What to know before Writing a BookThings you should know before writing a book
You' re going to write a book.
I knew what I wanted before I wrote a book.
Do you remember to write a book? Have a look at our Book Publication Guidance 101 and then continue reading to get what a recently released writer wants before she starts. To write a book is one of the best things you can do to improve your scareer. And as a press advisor who three years ago has written a book about online advertising, I can tell you that this is completely truth.
So if you are considering getting down on pencil, here are the things I wish I would have had a better grasp of if my book, This! A lot of first writers get either very little or no progress at all unless they write some of the court that the deities of the bowl have ever seen it.
The idea that you can buy a book and make a living from an advanced payment while writing is a thing of the past. I do not provide prepayments - a politics my journalist speaks of in an interviewer's Red Room statement - so I decided to finance my book instead. It worked for me - I collected $6,000 in hard currency, and I also arranged a three-month remunerated (near) sabbatical from my key customer, who was anxious to help me with my work on the book.
I hadn' t expected how long it would take me to get back to my customers' radar sets once the design was done and I was prepared to work again. Then it took another four to six week until my regular working speed (and the influx of cash) resumed.
Because I had been setting up and executing marketing activities for my customers (including several book authors) for years, I thought I could do the same for myself. So overpowered by the pressure of the publication that I kept up with my work load to get dinner on the plate and made all the little follow-ups and choices that had to be made about the book (Did the journalist get her copy?
So if you want to resell your book, you need someone to concentrate on selling it. Your publisher's advertisers are probably unbelievably cute and serious and want to help you - but they're probably so reworked with the 50 other songs they're advertising that yours could get stolen in the shuffle.
Baratunde Thurston, my girlfriend, spoke of looking at her book as a politic initiative and encouraging the themes in the book rather than the people behind it. It is his recommendation to employ a PR and advertising agency to manage everything. As it was going on tours and to promote the book all over the land (and in my case the whole wide globe - I liked being asked to Europe and Chile to talk on my tour), I thought because I was independant and had always worked from everywhere that I could fit my work plan into my travelplan.
I didn't realize the high level of emotive and psychologic power needed to make many efficient speeches in the open - not to speak of the meaningful interaction with people during and after. Overall, I calculate that the two years I put into my book, from writing to publishing to tour and publishing, costs me about $30,000 (that's both loss of revenue and expense, and it takes into account the amount of cash I was able to afford myself).
To know what I know now, yes, in a stroke. It' like writing a book is like graduating from school: Photograph of the lady who writes a book, kindly by Shutterstock.