Have you ever decided to write a book, but found that after two or three chapters you realized what a monumental task you had taken on? It can be mind blowing. While your mind is filled with ideas, you discover putting the concept into writing is challenging. I think every new author feels the passion and the apprehension at the same time. There are so many things to consider from the very moment you write your first paragraph. One of the biggest mistakes I made in the beginning was not writing an outline and a table of content. I was so sure I knew exactly how the book would progress that I neglected to put a good foundation into place. Then there is the issue of time management, writer’s block, and focus. Writing a book is exciting and creative, but it’s hard work.
Let us fast-forward and imagine that you have completed the book. What now and where do we get advice and where do we start? Do you need an editor, a developmental editor, or do you need to start all over again using a ghostwriter? In the beginning, I did not know the difference between these titles, so I was unable to decide as to what I needed. There is a tremendous difference between a good editor and a mediocre one. A poorly edited book will kill your chances of success. Whatever you do, please make sure that you get a top-notch editor. No one can effectively edit their own work, let alone proof read it.
Okay, let us move on again and imagine you find yourself in the final stretch and ready to publish your masterpiece. Unless you have been living on another planet, you have discovered that publishing in the 21st century has undergone a complete metamorphosis. That is where most new authors get lost. We have all heard tales of woe from friends and first-time authors who complain that they made every mistake with their initial book. This is the era of Internet self-publishing with Amazon leading the way with e-books, print on demand options at amazingly affordable choices. Publishers, as we knew them to be during the last century, are still doing business as usual, as are literary agents. By now, everybody knows that taking the conventional route is a difficult one unless you are a celebrity. Making money as an author with conventional publishers is overwhelmingly difficult unless you have a marketing plan to help you sell 1 million books.
The biggest roadblock in the entire scenario, whether you are self -published or traditionally published, is the issue of promotion. That is where most of us end up stuck. It is of great importance to seek serious professional and unless you own a PR agency yourself; you are going to find getting the word out about your book a daunting task.
Why not go to a professional who can help you through the entire process with wisdom and expertise? Never Say Impossible Radio interviewed Howard Van Es, founder and creator of Let’s Write Books– http://letswritebooks.net Howard has been writing his own books for years and helping others to launch their careers as writers by walking them through the process. Listen to his interview and you will learn about ghost writers, cover design, interior design, and marketing your book from beginning to end. You don’t want to ignore this interview because Howard Van Es has a SPECIAL OFFER just for you.
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Check out an exciting virtual workshop presented by Howard and other professionals in the literary industry on January 30th. Click here for more information: www.shewritespress.com/self-publishing-at-the-edge/ Don’t miss this event.