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By Dan Poynter and Danny O. Snow

Much has been written about what you need to do when you are writing your book. For example, Book1Blog is filled with over 100 posts on the subject. Yet, some of the most important actions you can take should occur before you begin writing. Here is some solid advice worth considering.

  1. Don't make the mistake of writing your book before you know your audience. Do some initial research to identify the type of readers you want to aim your book at before you start writing.
  2. Go to libraries, bookstores and the internet. Read and study other books that are similar to your subject matter. Your book will have a much better chance for success if it fills a need that you discover is not already met, or does a better job at meeting the needs of your audience.
  3. Observe how comparable books are made. Are they soft cover, hard cover or coil bound? How many pages do they contain? What is their pricing? What is their overall appearance? Then plan your book to be truly competitive in each respect.
  4. Read books written by experts that offer self-publishing advice and tips. Such books can give you insights before your begin writing and help you avoid potential pitfalls down the road.
  5. Join one or more trade associations and/or local book writing organizations. Such groups can provide meaningful opportunities for ongoing education and networking.
  6. Talk to book designers. An experience book designer can explain things such as why each chapter might start on a right-hand page, or why faces in a photo should be at least as big as a dime.
  7. If you are truly self-publishing and plan to hire a book printer, discuss your project with some professional printers. These folks can show you how to optimize your printing dollar that can save money.

It's generally considered that books such as successful novels and poetry books are tougher to write than successful nonfiction books. The reason is that it is harder to pinpoint the audience for general fiction than for a book about a specific, practical topic. However, regardless as to the type of book you plan to write, it- will have a greater chance for success if you plan carefully beforehand - before you begin actually writing.

[This post was created, with permission, from excerpts taken from 5.0, co-authored by Dan Poynter and Danny O. Snow.]


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