Writing a novel is easy. You heard right. Many people are fearful about the writing process. They know they have a great story just waiting to be read, but they’ve heard, or perhaps they have preconceived ideas about how difficult the writing process can be. I submit that more often than not, writing is the easiest part of the journey to becoming a published author.
If you’re driven to write a novel, chances are the words will flow easily. If you have access to a critique group, and you should strive to belong to one, the journey will become easier. Feedback during this time is essential. Unless you’re a seasoned writer, you should be sharing your work and accepting criticism and suggestions on how to write better.
Once you’ve completed the book, the hard work begins. What’s next? Here’s a list I recommend:
- First, find an editor that has either been recommended or one who has a proven record of accomplishment. Having a book published with substantial errors is embarrassing.
- Submit the edited manuscript to a publisher, or go the self-publishing route, which by the way, many writers are choosing.
- Before the book is set for release, arrange for book signings, virtual blog tours, and even a launch party at a local café or library.
- Once the book is out, do the book signings and even read excerpts at them. These events do not necessarily have to be at bookstores. They can be at coffee shops, churches, and libraries. Be creative. I had a signing at a casino in Las Vegas.
- Work the social media to death: FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
- Create a website for your book and/or yourself. Start a blog. The idea is to get your name and your book out to the public. When people Google your name or book, you want numerous results to appear.
- The excitement and sales begin to taper after the first couple of weeks after publication. It’s your job to keep your work out front. Keep copies of your book with you in your car; pass out bookmarks and business cards. Remember, you are your own PR and marketing person.
Sound like a lot of work? It is. Once you’ve written your book, the real work begins. Be prepared to put your best foot forward and expose your book to as many people as possible, otherwise you and your family may be the only people who ever read your story. Write your story and then prepare to get busy.