Start Writing. Now.
“How long does it take to write a book?”
That’s the most common question I hear at author visits. And the answer is: “It depends.” It depends on how much focus goes into the project and how much time is devoted to it. It can take a few weeks or a few years.
Here’s what I’ve learned firsthand and seen my clients realize, as well: Thinking and talking about writing a book is harder than actually writing a book.
How many times have you said, “I’m working on a book,” knowing full well that you haven’t put pen to paper in weeks? The phrase “a little less talk and a a lot more action” aptly applies to would-be authors. Don’t put it off any longer. Start writing. Now.
Prolific. What else would you call an author who publishes four to six novels annually?
I suppose you could also call Nora Roberts wealthy since her books consistently and almost instantly hit the New York Times bestsellers lists.
Tea at Ashford Castle in Cong is as beautiful as it is tasty.
I got to meet Nora (she called me Erin, so I guess we’re on a first-name basis) at Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland, and was oddly star-struck. Odd because, although I’ve met quite a few celebrity-status authors, I felt absolutely giddy to have the opportunity to have afternoon tea with Nora…and a couple hundred other people. I was so excited, in fact, that my friend and I arrived early and snagged a seat at the front table. (Early is a big deal for me; just ask my husband.)
Afterwards, when her UK editor at Little Brown told me that Nora (aka J.D. Robb) publishes at least four books a year (she’s releasing a total of five in 2014), I almost choked. That’s a LOT of writing and a massive amount of discipline. There’s another descriptor to attribute to this impressive and totally approachable author.
Sometimes you write because you’ve been changed, and sometimes you’re changed in the process of writing. In this guest post, Jenny Hester shares how crafting a book opened her life in unexpected ways.
I never thought I would write a book. I’m still having trouble saying, “I am an author.” I started blogging more than a year ago as a way to share my new found love of discovering what it takes to be one’s best self. Not long after that, I decided to write my book… what a journey of self-discovery!
I used to have walls built up and you only got to see what I wanted you to see. You only saw what was on the outside, as I typically shared no emotional depth. I look back over this time in my life and I relate it to a tightly wound rose bud. My friend, I was very tightly wound.
Set a timer.
“Time stays long enough for those who use it.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci
If you find yourself watching the clock during your dedicated writing time for fear of missing other appointments, set a timer. Let that little time tracker free your mind from worrying about when you need to come out of hiding.
Thanks to Tim Bishop, for sharing his thoughts on writing from the road in this guest post. Tim and his wife, Debbie, will be touring through mid-September, writing as they go. Read on to learn about how and why they write.
When writing creeps into your bloodstream, it becomes an innate expression of your life experiences, whether or not it covers your bills. You write because you love it…and because you must. When those inflicted with this “bug” embark on one of life’s adventures, they have no choice but to write about it.
You may have a powerful message to share, but your book isn’t for everyone.
The first question you should ask when writing anything is: Who is the audience? Defining your audience before you write the first word will help you craft a message that hits the mark.
Where’s Your Cover?
Make it easy for the press to promote your book! Include a print-quality image of your book’s cover on its media page for magazines and newspapers to download.
(Yes, your book should have a media page!)
Here are a few more tips on how to work with reviewers.
Thanks to Molly Blaisdell for this guest post and candid story about writing, rejection and publication. After a many queries, reviews, revisions and a persistent belief in a good idea, her new YA book, Plumb Crazy, released June 4.
It’s not belief in an idea that leads to publication. A solid idea is necessary first step, but you will need to take many more steps to see a book published. It took me years to see my book Plumb Crazy come to publication. I hope that my journey will help you on yours.
I absolutely love reading, and I know that readers want heartfelt books. I’m always haunting bookstores, blogs and websites in search of my next great read. I wanted to write a book that would be picked up again and again. I hoped to create an old friend to journey with readers through their lives. I know that a good book has an irresistible core idea. I put much effort into this core idea.
“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. It’s an awesome responsibility.” ~Zig Ziglar
Authors, please, set up your author page on Amazon’s Author Central. You can even have your PR rep or VA do it for you. Don’t skip this step.
When people click on your name under your book title, make sure they don’t come up empty. It’s free. Do it!