What are the Steps to Writing a BookHow to write a book?
First steps to writing a book
and I couldn't be more upset. I am so thrilled with this first venture that I have chosen to postpone my start date from January 19 to November 19 (exactly 15 week from today). I' m not going to go into what the book is about today.
Today I will present some of the first steps to the start of this huge work. These are the first things I'm doing to get close to the publication of my first book. Stage 0: Why should I compose a book? But before I do anything, I have to think seriously about why I want to publish a book.
So, here are a few good reason why I want to start writing a book: Whilst I like writing stories, I have never dared to go beyond the 2000 name. Writing over 30,000 words is a new kind of difficulty that really inspires me.
I am also nervous and inquisitive about all the other facets of book writing, such as the design of the book, the commercialization of a book and so on. I' m talkin' about learnin' more about the issue I'm gonna write about. Sure, I've chosen a theme I've had some experience with.
However, when I write a whole book, I have to go further, do more research than ever before and really know it. To do things we only know about will open the door - even if we are not quite sure what these will do. To write a book is one of those things.
Self-publication and the sale of a book can be a large inequity. It was one of those things I always had in the back of my head as something I could imagine one day. For my reason for writing a book, now it's and it' s to find out what I'm writing about!
This is a theme that offers genuine added value to the readers (I don't write a book for me, I write it for you). There are many topics that make up a great post, but far fewer that can become a book.
It is in line with where I want to concentrate my work and my shop now and in the foreseeable futures. It is a subject about which I would like to actually have a book (if I don't really like what I'm writing about, why am I doing it? I would like to tell you that I have different topics, A/B-tested page copy landings, search keywords, to come up with the ideal book theme, but this is not the case.
But, really, I think when it comes to writing a book, it's more of a bellybutton. So how is this book to become a real book? Where do I get from here (just me and a crummy book theme list) to there (a shiny, public book)?
As soon as the design is completely thought out and consolidated, only the execution remains. Now, that I've chosen to halve my time line for writing books from 6 to 3 month, my schedule is better bullet-proof. I' ve chosen to put this 15-week to-do listing in my notepad instead of using Trello or some other computer-based help.
It'?s the whole scheme. Instead of a crayon, I intentionally used a crayon to make this mailing lists. When I really need to make changes, I can scratch out (as you can see), but the point is to put this scheme in as much mud as possible.
I leave my notepad open right next to me, so the map stares me in the face every single second. Once I decided on the theme of my book, all kinds of things and thoughts appeared on my screen. There are sub-theme suggestions I want to incorporate into the book, items I want to re-read later as part of my research, guys I want to meet, things I want to work on in the book, and so on.
I' m afraid that these thoughts come to me at bad moments - when I'm not working on the book or on a certain section - and I'll overlook that. I' m gonna be remembering what I was going to think about when I reread the schedule later.
It' exactly what I need to write things down whenever and wherever I am. It' now is the right moment to really work on the production of the book itself. Its most important point of departure is the contour. This draft is my waymap for the whole book. The creation of the structure is comparable to the creation of a mindmap.
As with my idea capture memos, I began with a broad listing of subjects that I know I need to incorporate into the design. You just enumerate the things I can't overlook. I then begin to create the draft itself next to this approximate schedule. Here I think a great deal about how I have to organize the book's teachings so that the reader can read them in the most efficient order.
I also add annotations about illustration and screen shots. I' m using Google Docs to create this overview. I' m not sure if I will use it for the book's author. I was surprised to see that my silhouette was much longer than I thought. I' ve delineated every part of the book, almost to the heel.
As in the above design phase, the main way to create a sketch is to design as much as possible in advance. I spend a great deal of my mind trying to think about what I should involve, what not, how I want to interpret my points, in which order, the index, etc...
Later on, when it is the turn to start writing the chapter, I will not meet any writer's block because I have already determined what I will work on. Writing a book is not just about writing, of course. So, I'm working on the design of the book landings page this weekend. On this page you can find out what the book is about, what you can look forward to, and you can register by e-mail to be informed about the book's inauguration.
Some of me was still not sure if I would be able to create a whole (meaningful) book on the theme I had chosen. While I know it is a good issue that offers genuine added value to the reader, I had my doubt about my capacity to put it in the detail I intended.
So, I didn't want to waste my free moment writing and creating a Landing Page that makes a promise about a book I'm not 100% sure I can do. This attitude shifted when I was writing the book outlines. Sitting down to compose the book's outlines, I was agreeably amazed at how easy the idea was flowing on the page.
I had more than 4 pages of detailled sketch materials before I knew it (in only a few hours). Indeed, I see now that my greatest challenges will not be to fill the whole book, but to decide what to do! With the book outlines in place, I have a clear idea of how this book will develop.
I am now optimistic enough to move forward on the landings page and publish it as soon as possible. Here is a look at the first wire frame for the ending page: The design of the landings page is really the first stage in the marketer' s roadmap for this bookstarter, which has its own steps to get the game off the ground.
Here is what I'm doing to get this trial started: I' ve chosen one of these client Avatars that I think best fits the problems/solutions this book has to provide (basically just a hunch). However, I plan to compare these estimates with the feedbacks I get from my customers as soon as the page is published.
There I cheered on Balsamiq and started to design the wire model. Here I write the copy while interpreting the page's graphical sequence. I intend to publish this page within the next 2 s. Here I am today, with 15 still to the start.
I' ve chosen the theme of the book, I have some comments, I have written the book outlines, and I have a half-finished landing page in progress. Start the ending page and start calls with your subscriber. I' m planning to do a few introductory sessions to get a better idea of what folks want from a book like this, so I can be sure it'll all be in the definitive one.
Start writing. As soon as I have finished writing and editing some sections, I am planning to publish a free section for newslettersigners. Keep booking clients for testimonials on my platform. A few will be asked for case study exclusivity, which will be added to the bookcase.