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Publish Book, How To Get A Book Published, Book Writing Tips Here!

Updated on August 31, 2011

So you want to publish a book? Well, here are few best book writing tips that preceeds this first step. In this article I will also try and guide you into how to get a book published. Although, this is not easy – forewarned is forearmed – it isn’t impossible.

Apart from having raw talent, you need to have connections and a belief that you can convince a publisher or agent to publish your book.

This article is part of a series of three which need to be read in conjunction with one another. This will give you an all round experience for your venture. Good luck and I hope that you will go forth and be successful in this venture!


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  • Create a plot plan
  • Create sections and sections within sections
  • Write personality profiles for your characters
  • Make characters individual and unique
  • Ensure that the characters can easily be identified with by your target audience

Making A Plot Plan

Before you start you need to make a plot plan for your story or book. Making a plot plan, otherwise known as a story outline, for your book is an important first step. This will provide direction and focus to your writing.

You need to create sections (for example, four chapters to a section, four sections to the book) and write personality profiles for your characters. It is important for your characters to have individuality that is unique to themselves. This means they must not appear wooden, but must be human for which your target market can identify with.


How To Tell The Story

Now, with lots of things in life, there are certain rules that are traditional in book writing. So, how do you tell the story? This book writing tip recommends that the author should do this in one of three ways:

  1. Through the eyes of each of the main characters
  2. Through the eyes of the main character or hero - the first person
  3. As a third party, i.e. God's eye view

The first option is about giving different perspectives or angles of different characters. This is possibly the most difficult form of story writing and for someone who first starts out would be best avoided.

The second option is telling the story as if you are recounting an incident in your life to a friend. You are doing the story telling here.

The third option is as if the writer is an impartial witness looking on and telling a tale.


  • Give your book a working title.  This will give you an idea of how the book’s shape will form.
  • Write for a definite age group.  Try not to spread the net too wide as trying to please all will lead to pleasing no one.  You, therefore, need to remain focused for your readership.
  • Submit a synopses of the book – rather like those summaries from the back of novels that people read before purchasing, for example – but also include the first chapter.  This will give an indication of style and quality of your work.

Practical Book Writing Tips

When writing any type of book an understanding of your market is important. Read as many modern books and stories in your chosen field that you can lay your hands on.

It is of no use reading Oliver Twist and emulating the style of Charles Dickens as this might not be the type of literature that your modern readership will want to read for pleasure.

The Harry Potter books, for example, are more the modern style. However, try and keep your content more unique and original, but find your own angle on a theme.

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How To Get A Book Published - Getting Real

Okay, now this section is about how to get a book published. However, it is also about being realistic, so excuse the cynicism.

Now you have proudly written your epic masterpiece. You have spent weeks and months hammering out your tale, sweating blood and burning the midnight oil. There it is before you, sitting on its desk in all its glory, awaiting the eager publisher, to turn it into a million book sales sensation. Oh, if only life were like that! You think that writing the book was hard but, boy, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Take you coveted manuscript to a well-known publisher. You expected them to fall over themselves in their excitement, to get it on their presses. WRONG!


Agents: We Don't Accept Unpublished Authors...Publishers: We Only Deal Through Agents!

“ Who are you? … What books have been published?” “Well, err, none yet.” You reply and hardly believing that they can be so silly. “We only deal through agents… We never deal directly through authors until the book has been accepted.”

Now deeply disappointed, you take up your work of art and, sadly, try and find another agent.

Your list of agents is not long, but you first go to the largest and best known. “Would you be my agent and submit this manuscript?” You ask hopefully. “We don’t accept unpublished authors.” Is the reply. This seems to be the same question and response to all the local agents. After all, why should they take a chance, risking their money and reputation on a new and unproven individual?


Book Signings, Interviews And Fame

Now try smaller publishers and agents. You might even get one or two to actually read your synopses and first chapter if you are lucky. You might even get published!

You may have thought that, at last, your worries are at an end. You dream of book signing days at big city bookshops, t.v. interviews, fame and, most certainly, fortune. Forget it. You haven’t even started.

The editor will read your book and, when he has, out comes the red pen. This can go on and on. Rewrite chapter nine. Change the ending. Explain what character John is doing in a given situation. You may end up nearly having to re-write the whole book. When it does, finally, emerge on the bookshelves – it stays there, until you see it in a ‘remainder’ bookshop going for 50p.


Self Publishing

If you find that no publisher or agent will take you, there is always the self-publishing route. You can employ someone who is a retired editor, for example, to go through the work with you. This allows you to hone the work to its final shape.

When this has been completed, take it to a printer who will run off a number of copies (for example, a thousand). These will need to be taken to bookshops where you will need to attempt to sell them, perhaps on a sale or return basis. You could try and sell them at book fairs or similar.


Vanity Publishing

There is one last way of getting published. This is through a vanity publisher. These are printers who will produce your book for a price. Be warned this could be costly. The editor might tell you that your work is wonderful – no matter how poor it really is – but, at least, a number of books will duly arrive. This will be exactly as you have written it and then you will have to sell them as best you can.


Publish My Book - Don't Give Up

Well, there you are - book writing tips that should help you with success in your writing techniques.  Yes, there was a reality check in your learning in how to get a book published but, although it was marked with cynicisms, it should prepare you for a lot of hard work.  However, I would suggest that if you are serious about your focus on book publishing - don't be put off.  Know the realities and keep plugging away.  Try and enlist as much help as you can with the soul aim of finding ways to publish your book.  If you throw enough mud on the wall, some of it is bound to stick, so don't give up!  As you might see from my next article, I very nearly did make it, so it is possible.  Take a look now and good luck!

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      These are great and helpful tips!

      This is my aim, that I want to publish my book some day. This hub is going to be of immense help to me.

      Thanks for sharing, voted up and pinned!

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      John Coviello 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Publishing an ebook wasn't so hard. It just took determination. The hard part I found is promoting the ebook and getting people interested in reading it.

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      Well this is good if all the information in it has not changed in 4 years since it was written.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      A big thanks for writing this hub Shazwellyn. I'm sharing this with others and know they will benefit from reading it. I know I have.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Petra - congratulations to your success! Unfortunately, here in the UK, we have a 'glass ceiling'. This means that unless you are part of the establishment, have been to Oxbridge and made your contacts or had an affair with your agent (ummm, Harry Potter comes to mind), talent doesnt really have much opportunity.

      Still the world is opening up, with the advent of the Internet, it just might help talent to merge without the constraints of the past.

      Thank you for your valued comment :)

    • Petra Vlah profile image

      Petra Vlah 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      I wrote a hub about "How I managed to get published a few times over" and I know it can be done. For some reason people are focusing (most of the time) on the impossible and are being intimidated by the process. There are ways to get published and my own experience has proved it.

      I am glad to see you are giving people hope and I admire your new project just mentioned on tha forum; I am sure you will do a great job and help a lot of writers in the process.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Viking - people need to have an informed choice and I hope that I have empowered them with this :)

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      L M Reid 

      9 years ago from Ireland

      Your hub here on publishing a book is excellent. And yes everyone has to be very careful not to get conned by the vanity publishers. They only end up causing heartache and money to the writer.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Great Britain

      billy - great to hear that! Get it out - the book that is - and give us all a treat! :)

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      9 years ago

      Shaz great tips and info - I have been mulling a book for some time - this hub is a great help.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Great Britain

      LeanMan, Smart Rookie, drej2522 - thanks for your comments, lets hope to help a few budding authors out there!

    • drej2522 profile image


      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I'm actually in the process of publishing/selling a book myself. Thanks for the info, some solid stuff here, and I'll be eagerly awaiting your second and third installments!

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      Smart Rookie 

      9 years ago

      Getting a book published can be a trying experience, that's for sure. But this is a good source of information for those bold enough to try.

    • LeanMan profile image


      9 years ago from At the Gemba

      Thanks for some great tips, voted up your hub.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Lisa - live the dream and be parepared for a rocky road. It is an adventure and if yiou tackle it as such, it wont bog yu down. Thanks for reading :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Pamela - I am glad this article is helpful, however, it is just a whistel-stop tour and there is more to it than here. Enjoy writing your book and be prepared for the task ahead. If you know what you are getting yourself into, then you will find the emotional rollercoaster easier to deal with.

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      9 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Great hub Shaz! It is really intimidating though. I keep putting off even trying to get my novel published. I'm not sure I can handle the rejection! But - I'm going to commit to sending out queries after the 60 day challenge is over. Not trying at all is guaranteed failure, right?

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Shaz, I already have this one bookmarked. You really gave me a lot to think about as I do want to publish a book I am working on. This is a good article.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Dobson - You have to be all things to all people in this profession, but as I said ... it isnt impossible :) Keep up the good work!

    • Dobson profile image


      9 years ago from Virginia

      I am so intimidated by this process. I would be so thrilled to have some of my writing published in a book. I would love to have my name and New York Times Best Seller both used in a sentence. I know several authors and they are happy, but have to struggle to make any money. Thanks for giving some really useful information to us who dwell in this dream field.


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