FREE Webinar: How to Write a Book and Become a Published Author
Have you ever had dreams of sharing your story with the world and becoming a published author? Well you’re not alone. Much of the population has aspirations of writing a book, but they’re held back by self-doubt and fear. Not knowing where to begin, how to structure, and the steps to getting published has stopped many hopeful writers from turning their dreams in to reality. Fortunately, there are steps that anyone can take to successfully write a book and getting it published.
After publishing more than 50 books over my career, I’ve mastered the writing process and now I want to share this exclusive insight with you! I will be sitting down with good friend and bestselling author Brendon Burchard for an exclusive FREE webinar titled How to Write a Book and Become a Published Author. In this 45 minute webinar Brendon and I will share our years of knowledge and experience and explain the 4-step proven process that will help get you on your way to fulfilling your dreams of becoming a published author.
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How to Get Published!
According to USA Today, 82% of adults dream of writing a book someday, either to express a heart-felt concern about a subject, or to earn a living, and even become successful. With over 200,000 books published each year, why can’t yours be one of them?
You have the ability, right now, to write and publish a book on a subject that is important to you. Like riding a bicycle, learning how to write a book and get it published is a skill that you can master with practice and repetition. Here are my writing tips and guide lines to follow when getting published.
First of all, you must be “publishable.” This is a cutthroat business where 80% of books fail to sell out their first run of 2,500 copies, leaving the publisher stuck and in a money losing situation.
Not long ago a publisher told me about a business book another publisher had paid a $200,000 advance for, plus spent $50,000 advertising it. It was by a well-known executive, and at the end of the day, it only sold 1,250 copies. The publisher lost more than a quarter million dollars on this project.
Publishers hate losing money. They hate returns as well. As it happens, all books are sold on consignment to book stores, and if they don’t sell, the publisher has to take them back, credit the bookstore, and often throw the remaining books away.
Only 20% of books make money. Sales of 10,000 copies or more are considered respectable. Only 5% of books are really profitable, and less than 10% become a best seller, and sometimes only for a week.
I have personally sold as many as two million copies of a book over several years and have only been on a best seller list a couple of times.
Choose a Strong Title and Subject
To achieve being “publishable,” you will need a good subject, a good title, a good sub-title, and your book must be well written – just to get someone to notice you.
For non-fiction, the best titles start with an imperative verb, like “Swim with the Sharks,” or “Think and Grow Rich.”
A forceful title grabs the reader’s attention and stimulates his or her interest. Many books have gone from failures to best sellers by simply changing the title.
Your subtitle should contain the main benefit the reader will get if he or she read your book, like “Get Paid More and Promoted Faster,” or “Make More Money with Less Effort.”
Every rule in writing a book is meant to be broken, including the rules about titles, but make it easy for the publisher to pay attention, and for readers to buy, by making the title attractive and alluring.
Before I submit a manuscript, I re-write it from front to back, word for word, five to seven times, until I am completely satisfied. You should be prepared to do the same.
To get published, write a book that publishers and readers want. Look at what is selling well, the best sellers in fiction and non-fiction, and write books on the subjects that are already popular.
To write and get published, you have to exercise your writing muscles.
Three Things That You Can do to Choose a Title and Subject
1. Read something every day in your field, your area of expertise. Read the best that is out there. Never stop reading and growing;
2. Write something every day. Resolve to write 1,000 to 2,000 words every day to keep in shape;
3. Turn in clean copy. Spell correctly and use correct grammar. Have your work read and critiqued by friends and family members before you submit it.
Five Things You Must do if You are Writing Fiction
1. Start strong: Grab the reader and draw them quickly into the story. If you don’t have the reader in the first few paragraphs the publisher will stop reading and not publish your books.
2. Trim it down and make it clean. Use fewer words and better ones.
3. Develop an interesting plot that holds together and moves forward quickly: It should read like an interesting or exciting story you are telling someone as fast as you can.
4. In non-fiction, develop each character, or don’t introduce the character: The reader should be able to visualize your characters and have a sense for how they will behave and what they will do.
5. Even with a fiction book, you should have a point of view, some idea that you want to get across as a message as a result of reading your book: What are you trying to say? What is your reason for writing this book in the first place? What message do you want to leave the reader with?
The most important quality that you need for success as a writer, after genuine writing ability on a subject that is of interest to a large number of people, is persistence. You must be prepared to write and write and write and write, and write and write and write.
If you persist long enough and hard enough, you will eventually become a published author, and you may become one of the great writers of your generation.
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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.