Author Development: 6 Steps to Seeing Your Book Published
Written by Writer and Author, William Ballard
This will be my very first time mentioning in great detail my story of writing my first book, so I beg of you, be gentle. In 2008, I embarked on a journey — one where I would finally tell my story. I was to sit down and write an unconventional version of my thoughts on writing and the spirit of writing. It was a seemingly long journey with lots of twists and turns, stopping points, and restart lines.
The writing process for the book would take roughly four years. I began to write (to the best of my abilities) my concepts and perspective or my ideas on the art of writing. The goal in mind, was to get published so that my message of the spirit and art of writing, which brings hope, could be shared across the world and help people grow and experience their dreams.
Create a team, or have an accountability partner of those you trust who can help shepherd and guide you through the process, whether you intend on self-publishing or you dream big of getting your book picked up by one of the omnipresent top ten publishing houses. For me, I went the former rather than the latter. That meant the process included my lovely wife who continually encouraged me and supported me. She supported me in every stage of the writing and helped develop and create the cover better than I could have ever imagine.
You have to have a driving force who can throw out realistic and pertinent deadlines. This goes in relationship with the first step. You have to have someone who is an interested third party who keeps you in line for you attaining actual progress. This correlates with having an accountability partner. This is crucial for you so you can actually see the book going from idea into fruition. I very highly suggest that you get connected with other writers and authors and gleam from their experience. This not only helps with conquering the learning curve, but it also opens doors to inspiration like you have never imagined.
I do highly suggest that you find yourself a great literary agent. However, in my case agents were out of the question. My “manager” in the publishing process (Note: keep in mind the publishing process is completely different from the writing process. There will be future blogs to explain about this distinction) was my account manager at FriesenPress.com (Self-Publishing). I was informed that my account manager would not stop until the book was in fruition and sold. Moreover, even well beyond that, because my team at FriesenPress.com would remain connected with me to continue helping me with marketing training and many other types of assistance. Once I met Heather (Account Manager), I was moved by her passion, kindness and drive to see this thing through. Even when my fear of never being published reared it’s ugly head, or when I had a “I’m never gonna get published!” moment or two, my wife and Heather kept me calm, cool headed and completely sound. Thankfully they never doubted for a second that the book, my book THE TRUE WRITER’S LIFE: DISCOVERING THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH, (subtitle was originally, Discovering the Writer Within You, but was changed due to branding) would get out into the hands of so many whose lives would be effected by it and even changed.
Write, write, write, and then, have slices from a block of sharp cheddar cheese with crackers and deli meat, and then write some more. There were many days where I was just locked away in my office and wrote. From 9am to 3pm or even 9am-5pm. Especially, when overshadowing deadlines (keep in mind most of these deadlines were deadlines that I made for myself. This requires tons of discipline.) were looming around the corner. I would write to my heart’s content. It was a freeing process and one I look forward to repeating in my next book. And, yes I now have a list of at least 5 books that I want to write, titles pending!
Breathe! Take time to walk away from your masterpiece and breath. Get a fresh perspective from a trusted adviser. Take time to vent about your long writing journey. Moreover, take time to walk away for several days. Maybe a week or two. This is considered the time when you have left your thoughts on writing to the birds. Free your mind, meditate on life and it’s beauty, but whatever you do, remember that stepping away and thinking of other things can help you re-evaluate what you are putting on each digital or physical page.
This one is just a thought: Think about writing a chapter or two by hand. If for nothing other than to practice legible handwriting. This is how I accurately wrote the majority of the book. This helped me walk away from the initial piece (on the computer) and create a broad overview of the book. Writing the book like this helped me move the project forward. I noticed for me, writing my book out handwritten first really helped with letting the creativity juices flow ten times better than they flowed when sitting at my computer. Remember whatever you do keep writing, and if you don’t love every minute of it, you’re in the wrong profession, take up sketching or something!
About the Author
William Ballard is the author of, “My List of 21 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing” and "3 Steps to Blogging Success: Discovering Your Passion, Finding Your Audience, and Developing an Income Stream (Article Series)".
He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.