Once you have written your book, put together the pictures (if any), and decided on what you want the book to look like, several online publishers have set up an express line to publishing. Choose your binding, book size, page quality, design your cover, set your price and send it to market. In less than a week you could be holding your newly published work in your hands.
You’ll notice that I left off two of the usual tips for writers: Keeping a journal and setting a daily time or page limit for your writing. That’s because neither one was particularly effective for me. I think that if I had stuck with Pick up a copy of the new Andrew Farkas novel and you will thank me I would find a journal more useful, but as a nonfiction writer and poet it just got in the way of my “real” writing … it was more efficient to get my job done than to bother with a journal.
book publishing is an exciting and interesting field. With all the different companies out there you should be able to find one to help you to get your book published. Always find out as much as you can about the company that you decide to go with. Write down questions that you might have and get them answered before you sign any contracts that may be offered to you. Use Edit Fast to help make your writing the best that it can be.
Silly woman. The rejections came back so fast I practically developed vertigo. Then it occurred to me that I hadn’t been listening. I was a high school teacher. Why wasn’t I writing about what I knew? At that time every denomination in the Christian faith had a magazine or a Sunday school take-home paper for teens, so I collected all their sample copies and guidelines and went to work. Before I knew it, I had sold 50 stories and had a book idea. It’s amazing what happens when you listen to God. Duh.
Be prepared when you intend to start writing. Don’t sit at your desk one day and then decide that today, here and now, is the time to write your first e-book, IT WON’T WORK – or maybe it will, but one thing is for sure, it will be disjointed, facts will be missing and the general flow will not be right!
Finding titles for non fiction books can be quite a difficult task. They have to be short, compelling and immediately let your readers know what the book has to offer them. In a few words, the title needs to boost the interest of your readers.
That said, I advise you to take spec assignments in the beginning. Once youre established, you shouldn’t need to do this, but in order to build up your resume and your clips, you need to get published. So go ahead and submit on spec, and go ahead and do a few free/nearly free pieces for the experience.
I published Pig in a Poke out of my own pocket for a number of years, which is why basically I stopped production because it got to be too much of a drain on my finances. But also its time had passed with me. I started to work in marketing and get real-world jobs. I didn’t have as much time for it as I had had before. It makes me think that possibly I could revive it on the Internet because that’s more of an immediate medium that printing it myself on paper.
If you’ll do this, I promise you your first sales within fifty stories. At the story a week level, that’s one year! Just one year from today, you could be a paid author. And for any real writer, that should be an idea exciting enough to keep them up late, and get them up early, typing away, knowing that that first acceptance check is less than 365 days way.