10 steps to publishing a book

  1. Build your idea.

Come up with an idea and keep it as original as possible. Publishing data shows that there are only a few kinds of stories, but an engaging twist to it makes all the different.

  1. Think about your story

Once you have an idea, look at it from different angles. You should be able to answer any question about your story, characters, plot, the progression of the story or its cohesion.

  1. Outline your story

Once you have your story with characters, plot et al, write an outline. Break it down into parts without detailing too many aspects. Cohesion and flow are things to focus on at this juncture. 

  1. Time to draft

Write everything you have to write at this point. It’s alright if you deviate from the plot as long as the characters move towards the intended goal and the story adds up.

  1. Edit for grammar

Editing is one of the biggest, most important steps to writing a book and getting it published. Expect to be editing over and over: spelling, grammar, trimming the fat, tie up loose ends. Read dialogues out loud to make sure they sound right.

  1. Edit for style

Tweak your language according to the situation in the story. Using Ks and Fs for fights, Ss and Ls for romance are ways to express the intended emotion. Using discretion with this tool is advised.

  1. Edit again

Now edit for sentence formation such as active and passive voice. Now is also the time to approach a professional or an online editor.

  1. Get a second opinion

Ask a trusted person to read your edited draft. This will highlight errors you might have missed.

  1. Think about Publishing

Consider your options to publish your book. You could approach a publishing house that has its own advantages, or self-publish which gives you so much more freedom.

  1. Publish your book

Once you’ve chosen how to show the world your work of art, go ahead with it. Don’t forget those book signing events and talks that are so important to get attention.

Although the road to publishing a book might seem arduous, the result is immensely satisfying. Don’t lose hope! There are plenty of services and tools that simplify the process for you. Sapna INK is one such self-publishing house that gives guides you with editing, publishing and promotion, all over 15 days.

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