Want to write a book? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to write, but don’t know how to get started. Or perhaps you’ve tried to write a book, and have given up.
I’ve been writing books for longer than I care to remember, and without the shadow of a doubt, the happiest four days of my life were after I heard: “We want your book!” That was in the late 1970s. A different world. In some ways a kinder world — but NOT to authors.
In those days, you had to pass lots of gatekeepers if you wanted to get published. You wrote for years, book after book, with constant rejections. Finally, if you were lucky, and persistent, you got an agent and a publisher, and finally, finally… a couple of years AFTER THAT, your book was on bookstore shelves.
I made a “do-or-die” commitment: I gave myself ten years to get a book published. If no one wanted my books in ten years, I’d give up my dream of becoming an author forever. That was scary. However, I must have got all my rejections out of the way early, by writing lots of magazine articles and short stories, because six months after my commitment, I had a multi-book contract from UK publisher, Macdonald-Futura.
The more things change…
Today, you don’t have to win over the gatekeepers at publishing houses. Indeed, for most authors, shopping books around to publishers isn’t a consideration. You can make more money by self-publishing.
Whether you opt to go the traditional route, or self-publish, writing books hasn’t changed. You’ve got to get those words out. The report will help. Enjoy. I wish you everything you wish for yourself: writing books is hugely satisfying, and hugely fun, once you’ve written a book or two. :-)
Write Commercial Fiction
If you’re struggling with your writing, trading your hours for dollars, maybe it’s time you considered something different: write commercial fiction. Once written, your ebooks will sell for years…
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