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How many books will you write this year?

One book doesn’t make a career. Telling yourself that “I’m writing a book” may even stifle your career.

Why? Because:

As an author, you have no control over the fate of an individual book

From idea to print is a long road, usually around three years, and once you’ve answered your final author queries from your editor and the book is into the publication process, you have no control.

Much hinges on pre-publication orders, for example, because if there are no copies of your book in the bookstores, people can’t buy it.

Publishing is a slow business

Everything in publishing takes time. Your editor and agent can take months to respond to proposals you send them.

Acquisition editors need to present your proposal to their colleagues before you’re offered a contract…

I could give you a dozen more reasons telling yourself that “I’m writing a book” may stifle your career, but I hope you get the idea.

Since everything in publishing moves at a glacial pace, you need to write – not wonder about the fate of any particular project. Your goal should be to write several proposals each year, and at least a couple of books.

When you do this, you’ll be less stressed, and you’ll get multi-book contracts, because you’ve got other books you’re writing.

So rather than focus on a single book project as if it’s your entire career, think in terms of writing several books each year. The more you write, the more you’ll make a career of writing.

Write more – the key to your writing success

Yes, you can write more – even if you’re a world-class procrastinator.

Did you know that when you write more, your writing improves? Many of my writing students experience this. They find that when they write more, writing is easier for them – they’re not dominated by their inner editor.

My new writing class, “Write More And Make More Money From Your Writing: Develop A Fast, Fun Productive Writing Process” is based on lessons I developed for my private coaching students to help them to write more, improve their writing, and make more money writing.

If you’re struggling with your writing, the class will help. The techniques you’ll learn in class with help you write fiction, nonfiction, and copy for business.

Discover how you can write more, improve your writing, and sell more of your writing to higher-paying markets.

Write a Book: Get Started Writing your Book the Right Way

Get sorted writing your book

Want to write a book? You can. However, writing a book is a journey. A novel or nonfiction book which may take four hours to read may take a year to write. Your preparations before writing the book can make the difference between completing the book and the book stalling, as well as between the book’s ultimate success or failure.

Let’s look at how you can get started writing your book the right way.

One of the biggest dangers during the time it takes you to write a book is that the book’s focus will change as you write it – books tend to morph, because they take time to write and you’re changing as you write the book.

Create a map of your book before you start writing; this map will help you to stay focused. It helps you to complete your book.

Create a map of your book before you start writing it

A “map” of your book can be a simple paragraph (a blurb), or it may be many pages long, in which case it’s called a synopsis if it’s a novel, and an outline if it’s a nonfiction book.

Your agent and editor will demand a synopsis/ outline as part of your book’s package: these treatments are sales tools. Some authors write the book first, and then create the synopsis/ outline.

However, a blurb is your own personal map before you start writing. (The actual back cover blurb is written while the book’s making its way to publication.)

Look at the back covers of several books of the kind of book you’re writing to get an idea of what constitutes a blurb. A blurb is more than a summary, it’s an enticement for bookstore browsers to buy the book.

A novel’s blurb offers entertainment; a nonfiction book’s blurb offers benefits to the reader.

Take your time writing your blurb

Some writers find blurbs challenging. They’re inspired, they just want to start writing. However, taking a week or two to create a blurb which excites you can save you much time in writing. It’s your map. Without a map you will lose your way.

A blurb is a vital part of your preparations for writing your book. You’ll find that the time you invest in writing a blurb is repaid when you write a book, because not only does it make writing your book easier, it also increases your chances of writing a book which sells.
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