Step 1: Decide what Topic you want to write about
This can be a subject you are passionate about – a topic you can talk about for hours without tiring.
Once you have a love for the subject you want to write about, it would be fairly easy to find the information you need to put it in a book.
For instance, years ago I had several training sessions at my home teaching attendees ‘How to Have and Maintain a Healthy Marriage Relationship’.
I could speak for hours on this subject.
However, I never had a book written about it until one of the attendees suggested to me to put all this information in a book.
I decided to take their advice. In spite of having several obstacles facing me. The major one being, ‘I hated writing’.
However, with much persistence and perseverance I forged ahead until I completed the book, ‘Understanding the Dynamics of Mature Love’, which has been a tremendous blessing to those who had read it.
Step 2: Do your research
I usually do a lot of research on any subject which moves me.
I did so with all the books I had written so far.
I did hours and hours of research to help me compile information for my books.
I usually find information from the library, the internet, life’s experiences, talking to and listening to others who know a lot about the subject.
Step 3: Ask Questions
When I am writing any book I always ask myself a lot of questions.
These questions help me to determine the content for the book…and may even give me draft-titles for the chapters of the book.
For example, let’s say I want to write a book about ‘Horses’, I could ask the following questions:
- What is the history of the horse?
- How many different breeds of horses exist, and what are those breeds?
- How do these breeds differ from each other, and what is each breed used specifically for?
- Based on the answers above I could talk about the different Sports horses are used for: Polo, Horse Racing, Equestrian Riding, Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, etc.
- I could talk about different professions horses are used in like the protective services (the Police and the Army), used by trainers to teach people how to ride a horse…
There is much more I can add to the list above, but I think you get the idea.
When you make a conscious decision to write any book, always ask yourself a lot of questions. Based on those questions you would find all the content you need to include in your book.
Step 4: Start Writing your Book
Based on the questions you wrote down concerning your book, you could now write the answers to those questions.
As I mentioned earlier in this tutorial, you can find those answers from doing research.
Just begin writing once you have accrued your answers from your research.
Write, write, write.
Don’t look for perfection when you begin writing. Don’t edit or format during this stage. These could be done after you have written down the content for your book.
This is the mistake I made when I began writing my first book, I took 3 weeks trying to write and perfect one paragraph – the first paragraph.
Don’t make the same mistake I did.
Step 5: Organize your written content
Initially, when writing any book, I write without any particular order. My aim at first is to put down as much information about the book on paper, or on the computer without any specific structure.
After I have all the content I need to include in the book written down, or included in a word document, then I would create structure and order to the book.
I would then determine where in the book I am going to put each piece of content.
I would then give proper titles to the chapters of the book, add the table of contents, headers and footers, and more.
Step 6: Format, Edit & Proofread your book
This part could be a bit tedious, since you would have to read and re-read your manuscript over and over again to weed out any errors seen, or add any necessary content.
You should (if you can) outsource the editing for your book.
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Step 7: Have a Book Cover designed
How important is a book cover?
A Good Book-Cover would:
- Attract Attention.
- Woo prospective readers to pick up or check out your book.
- Move people to purchase your book.
Get a professional Book Cover done. It is worth it.
Don’t be afraid to spend the money to get a quality cover done. It would make a major difference in your book’s appearance and your marketing efforts for your book.
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Step 8: Publish your book
You have 2 Publishing options available for publishing your manuscript:
- Traditional Publishing
Traditional Publishers are publishers who, if they accept your manuscript, would stand the expenses for publishing it and may offer an upfront royalty, which they would later recoup once your book begins to sell.
However, getting accepted by a Traditional Publisher has its own set of challenges.
About 90% of all manuscripts submitted to Traditional Publishers are rejected.
For these major reasons:
- Poor Writing.
- Story Line is bad.
- Don’t have a significant following
To have a traditional publisher publish your manuscript you would have to:
- Have a well-written manuscript.
- Have a fair amount of readers who enjoy your writing, and to whom you could Market & Sell your new book.
- Find a Literary Agent to Represent you.
- Write and Submit a persuasive Query Letter.
- Write a convincing Book Proposal.
Most Traditional Publishers don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts, which means you would more-than-likely have to get a Literary Agent to accept and represent your manuscript for you.
Some of the popular Traditional Publishers are:
- Random House
Because the odds of getting a Traditional Publisher to publish your manuscript are very slim, most authors resort to Self-Publishing.
They have their book/s Self-Published.
There are firms which would Self-Publish your book for you at a small cost.
The advantages of this option are:
- No rejection letters – 100% acceptance.
- Your manuscript would be published quickly.
- You would earn a higher percentage in royalties if you have your manuscript Self-Published.
Most authors in today’s world go the way of Self-Publishing. And who can blame them. No frustrating rejection letters from anyone. No long waiting – years in some cases, before your manuscript is accepted and published.
I trust this short tutorial has been beneficial to you.