Inspiration for Writing a Book – Quote by Barbara Kingsolver

Inspiration for Writing a Book - Quote by Barbara Kingsolver Many people who want to be authors search aimlessly for book writing inspiration. They talk to people who have written books, attend writer conferences and training programs,  how-to read books on book writing, and eventually hit upon something that inspires them. It might be an external motivator or cause; or it could be something more intrinsic from within.

Writing a book can lead to intense personal satisfaction whether it is a best-seller or not, depending on your motivation for writing it in the first place. Authors write books for many reasons. Some write to achieve fame and fortune; some because they have something they want to save. Still other authors want to help others, enjoy the writing process or want to leave a legacy for their family. No matter what your reason for desiring to put your words and thoughts in print by writing a book, decide that before you begin. This is important because without true motivation, chances are you will encounter writer’s block or end up with an inferior book that no one cares to read.

One way to help decide what and why you want to write is to identify sources of inspiration for writers. Searching the Internet or sites like Amazon.com are good starting points. Search creative writing quotes (such as the one at the top of this article) and for articles and books that offer inspiration for writing a book. Also look for tips for writing a book, so that you can have an idea of how you want to approach your topic.


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Editing and Rewriting Are Essential Parts of Writing A Book or Article

Editing and Rewriting Are Essential Parts of Writing A Book or ArticleWhether you are doing nonfiction writing or fiction, you likely want the finished piece to be the best possible. To ensure that this is the case, you have to face the reality that you will need to spend times on rewrites.

Some writers and authors think that they have finished  with the content once they have written an article or book. Nothing is further from the truth. In reality, once you get your thoughts on the page, you have just begun. That is because your best work is not done until it has been rewritten numerous times and had it edited by someone who has expertise in grammar, syntax and effective message design.

Writing books and articles is a multi-stage process. First, you get an idea and then you put words on paper. Next, you go through and read it, taking notes on where to make edits and adjustments. After you do these things, put the piece aside and work on other projects. This helps redirect your thinking and gets the project out of your conscious mind. Come back after several days and re-read the content again to identify additional changes. You can then start your re-writes.

Your goals when rewriting include at least these stages:

Identify incorrect word usage  Authors and writers often confuse words that sound alike, but are spelled differently and have other meanings.

Eliminate overly used terms. Look for synonyms to substitute for terms that you normally use. People tend to have favorite terms that they inject into a conversation or writing on a regular basis. Work to eliminate such redundancy when creating your book or article content.

Correct commonly misspelled words. There are many words that are typically misspelled. Since you misspelled it once, there is a good change that you will do so again during rewrites. This is because you likely believe that the spelling is correct the first time.

Unfortunately, many authors and writers depend on electronic spellcheck software to catch errors that they missed. Such tools can help somewhat; however, they can miss terms that sound alike but are inappropriate for your intended meaning. The result is that the misspelled terms are often overlooked by the editing software.

Find a competent editor. Because of your own limitations, and those of software, have someone else reread and make recommendations after you have done several rewrites.   Finally, when you think that the work is the best possible, get an expert editor to go through it with a critical eye.

Waiting until you have taken all the previous steps before contracting for editorial services will help save you money. This is because editors will charge either by the word, page or project for their efforts.

Once you are ready to write your book and start to market it, check out Make Money Writing Books: Proven Profit Making Strategies for Authors. for strategies on building an effective author platform to help promote and sell your products. Additionally, there are many wonderful books on the market to assist authors and writers in all phases or writing and getting into print. If you goal is to write books, Dan Poynter is a great resource for materials on how to write and self publish your work.

 


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Florida Authors and Publishers Ed-U-Conference and President’s Book Awards A BIG Success

Florida Authors and Publishers Ed-U-Conference and President's Book Awards A BIG  SuccessThe 2014 Florida Authors and Publishers annual Ed-U-Conference was just completed at the Ft. Lauderdale Pompano Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. Attendee reviews were all in the 6-7 range on a scale of 7.

This year’s event included expert authors and speakers addressing topics including book trailers, use of social media to network and sell books, self publishing, editing with technology and many others.

The two-day conference and two workshops were followed by the annual President’s Book Awards banquet where authors from around the country and Canada received recognition and awards for their 2014 submissions.  This years event had the highest attendance ever and was a grand event. If you are an author, visit www.floridapublishersassociation.com soon for the 2015 awards criteria and entry form. For more information about Florida Authors and Publishers Association, membership and upcoming events, check out the website while looking at the book awards information.

 


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Florida Authors and Publishers 2014 Annual Conference Discount Hotel Rates Ending

Florida Authors and Publishers 2014 Annual Conference Discount Hotel Rates EndingIf you are planning to attend the Florida Authors and Publishers Association annual

Conference (August 8-9) in Pompano Beach Marriott (800-228-9290), the last day for getting a discounted hotel room is July 15.

There are three pre-conference workshops scheduled for this year’s conference, along with a full day of sessions and Presidents Book Awards banquet. Check www.floridapublishersassociation.com for details.

 


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Facebook Resources for Florida Writers, Authors, and Publishers

If you are a Florida-based author, writer or publisher looking for conferences and networking opportunities, check out these resources on Facebook.

 


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Florida Authors and Publishers Association Conference Early Registration Ends Soon

 

Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) 2014 Annual ConferenceJune 30, 2014 is the closing date for obtaining discounted registration pricing for members and non-member.

Friday workshops are:

  • Children’s Books: Show n’Tell
  • Fiction Writing – Novel in a Day
  • Marketing: Using Today’s Technologies

Saturday sessions include:

  • Electronic Editing that crosses genre’ lines
  • Book Design Inside Out
  • Book trailer basics: Discovering a valuable tool for book promotion
  • Energize your author platform using technology

To get more information about the conference and to register for the Friday workshops and all day Saturday conference sessions, visit www.floridapublishersassociation.com.


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Use SMART Goals When Writing Non Fiction Books

Use SMART Goals When Writing Non Fiction BooksBoth aspiring and experienced writers often make the mistake of failing to develop and follow a plan when writing a nonfiction book.  This is a mistake and can lead to a less than stellar product in the end.

In some cases, non fiction writers are subject matter experts (SMEs) who have years of expertise and extensive knowledge about their topic. Because of this, they often just dive in to putting words into their computer or on paper. When they do so, they are likely to omit key steps or forget to capture key points or ideas that might have otherwise improved then quality of their book.

To prevent making this mistake when you are deciding on what you will put in your book and how you will organize and approach writing it, create a set of SMART goals to help guide your writing efforts.

Here the suggested steps for creating your goals:

Specific. Choose distinct topics that you want to cover in the text and then spend time researching articles and published books on the subject of your book.

Measurable. Create a deadline for completion of the book or some other quantifiable means for tracking your progress.

Attainable. Be practical and realistic when developing your goals. Ensure that you have the knowledge, skills, writing competence and other resources available to reach your objective. Otherwise, you will likely be frustrated and may develop writer’s block or even stop writing.

Results-Oriented.  Stay focused on the final objective that you have in mind rather than on short-term goals or deadlines. If you happen to run behind at times, catch up and then re-focus your efforts.

Time-Related. Set specific interval and final completion deadlines, then work with those in mind. Make your goals visual by creating a spreadsheet or written timeline that shows what is due and when. Highlight, circle or otherwise note when you arrive at a particular milestone. Reward yourself for each of these accomplishments. Some potential rewards include, going to a movie or to a nice restaurant to celebrate your successes. 

If you are reading this article, you likely have aspirations of writing the best non fiction books possible. For additional ideas on effectively writing non fiction books, check out some of the useful resources on Amazon.com.


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Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) 2014 Annual Conference

Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) 2014 Annual ConferenceIf you have not already done so, there is still time to register for the August 8-9 annual Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) and still get the early bird discount.

The conference is designed for authors, small, self and independent publishers, as well as others involved in book writing and publishing businesses. It includes three Friday workshops on developing and publishing children’s, nonfiction or fiction books and powerful sessions on a variety of topics by industry experts all day Saturday. Attendees get breakfast, lunch and refreshments for the day(s) they register.

The event will be held at the Ft Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort where you will can get a special $99.00 room rate, with an option to go three days prior or stay three days afterwards at the reduced rate to make it a staycation!

For more details on the conference and venue, visit the Florida Authors and Publishers Association website at www.floridapublishersassociation.com.


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Maya Angelou Quote About Becoming a Writer

Maya Angelou Quote About Becoming a WriterMany people aspire to get their name and ideas into print with articles and books. Unfortunately, many do not know how to become a writer and are either unwilling to invest the time and effort required to develop the skills necessary to become successful (e.g. grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing, marketing, and editing) or do not have the confidence that they can achieve their goal. There are many articles, books and classes available to learn the writing craft, and if you want to write and publish books, to identify the process and resources necessary to do so.  If your goal is to start the journey of becoming a successful writer and to create a personal brand that can lead to income, begin by doing research online or in books stores or a library. Also, search for local writing groups through which you can network and meet those on a similar path. To gather ideas on how you can position yourself to become successful as an author, get a copy of Make Money Writing Books: Proven Profit Making Strategies for Authors. It focuses on strategies for developing an author platform through personal branding activities.


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Four Tips on How to Become a Successful Author

Four Tips on How to Become a Successful AuthorIf your dream is to be a published author, there are certain things that you must do in order to succeed. Here are four tips for becoming a successful author:

1. Commit Time for Writing.  Many new and established authors also have “day jobs” and have to write in the evenings or on weekends, in airports or wherever they can grab a few minutes to put their words in print. Others are retired or in transition and are finally pursuing their dream to become a recognized author.

No matter what your personal situation, you must decide when and how your masterpiece will be written, since writing is a profession that takes time. If you do not commit to developing your material in an organized and planned fashion, you will not succeed and will likely be very frustrated.

If you decide that you have the ideas and vision for your book but not the time, consider investing the money to work with a ghostwriter who will interview you and develop the text for your review and approval.

2. Develop a book marketing strategy before you write your book. It does not matter if you are the most well-known subject-matter expert on your topic or if you have a professional, readable writing style; if you do not let people know that you and your book exist, you will not be a successful author who sells a lot of books.

Simply having a book in print does not guarantee personal fame and recognition or financial gain. You must get the word out through a variety of means in order to make potential readers of your work. Part of this is through personal branding.

Once you have decided on a topic and title, get the word out about it and your planned publication period (e.g. in the Spring of next year) on social media, through presentations, in media interviews and through other means. By building “buzz” and anticipation about your forthcoming book, you can start to develop a mailing list of potential buyers. Once the book is actually in print, you can then start another round of announcements about its publication and where it can be purchased. For example, use interviews, news releases, articles, social media and personal contacts. You might hire a publicist to help accomplish all this.

To be successful at promoting your book, you should participate in some type of marketing activity every day.

3. Create a budget for the book. The old adage of “It takes money to make money” certainly applies when producing and selling books. Too many new authors attempt to create inexpensive works by cutting corners.  They look for ways to find the cheapest cover designer, editor, graphic artist, printer and other professionals to create and publish their book. By doing this, they often get what they pay for – an inferior product that does not sell.

Keep in mind that YOUR name is going to be on the front of any book that you write. Part of you success as a professional, person and writer is your personal brand. Think of all the successful authors you have seen or met. They are continually doing things to create an image that says quality and professional. That is what you should be doing as well. By finding and using quality resources, you will end up with a product that people are likely going to want to read.

4. Use technology effectively. Millions of people access technology (e.g. computers, websites, social media, and advertising) each day. There is an underlying expectation that anything they want can be found on the Internet. This certainly works to your advantage in that you can become known by branding yourself (building an author platform) through a personal website, book website, blog(s), resources related to the writing, publishing and marketing professions and venues to place articles and promotional information.

In today’s world, there is no faster and effective means for getting the word out about your book(s) than through the Internet. Leverage this vehicle to your advantage. Either learn how to use elements of technology, such as those I just mentioned, or budget to have someone skilled in using these tools to do it for you.

For more personal branding tips, ideas and strategies about how to build and hone your personal brand and market your book, check out Make Money Writing Books: Proven Profit Making Strategies for Authors.


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