It’s been a few days since my last post, because I’ve been busy writing – and hope you have too! 🙂 For the next few weeks, I’ll be jumping in here and there with tips and writing techniques that will hopefully help you finish your book, and then we’ll move on to publishing and promoting it.
Our last chat talked about creating a detailed table of contents (TOC). The next step is to lay out your book’s “map.” If you did your research (or even just mapped out your own thoughts off the top of your head), you probably have a ton of notes (hopefully, if you followed my tip, you’ll have one main thought or idea per notecard), and you can use your TOC to put those cards in order. That way, when you start writing, you can take the top note card, jog your memory, and start getting your ideas down on paper (or word processor, as it may be :)).
If you’re interested in a book template that you can just plug your content into, click here. You can use it if you’d like; just start plugging your info in, and you’re good to go!
Another suggestion is that, if you know you’re going to self-publish your book with a company like Lulu.com, you can download a template from them. Just choose the book size you will end up publishing (ie. 6×9”), and you can download the template that will fit that size. By doing that, you can save yourself some time with fixing formatting issues later, and you’ll also get a better idea of how long your book will be right off the bat, along with how it will look on the printed page.
Here’s the link to download the Lulu.com template: http://www.lulu.com/publish/books/?cid=nav_bks
Exciting stuff…we’re on our way to becoming published authors! 🙂
How are things going with you? Making any progress this week?