Write that Book: Got a Book Inside You? Here's How to Get It Out

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You’ve always dreamt of writing a book or maybe your 2006 New Year’s resolution is to finally finish and publish that story. Well get ready to mark off one resolution because these days it’s easier than ever to finish your book and see it in print.

You’ve always dreamt of writing a book or maybe your 2006 New Year’s resolution is to finally finish and publish that story. Well get ready to mark off one resolution because these days it’s easier than ever to finish your book and see it in print.

Book publicist, CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., and author of Get Published Today Penny C. Sansevieri offers a few great shortcuts to finish your book. “Writers often complain that writer’s block keeps them from finishing their book, but I don’t believe in writer’s block. In fact, most of the time when we start working with authors we find their writer’s block is simply a lack of focus and structure.”

Here are a few quick tips for finishing your book lightening fast:

1)    Prepare an outline of your book. Outline the entire book, chapter by chapter so you can see the entire book finished. The feel of completion is a true psychological turn-on for an author because so many of us have hundreds of unfinished projects. Seeing the book “completed” will give you a roadmap overview of your book.

2)    Once you outline your book, you’ll begin to develop a to-do list of things you’ll need to do (besides writing) in order to complete your book. This to-do list will give you a no excuse way of tackling your book. On days when you don’t feel like writing, open up your to-do list to see what other things you can do.

3)    Set aside a few minutes every day to dig into your project. It’s important to stay “dialed in” to your work. Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day, set it aside and spend that time with your project. Refer to your to-do list if you’re at a loss for things to do!

4)    When you’re ready to publish, consider print-on-demand (POD), it’s a quick, simply, easy and inexpensive way to see your work in print and there are a lot of publishers out there to choose from.

Sansevieri suggests finding a publisher that best suits your book and project. For example a POD publisher who can’t do full color books might not work if you have a children’s book project. When trying to determine who will publish your book, make sure you check the publisher out carefully. Google their name and see what comes up, or ask people in your writing group. You should never sign on with a publisher unless you’ve checked them out thoroughly. Some of the things to look for in a good print-on-demand publisher are:

1)    A quick turn around: typically you should have a completed book within three months of submission and sometimes less.

2)    Check contracts carefully, all POD contracts should be immediately cancelable and authors must be able to keep all rights to their work, all rights meaning audio, foreign, and movie.

3)    A responsive customer service department. A lot of interaction is encouraged online but Sansevieri recommends picking up the phone and calling the publisher directly. Remember that the next person calling might be your customer. Call on different occasions and ask them the same question three or four times. If you get consistent answers you know you’re dealing with a well-trained staff. If the answers differ, move on to a publisher that is better organized.

Getting your book published can be a dream come true for many and these days, it’s easier than ever. Average costs for publishing have come down drastically so for less then $1,000 you can see your work in print, and your book finished.

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