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3 Keys to Book Writing

When the door to sharing your book with the world is encountered, if you have these three keys, then you'll be ready to open it.
3 Keys to Book Writing
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Having worked with over one hundred authors at various stages of their writing, editing, and publishing journey, I've learned how to give special attention to whatever it is you need, even if you can't see it right away.

Think of there as being three keys to unlock the door to writing and publishing success, which I generally define as a book worth reading, that readers find, enjoy, and tell their friends about.

  1. The outline.
  2. The writing craft.
  3. The publishing plan.

The first key is your book's outline

I have experience building outlines, drawing from various sources and methodologies such as The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know (book, website), and from The Modern Library Writer's Workshop (book), and from Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (book).

An early stage outline for an in-progress book.

The second key is the writing, revision, and overall story craft

Without a book that line by line keeps the reader interested, is there any hope they will read long enough to absorb your bigger messages? Experience aiding writers with fiction and nonfiction, as well as writing my own, has shown me many ways to bring that special frisson, an energetic life, to every sentence.

As the writing progresses, the outline is updated to reflect paths taken that weren't obvious at the outset.

It is common to write, rewrite, and revise until the writer is confident their work will respect the reader's time and attention.

The last key is a well-thought out and completed publishing plan

This plan begins with interior design and cover design all the way through marketing and book launch. Don't let off the gas too soon. Loose or lazy packaging can turn off would-be readers before they start.

When the door to sharing your book with the world is encountered, if you have these three keys, then you'll be ready to open it.

If you already have all three keys, you probably do not need my help.

But if you are missing any one of them, I can probably aid you in forging it.