as possible. Unfinished work invites tampering, while polished, mature work seals its integrity.”
16. Hire a Great Book Cover Designer
I’m sure you have heard of the popular saying, “Never judge a book by it’s cover.”
If you’ve never heard of this, then you’re most likely not a resident of the western world.
This wise metaphorical phrase is simpler than its own definition: Don’t prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone. Too bad most readers don’t care enough to follow this wisdom. This is why you need to take your book cover very seriously.
If it’s a turn off, nobody is going to read that great novel you took 2 years to write.
17. Shop around for the best book publisher
This is arguably the one valuable tip where we could be a little too-biased.
That would only be true if I sat here and wrote to you that you should seriously check out Alpha Book Publisher and buy our products and services. You should, but I would rather recommend that you do your own price shopping. Gather up at least 20 book publishers, and compare their services so you can make a more knowledgeable, independent decision.
18. Choose the Best Format for Your Book
This is the least of your worries. Or so you think. I daresay you currently have no idea what your book’s format should be. Fear not. The good news is you don’t need to worry about this technicality until you’ve finished with your manuscript. Generally, if your book is nonfiction you might want to use block paragraphs rather than indents. If your book is a fiction story, we recommend you do small indentations at the start of each paragraph.
19. Ask for Feedback from a Trusted Source
When you’re shopping around for the best book publisher, or trying to choose the best format for your book, it doesn’t hurt to ask someone who you trust for their advice. Granted, they should have some basic knowledge in the field of literature or book publishing. Who’s most likely to meet this criteria in your circle? Ah, let’s see. Your high school teacher is one of ‘em.
20. Have a Thoughtful Dedication Page For Your Book
Sometimes it’s the preface that does it. Most authors like to thank someone special in their life. Usually a spouse, child, or parent. Sometimes a writer will talk about their pet dog and how mister doggie inspired them to tell their story. Others dedicate their book to a loved one who passed away.
21. You Need a Preface too!
What a dedication page is to your family, a preface is your opportunity to toot your horn to your audience. This is where you build credibility by giving as much insight into why you’re an expert in your field. It’s an opportunity to introduce yourself and give your readers a reason to hear what you have to say. Otherwise they’ll simply open the next book on the shelf.
22. Get some rest
An important aspect of writing a book is throughout the whole journey you need to find some time to relax your brain cells. Just like anything, if you exert yourself for a long period of time you will eventually burn out.
In our next segment, we shall discuss -- Part Two: 1003 Ways to Write, Self-Publish & Market Your Book. Before you click on that article though, tell us what brought you to this article.
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