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How Do You Write a Book or Novel the Review

Updated on May 31, 2015

Writing a Story, It Sounds Simple But Is There More to it Than Meets the Eye?

This book is a bit of a wake up call for all current and aspiring authors, it challenges you to stop and think about what you are doing, why you are doing it and how you plan a route to success. In other words how to write a book that can be published and even more importantly, is bought and read.

As you digest this book there will be a slow realisation that yes pretty much anyone, that sets their mind to it, can write a book. There are techniques and methods that will help you understand how to start and finish the book writing process. But then there is a new and possibly even more daunting prospect, how do you get your book in front of real people that are prepared to pay good money to purchase your offering.

Writing and publishing a book is a series of single steps on the way to becoming a published author, there are some big steps in there admittedly, but, like many innovations, it is a single step process. Jonathan Veale's How to Write a Book or Novel is every writers personal guide to the book writing and publishing process, whether you are planning to go down the independent publishing route or follow the traditional route of seeking out a legitimate publisher to take your book on.

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The Story Writing Process - The Steps you Need to Take from Start to Finish

Below is a list, a comprehensive list, of considerations that form the steps of the book writing process.

  1. Getting started - just hit the keyboard and let rip!
  2. The muse - let your subconscious mind help you
  3. You can write! That will help - if you can great, if you can't you can learn, but do that first.
  4. Plan your book with its readers in mind - who is your intended audience, make sure your content matches your market
  5. Provide readers with benefits. Meet their expectations - a disappointed reader will do you no favours
  6. What do you intend writing about - identify your genre
  7. And a theme always helps - whatever you are writing about
  8. Think about publishers and literary agents early on - how will you introduce yourself?
  9. Writers' block - taking action is usually the answer
  10. Be honest and to the point in your writing - people know when they are being lied to
  11. Don't believe everything you're told
  12. First drafts should be for your eyes only
  13. Dough needs resting before being baked. So do first drafts (of anything)
  14. Good reads start on the opening page
  15. The writing habit - it's your call 1 hour or 6 it's up to you
  16. When writing, leave some dots for your readers to join up
  17. How much editorial assistance to seek
  18. All about the role of book editors
  19. Don't be troubled by punctuation. It can be dealt with later
  20. Things to look out for when self-editing
  21. More self-editing tips
  22. Titles and opening paragraphs - some advice
  23. The traditional publishing route - what to submit and how
  24. The synopsis for publishers and agents
  25. Four ways to cope with the shock of rejection
  26. Spot the publishing bandits
  27. The DIY route - becoming a self-published author
  28. The technical process of publication
  29. Print on demand - another option for new writers
  30. Ebooks - the new opportunity for aspiring writers

How To Write a Book or Novel - An Insider's Guide to Book Writing

Often the best way to discover exactly how to do something is to follow in the footsteps of someone that has already done what you want to do. This is the approach that Jonathan Veale has taken with his book on writing a book. A step by step to how you go about writing a book and getting it published. Invaluable advice from someone who knows his way along the rocky path to becoming a published author.

How to Write a Book or Novel: An Insider’s Guide to Getting Published
How to Write a Book or Novel: An Insider’s Guide to Getting Published

Get the inside story from someone who has been there and done it.

 

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A Note From the Author

This book is aimed at me - as a much younger man. You've heard the phrase 'if only I knew then what I know now'. Well read this and I'll share with you what I now know. It should help you achieve your ambition: to join the ranks of published authors. I made it in the end. So can you.

Can I Write a Novel? - That's the big question!

Well can you write a novel?

Never in a million years, I could never be disciplined enough to sit down and write enough words coherently to produce a novel!

Never in a million years, I could never be disciplined enough to sit down and write enough words coherently to produce a novel!

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    • John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      Well maybe, but I don't really have the patience. I write poetry and lyrics but a novel seems like a step too far

    • lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Well, thus far I don't have the inclination, but a nonfiction book - yes.

    • Tiffany3 4 years ago

      No. I used to write novel length books but no longer have the patience. I stick with blog posts and short articles.

    Absolutely I could, it's a piece of cake and just requires a little bit of a commitment. Anyone could do it!

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      • Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Great hub. I'm an aspiring author and have finished two complete manuscripts, which would be resubmitted to agents in the next 2 weeks. This would be handy for all beginners in the process.

      • Brian Stephens 2 years ago from France

        @John Dyhouse: I am starting to do the same, you can easily stretch yourself too thin and then you don't have time to do anything properly. Better to focus and concentrate on less things.

      • John Dyhouse 2 years ago from UK

        I don't know how long ago I wrote the answer opposite, But after rearranging my on-line life (cut down a lot of too many sites) I have actually found time to start and enjoy writing a novel. I am not very far into it yet but lots of encouragement and great tips from this lens. I am keeoing my fingers crossed that it is not a flash-in-the-pan.

      • Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

        @sri137: I think there is something very appealing about writing a fiction novel, probably because you have to reference your own imagination more than facts and figures.

      • sri137 3 years ago

        Always wanted to write a Children's mystery novel...

      • William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

        Of course, I started "Back to the Homeplace" in 1987 - but, life got in the way, until I retired and made the commitment to get it in print. I came out in 2010 - but, since the story is set in 1987 - it is now timeless. See what you think! It has new set up a series of stories set in the southern Missouri Ozarks - a family saga. Thanks for asking. Yes, as others have said, it just takes the commitment... and dedication to finish it! ;-)

      • Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

        @growsocialea: Only one way to do it really, make a start and don't stop until it is finished :-)

      • growsocialea 3 years ago

        I would love to write a novel one day!

      • Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

        @anonymous: If you have written eBooks you are well on the way. Good luck.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Have written ebooks so I guess a novel is the next step

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I have.

      • Gail47 4 years ago

        Finishing my first right now - we'll see how it is received.

      • mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

        I have and will do it again!

      Jonathan Veale, Writer and Author
      Jonathan Veale, Writer and Author

      Who is Jonathan Veale?

      An editor, writer and published author

      Jonathan Veale takes great delight in exposing the unscrupulous people that operate under the guise of vanity publishers. He warns aspiring writers of the need to avoid being taken for a ride just when they are at their most vulnerable. When they have completed a book and are desperate to get a publishing deal.

      Instead he prefers to offer sound advice based on real experiences and dealings within the world of writing and publishing books. No one needs to take his advice, they are free to plot their own course, but he believes it never harms to get a perspective from someone that has been there and done it over a number of years.

      How to Write a Novel? - Lots of people have written a novel, it must be easy!

      Have you ever written a book or novel and had it published?

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      eBook or Book- That is the Question?

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      Publishing eBooks has become a rapidly growing option for authors that have struggled to get published in the traditional way. It is a safe option and can be managed by many technically able people with a little guidedance, but for those that really are not that way inclined help is available at a reasonable cost. You just have to be careful who you ask and make sure you get all the costs detailed up front.

      I am sure there are other tips out there from people that have been there and done it, so if you have this is your chance to help out some like minded people.

      Have You Had a Bad Experience Getting a Book Published? - Share your tips

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          mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

          No, but I'd love to hear what others have experienced. Great book review.

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          Gail47 4 years ago

          No, but I've heard stories of others who have. I'm hoping it doesn't happen to me.

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          Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

          @Gail47: The main problem is getting involved with people who ask for a lot of money and give nothing back realistically in return. Just need to be careful and that old adage, if it sounds too good....

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          Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

          @mouse1996 lm: Well hopefully we will hear from a few people here, that could help prevent others falling for the same tricks.

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          Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

          @anonymous: That is very true, but there are plenty of people who love to read and have no intention of writing. Books are, for many, another form of entertainment just like music or TV.

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          You can do it when you set your mind to it. I flutter from one idea to the next.

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          Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

          @aesta1: Aahhh much the same as most of the world, including me :-)

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          Amagai-Shuusuke 3 years ago

          I will write a book.

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          Melissa Miotke 3 years ago from Arizona

          I would love to be a published author.

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          David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

          I started writing a novel but only reached 20 something pages, want to go further with it, always seem to be busy with internet sites. Thanks for the information you've supplied here.

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          Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

          @Dave Lynch: I think there are many people that have done exactly as you have described. But the trick to writing a book is to keep going, right to the end. Then once you have a full set of words you can go about editing and proofing to polish it ready for publication.

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          Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

          I have only tried to have sewing patterns published.

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          Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

          @DANCING COWGIRL: I am sure there will be a demand for sewing patterns.

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          Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

          Very useful tips in this forum as it help lensmasters like me too.

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          Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

          @DrBillSmithWriter: That is probably a good way to go, at least you avoid the vanity publishers who do nothing and charge a lot of money for the privilege!

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          Takkhis 3 years ago

          Great tips! I have a plan to write short story.

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          Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

          @takkhisa: Do it, writing a book and publishing it is very satisfying.

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          John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

          Since a previous visit to the lens I have actually started to write my first novel. you may well have had a lot to do with that, thanks

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          Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

          @John Dyhouse: You are very welcome, hope you get it finished and have lots of success with it.

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          Sensuintell 3 years ago

          My novel is currently over 50K. I am dreading the revision/in-depth research phase.. Eeek!

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          Michey LM 3 years ago

          For me the hardest part is starting, then one thing led to another, and it is also hard to call it "finished"

          Like your points here.

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          Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

          @Michey LM: The points actually come from the book, which was written by a professional editor. I think he really knows what he is talking about.

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          Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

          @Sensuintell: Well you know what they say......just do it. You will feel great when you have!

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          John Dyhouse 2 years ago from UK

          Back again. this time I purchased the book, but had to use Amazon dot co dot uk.

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          Brian Stephens 2 years ago from France

          @John Dyhouse: Nice one, hope you find it useful. Don't forget to add a review on Amazon if you have time.

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