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09/04/2019

I would like to write a book…how do i start?

QUESTION
I would like to write a book…how do i start?
I want to write a book. I am not sure how to begin or how i can find a publisher.

ANSWER
I would suggest starting by reading as much as possible, both in the genre(s) you plan on writing, and books that cover different aspects of writing and grammar. My personal favorite books on writing include:

1) “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser– This is an excellent reference for any kind of writing. It will make your emails, essays, stories, and other writing clearer. I recommend this to everyone who wants to improve their writing skills.

2) “Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” by Anne Lamott– This is slightly more geared towards fiction writing, but can be helpful when you are attacking ANY large project in your life. Definitely a must for creative writers, students, or people who are looking for an entertaining book on writing.

3) “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. This definitely targets creative writing, and focuses on the practice of writing. I write a lot of poetry and am working on a novel, and this is incredibly motivational to me. Practicing your writing every day will help teach you how to put those ideas together.

4) “On Writing” by Stephen King. This really contains two different stories– one that is his life, and another which is lessons to writers.

Just to name a few, that is!

As for the writing itself, you just have to sit down and do it. I’d suggest picking a topic that you are passionate about instead of worrying about what others might like to read. Write something you love, and don’t worry about the writing being of a high quality the first time around. Editting is the time when you will make everything sparkle– for now, just get your story down on paper, no matter how rough your draft!

There are two types of publishing: Tradition and Self-Publishing.

The first answer that you got suggested http://www.lulu.com which is, in my opinion, the best self-publisher around. You can set up your book on their website, for free, and they will print copies as they are purchased. They do not edit your book, so you will need to take care of that on your own. This will also NOT get your book in a traditional bookstore, although you can purchase a very affordable package that would allow sale of your book through online bookstores like Amazon.

The second answer referenced “Writer’s Market” which, along with “The Guide to Literary Agents” are my two suggestions for diving into the traditional publishing market. I suggest looking for an agent first because they are the best step through the publishing door. You will create a submission package that matches the agents preferences (some, for instance, just want a query letter and summary in your first contact with them while others want more). Once you find an agent that is willing to represent you, they will market your book to publishers. Remember, in traditional publishing you should not be paying for anything! They get paid when you get paid!

But first, you have to get that thing written! Happy writing and good luck!