Tips To Writing A Book
I would like to give you a few tips to writing a book. By following these simple tips you can become an authority and get more people reading your books.
There are so many people who would love the opportunity to write a book but never pursue this project. Why? Is it that their fear is stronger than their desire of obtaining success?
Something about this profession mystifies many people in believing it just too complicated. However, having access to the many platforms available today makes writing, publishing, and marketing your book easy and simple.
Since the Internet literally anyone can become a writer. Even some will attain the status of becoming a Best-Selling Author. Don't believe me? Just ask one of the many successful authors on Amazon Kindle.
It is not rocket science nor are there any special secrets in writing a book. It is just exercising our basic human desire in helping others learn whatever it is that we are trying to teach.
Getting published is not the hard part anymore, there are several platforms that will even publish your book for free. The hard part is just starting and overcoming the fear of writing in the first place.
The biggest obstacle in writing a book is to start. Just take one step after another until the book is complete. No magical formula here. Be like the very popular shoe company that says, “Just Do It”.
10 Tips To Writing A Book
(1) Have A Subject To Write About
You think I must be kidding, right, to make this an important tip in writing a book. But just wanting to write a book is not enough to write one that people will want to read, little alone buy.
Having a well define subject is the first key in developing a well written book. Know what you want to say. Think about the message that you wish to tell others about. What do you want them to know.
Write about something you know. It will come out much more believable with less chances of error.
I would suggest looking at the many places on the 'net to do some research about your subject. What about your subject can you show that hasn't already been shown?
Look at the hundreds of self published books at Amazon, for ideas.
For example, writing a book about your experience in losing weight. How many different directions can you approach the subject of losing weight?
Diets, nutrition, exercise, supplements, detox, herbs, just to name a few. Each one of these could be a whole book, all in itself, just in losing weight. Documented proof goes a long way in getting people to believe your story.
This is especially true when writing non-fictional stories as well. Don't confuse your reader. Keep them interested so that they will not stop reading.
Remember to Have A subject To Write About.
(2) Create An Outline Before Starting A Book
As you do your research about the subject of your book, write down the important facts. Once the research is complete, organize the outline into sections. Make the information flow in a uniform and easily understood manner.
Be sure to list facts and then be able to back the facts up with proof. Without proof the facts become opinions, and well, we all know about that.
If the book is going to be a fictional story does the story have a plot? Be sure to write down who the characters are and what their relation is to the story.
One of my favorite novelist is Tom Clancy. Many of his stories are based on facts but allowing his imagination to run wild. The stories always have a hero, a villain, and victims.
Using the formula that we have learned here at Wealthy Affiliate on becoming a “niche expert”, will help getting everything included in your outline. If you don't remember what that formula is, here it is again:
nE = KWr + W5
Once you have completed your research and finished the outline look it over. Is the outline very long and/or detailed? Maybe you want to consider dividing it into two or more books. On short stories this is very possible to have a sequel to the first book.
So be sure to Create An Outline Before Starting A Book.
(3) Know Who You Are Writing For
This is another important key in what kind of language you will use in writing your book. Let us assume that your book is about 'nail biting, for example. Are you directing your writing toward psychologists, concerned parents, or the victims themselves?
Each subject can be very engaging but not all of them will prove to be profitable.
Know your audience.
You want to use the language that conforms to your reader so that your book holds their interest and keeps them engaged.
If your book is going to be a “Children's Book”, for example, use language that is very simple and easy to comprehend. Use short sentences and words that your reader will understand.
If you were writing a novel the language would not be as important. Your main concern would be not to lose their attention.
Always Know Who You Are Writing For
(4) Find Your Space
We all have our little peculiar ways that makes us all unique as individuals. Some people like to work while in bed with their laptop. Others feel more comfortable if they are sitting at their desk in front of their computer.
Others still have a need to socialize so they feel they are at their best with noise all around them, like at the coffee shop, on their patio, or in their kitchen.
The point is to find your place that you feel the most creative and where you are at your best. The place really doesn't matter as long as it is a place that you can be undisturbed, relaxed, and creative.
Personally I feel most comfortable in my home office, sitting at my desk working on my desktop. I have a laptop also, but I have access to everything from my desktop. I am much faster, and feel more in control on my desktop verse the laptop.
Everyone is different, so be unique, Find Your space.
(5) Have A Schedule
If you have a set schedule you can accomplish more than if you only write when 'you feel creative'. This is just like running a business. You need to work smarter, not harder.
We are all creatures of habit. If procrastinations are allowed to dictate when you write, your book will never get finished.
Finding the time to write a book is much different than running a business, or doing chores or doing your exercise.
An example of a schedule to follow when writing a book: You want to make time everyday to write. Taking it one step at a time, if you write two pages a day, you should finish a twenty page book in 10 days.
Divide the time into manageable chunks so that you accomplish something everyday.
I work best in 10 minute intervals. The first half hour of my work day I spend studying my outline of the book. I am in the planning stage. I am organizing, sorting, double checking, sometimes more research, etc.
The next half hour I spend writing. I take a break every half hour. I get away, gather my thoughts, maybe get more coffee, or get something to eat. Then I am back at writing.
The only way to finish writing a book is to Have A Schedule.
(6) Have A Plan
Why are you writing this book? Who is this book for? How are you going to market it? These questions must be answered. Getting the book from your computer to the people who will read it has to be solved before any benefit can be achieved.
Fortunately for you it is 2017 and getting your book published is no longer an issue. You can be a self-published author or have your book published for free at two publishers that I know of, possibly even more.
I know of two publishers that I have used before:
- Smashwords – http://Smashwords.com will publish and distribute your book to all the big retail book stores around the world, including Amazon. They can publish your book in hard cover, paperback or digital.
- Amazon Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks, is another publisher for self-published authors using Kindle as a platform to deliver your book in digital as well as printed form.
Amazon Kindle has a binding exclusive agreement you must adhere to or else any publications will be canceled, and any earnings also forfeited.
Publishing yourself is as easy as creating the book with a word processor and making it into a PDF Document. This document can now be uploaded to any publisher or even your own website.
You must also furnish a “cover” for your book, and a description for the back cover. This can be designed and created by you or by a professional designer. (NOTE: I made my own cover on my first book – big mistake! There are many designers easily accessible online to provide a cover that sells, and also very cost effective).
So Have A Plan so that everything gets done correctly.
(7) Establish A Routine
The fastest way to write a book is by having a set routine. Most publishers prefer your PDF document adhere to their own formatting guidelines.
First rule, never use more than two different types of fonts. Keep your document uniform in width.
Second rule, furnish a TOC, or table of contents and a separate cover. Any and all pictures will also be formatted in JPEG or GIF depending on the publisher guidelines.
Third rule, always have a manual page break after the last sentence at the bottom of every page. Always skip the first line of a new page. That's it! Only three formatting rules to adhere to.
By establishing a routine you will be getting your book completed without rewriting your manuscript before submitting to a publisher.
(8) Title And Category Of Your Book
This is another important element in creating a successful book. The way that people search for books today is forever changed from the past.
Today, the cover of the book, the title of the book, and even which category the book is marketing through will influence how well the book is received.
Amy Harrop, the author of “Three Fast Fixes for More Book Royalties” expresses there are three essential elements to obtaining the largest readership. Which are:
- Choose the Best Book Title
- Choosing the right categories for your book
- Your Book Description
Since the majority of books sold today are found through the Internet, having the right keywords in the title and descriptions play a vital role in creating success for the book.
You can't judge a book by it's cover, remember that old saying? Today a book that has a very good cover will always outsell a book that doesn't have a good cover.
Deciding which category the book should be marketed in is the other important factor that can 'make' or 'break' a book in being discovered online.
Here at Wealthy Affiliate, having access to a good keyword tool sets us apart from everyone else on the Internet. You can find specific keywords that get your book to rank high in the search engines regardless of the platform being used.
An example of the choices I was given for a title of this post from the WA keyword tool:
- how to write a good book - 575, 98, 87
- how to write a book - 8837, 1503, 262
- how to write a book for – 8837, 1503 , 82
- tips on writing a book – 600, 103, 129
- tips to writing a book - 651, 111, 31
The Title And Category Of Your Book are important elements to consider when writing a book.
(9) Find A Trusted Proofreader
I can't stress this enough. Proofreading your manuscript is one of the most important parts in creating a book, next to editing. If there are mistakes in your book, spelling, format issues, etc, your book will be rejected from any publisher.
Don't take the chance in letting other people see the mistakes you created, else it will tarnish your reputation as an author.
Every word processor that I know of has a built-in spell checker – USE IT. Also you can download a check grammar program from Grammerly.com.
I recommend having a trusted friend to read and review your book for any misspelling or mistakes in grammar. Chances are someone else not deeply attached to your book will easily spot errors.
This also checks the flow of your information making sure it is easy to read and comprehend.
Always Find A Trusted Proofreader to review your book before you finish your book.
(10) Finding A Good Editor
This step is listed last because this is the final step before publication. Whether it is a PDF Document on a website or a book being distributed worldwide. An editor is a crucial inspector of the content in the book that approves or disapproves what belongs in the book.
This job is best appointed to professionals that know how to interpret the content to make the book as good as it can be. These professionals are not free but usually can be found at a reasonable price.
For an author to also be their own editor is a complicated position. The author must be able to stand back from their work and view it from a different perspective.
Most authors can remember their writings almost word from word. So to see the book from a different angle is hard to do.
Possibly find a trusted friend that knows the subject you wrote about to make the decisions in what stays and what gets cut from the book.
So remember the best books are produced from Finding A Good Editor.
The old adage of “practice makes perfect” is definitely true when it comes to writing. Before attempting to write your book, practice writing, or maybe take a writing class. It will be well worth the money spent relearning writing techniques.
The members here at Wealthy Affiliate have an advantage over other online marketers because of the training, the support and the tools provided to members.
I would suggest for you to take this opportunity and use it to benefit your marketing ability in writing, publishing and selling your very own book.
To Your Success,