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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Writing A Book

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Writing A Book

Start writing and write as though you were talking to someone via the telephone, because writing, after everything has been analyzed, taken apart, studied, improved upon, and put back together, is still nothing more or less than a written conversation between two people. Write as though you’re talking to your next door neighbor.

It makes no difference whether you write it all out longhand or pound away at the computer. Just get it all written! Once you've got your material organized, start writing and don't stop until you're finished!

When you have finished, be proud of yourself! Take a break, go out to dinner, and enjoy a night on the town! In other words, put this first draft aside for a few days and allow your brain, your body, and your creative juices to rejuvenate themselves.

After a couple of days off, take it back up and go through it with a sharp pencil, just as you imagine an editor would do. Strike out, rewrite and polish each paragraph for clarity, accuracy and flow.

This is the time to make sure that what you've written is easy to read, easy to understand and each sentence follows the one before it. The smoother the conversation or the writing flows, the easier it'll be to read, and the easier it is to read, the more copies you will sell.

Book Titles
The title of your book can be one of the biggest factors on sales. A good title will often result in increased interest as well as higher profits.

A good book title should: grab the attention of the customer, clearly reveal the book's subject, arouse interest, define the area covered by the book and promise benefits to the reader. Many books also have a subtitle. The subtitle is usually about 6 to 15 words long and should reveal even more about the book. For example:

BIG JUMPS! How Anyone, Anywhere Can Catch Big Air On Jumps. Learn the tips and tricks of the Professional Aerialists.

One more thing about book titles, if you're planning to produce ads to promote your book, you should consider a snappy, upbeat title which can be also used as your headline. The above book title, along with its subtitle is perfect. It's attention getting, informative, captures the imagination of the prospect and offers a benefit.

Book Layout
There are several basic decisions you must make concerning the layout of your book. These decisions will influence the cost you pay for printing. For example:
  • Stick with standard sizes
  • Number of pages
  • Typeface -- This is the style and size of the letters that make up the text. Don't use some offbeat, out of the ordinary typeface. Make your book easy to read.
  • Type of cover -- You can decide to use a plain, 1-color cover or a glossy, 4-color cover. If you're planning to sell through bookstores, you'll need to design a fancier, eye-catching cover.
Other factors that you may need to consider are pictures, photos, an index, size of chapter headings and subheadings.

NOTE: You can explore various book layouts simply by examining different books, than pick the one you like.

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