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Do you write as a hobby or do you just write web content? If you do, you may still dream of writing your own book that will get published someday. Most individuals who research publishing a book have usually already written a book. You may yet have accomplished this important task. However, the good news is that it may work in your favor.
If you have not written a book, there are some important steps you will want to take first. These steps may help improve your chances of writing a book that will get published.
…choose a genre.
One of the first things you will want to do when looking to write a book that will get published is choose a genre. This entails deciding who you want to write for. What is your demographic? Children, young adults, or adults? Next, decide what you want to write about. Do you want to educate your readers or give them a story that is so captivating they just can’t put it down? Whatever topic or storyline you choose, be sure to choose something that interests you—something you’re passionate about. A writer who is passionate about their writing is more likely to see success.
After you have an idea of what kind of book you want to write, as well as your theme, take the time to research publishing companies. This is a simple task when using the Writer’s Market books and other similar resources. Most importantly outline what types of books publishers are seeking. For example, a publisher that is accepting manuscripts for non-fiction novels may give specific tips and ideas, as well as things to avoid. Writing a book with a theme that interests you, as well as a theme that is in demand by publishers is one of the best ways to get your book published.
It is important to start out with a plot.
First things first. It is important to start out with a plot. If you are writing a non-fiction book, such as a how-to guide, always create an outline to follow. However, fiction writers should first outline a plot. The sad part is that many authors, new writers especially, just start writing. Yes, it is vital to get your thoughts on paper or your computer, but a clear and concise plot is an intricate component for writing a book that will get published. There are some good plot generators out there to get you started. The generator, from Reedsy, gives you a basic plot, twist, protagonist, secondary character, and story type. You can choose a genre to create fantasy, romance, mystery, drama, or sci-fi story. If your book is just a collection of words it will most likely not get published.
Once you’ve written your book, it is key that you do sufficient proofreading and editing. There are variations by many professionals on the number of times a book should be proofread. Rule of thumb—you should read through your book no less than three times. Moreover while doing your own editing, the professional knowledge, and expertise of an editor can prove quite beneficial. You may find some that have reasonable rates.
- Select your genre.
- Decide who you want to write for.
- Decide what you are writing about.
- Research publishing companies.
- Start with a clear and concise plot.
- Create an outline.
- Do sufficient proofreading and editing.
As previously suggested, it is a wise idea to examine what many publishers are looking for. You can do this by using the internet or a printed resource, like the Writer’s Market. If you are detail-oriented, you may already have a list of publishers from which to submit your book. After proofreading and editing, you are ready to send your book to publishing companies, along with a very well-crafted cover letter. Good luck!
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