As an author, it totally floors me how much people don’t know about what we do. When you tell people you’re an author their eyes kind of glaze over because they have no idea what you do. There is this assumption that you just write a book and it’s done. They have no idea what all goes into writing a book. Today, I’m going to talk about the Top 10 Truths About Writing a Book.
The Top 10 Truths About Writing A Book.
- Anyone Can Write A Book-This is definitely true in our modern age. Anyone can sit down and write a book and publish it. However, there is a difference between writers and authors. Those who just publish to publish and those who go the extra mile and do it well.
- Research is involved-Before an author sits down to write even one word, they have to do research. We do research on our topic to start and collect all kinds of information and put it in a mind map or other document. This is especially true for a work of non-fiction. From there, we either have to manually research categories and keywords or we use a tool like KDP Rocket.
- Writing takes time-Writing takes time although if you do enough research, it should go fairly quickly. The two barriers are having enough research/information and typing speed. If you want to learn how to write faster, check out 20K A Day by Jonathan Green.
- Editing takes time-Editing a manuscript takes time. Some authors go through up to six stages of editing before hiring a professional to do a final look over.
- The Right Cover-There are many factors that go into choosing the perfect cover for a book. Researching other books in your genre, thinking about the style of font, and making sure it looks good in both color and black and white.
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6. Fixing Mistakes-No matter how much editing we do, sometimes mistakes do slip by us. If there are a lot, we have to go in and fix them and it can slow down our pre-publication process.
7. Ordering Proofs-Uploading your work to platforms like CreateSpace, Amazon, and Ingram doesn’t take much time. Ordering proofs of your print version are a whole other matter. Once you upload your content, it has to go through a review process. Once it’s approved, then you have to order a proof to make sure it looks okay. After you review it and accept it, then it is finally put on sale within a few days.
8. Planning a Book Launch-Writing a good book isn’t enough. You need to know how you are going to promote your book. Planning a launch is crucial. This also takes a lot of time and planning. From getting early reviews to doing a soft launch to adding your book to promotion sites, there are different phases and stages in planning a launch.
9. Launch Day-Making sure you put all the pieces in place to have a successful launch day is important. Still, there are things you can do on launch day to help your Amazon ranking. It is important to stay on top of the little details that make a launch day successful.
10. You Can Make A Living With Your Writing-This is crazy important. There is this stigma out there that all writers are broke. That you can’t make money writing. This is entirely untrue. I know lots of writers who make a great living freelancing and writing books. You may not be a millionaire but there is no reason you can’t make a comfortable living and beyond.
Do you want to find out more about writing a book and how to write, publish, and launch successfully? Then check out the book Breaking Orbit. This book has been a total eye opener for me about how to make sure my next book is a success.
In the meantime, happy and successful writing!