5 Secrets of Successful Authors

There are probably more than 5 secrets of successful authors, but these five secrets are critical and if you do everything listed here you will publish with far greater success. There are exceptions to every rule, but there are also patterns that recur. When it comes to success in publishing, there are always stories of authors being rejected time and again who go on to be multi-million bestsellers. J K Rowling and Agatha Christie are two names that spring to mind. Publishing isn’t always logical; there are often surprise successes – and failures. That’s what makes it exciting.

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Is your book a big old muddle

When I started writing my first book, I made the same mistake that many new authors make: I opened a page in Word and started writing. Okay, maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but I didn't do much more than put together a rough contents page first. Then I started writing...What did I get? A book that was a big old muddle!

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How do you successfully implement your book plan

The truth is that we all make plans, we all put some of those plans into action, and we all have plans we never even begin putting into action. Why is that? Is our success down to necessity, simplicity, or our commitment to a project? Do we become afraid and so avoid our plan or do we just get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work we need to do and so never start? Why do we sometimes make plans and never follow through?

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What to do when your book structure falls apart

The revision stage is there for you to sort out glitches, move things around, delete things and add things. If you get bogged down in this while you are writing, you will never finish. Even if you end up deleting material, it’s fine. You can use that material as the foundation for another book, for articles or even for a related product.

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Create a Book Project Plan

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Top Tip 2: Create a Book Project Plan Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get feedback, preferably from a professional editor Top Tip 2: Create a book plan so you know whether you have the right content Top Tip 3: Check the structure works by looking at the contents list Top Tip 4: Check your subject is right for your business and for you as an author Top Tip 5: Work out where this book fits in your business Top Tip 6: Make sure you are clear on your key points Top Tip 7: Create a new writing schedule so you can begin writing regularly again Top Tip 8: Finish writing before you start revising and editing Top Tip 9: Focus your book if you have too much content Top Tip 10: Add more detail if you have too little content Below are the details of the second tip on what you can do to get back on track with your book.  Top Tip 2: Create a Book Project Plan If you don’t have a book plan and a vision for your book, create one. You can use this to help you decide how to edit your content so you can move forward with your book. If you started your book with a plan, you would be miles ahead of most aspiring writers. Most authors only have a rough plan or idea of what they want to achieve with their book, but few have the kind of detailed book project plan that can pick you up when you lose your way. A plan can keep you on track because it...

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10 Top Tips to Rescue Your Unfinished Book

Anyone who has ever tried to write a book has one. Even prolific writers have them – they are unfinished books, abandoned brain-children that stare silently at us from our shelves and computer screens. Half-done, our unfinished books linger in our minds, prodding us with reminders of our inability to finish what we started. Some of our unfinished books have fulfilled their purpose. They have been precursors to something better. Letting them go is all part of the process. But some are crying for our attention. Pulling on our consciousness, these are the books that ask us to complete them, and in doing so, complete something in ourselves. But, every time we get that unfinished book up on screen of off our bookshelf, we quickly lose heart again. We step from the open, sunny clearing of intention to the forest of confusion within minutes and, faltering, we put away our work once more, our hopes dashed. And so we are held in an uncomfortable limbo, unable to finish but unable to let go. We never make any progress because what happens every time we think of our unfinished book is that our mind turns away and shuts the door on the disappointment, confusion and grief over our unfulfilled dreams and hopes. So, how do we go about rescuing our unfinished book? How do we begin to release our potential onto the page, make sense of the apparent mess of ideas and draw our book back to life? It’s a question and an activity that many writers grapple with incessantly. How do I rescue my unfinished book? Because it takes more than effort to take your book from unfinished to published; it takes courage, persistence and knowledge to understand how to approach and succeed with this challenging task. What can we do to reconnect with our...

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What to Include in Your Book Blueprint

A comprehensive book project plan is a blueprint for success. That is why it is important to make sure your book blueprint includes decisions about all the key elements to do with the production of your book, from the basic specifications to a detailed marketing strategy. Putting this kind of document together takes time and commitment because it requires you to do research, evaluate data, and make important decisions. Knowing what information you need to gather together is the first step, after that it’s a case of putting in the work so you can pull everything together to form your book blueprint. The key elements of book blueprint Book specifications Sales material Marketing plan Market research Sample material Author bio Production schedule Writing schedule Production budget Marketing budget Each one of these key components requires you to make a decision and that is often the hardest part of creating the blueprint. Deciding can be a challenge, especially when you are not sure of the consequences of each decision or if you are making decisions based on minimal information. These kinds of decisions are never easy to make and you have to be prepared to take a risk, listen to your gut and be prepared to commit or be flexible at the right moments. That said, any plan – even one that includes an element of guesswork– will take you a great deal further forward with your book than if you had no plan at all. So go ahead, make a plan. At the very least it will get you thinking and at the very best it could be the difference between you finishing your book or never starting it. That seems to make creating your book blueprint more than worthwhile.