You want to publish a book…
Seriously. Writing a book is an incredible accomplishment. Celebrate that. Soak it in. Look at what you’ve done that so many around you want to do, many will even start to do, but very few will ever finish.
Now, for the reality check.
Don’t back down now! It’s overwhelming, I know. But you can do this!
How did I get to where I am today? Here are my top tips for every writer getting started:
Small, consistent steps.
Breathe. And pace yourself.
Research, make the best decision you can, and move on.
What's most important to readers?
Your writing. Get your book edited by someone intimately familiar with the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.
Your cover. We all judge a book by its front cover. Poor covers chase away more potential readers than anything else. And make sure it looks good in thumbnail size as well as book cover size.
Your title. Yes, it matters. Don’t just throw the first thing that comes to mind on there. Do a little research: Is it trademarked? How many other books already include it? Does it encourage someone who doesn’t know you to read more?
Your description. Readers want to know why they should invest hours reading your book when so many others are available to them. If it’s fiction, the description should draw them in, create questions in their mind that they want
Finally, read. And read some more.
I know. You have a lot to do. I get it. But, it’s commonly known in the publishing world that the best writers are also the best readers. In addition to books within your genre, books to help you personally grow, and books for pure enjoyment, you have a lot to learn. Find my lists of the best books I’ve read on writing, publishing, and marketing by clicking here.