Get Started On Your Book!
Before we start, if you're here looking for a magic pill to make this all happen for you and a hand holding step-by-step guide, you've landed at the wrong blog post.
Looking for a list of recommended reads to help you not only get started on your book but develop your craft as you go? Welcome! It should also be noted that this page and its contents may often change so be sure to bookmark it. Interested in writing a book, but don't know how to go about doing it? Have no fear. I asked some of today's best selling authors to recommend books to help you get started.
Wait? I have to read books about the craft of writing? Yes. While we don't mind offering a direction to get started, we don't have the time to offer much beyond that. Also, all of us have had to do the legwork and the research as well to develop our craft.) In addition to the suggested reading material, the biggest piece of writing advice that came from the authors was "write the book". Put pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard and write.
The Naked Truth about Self-Publishing: Updated & Revised Second Edition by Jana DeLeon, Tina Folsom, Colleen Gleason, Jane Graves, Liliana Hart, Debra Holland, Dorien Kelly, Theresa Ragan, Denise Grover Swank and Jasinda Wilder
There are many writing forums out there. Some good. Some bad. Some for one genre or another. You'll need to do some Google Searches to help find the ones right for you.
Traditional or Self-Publish?
For simplicity sake we'll say that Traditional is going through a publisher and self-publishing is releasing the book on your own without a publisher.Ask any author and you're bound to get a different answer as to which way is the best way to publish books. What is the difference between the two? There is no right or wrong answer here. What is good for one author is not good for another.We'd suggest having a completed, polished manuscript in hand before jumping into the publishing side of things. First you need the product. Get to producing.
RAMN BLOG: This blog is for writers and have posts on many different topics that are helpful to authors.
Author Marie Force: Virtual Workshops
Angela James (Nice Mommy Evil Editor) Before you Hit Send Workshop
Author Shannon Mayer (FAQs for Authors)
Tips from the Pros:
Want to write a book? Then do it! - Mandy M. Roth
In order to have a breakout book, you must create a story and characters that resonate with readers. - Jana DeLeon
Let your characters lead you. - Scarlett Dawn
Books don't just happen. You have to put in the time. -Michelle M. Pillow
"I cannot guarantee you success, but I guarantee--if you quit, you WILL fail." - Yasmine Galenorn
If they're laughing with you in the beginning, they'll be crying with you in the end. - Candice Gilmer
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