There is no denying that writing provides a creative outlet for many a person. Authoring books is a fantastic way to tell a story and share it with limitless amounts of individuals. As you know, one can read books on almost any subject. From crime thrillers to romance novels, and from autobiographies to travel guides, there is a book out there that will interest everyone.
The process of writing a book is often a long and arduous journey. Apart from dedicating time to the cause, what you write has to offer compelling reading. Many authors promote their books and get dismayed when there’s little interest in them. If you’re a new author, make sure you don’t make any of the following silly mistakes:
Poor spelling and grammar
Let’s face it. Every author has their own style of writing. There’s nothing wrong with that, but what can irk many people is coming across spelling and grammar mistakes. It might not sound like a big deal to you. However, I’m here to tell you that it should!
If your first book is full of typos, your audience will find it hard to follow your story. These days, spelling and grammar checks are built into word processing software. And, there are online services like Grammarly that can help you. Make sure you use them.
Unappealing book cover
When a person walks into a bookstore, the design of a book cover will capture their attention. We process visual imagery first before written words. As a new author, your readers won’t be people who already know about you.
Your new entry into a particular niche topic can captivate them with stunning visuals. If you’re not a good graphic designer, pay a professional to do your artwork. After all, you wouldn’t build a house if you weren’t an expert bricklayer!
Forgetting to create a website
Thanks to the digital world we live in, many of us buy the books that interest us online. We might head over to sites like Amazon to browse and buy what we want. Still, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a website dedicated to you and your books!
You can use your site as a springboard to launch new books in the future. And let’s not forget what a brilliant marketing tool your website can be. Again, it pays to use an expert web design agency for your new site. Don’t go down the DIY route if your best work looks like a website built in 1995.
Not having another person edit your work
You might be a brilliant proofreader. Your spelling and grammar skills may be exceptional. But, you should still get someone else to edit your work. Why?
First of all, your editing will be biased. Of course it will—you wrote the book! A fresh pair of eyes will help you to refine and improve your work until it’s ready for publication.
Second, you might not be thorough with your proofreading. That’s probably because you think your writing is okay. And, third, it will take up a lot of time. Just get someone else to do it for you.
Follow the above suggestions and you’ll have a higher chance of success. Thanks for reading my blog post today.
[post contributed for tamarhela.com]