Writing a novel and getting published for dummies pdf

what are the steps to self publish a book

You have something to say. Every decision you make about your manuscript must be run through this filter. For my novels, I often use these to come up with ethnically accurate character names. When in doubt, look in the mirror.

How to self publish a book

What genre or genres does it fall into? Not you-first, not book-first, not editor-, agent-, or publisher-first. For novelists, know that every book becomes a challenge a few chapters in. Take the time to make it satisfying. It still is for me—every time. Write a compelling opener. Does the story start in the right place?

In a novel, if everything is going well and everyone is agreeing, your reader will soon lose interest and find something else to do—like watch paint dry.

Does it advance the story?

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Certainly not your inner circle- or critics-first. Write what you would want to read and trust there is a broad readership out there that agrees.

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