Just Starting?

When we say new author you might be new to writing a major project, and your idea for a book has yet to take shape. On the other hand, you might be a seasoned writer, and "new" for you means a whole new electronic paradigm that could baffle almost anyone.

Either way, we're at the beginning of something different: publishing an electronic book, or eBook. You've probably looked up info on Wikipedia to get an idea what to expect, but now it's time to take action.

Let's take a look at what we need to do next ...

Assume for a moment that you have a great idea for a book! Here are some hints to move forward:

1. I've used a pocket digital recorder for some years now. When I get a bright idea while I'm out walking the dogs, driving, etc, I dictate the idea so it doesn't get lost. Later I write a simple reminder note to put in file of ideas, perhaps add to my future to-do list, add to my list to do-today, whatever. When you're writing a book, ideas about organization, topics, anecdotes, all come at the most inconvenient times! Capture now, evaluate later.

2. Start with a pile of topics (paper, a computer organization program, etc), and put it all into an order that makes some sense for a tentative outline.

3. Concurrently, start drafting a description of the book (60-80 words) and a long synopsis (600-700 words). We'll need both when we publish. For now, these become a rough road map of where you're going and trying to accomplish with the reader.

4. As you write, keep your normal "first-person" voice. You're still writing to real people, just many more than usual. If you're writing a novel, you would use a different voice; remember, you're the author.

5. If you have a lot already written, organize topics first, then collect (and perhaps print) related pieces of information. The bulk of your writing will be to glue the various pieces together.

Give the above a shot, and let me know how you're doing with it. You don't need to have it in "perfect" shape, just something we can talk about.

Send it to me to take the next step!