So you want to write a book? Learn how to write a book for beginners with these 7 steps to write your first book so you can become a published author.
Are you a writer who has only written web content or a writer who has only written as a hobby? If you are, you may still have a dream of writing your own book, a book that will get published, and perhaps even become a bestseller.
Most writers who are learning how to publish a book may have already written a book, while you may have yet to accomplish this important task. The good news, however, is that it may work in your favour.
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Learning how to write a book step-by-step can improve your chances of writing a book that will get published and become a bestseller.
If you have yet to write a book, there are a number of important steps that you will first want to take. So here are 7 steps that will show you how to write a book for beginners.
1. Choose a genre
One of the first things that you will want to do when looking to write a book that will get published, is to choose a genre.
This involves first deciding who you want to write for. Do you want to write for children, young adults, or adults?
2. Decide what to write about
Next, decide what you want to write about. Do you want to educate your readers or give them a captivating story that they just can’t put down?
As for the topic or storyline that you choose, be sure to choose something that interests you. A writer who is passionate about what they write is more likely to see success.
3. Learn about the market
Once you have an idea of what type of book you want to write, as well as an idea on your theme, connect with a book agent or publishing company and get an idea of what types of books publishers are looking for.
For example, an agent publisher that is accepting manuscripts for science fiction novels may give you specific tips and ideas, as well as things to avoid.
Writing a book with a theme that interest you, as well as a theme that is in demand by publishers is one of the best ways to get your book published.
4. Write an outline or plot
As for writing your book, it is important to start out with a plot. If you are writing a non-fiction book, such as a how-to guide, be sure to create an outline for you to follow.
Fiction authors, however, should first outline a plot. Unfortunately, many authors, especially new writers, just start writing.
Of course, it is important to get your thoughts on paper or on your computer, but a clear and solid plot is an important component of writing a book that will get published.
Books that are just a collection of words are likely to not get published. But you can improve your writing skills with this list of the best writing classes and online writing workshops to get the writing skills training you need to become a bestselling author.
5. Edit and proofread
Once your book has been written, it is important that you do the proper amount of proofreading and editing.
Many professionals vary on the number of times that a book should be proofread, but you should read through yours no less than three times.
In addition to doing your own book editing, you may benefit from the professional knowledge and expertise of a professional editor. Many editors will charge a reasonable fee to edit your manuscript.
As previously recommended, it is a wise idea to first find out what sort of books publishers are looking for. You can do this by using the internet or printed resource guides, like the Writer’s Market.
6. Contact an agent or publisher
If you highlighted or recorded the information that you read, you may already have a list of publishers or agents you want to submit your book to.
Once your book has been proofread and edited, you are now ready to send your book to publishing companies or, along with a professional query letter.
You’ll be required to submit a synopsis of your book and a few chapters along with a query letter, so make sure you have all of this ready before you contact the agent or publisher.
7. Consider self-publishing
If you don’t manage to get a book deal with an agent or publisher, or feel it’ll not be worth it, consider self-publishing, as you can earn significantly more as an independent author than as a traditionally published author.
Book publishing coach, Derek Murphy writes, “Unless you’re getting a deal over $100K, which means they are seriously invested in your book, you’ll probably do better to self-publish.”
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