Are you interested in learning how to write a book? Look no further! The process of writing a novel or non-fiction books is a difficult one, but it can be rewarding, both personally and financially, if it is executed properly. Before you write a book, ask yourself the following questions.
Is it marketable? So many people come up with what they think will be a stellar story, but find themselves without an audience. If you want to write a book that no one but you and your friends will read, ignore the answer to this question.
If you want to be read, and eventually find yourself able to write a book about anything and still be successful, then the answer to this question should be yes before you proceed.
Is it unique? The market today is saturated with people using the same types of stories that have been in existence for years. While there’s nothing wrong with writing according to a formula, you need to have something new to make it worth reading or writing. Before you sit down to write a book, make sure that you have an angle or concept that will stand out.
Is it easy to relate to? It doesn’t matter if the story takes place a billion years from now in a galaxy far, far away. You need to make sure that people will be able to relate to something in the stories or the characters. If you can’t relate to it, then don’t write it. In order to write a book and be successful, you need to make sure that people have a reason to be connected to the story within.
Is it entertaining? When you write a book, make sure that there is some element of suspense or intrigue involved. Keep the reader guessing! The mundane day to day events of an Average Joe may be easy to relate to, but it will also put the reader to sleep. If your concept is not entertaining, then don’t write that book.
Do you have an agent? Sure, there are stories out there about someone sending in their manuscript and having it “discovered” magically by a big shot at the publishing agency.
However, this is something more likely to happen in your stories than in your life. If you want to write a book and have it published, fork over the cash and get an agent. This will help you get your manuscript read by the right people.
Do you have an aversion to the spotlight? If you answer yes, then you probably should not write a book. In the past, one could write and publish while staying out of the spotlight. Famously, J.D. Salinger stayed out of the spotlight for decades, even with the booming success of his novel Catcher in the Rye. However, when you write a book today, you will have to do public appearances, including interviews for print, radio, and television.