If you haven’t begun writing your book yet and you’re finding it a bit difficult to begin, it’s always a good idea to decide what type of story you are going to write. Is it fiction or non fiction? Are you going to write an expose or a story about yourself?
What I suggest you do first is to get a few books based on the same genre and have a good look at them. Look at the cover, the title, the inside pages. How does it begin?
When you begin typing it’s a good idea to leave the first few pages blank so you can have a title page. You might just have a ‘working title’ page to begin with if you can’t think of a title. That will come when you are ready and have an idea of where you are going with it. It could come to you like a bolt out of the blue but it will come.
The next page will be the Publisher (you), ‘All rights reserved’ that covers the copyright of your work. The date of publishing, your ABN or business number and your ISBN which is the 13 numbers you purchase which is allocated to your book so others can find it etc… you should have an idea now what is on that page.
Does it have an about page? Does it have a dedication page? The first few pages consist of these sorts of things so get some ideas from other books first before you decide how to set it out. Once you have all these things noted then you can begin to write. It doesn’t matter what you write to begin with but write. You can aways go back and change it. How far have you planned your story? Do you have notes? Are those notes in order and do they fit into chapters?
It’s not hard to get a story going and I always found the easiest stories to write are based on fact. It’s easy to get muddled too if you don’t have your book set out in some order. The story can become confusing. There are hundreds of books available for the beginner to learn how to write. I personally love the freedom of being able to do it all myself and having the internet available is a blessing. Don’t let yourself become too intrenched in another authors ideas and style of writing. Remember it’s your book and no one else can lay claim to it. As long as it flows and is enjoyable to your readers.
Anyway, I am just trying to show you how to self publish. It’s hard work but very rewarding and I learned a lot doing it and I’m more than happy to pass it on to you. I dare say you are aware of the need for a good beginning to a story. You need to catch the attention of the reader. The middle of the story is the guts of it and the end is the clincher where you find out who done it! Unless of course it’s a how to book…..Instructions, pictures, diagrams, explanations etc…Make it clear for the reader to understand.
When I wrote my book I handed it to friends and family to read and re-read over and over again. I had to make sure they knew exactly what I was trying to get across to them. In the end it paid off because although my book is for anyone wanting to lose weight, it’s based on something no one has ever designed before. It’s unique. The concept had to be clear and easy to understand. I went from a size 16 Aus to a size 8 Aus in about 8 weeks. Writing the book took me months and months. Ha!
My poor friends and family. How patient they were.
Now while you are deciding on the set out of the first pages etc and or you are already writing, you can also begin to think about the website where you will be advertising and selling it from. It must be clean, clear and show your potential customers what you have, how much it is and why they should purchase it. Your message must be clear. Don’t make it too wordy. people want to go to your site, read what you have, decide if it’s what they want and purchase it. They don’t spend a lot of time on the site although I have had some people on my site for over 35 minutes. These people are usually from the US. maybe they are trying to decide if I am a dinky Di author and have something to sell or a scam artist. If they look at the celebrities and others on my website, they will see who they are by checking. Google comes in handy for that.
Well, it’s getting late here in Adelaide and so I must leave until next time. I have lots to tell you so keep reading and please make comments.