Saw a post online the other day from a happy go lucky young writer. She did not have a finished book. She did not have a rough draft manuscript. She had two partially finished projects and happily announced that she had a hard time sitting down and finishing things. Not because she blocked, but because she’d make excuses and the writing would get away from her.
Well, she’s honest at least and she knows what the problem is, and those are both good starts.
Anyway, what she wanted to know at this point was whether she should traditionally publish or self publish.
After the rush of people telling her to sit down and finish writing the manuscript subsided, I got to thinking. It’s really pretty early to be thinking about your publishing path when you haven’t even finished the first draft of your book, but there are some other things that you might want to start turning over in your head at this point (while you keep writing. Always keep writing)
The first one is what you’re trying to accomplish with your book. There are lots of good reasons to bring out a book
- To tell a story
- To share knowledge
- To help people you can’t reach directly
- To build a reputation
- To establish yourself as an authority in a field
- To make yourself more valuable as a teacher or speaker
And many other good reasons
And that’s something you might want to think about as you start to write. What are your goals? What are you trying to do with this book? The answers to that question may affect what you write and how you present things- and doing that can only make it a better book.
So, what are your goals for your book?
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