The Book in You: Three Resources to Help You Write toward Publication

The Book in You: Three Resources to Help You Write toward Publication

There are many stages to discovering the book in you. You might be wondering how to write a story, or you might already be in the process of writing. But no matter which stage you’re currently in, eventually you’ll be searching for the answers on how to get published.

Prepping for publication is something that everyone needs to approach with some guidance. The publishing world may be an unfamiliar place to you and it’s important to take full advantage of the knowledge of others to help you on this journey. Looking to take a step toward publication, here are a few phases to focus on:

  • Writing
    It’s time to let the book in you out! Put your ideas on paper and transform them into a manuscript. Write That Book Already! : The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now  provides the right amount of motivation to get the process rolling. With inside information from authors Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark, this book, published by Writer’s Digest explains what you should realistically expect. The book centers on simply translating your thoughts into writing. Get those ideas out of your head, and you could produce something great. Stop thinking about it, and do it!
     
  • Editing 
    Writer’s Digest published Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, 2nd Edition  which describes the importance of the often dreaded editing phase. Author James Scott Bell focuses on the value of using a systematic process to ease the pains many authors feel toward editing and revision. Going into the editing process without a plan of attack could make it easy to miss errors and prolong the entire process. Using checklists, guidelines and worksheets can be very helpful in successfully preparing your story to be sold. As long as you have some sort of plan in place for the editing and revision process, you are on the right track toward publishing the book in you.
     
  • Marketing
    Knowing the ins and outs of putting together a marketing plan can be challenging. Author and editor Chip MacGregor shares his advice on how you can establish your own brand. Writer’s Digest offers his webinar Self Marketing for Authors  which goes over the marketing basics all self-publishing authors need to know. There are many tools right in front of you. For example, social media sites are a great way to get the word out about your book. If you aren’t sure how to utilize these tools, take the time to learn. Help your book stand out by maximizing the impact these tools can have on your marketing plan.

 
What about you?
What do you use to help you through the process of editing? How do you use social media to market your book?