Following on from my very first post I thought I would put down some thoughts on here about the process of writing a book, just in case anyone is interested in doing the same. I didn’t use a typewriter by the way, I just liked the picture.
Don’t get me wrong the actual writing (I prefer to call it head emptying) is hard. It is like a long, tough run and definitely not a sprint. A friend and accomplished author told me very early on in my research that he had to write every single day. I simply couldn’t do that for lots of reasons, not least my work. So, I set time aside at the weekends to do at least a couple of chapters. I think you have to do what is right for you.
Once the head emptying was done, I found myself reading through several times over, moving things around and identifying where there was duplication. Then it was time for an independent proof-reader to take a look. I was lucky, I knew someone, very trustworthy and with a keen eye for detail. We went back and forth with weekly meetings to discuss chapters and content.
I had initially considered publishing using a pseudonym and using an online service, such as Amazon. Thankfully I was introduced to an independent publisher called Brenda Dempsey from Book Brilliance Publishing. Brenda gently coaxed me around to using my own name and her services. That is where the work really started. More calls, more discussions, a marketing plan, a business plan and self-funded financial investment. The whole process from start to finish has taken just over two years.
Now I am about seven weeks away from launch and the pace has quickened yet again. Social media, PR, launch event, more marketing and more Zoom calls. Don’t let anyone kid you that writing a book is easy, there is so much more to it than head emptying.
Thinking about writing a book? Check in with Brenda and the team, they aren’t called Book Brilliance Publishing for nothing.
So, wish me luck, thank you to all of you that have placed pre-orders, I am touched. Watch this space! There is more to come.