The idea to create your own book can be more than just a little exciting. In fact, it can be downright intimidating. Do you have to get it professionally edited? How long does it have to be? How do you format it to fit on all the different publishing platforms?
As everyone who has attempted writing a book before knows, it’s not just a matter of writing and getting it published. The hardest part is the writing process itself, and you want to publish a good book if you want to build a name for yourself.
These are the questions and considerations you’ll be confronted with if you haven’t done this before, and it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds. Of course, it will require dedication and hard work, but it’s definitely scalable if you approach it right. So, here are some tips to create your own book.
Find Your Passion
Before you can even start writing your book, you need to find your passion. What do you want to write about? You have to decide whether the book is going to be fiction or non-fiction. Do you want to tell a story? Or do you want to share your knowledge about something?
Once you get a clear idea of what you want to write about, it’s time to move onto the next step.
Outline And Research
Now that you know what you want to write about, you need to do some outlining and research. This means building a foundation for the book and making it easier to scale. Break it down into chapters and organize where everything needs to go, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction.
As for the research, you have to know what you are writing about. If you don’t have a firm grasp on your subject, the readers are going to pick up on it. Don’t fail to do the necessary research.
When everything’s in place, you can start writing. And there aren’t any rules that say you should be in front of your pc to do the writing. Keep a notepad close everything you get an idea or type it on your mobile device. When the inspiration takes you, write it down.
How Long Should It Be?
A book is as long as it needs to be. Of course, longer books sell much better, but dragging out a story just to gain pages will be a mistake. When you feel the book is done, then it’s done. Don’t get caught up in the page count.
And if you’re wondering whether indie publishers are using professional editors, the best-selling ones do. If at all possible, use a professional editor before publishing.
Get The Correct Format
With all the different devices people use to read books these days, it’s critical to pay attention to your e-book format. If it’s not done right, readers are going to get irritated with the display and abandon the book altogether.
There are several tools you can use to ensure your book comes out perfect the other side, so use them.
If you incorporate these steps, you should be on your way to successful indie publishing.