Starting a Career as an Author
Becoming an author is not an impossible undertaking. It can be a good dream to have, but scary when it comes to executing. This fear could be holding you back from a lucrative deal, and a more fulfilling career path. You will have to decide to go out there and do it. There are areas in your life that will not remain the same if you are to achieve success writing.
Writing requires a lot of time. By reviewing your daily activities, you will realize many pockets of time you can dedicate to writing. It will be very important to get your family on board. They shall keep you in check. Do not neglect them either.
Gather as much information as you can on your topic. These ideas can be worked on later to produce a coherent work. There may come a time such ideas will not be so forthcoming. Your primary interest should be the quality of your work. It would be wise to avoid writing on topics that would require extensive research, as your experience level is not yet adequate for such undertakings.
You may self-publish, or contract a publishing house. You can inquire from the available publishers their rates and other quotations. One of your contacts could be working in such companies. You could also ask other authors directly for assistance from their contacts. When you have professional publishers handling such tasks, you are assured of positive results. It will cost you, but you will get a better job done.
When you decide to write; you will be more comfortable and thus a better writer when you settle on topics that you can have a lot to say about. A well-chosen subject puts you at ease, and gives you freedom to stretch your writing boundaries.
Once you receive the final copy, you will have to embark on a serious marketing drive. While they will deliver on this front, only you can give your book the attention and dedication it deserves. Be strategic in your distribution of the marketing copies, by giving them to people you know can get your book even more attention when they are seen with it, or talk about it. Having it reviewed also adds to its appeal. You should only work with the top reviewers for your book. Journalists are also a favorable audience to your book and its marketing efforts. Contact those that review books on their platforms and ask them to have a look at your book. You could also get a website made for your books, to ensure they are represented on that platform. You will realize that many of the books released nowadays have an accompanying website. All these shall be investments that will lead to the success of your budding writing life.
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