Want to write a successful book? It all starts with planning your route to publication. You can become a published author once you create a realistic plan, based on which books are selling.
Writing a book is a process which can take months or years, and unfortunately once your book's written, you have no guarantee of publication. However, with a little foresight and understanding of how book publishing works, you can shorten the odds.
Your Publisher Wants a Book Which Sells, So Write One
Your route to publication starts with research. You must know what sells.
A tip: if you're shocked at this crass focus on money, consider your prospective publishing house. They're totally focused on money - they need to be, or they'll go broke. If you understand the need to know what sells, you're already far ahead of most writers.
Write a 25-word summary of what your book's about, and visit a bookstore. Your aim is to discover not only who publishes books of a similar type, but also who the published authors are, and how well the books sell (this is shown by how much space is allocated to those books in the bookstore. )
Here's an example. Let's say you want to write a book on dog care. Dog books sell well, as you'll see in the store. This is an indication that you've got a viable idea which will interest publishers.
Here's an example if you're writing fiction. You're writing a mystery novel with a photographer as the detective. This is potentially a “cosy" mystery, and these also sell well, again it's a viable idea.
But what if your book idea is completely unique?
This is unlikely, but if that's the case, drop the idea. Your book needs to fit into a known type for publishers to be interested. Of course you can still write your book, and go the self-publication route, but traditional publishers want what sells.
Continue Your Research While You're Writing Your Book
Nonfiction books are sold via a proposal, so you don't need to complete your book before you try to sell it. On the other hand, even though your novel will attract publisher interest on the basis of a partial (three chapters and an outline) you must complete the novel to get a publishing contact.
While you're writing, keep researching. Your publisher will want to know how you intend marketing your book, so the more you know, the more effective a marketing plan you can create.
When you know what sells, you'll write a salable book, and you'll get published fast - enjoy the writing, and before you know it, the next time you visit a bookstore your own book will be on the shelves.
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