Book Writing: Step 1 of Six Preparatory Steps to Complete Before Starting Your Manuscript

Yvonne Perry
 


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Do you want to make money on the book you plan to write? Do you have the intention of publishing your book and marketing it to become a commercial success?

Here are my six preparatory steps to complete BEFORE starting your manuscript. These steps are explained in detail in my subscription-based teleclasses on freelance writing Writers on Call. For this article we will look at the first step only.

1. Know What Type of Book You Want to Write

2. Do a Market comparison

3. Complete a Title Search

4. Create an Outline

5. Write a Query letter

6. Start your Book proposal

Step 1. Know What Type of Book You Want to Write

Will your book be a factual work such as a biography or a “how-to" book, or will it be a fabricated novel that focuses on narrative, character and plot?

The first step is to know what genre your book fits best.

A genre is a division of a particular form of art or literature categorized according to criteria particular to that form. Genres are vague categories with no fixed boundaries. Literary works are recognized as having character similar to the principles of a genre.

If you need help deciding upon a genre, go to Wikipedia.org and type the word “genre" into the search window. There are more than 60 genres listed and have links explaining the criteria for each.

Within the categories of fiction and non-fiction there are a multitude of other sub-genres. Even though genres tend to flow into one another you will do well to decide what genre your book best fits. This will help you in your market comparison and in querying a publisher or literary agent.

Some books are border-line and could be classified as either fiction or non-fiction. For example, your story may be based upon a true story, but the names, places and story has been changed enough that they are not recognized and the story appears to be fictitious.

There may be more than one genre that your book seems to fit so, be sure to write down all possible genres that might work for your book. You’ll need this list when you go to step two and start your market comparison.

Be sure to find steps 2-6 of this article series posted at http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Yvonne_Perry.

These steps are explained in detail through my subscription-based teleclasses on freelance writing Writers on Call. You may order the entire CD audio set of all the classes in my 8-week course on “How to Write a Book" at http://www.yvonneperry.net/Writersoncall.htm.

Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer and editor who assists clients with any type of writing project. Yvonne is available to assist your with telling your story or writing your book. Her podcast Writers in the Sky is filled with information about the craft and business of writing. See http://www.yvonneperry.net for more information about her writing services, books, newsletter, podcast and blog.

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