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By Lynn Wiese Sneyd 'The Book Biz Whiz', Literary Expert & PR Consultant
It’s easy to write and write and write, fill your coffee cup, and write some more.
But if you want to shape those words into a publishable manuscript, you need a game
plan, and that game plan may differ depending if you’re writing fiction or nonfiction.
Here are some tips to consider that will help you score a book victory.
- Write the entire manuscript. Try not to edit as you go. Once the book is written,
you’ll have a better sense of how to edit plot, characters, dialogue and themes.
- When you finish editing, hire a professional editor. Every professional writer,
from Stephen King to Toni Morrison, has his or her work edited. It makes for better
- Decide how to publish. With the advent of e-publishing and print-on-demand (POD),
you have options. Investigate them all.
- Decide how you want to publish. This will dictate whether you write the entire
manuscript or just a portion of it. - If you want to pursue traditional publishing,
then you need to write a book proposal that includes one to three sample chapters.
Once a publisher acquires the book, then you finish writing it.
- If you are going to go the route of e-publishing, POD, or self-publishing, then
you need to write the entire manuscript first.
- Edit your finished product.
- Then hire a professional editor. This is critical. Remember the writer’s mantra:
Good editors make books better!
Lynn Wiese Sneyd 'The Book Biz Whiz', is a Writer, Literary Expert, PR Consultant
and Owner of LWS Literary Services where she assists authors in book publicity campaigns,
agent searches, book proposal writing, and editing. Learn more at: