The 9 Steps of Writing Your Book

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The Stages of Writing and Creating Your Manuscript


1.       Write 50 to 100 words. Congrats … that’s a PARAGRAPH.

2.       Next, string 225 to 250 words … that’s a PAGE.

3.       Depending on your chapter length—remember, I’m a fan of “short is the new black”, create anywhere from 1,000 words to 2,000 words … that’s a CHAPTER.

4.       You are on a roll. Now, expand your creativity. How many chapters to you think are needed to deliver your story or message? Some may be shorter or longer than #3 … just WRITE.  Set aside time each day or a block of time TIME during the week. Create a HABIT.

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5.       In-between your writing spurts … READ, READ, READ. It will make you a better writer.

6.       Engage in REWRITES and EDITING. I promise, your writing will improve.

7.       Identify ahas and chewing lines that if are key points for reader. Those will become CALL-OUTS or PULL-OUTS.

8.       Who is your ideal READER? Do you have those in your circle on contacts? Ask for FEEDBACK.

9.       Happy Dance! You have a MANUSCRIPT.

Now, it’s decision time. Do you go the traditional route or do you go the indie/self-route? It’s an exciting time for publishing today.





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Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing signature-full TRNabout and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 35 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #35 was published this summer: The How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. Get your copy now.

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