"I was so excited to hold my book in my hand," a friend of mine told me. "It's just marvelous to have it here, done, and ready to be shared with the world. I can't even believe how heavy it is!" The awe in her voice was shining in her eyes, and I couldn't help but share in it. That finished book, that magnificent manuscript is so much more than a collection of words and paragraphs. Yes, it's an accomplishment few achieve, but it's also a birthing of a new you.
"Write what you know," the professor admonishes. Because none of us have imaginations to write what we don't know or to invent what we would like. That would be...what? Interesting? Creative? Insightful? Oh well. Don't do that. (she said with tongue in cheek because yes, you should do that, just not right now.)
I asked her how she came up with the title and she told me, "People get emotional about their work. They often get to a point where they think it's just a bunch of yuck." Well, she wants you to lean into that yuck - accept the challenge. Move on from whatever mess or disorganization is holding you back. It's exactly when your book is not matching your idea of a perfect experience, that you need to lean into it and keep working.
I'm working on The HOW TO WRITE A BOOK Book, Part II. To be completed, probably in the Fall, also. This is the second in a series of books planned for our How To Write A Book series of educational books on writing. Our focus is on non-fiction as those are the authors we work with.
Mary didn't write this book because of one bad boss. She wrote the book to impress upon leaders today, and those who would be leaders, that the command and control method is over. Today, you need to be "transformative and visionary." If you need help, get the book. If you know someone else who could use that training, get the book.
"A copy editor reads the entire manuscript while checking for many things: incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation; spacing and basic formatting issues; effective writing techniques such as word choice, parallel construction, passive voice over active voice, limited repetitions and clichés, avoiding vague or offensive language; and consistency of spelling and treatment of names, places, objects, actions, etc."
In fact, if you don't prove you have an established platform, with thousands of possible readers, traditional publishers won't even talk to you. No matter how great your proposal is. Oh, yeah, I forgot - before you do or prove any of the above to a traditional publisher, you have to prove you can sell the book and earn back your royalty for the advance. At which time, they will are likely to
Mitali Deypurkaystha, aka "the Authority Creator," is a former ghost writer turned book coach. This woman brings her years of dopy writing and ghost writing experience to her work with clients who are writing a book but need that extra, professional help.
Once upon a time when I was an employee, I worked at a company that sold software and trained folks how to use the software. I was their new marketing manager. That sounds impressive but in an office of three, where I was the only woman, it's a little less remarkable.
Who is behind the "you" that shows up at networking events. You need to tell a story, not give a report. Too many first authors give a report - they act as outside eyeballs giving a word by word description of what happened here or there, and when.
I would love it if we could rely on the advice and insight of family and friends, but the truth is so different. These are not the people to trust when it comes to deciding to write a book. Their opinions will be suspect. Yes, share and discuss and take their thoughts to heart. But don't believe them when they say, "Yes, that's a great idea! It's going to be a best-seller!"