Where do I begin to write my own book?
The most important part of planning a trip is deciding where you want to go. Only then can you determine your route. A book is no different.
The destination for some books is the solution to a problem.For others it may be instruction or explanation.Still other books set out to cure boredom by entertaining us through comedy, mystery or horror
No one book can do it all, so you will need to pick one topic, one goal, one key idea your book will cover. You’ve undoubtedly heard the statistic that 80 percent of people want to write a book. Most of them never will.
The reason most people fail to write a book is not due to lack of knowledge or skill, they just don’t know where or how to start. The truth is that there is no perfect place to start, but for sure you must start somewhere.
Before you have it all figured out, set a regular time or schedule to start writing your ideas in a journal, writing software or your favorite word processing software. In the beginning, don’t edit. Just begin writing your ideas day after day. There will be plenty time to edit and polish your work later.
I want to write my life story, but not get it published. Can you help me?
Absolutely. I have created a program, Write Your Life Story, Two Pages at a Time
that guides you in creating your story. You don’t have to be a writer nor have any
interest in publishing your finished story.
You work with a small group of other like-minded people over a period of days or weeks to complete your story to share with your family. Learn more about this program here.
What are the steps to getting my book published?
Writing and publishing a book are two different things. Capturing your ideas on paper or on your computer is writing. Sharing your writing with others is publishing.
Some people keep journals and notes for years about their lives and experiences without ever sharing them with others.If you know in the beginning that you plan to share your writing with others, there are some decisions you must make, especially if you want to sell your book.This is the stage where consulting with a publishing coach, like me, can help you understand your options. It is also helpful to network and build relationships with other authors online and offline to learn from their experiences and discover resources.
- What is the difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing?If your purpose is to write a book that will be widely available through Amazon and other major booksellers, you have to treat writing your book like a business.The main difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing is who finances and controls the process.Traditional publishers pay all the expenses, control the major decisions and share a percentage of the profits with the author.Most authors aspire to be published by traditional publishers such as Random House, because this is the publishing model with which they are most familiar. Self-published authors pay all the expenses, control the major decisions and keep all the net profits.
- How can I get a publishing contract with a major publisher?If you want to approach traditional publishers, you have to write a proposal and find a literary agent who will search for a publisher to accept you. This agent must believe in you and be willing to shop your book idea around until a publisher agrees to take your work.This route requires time and a thick skin, especially now that fewer books are being accepted this way than in the past. Be aware, however, that once you have a contract with a publisher, you are not in full control of your project anymore.If you want to ensure that your book gets published in a timely manner, you have the option of self-publishing or becoming an independent publisher (also called “indie publisher.”) This is not an easy process for most writers.Being a self-published author means you incur all expenses, such as editing, proofreading, hiring a graphic designer and printing. The good part is, you’ll be in control. The not-so-glamorous part is you must research to find the ideal service providers for all the stages of your publishing process and oversee it all.
- How do I get my book copyrighted?The law grants you copyright protection automatically upon the creation of your work. Your work need not be completed to be protected! You own the copyright on your work as you create it. No publication or registration or other action in the U.S. Copyright Office is required to secure copyright.There are, however, definite advantages to registration.Among these are the following: Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim. Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin. If made before or within five years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.Get more details at copyright.gov