Everybody has a story to tell—your time is NOW. OR IS IT! Before you roll up your sleeves, sharpen some pencils or turn on the computer, clear those dust bunnies from your brain, hone up your imagination to start on your writing journey, STOP, look in the mirror and be candid with the person staring back at you as you answer question #1: why do you want to write?
Writing is a crowded profession—it attracts more people than any of the other arts, made especially popular today with the advent of digital online publishing. Most people who “have a story to tell” may skip commercial or traditional publishers, even subsidy or vanity presses, and go straight to online eBooks. It’s faster, easier, and less expensive, and there’s sometime to be said to “I did it my way!” Approximately 150,000 books are produced each year, and most of them are published by small and independent publishers.
Now answer question #1 honestly. If you want to write for fame and fortune, its best you turn around and choose another career. Pure luck can give some people an edge, and for others talent, friends, relatives in the business, or a famous career in the limelight can help their chances of getting noticed and published.
It’s true you do want a salable book, but marketing and promoting are hard work—sometimes you barely break even. On the other hand, if you are writing because you really have something to say, have the drive of seeing a project through, believe in the truth of your writing regardless of any financial gain, then the chances of accomplishing your goal are reasonable.
Once you answered you writing intentions then proceed to answering the following questions:
- What skills do you have for writing?
- Is there an audience for your kind of book?
- How good are your marketing and promoting skills?
- Do you have the financial means to publish a book?
- With 150,000 new books a year, what makes yours unique?
You will find that writing is the easy part—publishing and marketing take determination and persistence. If you are committed to your final goal, then nobility of purpose will see you through. Writing is a journey—its own reward.