How To Become A Published Author

Becoming a published author - tips on writing a novel for the first timeHi ! Author Stefanie Newell and this is The Life Of A Writer channel. Today’s video how to become a published author. So if you want to learn how to connect with readers and sell more books.

Make sure to subscribe and get new content to your inbox every Tuesday, but in this video I’m going to be sharing seven tips for busy writers who want to write and publish their book without feeling overwhelmed.

So in today’s video I want to share with you guys seven tips that I think are beneficial so you can kind of relieve yourself of that feeling of being overwhelmed and can just begin writing your book with realistic expectations. So that brings me to tip number one – Be realistic.

I want you guys to be realistic about your time and the new endeavour that you’re taking on so when you’re thinking about your time and how many days you can actually put aside in a week in order to write, be realistic about that time frame.

If you realistically know that you only have two nights a week where you’re able to write, I would much rather you go with that two nights than telling yourself that you’re going to write every single night and then once you’re not able to do that you give up all together.

Video Transcript: Tips For Becoming A Published Author

Tip number one – be realistic. So tell me down in the comments section. How often do you write?

Tip number tworemember that it’s okay to have a difference of opinion. So, in most cases, this is going to be around the nonfiction genre.

But let’s say for example you write in a genre where everyone has one particular point of view. That does not mean that you have to have that same point of view, in some cases, it’s almost even better that you have a difference of opinion because, first off, there’s going to be someone that agrees with you.

Also, bringing a new viewpoint to an already existing conversation is definitely going to put you at an advantage over some of the other people because everyone has been talking about it from the same perspective. So remember that having a difference of an opinion is not always a bad thing.

Tip number three – outline your book. Now we’ve talked about this in previous videos and I’ve shared with you guys that with my very first book I actually did the pantser method which basically means that you have no plan for your book you’re just writing as you go along.

And what I found in the last 10 years or so is that, for most of my clients, it is much easier for them to write and publish their book within a reasonable amount of time when they have an idea of what is going to go into each one of those chapters, so outlining seems to be the better way for new writers.

becoming a published authorNow with that being said once you get more experience in the publishing industry and with the writing itself. You may find that it’s better to do the pantser method and I personally don’t feel that there’s necessarily a right or wrong way to do it.

But when we’re talking about the easier way for most writers and especially going off my clients and my experiences with them… I find that outlining is going to be the best way to help you to get to becoming a published author, even sooner.

Tip number four – use voice memos to capture some of your ideas. So some of your best ideas are not going to come to you when you’re sitting at your computer, they may come to you when you’re laying in bed while you’re cooking dinner while you’re at your child’s soccer game and having some place that you can capture those ideas, whether it’s your voice memos or your notes or piece of paper or, you know, it doesn’t really matter where it’s just the idea that you want to capture those ideas so that you don’t lose them.

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And when you do get ready to sit down, you have the starting point and you don’t have to figure out what you’re going to write about.

Tip number five – Go easy on yourself. So I want you guys to remember that writing is a creative process and it’s supposed to be fun. Even though you’re learning a lot of different things.

It’s all about mindset and how you look at it. So, for example, when you’re learning about characters or you’re learning about plot, don’t put pressure on yourself.

If you don’t get it right at the first try, because for many of us, myself included, it took several times before I really started to get a grasp of certain things like dialogue and characters and creating plots and plot twists and all of that.

how to be a published authorThat took time. So make sure that you’re making the process fun and creative and it doesn’t feel like a job because for many of you guys you’re going to be doing this in your spare time.

This is going to be something you’re going to be doing after work, after you put the kids down and if it starts to feel like a job too, becoming a published author will get put on the back burner.

My recommendation is to take it easy on yourself and make it a fun and creative process.

Tip number six – set a weekly writing goal. So I think this is probably one of the most important tips because it’s very important to know very early in the process what your overall word count goal is for your book. So if you know that you need 80,000 words in order to have a completed manuscript and break that down into how much you need to write on weekly basis.

Now for some people, they find it easier to go with a word count goal. So if they have an 80,000 word book that they want to write they may say that they want to write, you know, three to five thousand words a week.

Something that I’ve started implementing with my clients is not necessarily a word count goal, but a chapter goal because chapters can be different lengths and that seems to be easier because you know one week you may be completely busy and swamped and you don’t have a lot of extra time, whereas another week you may have a little bit more time.

So having that weekly chapter goal has been easier for my clients, but do whatever makes the most sense for you, whether that’s a word count goal or a chapter goal, but make sure you know how much you want to be writing on a weekly basis.

how to become a self published authorTip number seven – break down the information you need to learn into bite size pieces. So I kind of compare it to, you know, going to school. This is an education for you as a new writer, you have to learn the writing and you also have to learn the publishing as well.

And by breaking it down into bite size pieces, it makes it easier so that its not so overwhelming for you the new writer. So let’s say for example you are a fiction writer, you can break that down into little bite sized pieces to make the process a lot easier for you.

So let’s say for the first week you decide that you’re going to do research on how to describe characters so you can go to blogs that talk about writing characters, you can watch videos, such as mine on how to write characters you can take a course, you can buy a book but whatever you do that as your focus until you have a good understanding of that and feel like you can can move forward.

Once you have that, then you may want to move on to the next bite sized piece of information you need. Maybe that’s how to write dialogue, but by breaking it down into bite size pieces. It makes the process easier and of course we know that you’re a busy writer.

You have a lot going on and we’re trying to get information to you in a way that it’s not so overwhelming. If you want to connect with readers and sell more books. Make sure to subscribe. But in the meantime, check out my video playlist, How To Write A Book, where I share numerous tips for new writers looking to write and publish their very first book.

As always, all of my social media links will be in the description box below. If you’re looking to hire me as you’re writing coach, you’ll find that information there as well and I look forward to talking with you in my next video.

Video Transcript:

Hi, I’m Gemma Crisp. I’m the Acting Associate Editor of Stylist Magazine. I’m here tonight at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in London for the first ever Stylist Book Club Event. It sold out within six hours, which is amazing.

We also have a waitlist of almost 500 people. Hello, everybody. Welcome to Stylist’s first ever Book Club Event. Without further ado, please welcome to the stage, Stylist’s Publishing Director Glenda Marchant, and Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

self published authorsChimamanda: First, thank you all so much for being here. This is such a beautiful space. I’m really happy to be here. I’m so happy to see you all. Thank you for that warm welcome.

Glenda: Thank you. What I can say one thing about your novels, you have this incredibly strong women.

Chimamanda: Strong women are not remarkable to me. They’re normal. I think growing up, it was the same. I was surrounded by women, who were all kinds of women, but women also for whom strength was normal.

Glenda: You write very beautifully, very simple English. I mean that is a compliment. Is that something that you’ve learned to do or is that just a natural way you write? It’s beautiful writing to me.

Chimamanda: Yeah. That’s just because I don’t know big words.

Glenda: That’s fair enough. I’m guessing that there’s probably a few budding writers in the room today. Any advice you could give them?

Chimamanda: Read, read, read. I’m not sure that one can be a good writer without being a good reader. If you’re ready to build the desk, it’s very good to see what other carpenters have done. I have spoken to many, many people who wants to write. I just say, “Well, you need to sit down and actually write.”

Glenda: Get it down on paper.

steps to becoming a published authorChimamanda: Because much writing, I think, is really rewriting. It’s that often first drafts are terrible.

Female 1: How wonderful this book is. I haven’t read any other books of yours, but this is so wonderful. It’s so wonderful to read a love story about black people, sorry! It’s so beautiful and it’s so real. The sex scenes are good, but the gentleness and the sweet, it’s beautiful. I just wanted to know if you’ve got an Obinze in your life.

Chimamanda: All I can say is that there are many Obinzes in the world. There are. That’s all I’ll say.

Female 2: Hey. My question’s a bit random, I suppose. I came across you actually, through Flawless by Beyonce, where you’re obviously quoted in it. It’s a song that I found quite confusing. I wanted to know what your thoughts were about being quoted on a song like that, that sends such mixed messages. I think, on the face of it, at the beginning, at least, is very contrary to the principles that you were talking about in your TED talk.

Chimamanda: What I do know is that I’m very happy that because of that song, my niece who is 11, now very proudly self-identifies as feminist.

Female 3: As an aspiring writer, one of the things that you struggle with is how much people around you try and make you change your writing. I just wanted to know how you have dealt with feedback or your criticism that you have perceived, and what your message will be for aspiring writers.

Chimamanda: Feedback is very important. I think honest feedback is very important, but it’s also hard to find. Other writers can be useful, also they cannot, because they’re doing the same thing. Sometimes, they want you to become like them. It’s wonderful if you can find a reader who’s very careful, but who’s not necessarily interested in writing. You have to make peace with the fact that there are people who will not like it and who will not get it, and it’s part of the territory.

Female 4: When the writing experience seems a bit of a struggle, what inspires you to keep going?

Chimamanda: I love writing. Writing is what makes me happy, happiest. When it’s difficult, what keeps me going is the possibility of joy. When you write and if it’s not going well, take a break. Eat chocolates. Just leave it alone for a while, and then go back.

Glenda: Thank you so much for coming.

Chimamanda: Thank you.

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