Many may think writing a book is easy. Just jot down your ideas, edit, format, and voila, you’re a published author! Not so quick there, new authors! While the love of writing and the art of storytelling sounds exhilarating and rewarding, it’s work and will require a few things more than what I mentioned above! Let me expound a bit more through some sound advice. As a new author, I can’t express how important it is for you first to define who you are as an author, what’s your genre, who’s your audience, what’s your style of writing, and more. This aspect of new authorship does not include the cutesy stuff like cover design and color choice, black and white print, hardcover vs. paperback, etc. Those elements come later on in new authorship, sorry.
Another essential bit of advice I would like to share is the importance of research. I can’t express how important this is. I know, why is research necessary in new authorship? Here’s why, if you’re not being picked up by a traditional author, you will need to carefully and diligently research your publishing options, including self-publishing. Your research should also include the legal aspects of publishing a book. Trust me, there are many legal factors to consider, and you should not only be informed but have a good understanding of them all.
The last bit of advice I would like to offer is in creating a plan of action (POA). As a new author, your POA should include everything; your thought processes, publishing goals, timelines, marketing strategy, and sales goals to start. I hope I didn’t scare you into another career choice. Writing and publishing your new book will be well worth your efforts and hard work, and adequately preparing for your authorship will ensure greater appreciation and your book’s (notice I said books) success! Now go, start writing!
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