Aspiring authors have many fears, uncertainties, false notions, and misconceptions. Who can blame them? Until recent years, the inner workings of the publishing industry were mysterious to us commoners. Whenever I speak at seminars or work with coaching clients, I am pressed with questions like
- How do I get a book published?
- Do you think I can write a book?
- Do I need an agent?
- Are there any secrets to getting published?
The beginning writer is haunted and paralyzed by fears and uncertainties.
Although successful writers are portrayed as loners clicking away on a keyboard or scrawling on a yellow pad, my best advice for today’s first time author is to build relationships. You will benefit from exchanging ideas and strategies with other writers online and offline. You will save time, money, and disappointments when you seek a mentor, attend workshops, invest in conferences, and engage the help of an accountability partner or coach. You will learn how to organize your time, choose the best tools for your purpose, and discover the many publishing options available to you.
Nothing will spare you from rejections and the inevitable rewriting
Getting to know fellow authors will help you handle all parts of the publishing process.
The nine steps to writing and publishing a book above are simply stated, but cover the basics most authors follow, not necessarily in this order. There is so much to learn about each step that books have been written about each of them.
There are no secrets, no need to be an outstanding writer, or have special DNA to publish. Authors read and write a lot, and if they want to be successful, build relationships.
If you’re ready to keep the promise you made to yourself about writing a book one day, today is a perfect day to start. My eCourse, Rockin’ My Book has helped give other authors the push they needed. Let it do the same for you.
Are there any steps I didn’t cover that you think are essential? Tell me in the Comments.
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