3 Tips for Up and Coming Authors
If you have ever wanted to write and publish a book, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, there are a few things you should be acutely aware of first. In this post, we will discuss 3 great tips that all aspiring authors should take to heart when they are mapping out their first publication.
1. Identify Your Target Audience – and Speak to Them
Whether your book is a work of fiction or a book about advice, this tip is crucial. According to a post by The Creative Pen, you should first identify what types and/or groups of people your book will speak to. Think of the plot of your book, the underlying themes, the setting, and the characters themselves. For example, the classic Ian Fleming James Bond novels were about a British spy, who was what many young men may consider to be “the ideal man”. Because of this, the Bond books appealed greatly to younger men, but also to those who enjoyed spy novels and thrillers. Of course the books became so popular that they turned into an incredibly successful film adaptation series, which largely spoke to the same audience. Similarly, if your book is a non-fiction work about grief advise, you will want to speak directly to those who are in grief due to events you cover within the pages of your book. Bestselling author David Kessler does this perfectly in his book, “You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death”. Kessler is also due to make an appearance in WNY if you are interested in learning more about him and his work, you can find information on the event here.
2. Get a Great Book Cover Designed
Books are like any other commodity at the end of the day, and if you do not stand out from the thousands of other books on the shelf, yours will not sell. While there are many routes you can take to find a good cover (ranging in price and quality), we always recommend finding premier book cover designer to do the work for you. The thought behind this is simple: Even if you have the best writing since Shakespeare, your book will not get read unless it sells. To sell, it has to stand out.
3. Proof Read!
This may seem obvious, but many new authors are so excited just to get their work out that they forget to proof read. This holds especially true for self-publishing authors, who do not have access to professional proofreaders from publishers. Before you proofread your novel, step away from it for a day or two then come back with a fresh take. If you have been pouring over the pages for hours, then try to proofread, your brain will automatically correct the mistakes without you noticing, which will let errors slip through.
With these three tips, you will be ahead of many of the other budding authors in the industry, and should find better success getting your book in front of readers. Now get out there and write write write!