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How to Write a Book and Publish It: The Ultimate Guide

In this ultimate guide, we cover every phase of writing a book - from researching to writing and publishing the book you wrote.

That's why we've broken our guide into three main sections that correspond to the three phases of publishing a book: planning, writing, and publishing.

Table of Contents

Part one: planning your book

In this phase you will build the pillars on which your book will stand, and the things you need to do in this phase are not necessarily the gospel, but they are designed to help you in the process of writing your first book .

1. Define the goal of your book

What is the "goal of your book"?

The above term might be a misnomer - especially if you have various reasons why you are writing the book, but the truth is that every book, fiction, or article must have an important goal - to help or to help .

Fiction, memoirs, and other books (that are not primarily "like" books) help readers by providing a distraction, a means of escape, and entertainment.

Other nonfiction books, such as cookbooks, travel guides, self-help books, have reversed it: the intent of these books to help is more direct than the above, but they all have the same goal - to help readers solve a problem.

And so should you.

2. Define the genre or niche of your book.

For example, if you are writing a paranormal novel, the entire genre is novels, and the sub-genre is paranormal.

Nonfiction books are not about the type of nonfiction book, but about a niche: Niche is the term used to define a particular specialization of a topic - for example, if you are writing a travel guide, the travel sector will have different niches.

Another example is cooking: there are many different books about different kitchens, so there are many different niches and therefore different options.

Why is defining your genre or niche important?

Because you need to know your competition.

Read all of the reviews, read the positive reviews as well as the negative, and pay attention to what readers found to be good about the books and what they disliked.

You can also choose whether the market is crowded with books in the niche, such as the time the books are popular (Christmas, Spring, Summer, etc.) or whether there has been too many books in the same genre lately.

It gives you control over when to publish your book, which can be very important if you are self-publishing the book.

On the other hand, if you have a blog, or some other type of online presence, and have a lot of followers, you should still define the niche, but you wouldn't have to wait for the book to get published .

3. Define the audience

There are many different ways to research your audience, but looking at reviews of other books within the same genre or niche is the best way to find out what the majority of your target audience will want to read.

This can help you better define the purpose of your book, and as such, it will be very helpful in writing the book too - knowing which approach to your subject and what type of writing style will "speak" better to your audience which in the end is the ultimate goal - to please the readers.

4. Read books within the genre or niche

As mentioned earlier, knowing your audience is important: Here are some benefits you will get from reading other books in your niche:

  • You will know if the things you are about to introduce in your book have already been discussed in another book.
  • You will see what other writers and experts in your niche are writing the most - and if you can bring something else to the table.
  • Put yourself in the shoes of your readers: What do they like and what not?

Note:

Never steal ideas or writings from books other than your own.

For example, if you come across exercises or methods in a non-fiction book that you want to share with your readers, try them out for yourself first and then share them with them.

Also, make sure that you are never asked about plagiarism - even if you haven't plagiarized anything from other writers, the only stigma of prosecution will damage your reputation and it could take years and years of books and more books to clear your name .

There are more benefits to reading books in your genre or niche, but the above will help you write your book, even if you get someone else to write it for you (more on that later), the benefits are even bigger - because you will be able to provide the other person with lots of details and research material.

5. Write a proposal or pitch for traditional publishing

Even if you are planning to self-publish, you should send suggestions to traditional publishers:

  • An overview of the interest your book is generating with traditional publishers.
  • Feedback - received when you send them both a pitch and a sample of your finished manuscript after you've finished it.

They say that it is very rare for traditional publishers who specialize in non-fiction to sign a book deal with a previously unpublished author; but they also say that writers must be both good and happy.

So you never know what your options are when you send a suggestion to a traditional publisher, and if you already have a fan base, the chances are higher that a traditional publisher will pick their book.

To do this, however, you need to come up with a good proposal.

Here are a few tips for this process:

  • Always make sure you already have a platform of trailers (if any).
  • Professionally explain all of the benefits readers will get from your book.
  • Choose the right publisher - e.g. do not send your new historical romance novel to any academic publisher.

6 tips for self-publishing

Like us here and in our other Guide to Fiction Writing Mentioning over and over again, self-publishing is a very good opportunity for many writers and experts in many fields: Many best-selling authors, like Steve Scott, are actually self-published, and some were self-published before hitting a publishing contract.

Many of them have also had a large presence online through their blogs and social media, and there are also writers who have chosen to self-publish rather than the traditional way, as was the case with Anthony Hayward.

Here are a few tips for self-publishing a book:

  • It can be expensive, but you need to have an online presence before publishing a book, especially a non-fiction book, in order to establish yourself as an expert on the subject and to attract followers who will later buy your book.
  • That also means social media presence - again, no personal presence unless you want to use your name as a brand rather than something else.
  • Make sure your book goes through extensive editing and proofreading to avoid mistakes.
  • Make sure that the cover of your book has a good cover and attractive blurb.
  • When publishing a nonfiction book, include a professional photo of yourself - not an amateur selfie, but a professional photo, plus a brief but detailed biography of yourself.
  • It is preferable to publish an e-book before issuing a printed version, because publishing an e-book means that your book will be available in almost all parts of the world; in comparison, your reach is limited to just one country and depends on bookstores and other distribution channels.

The tips above apply to all books, regardless of genre or niche.

Part Two: Writing Your Book

After you've completed all of the steps in the previous section and customized them for your book and purpose, you can move on to phase two - writing the book.

In this section we talk about the actual writing of the book and how you can overcome the problems you may face during this time.

This writing goal can be to write two, three, or five hours, or to write at least 500 words in a day, but if you are not happy with your writing, then you have a problem.

On the other hand, even writers aren't always happy with their writing: they hit writer's block, they have days when they'd rather pull their nails out than write.

7. Who is writing the book?

Another reason we suggested having a website - a blog - where you can share your knowledge during the planning phase is the fact that writing a 50,000-80,000 dictionary can be a difficult task for someone who doesn't is in the habit of writing every day.

However, we strongly advise you to hire a ghostwriter to write your book if you are having problems or if you just want to focus on other things related to the publishing process.

8. Tips on hiring a ghostwriter

Today you can outsource anything, especially writing: There are thousands of freelance writers around the world, which should make hiring a ghostwriter easier, but that's not quite:

  • It's always better to pay a little more for a ghostwriter who has experience.
  • Create a test assignment for the author before hiring him.
  • Ask for a specific turnaround time: You don't want to hire someone to write your book and then, after months, find that nothing has been done.
  • Ask for weekly or daily updates.
  • Look for a ghostwriter who has already written other nonfiction books in your niche.
  • Look for bloggers in your genre or niche - many of them advertise the fact that they are ghostwriters on their blogs.
  • Look for a ghostwriter who has a positive rating and, if possible, ask for feedback from the ghostwriter's previous clients.
  • Always be transparent in your communication with the ghostwriter - and ask about the same.

9. Create a detailed outline and title for your book

It is always better to have a detailed overview before writing a book, because you can use it as a guide while you are writing, because you know at a glance what you have written so far and what you have to write about at a glance.

It's the creative process behind the scenes of the novel - the writer plans all the major events, storylines and resolutions before writing down a single word, backstories, maps and chronological events are planned, and once you start writing you never get lost but the outlines are more action-oriented, and sometimes character arcs fade into the background and you find yourself in a story where the characters don't fit - they don't have the right attitude and motivation.

For a work of nonfiction, if your research was detailed and extensive, then creating an overview for your book will be organizing all of the information to it in an understandable manner. when you write how to post it is even easier because you have to write step by step instructions and each step will lead to the next.

You can always come up with a title for your book before you start writing your book, you can come up with a title as you write the book, or you can wait for inspiration to find the perfect title.

You can also change the title before you write the book - but only after you have completed the draft: because your draft - your guide - shows you what your book is about, what kind of story it is or what it is Problem it will solve for readers.

For a nonfiction book, if you use the most prominent keywords in your category, the title will be optimized so that your potential readers can easily discover your book with nothing more than a Google search or an Amazon search once your book is published.

10. Write your book

When it comes to the act of writing everyone writes differently: the goal is to find a path that is comfortable for you: using your sketch, you can set a schedule and daily or weekly milestones to keep the process going keep, but you need to remember that the writing process is unpredictable, first and everything else, second.

If you have a good day you will be overdoing your daily goal, which does not mean that you shouldn't be writing the next day, but should keep writing because once you start writing the book you have to move on, keep writing, every day, because otherwise there could be negative consequences.

If you hired a ghostwriter to write your book, here are some things you could do to make the writing process easier:

  • Give all of your research to the ghostwriter.
  • Make a very detailed, very graphic sketch.
  • Make sure the ghostwriter knows what to look out for.
  • Make sure the ghostwriter is able to capture your voice or the voice of your blog posts (if you have a blog).

To make it easier for you, you can try recording yourself, for example, imagining that you are talking to another person and sharing all of your knowledge with them.

Pick a chapter from your sketch or start with the first chapter: when you're done, transcribe what you've written (which you can also do by hiring someone to transcribe for you or using software to do the Converts audio to text).

A tool like Scrivener can be very useful because it makes it very easy for you to access both: you know at a glance what you have written up to a certain point in time and what remains to be written, and you will never lose time to look for all the information you need, as authors often find it difficult to go on after searching for information for more than an hour.

The best advice we can give you is to write a trial with Scrivener - if it's too distracting, if you don't understand how to use it, if it doesn't work as well as it can, then maybe it is better to write in Microsoft Word or Evernote, or use other software that works for you.

11. Make a schedule

As I said, you can set up a schedule to keep moving forward with the process of writing your book, but the schedule should never be overconfident, but when we say the schedule we don't mean how many words you will write in a day - for that there are milestones - we are talking about the overall plan for the publication of your book.

Overall, you'll need to determine when you will finish writing the book, how long it will take to edit, and whether or not you will get a beta reader before the book is published.

If the write is faster than that, move on with the editing process and other tasks as you never know where a problem is going that can cause delays.

Let's look at some examples.

Imagine your book will be around 50,000 words if you choose to write 2,000 words per writing session (or per day), that's about 25 writing sessions, assuming you can write 2,000 words in each session, that's 25 Days, you can plan that your manuscript will be ready in around 4-5 weeks.

Let's say you take a week off your first draft and then spend two weeks editing your book - that's about 7 weeks - if you plan on getting a good cover of your book and your professional's bio in the same amount of time Author, then ideally it would take 7 weeks from the moment you write your book to the time you publish it.

The example is very optimistic: The writing process is very unpredictable, so it's best to plan a few weeks for unprecedented situations so that you still have ten weeks to finish your book.

You can finish your book in 10 weeks, but should you get it published right away?

Yes and no.

Yes, you should post it right away if you already have a fan base to fall back on, if not then you need to plan it by season, e.g. summer recipes will not be popular at the end of summer.

Then decide when you want to get your book out by Christmas and start writing in March, which will give you plenty of time to prepare your nonfiction book for publication as best you can.

12. Create daily and weekly milestones

These milestones mostly relate to writing and word count in the beginning, but later also to the editing process, formatting, getting a good cover and the rest, starting with daily or weekly milestones where you can either determine the number of words or the parts of your outline that you will cover during the day or week (or month).

You can go either way.

If you go for a daily milestone of 1000 words, then you will have your manuscript written in about two to three months (you need days off, right?) Or you can break your book up into chapters and set a word limit for each chapter in order to to keep every chapter the same length.

The length of the chapters depends on how much information you have, not how many words you can write, even in a novel the chapters are not the same length, and some authors even write chapters that are only one sentence long.

So, if you decided to write each chapter in 3000 words, what happens when you have so much information that it is closer to six thousand, or what happens when you have all the information divided into just over 1500 words?

The good news is the more you write the better you get, so your early milestones can be up to 500 words per day, but once you get used to writing daily you can increase that number to 750, 1000, 1250 etc. increase.

Or you can keep a record of the number of words you write each day and keep a weekly tab, such as writing a chapter in a week or planning what part of your book you will be working on during the week and whether you will finish by the Week or will continue for the next week.

Writing can be a delightful but also a grueling process, if you overdo it it can lead to writer's block, and if you take many days off when you don't write, it can be difficult to start again.

13. Pictures, tables and other items

Depending on the subject of your book and the problem it solves when it comes to nonfiction, additional elements such as pictures, illustrations, tables and similar elements may be a necessary addition.

For example, for travel guides, pictures are a must, but if you're writing a self-help book, short illustrated comics (bonus points if they're humorous) are a better option, another example is gardening.

Tables and graphs can be very dry and distract readers from the experience, which you should only include when strictly necessary to round out your content; if not, they'd better be replaced by infographics, if you can incorporate them, or comment boxes with specific information.

Third part: editing, polishing and publishing your book

The third phase of publishing a book is just as important as the other two phases: when you've finished your first draft, you'll find that you don't love it, maybe even hate it a little.

Sure, your first draft could be a lot of work, and you might not even be able to edit your own work.

Our advice is to always try to edit yourself.

You can learn how to edit your own work through many different tutorials, and if you understand the basics of editing your book, you may enjoy the process.

And the editing process can and should be fun: because you will strive to turn your first draft into a full-fledged manuscript, and any changes you make will make your book a really fun read.

In fiction, it's always better to take some time off after you've completed an initial draft so that you can relax from working on the book.

In other words, if you take a week off, you can read the first draft with fresh eyes, and you will need those fresh eyes as you go through the editing process.

Let's look at the steps.

14. Preliminary processing

Preliminary Edit is what we call the first round of editing your first draft.

We are all human, and it is very easy to make a mistake (e.g., that there will be five steps in a process, and then it turns out there are seven) that are not remembered.

The best thing to do is to print out your manuscript and sit down with a red or blue pen, read through, commenting on the margins of the pages for changes you can make, errors you need to fix, and most importantly, improvements that You can make a note of that.

If you are making major changes, just remember that you should do some more preprocessing before moving on to the next round of editing to ensure that all changes are in order and that there are no inconsistencies or errors.

15. Editing on a grand scale

Editing on a grand scale is editing what is now the second draft on many levels.

The first level are the chapters: Are the titles working or not, are they flowing in order, or are they scattered?

You need to make sure that the paragraphs are not too long, that they are concise and precise, that they are not too long and tortuous, that readers are not lost reading, and that you also have to look for grammatical errors during this round of editing.

Very long sentences, made up of many words, most of which are unnecessary and redundant, and which do not add anything to the general meaning of the sentence, are a chore to read and readers will likely want to throw your book away when they are not in are able to follow most of your sentences to the end.

Fourth level are words, misspelled words, misspelled words, homonyms and homophones, they are easy to mix and match and easy to spot, one more thing to look for in this level of editing is repetitive words.

16. Hire a professional editor

If all levels of editing seem like a lot of work - and they are - then you'd better get a professional, freelance book editor engage:

  • Your manuscript will be processed within a certain processing time.
  • Your style will suit your genre, category, niche, and topic.
  • There are no grammatical errors, spelling mistakes or wrong words.
  • There aren't any major plot gaps or inconsistencies once you've written a novel.
  • Every other editing task is carried out with the exception of preprocessing.

A professional editor will spot inconsistencies too - but to increase the likelihood that the editor knows the terms and words used in your niche, you can try to find a professional editor with experience in the same genre or niche.

17. Polish the writing

Instead of looking for mistakes, you will now work on correcting the sentences that were too long and needed fixing, the repetitive words, and all the other mistakes, and the manuscript should read much better than the first draft.

Big words, which most readers are unfamiliar with, are fine to get scattered around the Scriptures, but using them all the time can have a negative effect - especially since readers may not even know what some of them are actually mean.

Because of this, your job is to find ways to get the same ideas across in fewer words, especially when a paragraph is too long or when a sentence is too complicated: no, we're not saying this is the time to go which you completely rewrite the manuscript in other words.

18. Get beta readers

Beta readers are just that: people who read your book and give you feedback on it before the book goes through its final editing and is published.

Your beta readers should look for inconsistencies, grammatical or spelling errors, and repetitive words - meaning they are doing the same thing as you or the editor, just from the reader's point of view.

Ask them if they were able to connect with you as a writer, if they found your book helpful, and ultimately if they found the reading experience pleasant.

Remember your goal you set yourself in the first step of our guide and ask your beta readers if you achieved it, regardless of whether the goal you set for your nonfiction book was to help entertain or do both.

19. Last edit before publication

It is important to note that there will be no changes after this, if you publish in ebook format you can save the final edit as the last step before uploading the file.

Because the manuscript has been well drafted, perhaps even adapted to include feedback from beta readers, there is no need to search for bugs and read everything carefully because even the smallest bug will pop out.

20. Professional protection

Many writers and professionals think that they can make a really good cover for their book and believe that with a little knowledge of photo and image editing programs, they can make a cover that is attractive and original.

If you can afford it, have an artist read your book and do a cover, or explain your book, content, and subject as best they can.

Trust us, an artist will do a better cover for your book than you can, unless you are an artist yourself, but you have to explain the subject to the artist as best you can, you have to give them your goal, that Problem you are trying to solve and communicate its content.

21. Professional author biography for a non-fiction corner

If you've written a non-fiction book, the biography Include your experiences on the subject, and if it is healthy eating, talk about how and when your life changed when you started this particular diet.

Make sure you share:

  • Who they are.
  • Where you've studied and learned what you're presenting.
  • How many years of experience you have.
  • How long have you been writing on your blog?
  • Your website and ways to reach you on social media.

Of course, your biography also needs a professional photo of yourself, and you should keep your biography short and sweet and not lengthy.

22. Publish your book

When you have a book deal with a publisher, you have no control over the price of your book, you either receive an advance payment, or you get paid when the book comes out and starts selling.

There are many online self-publishing platforms, some of which are Amazon-owned, such as CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), which allow you to publish an eBook from anywhere in the world. iBooks (iTunes), Nook (Barnes & Noble), Kobo and Draft2Digital - which can fall back on the three previous and other, lesser-known platforms.

Self-publishing is only relatively free, so keep the following things in mind about ISBN numbers when self-publishing:

  • You may have to pay for your ISBN when the retailer asks for it.
  • Amazon (KDP) does not require an ISBN as it assigns an ASIN (Amazon Kindle catalog number).

An alternative solution to consider if you are not comfortable with self-publishing yourself, and if you have the budget to do it, is to work with one Self-published who care about take care of the process for you.

23. Promoting the book before and after publication

You can also take book tours, especially book tours in your niche, and promote your upcoming book on social media with little snippets and funny comments.

You can one Cover Post some time in advance of the release date, and make sure you have an excerpt available on your website, as well as small paragraphs that are very relevant to the content.

As for advertising, after you've published your book, think about what you can offer: for example, can you offer a book reading if your work is a novel or a seminar if your book is a nonfiction?

Conclusion

The first book is always difficult, for any author, and once you've done it the next one will be easier, at least you are experienced with the process and you will find ways to make it easier for yourself.

There are many tips and tricks to use in your writing, many different ways to present your information, and the more you learn, the better you will get at writing.

If you manage to find a place in your genre or niche, you now have the perfect platform to fall back on for your next book: many book authors write within the same genre or niche, either by creating a series Developing books or writing titles that belong to the same category but are independent.

With each book, you will provide more knowledge to the readers, and your relationship with your readers will grow, as will the number of your followers, and if you have published more than one book, readers will be more inclined to buy your books, too if they don't follow you on social media.

To do that, however, you need to start with the first book: the first book will become the pillar of your professional writing career.

So make sure you get the most of yourself to make the best version of yourself because it will be the way you introduce yourself to the world.

Good luck!

Georgina Roy wants to live in a world filled with magic. As a 22-year-old art student, she’s moonlighting as a writer and is content to fill notebooks and sketchbooks with magical creatures and amazing new worlds. When she is not at school, or scribbling away in a notebook, you can usually find her curled up, reading a good urban fantasy novel, or writing on her laptop, trying to create her own.

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