How to Write and Publish Your First Book, Tips for the New Writer.
Recently I published my Ninth book on Amazon
I was recently sitting at my PC and checking on my book sales numbers; and honestly, they are nothing to brag about, and I realized this was because I am not following my own advice on getting my books out there and in front of the public.
I am am presently deep into writing another Novel when my reality check made me stop and reevaluate my own bad habits.
I recently took the time to compile what I know are good solid writing tips and after a quick review of these tips, I actually compiled them into a small book and published it on Amazon for my fellow struggling writers to possibly use.
Createspace, was my original writer's site for publishing a book on Amazon, but it is now replaced by their much more efficient KDP site.
It is a simple, secure web page, but it is a secure page that walks a newbie writer through the steps necessary to publish a paperback book and/or an ebook.
And you the author, can even use their cover designer to generate a very professional looking cover, if you wish.
Why do I include this page to my readers?
Be aware that even though Amazon will take orders, print and ship your book to readers, you will be giving up a majority of the sale price to Amazon for handling these tasks for you.
I have even evaluated and compared the same services from more conventional publishing and printing companies, and the net income is surprisingly close to the same.
Now, I'm not complaining about Amazon. As you will read in my book. they are providing me with a lot of valuable resources as an author.
I wrote and self-published it using KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) which has what I consider a very good system to assist a writer in publishing a quality book.
KDP is owned by AMAZON and of course they are linked in a way to assist you in easily listing your product for sale with Amazon.
As I have evolved my writing skills and eventually tackled the problems involved with getting my works published, I learned a number of key things that every novice in the world of Book Writing and Book Publishing could probably use.
Also, over time, in my conversations with other novice writers, as well as by reading my fellow Hubbers questions and Forums and saw the problems that they had encountered at one point or another, I realized that there wasn't a very good Guide available for a Novice writer.
By novice writer I mean someone who really doesn't have much money to invest in publishing a book, when and if they ever finished one.
These people often cannot afford to put a lot of their hard-earned cash into getting their dream book published.
What is in my GUIDE that you can use?
So, I pulled together these simple and basic tips for the Beginner to aid them in writing a quality book and getting it published at a very low cost.
The first half of my GUIDE is designed to help you, the writer, organize; yourself your plot, your characters and your story itself and then write it all down into a real book, an entertaining and informative book.
The second half of my GUIDe is designed to help you get your book published at a very low cost and also to help you market your finished product effectively and again, at a low cost.
The rest of this article is a presentation of a few of what I know will be useful tips for any writer, that are in my GUIDE for the novice writer to use.
All of these tips, plus many, many more, are covered in more detail in my GUIDE, so get a copy in paperback or Kindle format for yourself..
And, Good Luck on hitting pay dirt with your next book.
First, learn to tell a story, an entertaining story.
As a writer you are constantly hearing people tell you that your book must be very, very good to be successful.
And, of course, this is true, you do need to write a high quality book.
But,first of all you must be a good storyteller. You need to be able to write in an entertaining way that will hold your readers attention from the first page to the last.
Along with telling a telling a good story, you must remember that quality means excellent GRAMMAR and SPELLING skills.
And quality also includes, my friend, darned good EDITING.
Use a good Word Processor
Like myself, you probably use a top end word processor like Microsoft WORD which includes a really great spelling checker and a good grammar checker.
You will lean on these tools a lot as you evolve your writing skills.
Using a good word processor with these tools gives you a great leg up on others because the basic Grammar and Editing are pretty much taken care of for you.
That leaves your mind free to concentrate on your story.
Edit, Edit, and Edit again to make your work the BEST
Editing your Book
But, you do need to go back and re-read and re-read your book looking for weakness'.
I even recommend that you let it get cold before you re-read your unfinished work so that you can get a new perspective on those new problems that you will find..
By that I mean, set it on a shelf for a week or so and clear your mind of the book and all of the work that you have put into it.
Then, pick it up and read it, with a fresh perspective. I usually find that I end up performing some major re-writes in some parts pf my book when I do this..
I explain this in more detail in my Guide. Good Editing is as important as good writing.
A Quality Stylus for iPad writers
Be a Quality Writer, be professional
Quality Writing with Soul
But, you, as the writer, are the one who is manufacturing a book that has a piece of your soul in it.
Or, it had better!
As you go through my Guide you will see that I try often to impress upon you, the novice writer that a good book tells a story. A story that reflects life.
And a writer often reflects his own life in his writings.
You need to select a publisher that fits your budget
If you need a publisher that fits your budget, then read my Guide.
I went with one that cost me very littel to use and also provided me with the most support for my personal publishing desires.
You need to do the same.
Hardback, Paperback or eBook formats
You need to decide what you desire as your publishing format for your book. Hardback, Paperback or eBook (kindle, etc.). Each of these formats has advantages as well as disadvantages.
And many of the different publishers out there will only support certain of these formats. So, You need to know what you want to write and how you want to present it to your audience.
Sales Price and your Cut
Your Sale Price is a very important deciion for the writer to make. And your publishing decision must be considered for each format that you decide to use for publishing.
In my Guide i cover the reality of publishing costs for the novice writer as well as what they can typically expect from the publishers out there.
Know how to manage your books Pricing
Once you have your book published you need to understand that as a Novice you must be ready to change your pricing and thus your own profit margins strategically to help your book build an audience while at the same time, growing your profits logically.
This is a very important point for any writer to understand after they have published their book.
A great book for new writers on how to organize your work
Unless you are one of those Novice writers who become immediately famous, you need to work your product and manage your own Marketing of your book.
There are a number of very simple and cheap things that a writer can do to expose their works to a broader audience, and my Guide lists a number of these for the reader.
One of the great things that AMAZON provides for Authors who sell their books through them is a personal Authors Page. This page is where you can list all of your published works in one place, with direct links into the AMAZON store.
Also, they provide for the Author to insert a BIOGRAPHY, a PICTURE and links to the authors favorite BLOGS, and other sites. This single address for all of your works is a great thing to send to potential buyers.
In Summary, the Novice writer needs these hints.
Read my GUIDE if you are a novice writer who has never written a full-fledged BOOK and who also needs to control their publishing costs.
And, do it YOUR WAY!
Write a quality book and publish it the way you want it published.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.