Questions to Ask Yourself as You Prepare to Write Your Book
Why do you want to write a book?
It’s important to know WHY you are writing. A handful of authors are able to make writing their main source of income. The majority of authors write and still keep their “day” jobs. You need to know if you’re writing to become wealthy, or if you’re writing mainly because you have a story to tell.
What type of book do you want to write? Identify your genre.
Fiction, Non Fiction, Inspirational, Sci-Fi, Novels, Thrillers, Educational, Children’s, Autobiography, etc.
Who is your target audience?
Once you identify why you want to write, and what you want to write, you’ll need to identify you target audience. Communicate through your cover, the front and the back, what readers can expect to get from your book. Give them a reason to read, and keep reading, your work.
How much time can you realistically dedicate to writing a book?
Writing a book takes time. Decide how much time you have to devote to your writing, and any research if necessary. Then stick to it! Many drafts have been left undone because the author never got around to finishing it. :-)
How will you publish?
Today, you have several options. You can work with an agent and a book publishing company, or you can self publish.
I have a guide on my website, that’s 8 Steps To Self Publishing, and I walk you through the process of publishing your book. It’s much easier than many people realize!
Are you going to publish hard copy, paperback, or a digital book? Or a combination?
How do you want your book to look and feel? You have several options. Many people create a combination of paperback and digital. You do what works for you.
How much time can you realistically dedicate to marketing your book?
Promoting your book is an exciting time! But it does take work to stay out of the bottom of the pile of great works that were never read. Consider how much time you have to market your book and then stick with your commitment.
What are your plans for leveraging your book into other products and services?
Do you plan to use your book to launch other products, services, or businesses?
These are questions that you should ask yourself as you begin laying the foundation for why you want to write. There are many more questions that you’ll have to answer as you go along. It's okay if your answers change over time, as you gain more clarity about your project. Be kind to yourself and enjoy the journey of bringing your book to life!
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