Failure to Explicitly State the Problem at the Beginning
There is no point in plunging into the solution to a problem or an explanation of how it arose unless you have first told the reader what the problem is. Perhaps the problem, say, compulsive spending, is identified in the chapter title or section heading. So it does not seem as if it ought to be necessary to restate it before an exercise.Presenting the Steps Or Elements of Your Program
If chapters are the meat of your manuscript, then the heart of it is the chapters that present the actual steps, techniques and elements that make yours a how-to/self-help book. If they are not easy for readers to understand and try out, all of your efforts will be for nothing. Keep them focused, organized, with the steps and exercises spelled out in detail, and your book will be well on its way toward the bestseller lists.Writing More About Yourself Than the Reader
Another big reader turn-off is writing too much about yourself in your book. Of course, if your writing an autobiography, that is one thing. But if your aim is to offer readers something that can help improve their lives, then keep the focus on them and off of you. You may think of yourself as an every woman or everyman, and that by using yourself as an example, the reader will realize that if you can do it, they can do it.How to Publish a Book – Get Some Help and Tips
Are you an aspiring author? Do you want to be the next Ernest Hemingway? The internet has a lot of information on how to publish a book.Writing and Selling a Children’s Graphic Novel – Writer – The 10 Most Common Questions
The newest, most vibrant category to emerge in the volatile world of book publishing is the Children’s Graphic Novel. What do you really need to know if you hope to actually sell a Children’s Graphic Novel to a publisher? Let’s take a look at, and answer, some of the most commonly asked questions.Inadequate “About Supportive Material” Section
You want to close out the “sales” portion of your Proposal with a section titled “About Supportive Material.” The idea is to include in your Proposal photocopies of additional documentation supporting your expertise and celebrity. From articles about you to endorsements for your ideas or program.Inadequate “About the Author” Section
Do not be shy. That is fatal for your book. This is where you sell the publisher on the fact that you are highly qualified to write your book.Does Your Book Appeal to the General Public?
So, if your book does appeal to the general public, head your list with “General Bookstores.” If there are specialty stores in your area of expertise that might also carry it, list them next; for instance, “Health food stores.” What about catalogs?Failure to Include Key Elements
As a document designed to convince editors and publishers to buy your book, your Proposal will fail miserably unless it includes certain vital sections. Each of these sections helps build the case that yours is a book worth publishing and you are the person to write it.So You Want To Write a Book!
Repeatedly I hear individuals state that they either have written an unpublished book or have always had a desire to write a book. Well, I just finished my second and learned a great deal from the process.