Writing a Story, It Sounds Simple But Is There More to it Than Meets the Eye?
This book is a bit of a wake up call for all current and aspiring authors, it challenges you to stop and think about what you are doing, why you are doing it and how you plan a route to success. In other words how to write a book that can be published and even more importantly, is bought and read.
As you digest this book there will be a slow realisation that yes pretty much anyone, that sets their mind to it, can write a book. There are techniques and methods that will help you understand how to start and finish the book writing process. But then there is a new and possibly even more daunting prospect, how do you get your book in front of real people that are prepared to pay good money to purchase your offering.
Writing and publishing a book is a series of single steps on the way to becoming a published author, there are some big steps in there admittedly, but, like many innovations, it is a single step process. Jonathan Veale's How to Write a Book or Novel is every writers personal guide to the book writing and publishing process, whether you are planning to go down the independent publishing route or follow the traditional route of seeking out a legitimate publisher to take your book on.
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The Story Writing Process - The Steps you Need to Take from Start to Finish
Below is a list, a comprehensive list, of considerations that form the steps of the book writing process.
- Getting started - just hit the keyboard and let rip!
- The muse - let your subconscious mind help you
- You can write! That will help - if you can great, if you can't you can learn, but do that first.
- Plan your book with its readers in mind - who is your intended audience, make sure your content matches your market
- Provide readers with benefits. Meet their expectations - a disappointed reader will do you no favours
- What do you intend writing about - identify your genre
- And a theme always helps - whatever you are writing about
- Think about publishers and literary agents early on - how will you introduce yourself?
- Writers' block - taking action is usually the answer
- Be honest and to the point in your writing - people know when they are being lied to
- Don't believe everything you're told
- First drafts should be for your eyes only
- Dough needs resting before being baked. So do first drafts (of anything)
- Good reads start on the opening page
- The writing habit - it's your call 1 hour or 6 it's up to you
- When writing, leave some dots for your readers to join up
- How much editorial assistance to seek
- All about the role of book editors
- Don't be troubled by punctuation. It can be dealt with later
- Things to look out for when self-editing
- More self-editing tips
- Titles and opening paragraphs - some advice
- The traditional publishing route - what to submit and how
- The synopsis for publishers and agents
- Four ways to cope with the shock of rejection
- Spot the publishing bandits
- The DIY route - becoming a self-published author
- The technical process of publication
- Print on demand - another option for new writers
- Ebooks - the new opportunity for aspiring writers
How To Write a Book or Novel - An Insider's Guide to Book Writing
Often the best way to discover exactly how to do something is to follow in the footsteps of someone that has already done what you want to do. This is the approach that Jonathan Veale has taken with his book on writing a book. A step by step to how you go about writing a book and getting it published. Invaluable advice from someone who knows his way along the rocky path to becoming a published author.
Where Else Can You Buy How to Write A Book or Novel? - Alternative Distributors to Amazon
See the link list below to find some alternative formats for How to Write a Book or Novel
- How to Write a Book or Novel - The Paperback
If you still prefer your books in hard copy you can get How to Write a Book or Novel as a paperback from Createspace for only $8.99
- How To Write a Book or Novel On Smashwords
Smashwords deliver ebooks in multiple formats including the very popular ePub, mobi and PDF formats. So you don't even need an ereader to tap into this valuable source of information.
- How To Write a Book Or Novel from iTunes
This is the direct link to iTunes USA to purchase your personal guide for how to write a book.
Can I Write a Novel? - That's the big question!
Well can you write a novel?
Who is Jonathan Veale?
An editor, writer and published author
Jonathan Veale takes great delight in exposing the unscrupulous people that operate under the guise of vanity publishers. He warns aspiring writers of the need to avoid being taken for a ride just when they are at their most vulnerable. When they have completed a book and are desperate to get a publishing deal.
Instead he prefers to offer sound advice based on real experiences and dealings within the world of writing and publishing books. No one needs to take his advice, they are free to plot their own course, but he believes it never harms to get a perspective from someone that has been there and done it over a number of years.
How to Write a Novel? - Lots of people have written a novel, it must be easy!
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I am sure there are other tips out there from people that have been there and done it, so if you have this is your chance to help out some like minded people.
Have You Had a Bad Experience Getting a Book Published? - Share your tips
Brian Stephens (author) from France on June 12, 2014:
@John Dyhouse: Nice one, hope you find it useful. Don't forget to add a review on Amazon if you have time.
John Dyhouse from UK on June 09, 2014:
Back again. this time I purchased the book, but had to use Amazon dot co dot uk.
Brian Stephens (author) from France on March 04, 2014:
@Sensuintell: Well you know what they say......just do it. You will feel great when you have!
Brian Stephens (author) from France on March 04, 2014:
@Michey LM: The points actually come from the book, which was written by a professional editor. I think he really knows what he is talking about.
Michey LM on March 03, 2014:
For me the hardest part is starting, then one thing led to another, and it is also hard to call it "finished"
Like your points here.
Sensuintell on March 03, 2014:
My novel is currently over 50K. I am dreading the revision/in-depth research phase.. Eeek!
Brian Stephens (author) from France on February 20, 2014:
@John Dyhouse: You are very welcome, hope you get it finished and have lots of success with it.
John Dyhouse from UK on February 19, 2014:
Since a previous visit to the lens I have actually started to write my first novel. you may well have had a lot to do with that, thanks
Brian Stephens (author) from France on January 30, 2014:
@takkhisa: Do it, writing a book and publishing it is very satisfying.
Takkhis on January 28, 2014:
Great tips! I have a plan to write short story.
Brian Stephens (author) from France on December 17, 2013:
@DrBillSmithWriter: That is probably a good way to go, at least you avoid the vanity publishers who do nothing and charge a lot of money for the privilege!
Mohan Babu from Chennai, India on December 16, 2013:
Very useful tips in this forum as it help lensmasters like me too.
William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on December 16, 2013:
I publish through a small, family publisher that mostly did text books, over the years. Very lucky to get that support! ;-)
Brian Stephens (author) from France on December 16, 2013:
@DANCING COWGIRL: I am sure there will be a demand for sewing patterns.
Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on December 07, 2013:
I have only tried to have sewing patterns published.
Brian Stephens (author) from France on November 19, 2013:
@Dave Lynch: I think there are many people that have done exactly as you have described. But the trick to writing a book is to keep going, right to the end. Then once you have a full set of words you can go about editing and proofing to polish it ready for publication.
David Edward Lynch from Port Elizabeth, South Africa on November 18, 2013:
I started writing a novel but only reached 20 something pages, want to go further with it, always seem to be busy with internet sites. Thanks for the information you've supplied here.
Melissa Miotke from Arizona on September 15, 2013:
I would love to be a published author.
Amagai-Shuusuke on May 07, 2013:
I will write a book.
Brian Stephens (author) from France on November 17, 2012:
@aesta1: Aahhh much the same as most of the world, including me :-)
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 16, 2012:
You can do it when you set your mind to it. I flutter from one idea to the next.
Brian Stephens (author) from France on November 16, 2012:
@anonymous: That is very true, but there are plenty of people who love to read and have no intention of writing. Books are, for many, another form of entertainment just like music or TV.
anonymous on November 15, 2012:
There are so many of these types of books. I fear if we read them all, we'd never have time to write.
Brian Stephens (author) from France on November 15, 2012:
@mouse1996 lm: Well hopefully we will hear from a few people here, that could help prevent others falling for the same tricks.
Brian Stephens (author) from France on November 15, 2012:
@Gail47: The main problem is getting involved with people who ask for a lot of money and give nothing back realistically in return. Just need to be careful and that old adage, if it sounds too good....
Gail47 on November 15, 2012:
No, but I've heard stories of others who have. I'm hoping it doesn't happen to me.
mouse1996 lm on November 14, 2012:
No, but I'd love to hear what others have experienced. Great book review.