The Second Trimester of Writing a Book
Thank you for reading my last blog post on the first trimester of writing a book. How to Sign, Seal, Deliver, A Book, and Boost Your Amazon Author Page
The blog post mentioned above is my most read blog post. It has not gone viral or anything; however, I appreciate the support.
Writing a Book Through the Pandemic is Good Medicine
Perhaps you are getting mixed signals. You might be asking, aren’t you the author of 31 Days to Purchasing and Renting Your First Investment Real Estate Property? Absolutely!
However, there is a lot of interest in the number of folks reading my blog posts about writing a book through the pandemic.
If you find value in my blog posts, in addition to giving you direction and inspiration on bringing your own book to life, I find great personal satisfaction in helping you.
I have written a great book on Investment Real Estate and would love you to purchase or direct someone who needs my book to purchase it. But life has to be more than asking; I am happy to give a little.
Giving You Hope and Inspiration
In my last post, I mentioned I had written a ton of words, over 50,000 words. However, I did not feel it was going anywhere. The average non-fiction business book is between 78,000 and 82,000 words.
I was certainly on track to write a standard business book, but I had no confidence these were the correct words. There was no life in these words, and they did not catch my breath; therefore, they were not going to catch the breath of my readers?
Niche Down – Right on Target
The Main Ingredient of Book Writing
I had mentioned earlier you need to niche down. After all, you can not be a Jack of All Trades and a Master of None.
To come up with a new title for my book, 31 Days to Purchasing and Renting Your First Investment Real Estate Property, a turning moment in my book writing journey.
I will not lie to you; I need a hook and 31 Days, which I hope will draw you to my book.
Proof in the Pudding
The right number of days to accomplish this task was important; in other words, not just once but multiple times. 31 Days is the number that worked for myself and joint venture partners several times. In other words, doable.
The first trimester starts when you know your feelings and words change and come to life. The birth of a book is on its way.
The second trimester begins when you realize you need to build a Team of Folks to help you move through this trimester.
Research Makes It Real
To help me, I decided to go to a conference on book writing, publishing and marketing. Last fall, I attended an online conference, https://nonfictionwritersconference.com/, and it delivered the information and contacts I needed.
I found a great book writing coach through her, but I was also introduced to a group of writers. https://www.selfpubbootcampcourses.com/
Having a writing coach and a peer group was important in my book writing journey, but your words can go up in flames without the right editor.
Early on, the most important person on your team is your editor. My research shows there are as many as twelve different types of editors; however, I don’t want to take you down a writer’s rabbit hole. I don’t want you chasing your tail.
In my last blog post, I mentioned that it goes back to the basics. You will become a good author; similarly, this is true for finding the right editor for you.
The Four Basic Type of Editors
The four basic types of editors are developmental, substantive, copy, and proofreaders.
My story around my search for an editor is full of rabbit holes. I slid down many a hole in the search for an editor.
My first editor did the editing for me as a favour; it was appreciated but would not last.
My second editor was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Someone I knew recommended this person; it didn’t take me long to realize she was farming the editing out and taking a fifteen percent commission. I can assure you editing is worth every penny and is expensive; this is not the service you want someone taking a markup.
Editor of Choice, Substantive
My current editor, who I will discuss in another blog post, is absolutely awesome and perfect. She was more of a substantive editor, and she is a substantive person.
A substantive editor is a person who helps the author define their goals, help identify the readers, and form the manuscript directional. These editors bring clarity to the author’s position, fix the pacing, suggest improvements, and draw missing pieces.
I have a strong feeling I have found my forever editor, and more books will follow.
In my next blog post, I will talk more about my editor and our influences on each other.
Use Software to Take Care of Basic Editing
There are costs to writing, publishing and marketing a book. Reduce costs where possible and start with free or low-cost software.
There is some great software like Grammarly that can help you with structure and proofreading.
I will devel more into the Amazon Author Page when I discuss the Third Trimester of Writing a Book in my next blog post.
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