What is the first step when it comes to writing a book?
Decide what you want the book to achieve, what are it’s ‘outcomes’?
In your opinion what is the best source of inspiration when it comes to writing a book?
Your own experiences, especially the things which stir up strong emotions for you.
What is the easiest way to organize your ideas?
Get your main theme or message sorted out first of all. That way you can include those ideas that support the core message and then discard the others (or file them away for future books).
How many drafts should you expect to do before your book is at a publishable standard?
At the Book Midwife course, authors write three drafts in 90 days, then the book is professionally copy edited and proofread. There should be no need to go over and over it. Usually people do that because of their own self-doubt, i.e. they don’t trust their ideas or their writing skills.
Do you have to finish writing a book before you send it to publishers or can you send a taster as an initial pitch?
Most traditional publishers will look at a synopsis or a proposal and a few sample chapters just to see your writing style. Cooperative publishers will usually accept the book once it has been completed.
What are the first steps you need to take in order to get published?
You have to understand the three main options available. Most people just know about traditional publishing but that takes on average 15 months to see the book in print. Self publishing has become very popular but that has its drawbacks too. Readers of wewomen.ca can request a free copy of an Ebook which explains your options. Email for a copy: firstname.lastname@example.org