First and foremost, write because you love to write! Now that we know, writing is your passion and a thriving part of your existence, no doubt the words, “I should write a book” or “I could write a book”, have crossed your mind.
It's important to understand that the publishing industry has experienced dramatic changes over the past twenty years. The most prevalent changes have included the advancement, acceptance and surge of self-publishing. Self publishing is a competitive, difficult and expensive process. In addition, the challenge of selling your writing, gaining an audience and avoiding having hundreds of book copies stored away in a closet can be frustrating.
Gone are the days of hiring an agent and seeking out the support of a big publishing house. Big publishing houses are not looking for the next gifted, writing prodigy; they much prefer to invest in well known names that can reap a fast, profitable turn-around; therefore, more than likely, you are going to have to self-publish and develop a marketing campaign yourself. Note: P.O.D. (publish on demand)publishers often takes a large percentage of sales and do not market your book.
Many writers are choosing to use their talents as a ghostwriter. Once established, this can be a lucrative means for making a living; however, ghostwriting contracts are detailed and enforced. If you're okay with no one ever knowing that you have written a best selling book and settling for a one time fee (although some contracts do offer residual payments), then ghostwriting may be an avenue to explore.
You may be asking yourself, are people even reading books anymore? Some say yes, they're reading online; yet, report after report suggests the contrary. Research has found the internet responsible for a decline in reading, particularly books. We can't argue that book buying habits have changed, as bookstores across the country have closed their doors, libraries struggle to stay afloat and school children are provided tablets for homework.
So, is there hope for the would be writer? Absolutely! Just understand that the writing road is tough, marketing isn't easy and gaining a following will be a challenge. That said, something you write may just spark a whole new reading interest for the next generation. It's your turn to answer this question; do you still want to write that book? Good for you!
Before you get started, here are a few things to consider:
IDENTIFY YOUR BOOK PROJECT:
And there you have it! Your basic writing starter kit is compiled. It is time to begin. Isolate yourself from everyone for a few hours, sit comfortably at your computer, grab a cup of hot coffee and let the inspiration begin.