If you have always wanted to be a writer, and someone asked you who do you dream of becoming, what would you tell that person?
You may feel embarrassed telling someone about your ambitions of being an author because you may not believe that your dream will come true. Sometimes it’s just easier to dream rather than try to make a dream become a reality.
This is a huge mistake because you can achieve anything you want to achieve. Realizing your dream may be easier than you think. However, it may be hard. But even if it is, that shouldn't stop you from trying. To quote the character, Jimmy Dugan, the baseball team manager in the movie, A League of Their Own:
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”
You will not know whether your goal is easy or hard if you never try to accomplish it. If you have tried once and failed, you may not want to try again. But don’t give up. There’s an old saying, “no guts, no glory.” In other words, if you want to be successful, you must have the courage to take risks.
So, Where Do You Start?
If you want to be a novelist, what do you do? The first step is to simply start writing.
Are you having trouble getting started?
If so, there are few things you can do, such as:
• Read books similar to what you want to write and see how the author began the story, developed the characters and ended the book.
• Take a course on how to write a book.
• Contact authors who have published books and ask for their advice—and thank them!
The next step is to decide whether you want to self-publish your book or have it published by a traditional publisher. Don’t know the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing? Then, it’s time to do research on book publishing and the costs involved. (Check out MANA's free publication: Is Self-Publishing Right For You? Putting the Publishing Pieces Together by downloading it here.)
The final step is to submit your work. But, before you do, make sure your manuscript has been reviewed by a professional editor and proofreader. When it comes to traditional publishing, it may take months to hear from a traditional publisher. The self-publishing process isn’t as lengthy.
Once your book is published, you can actually say that you are a “published author.” Then, it’s on to writing the next book.
So, What's Next?
Whether you want to be an author, an engineer, a teacher, or an astronaut, you have to take the first step, and that’s usually the hardest thing to do.
But once you have accomplished your goal, you no longer feel the need to downplay your objectives to others or embrace the fear of failure. You can attack your goals with confidence because failure, for you, is no longer an option.
Do you have questions about publishing a book? If so, feel free to contact MarketingNewAuthors.com at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.