You have spent hours over a keyboard and in front of a computer screen.
You have read and re-read your book at least two dozen times and can still find something that needs to be corrected or adjusted.
You have started wondering if your book will ever be ready to be published.
If this describes what you have been going through, then welcome to the world of writing. Being an author is a challenge. It doesn’t matter what you are writing–poems, novels, short stories, screenplays–whatever it is it will take time. I would guess that most writers were not good at it when they started. They studied and sought advice. But, they persevered. And so will you!
There is also another reality. Most authors want to publish. This is where most people get stuck. They work on their craft. Honing it. Sharpening the tools in their toolbox and do not adequately prepare for the next phase–publishing. This stage of the author’s journey requires its own set of skills. But, you don’t have to do it alone.
The first bit of advice I would give any aspiring author and even veteran authors is this: You need to see publishing as an integrated component of what you are doing as you write your book. Most people invest the mental effort and emotional energy required to write writing because they have some hope of publishing what they have created. Maybe not today or next week, but eventually. What makes this entire ordeal more difficult is that writing a book, while important, is only the beginning of the journey toward being a published author.
If you have found this site, you are looking for answers and maybe even some help. That’s what we do. We help authors publish. Even if you have not finished your book, we will provide you with helpful information you should consider as you work to complete your project.
First Steps toward “Published”
Let’s imagine that you have finished your project. What do you do now? There are several specific tasks you have to address. You have to think about book design, cover design, picking a publishing service, developing a marketing strategy, and leveraging your platform (something you should be building while you write the book!). Each of these has multiple steps and a variety of directions you can take. We will discuss most of them in later posts.
While what I mentioned before are some “big picture” tasks, there are some practical considerations to deal with even before tackling some of them. I will outline a few below you should consider as you think through your next steps. As you answer each one you will have an achievable list of tasks to add to your publishing list.
- Consider where you want to spend your invested dollars.
- Evaluate your reasons for publishing. (This is more important than most people may realize.)
- Understand your intended audience and make sure you are writing for them.
- What kind of funding do I have on hand for services? And, is that enough?
- What is my timetable for getting my book published?
I hope these help you get started. We will be discussing these topics and more. I encourage you to subscribe to our site so you don’t miss any of our updates!