Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tips For Writing Your First Book - Important Things to Remember About Books by Glen Ford

Here are some facts about writing a book that you should remember.

Books require someone to read the book. If you don't have a group of readers you don't have anything except a bunch of paper with type on it. You have to find the group you will sell most of the books to and concentrate on them. You can't be all over. If you look at T.V. channels they always are aimed at a specific group of watchers. Cartoon channels are aimed at kids and teenagers, the news channels at those who want to be kept up to date, science-fiction channels, etc. They concentrate on one group of people, because otherwise nobody will watch them; it is the same with books.

All books need to meet a need. A weight loss book helps to meet the needs of someone who is trying to lose weight, while a fiction book meets the needs of someone who needs to be entertained. Your book must do the same: it needs to give the reader answers or solutions, or at least help them find these answers and solutions to their needs.

The best type of person with a need is someone with a problem or group of problems. Your readers are no different, so find a common problem in the community you are aiming at and work it to your advantage. All problems have solutions, so promise a solution to this problem in your book, and give them the solution. If it happens to be a fiction then make the character's problem their problem now; they must feel like the only way for an answer is to buy your book and read it.

If you are publishing a book just for the sake of publishing a book it won't work. It must have feeling. You must have a reason to write. Figure out why you want to - why you have to - write this book, and you will do much better. This will also be required for the blurb on the front of the book telling the reader a little about you. You have to know what entitles you to be able to write this book and help people with whatever problem they happen to have, whether it be a lack of entertainment or learning how to play the kazoo.

Many people today write books as a means of branding themselves. If this is your reason there is one important fact you need to know.

People really don't give a darn about who the publisher is.

They care about what the book contains, how the writer can help them, and the fact that it's published. What this means is that you don't have to convince a traditional publishing house to publish your book. Modern on demand publishers have given you the capability to publish the book yourself. As far as the public is concerned, you'll do just as well publishing under a name of your choosing. It is best not to use your name as the publisher's name, however. Use something different enough for people to not know right away that it's you publishing the books. The only problem of course, is that this doesn't work with book sellers who continue to rely on the traditional publishing houses for their product.

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