So, 2022 is the year you’re going to become an author, right? Whether you set a New Year’s Resolution to write more or a goal to become a published author, it can seem daunting and you might not know where to start or how to reach the point of having a printed book in front of you. Have no fear—we’ve put together a simple guide for you to become an author in 2022.
While it’s tempting to sit down and just start writing, it’s much easier and you’re more likely to stick to the habit if you have a plan. So, before you crack open that Word document, think about:
You might want to create a brainstorm or mind map, draw a reader avatar, or create a timeline.
When you’re organised and ready, then it’s time to start writing. Some aspiring authors ask other writers how they stay focused, but it’s really about figuring out what works for you personally. Think about:
You might want to keep track of your progress using a diary, the classic “pot of paperclips” technique, or Post-It notes.
When you’ve written the first draft, you might be tempted to do something with it immediately, but it’s better to put it away for at least a few weeks without looking or thinking about it. Then come back to it with fresh eyes and do some thorough editing. The time away will help you gain some objectivity. It’s time to think about:
Note that you may need to hire an editor(s), designer(s), and proofreader(s) if you decide to self-publish (we can help with that). If you land a traditional publishing deal, they will assign a team to work on your book.
You don’t need to wait until you’ve finished editing to consider your publishing options (in fact, it’s better if you consider this during the planning stage), but you do need to get serious about your path at this point. Your options are: traditional publishing, self-publishing, hybrid publishing, or vanity publishing (you can find out more about each of these options here). Think about:
You might want to try getting a traditional publishing deal at first and self-publish if you don’t bag a deal, or you might decide to self-publish from the start.
Whether you traditionally publish or self-publish, marketing is part of an author’s role these days. With self-publishing, marketing is crucial because there are millions of books self-published every year. However, even big publishers will expect you to do some of the marketing legwork. Importantly, your marketing should start long before you publish the book and run concurrently to other processes such as editing. Think about:
You might want to spend time researching your competitors to see how they’ve promoted and marketed their books.
This might sound like a lot of things to consider, but take it one small step at a time and you’ll get there. Break each step down into smaller pieces and tick them off a checklist so you can see your progress. Build a team of people to support you on your journey… whether that’s a paid team of editors and designers, friends and family to motivate you, or a writing accountability buddy. And when the going gets tough, remind yourself of the reasons why you want to become an author and why it’s so important to you. We’re here if you need us.
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