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Beautiful book! Too bad I won't read it. Five things new authors should know before writing a book.

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

Have you ever bought a book for its beautiful, eye-catching cover, but you couldn’t get past the first chapter because it was so poorly written? Yeah, me too.

Was there ever a time the juicy summary on the back sucked you in and you thought, “Wow, this is a really compelling story!” Then as you began reading the contents, you kept making mental corrections, which sucked the life out of you, leaving you completely unwowed. Yeah. Me. Too!

I’ll be honest. I have bookshelves full of books that I cannot read. Well, technically I can read them, but I don’t want to. Its mentally exhausting trying to make sense of senseless sentences.

I can always tell (1) who hired a good editor (2) who invested in learning how to write (3) and those who took the least expensive route or who didn't understand that all editors are not created the same.

It really does hurt my heart to see someone so excited about becoming an author, but knowing only their friends and family will purchase it. Worse, the buzz will only last about half a year and then people will forget they are an author. How do i know so much about it? Because it happened to me.

Yes, I was so excited to become a part of an anthology and make my debut in the writing world, but I was ignorant to what that meant (see what you need to know before becoming a part of an anthology). The experience was amazing, and it really reignited the flame of creative writing within me. Just like I mentioned that all editors are not created the same (see article here), all writers are not created the same. It is important to know the caliber of your co-authors.

That’s why I want to share 5 things you should know before writing your book, so your copy doesn't end up on the decorative bookshelf, or in someone's giveaway pile.

Tip #1: You have to spend money to make money

Tip #2: Put your money where it pays you

Tip #3: Make it easy for people to give you their money

Tip #4: Take a free writing course to help cut costs