It feels good to be back to writing ways on this platform. For the last few months, apart from a professional change that kept me busy with the transition (of jobs and cities), I also worked on an exciting project with my uncle — of writing and launching a book. YES! I am a published author now and the book I co-authored was an Amazon best seller in India (Top 20) in the Science fiction genre at the time of launch.
Until I actually got involved into the project, I had very limited idea about what it takes to write and more importantly, publish a book. Having gone through the entire process (led by my uncle) over the past 9-10 months, I wanted to put down our learning and tips here, with the hope that it helps some of you to get started on that writing project that you’ve been thinking for long, but have not put into action.
Here goes our list.
1. Find a co-author
Writing and a publishing a book is not an easy process. So don’t go that distance alone, especially if you are writing your first book. Self-doubt might creep in. “Am I going in the right direction?”, “Is the content appealing?”, “Is it worth the effort?”. Some of these demons might get addressed if you discuss freely with a like-minded co-author.
2. You have the time; just make it happen
Family time, work, social life, social media, fitness. We already have lot of activities packed in our lifestyle which makes us think 24 hours in a day is not enough. This stream of thought might dissuade us from even thinking about writing a book. I surprised myself when I was able to find time to work on the book, without compromising on work, family, social life and health.
3. Perfection is a mirage
A product can only be better than what is was yesterday. It can never be perfect. Even 2 days before publishing the book, we were able to find some minor flaws and ambiguities in the manuscript. That is when we realized that reaching a state of perfection is a mirage, and a good product released in time is good enough.
4. Age is just a number
My Uncle Vijay M. R. (author of the book) is 63 years “young”. His dedication and rigor at that age inspired me to push harder to help him bring out a good book. So if you think you’re too old or too young to write a book, just acknowledge that those are your own mental blocks which could easily be addressed. Don’t ever let that be a hindrance to launch your first book.
5. Focus on the process and enjoy it; don’t worry about the results
My idol M. S. Dhoni often used to say this, and I can’t agree more. This applies to any aspect/phase of life.
6. Never give up!
It’s an overused phrase, but is so true! When you think about giving up midway, think about why you started in the first place.
7. Go digital
Publishing an e-book is easier than you think and doesn’t cost much. Just do some google searches and research to understand the process better. We used draft2digital platform to get our ebook live across many different portals at the same time – Amazon Kindle, Apple, Scribd, Barnes & Noble, Rakuten Kobo, among others. The process is not that difficult may take one or two days at best.
I hope these tips would be helpful to you and maybe even inspire you to go write your first book.
Co-Author: Gita and her War with the Aliens
Amazon Science Fiction bestseller