Finishing Your Book

There is a statistic floating around, although I don’t know how reliable it is, that 80% of Americans intend to write a book. Even with the tens of thousands of books that come out a day, very few of that 80% ever finish, or even start.

You have started your book, and that makes you in the minority. The people who finish are a smaller subset. What makes the difference?

Inspiration and perspiration.

Inspiration: Why are you writing your book? Is it to teach? Help others avoid the pitfalls you have? Explain something? Tell a good story? Entertain? Make a financial killing?

The last is the least inspirational objective a person can have for a book. And … it sets a writer up for false expectations. The majority of books sell 500 copies or less. Using the most common e-book price on Amazon ($2.99), that nets you $1046.50 or less. Nice, but not even enough to take your loved one to Hawaii for a nice vacation.

Instead, to get your book done, focus on the inspirational reasons to complete the book. Writing is hard work. Give yourself a solid, spelled-out reason to get it done. Post it near your writing space and look at it often.

Perspiration: Fiction books average between 70,000 and 12,000 words. How many words can you write a day? How many hours can you spend writing a day? How many days a week? Figure your going to do about 60% of that in reality, and you’ll have a schedule that you can meet when things don’t work out the way you expect them to do.

Then, commit. Do it. Do it the next day. And the next. At the end, you will have a book.

That’s what I did with Finding Home. I dedicated myself to producing 1000 words a day, Monday through Friday, and 500 more on Saturday. I gave myself Sunday to catch up.  Now, 1000 words a day may not seem like a lot, but because I have other jobs, I knew I could get it done, and I did.

Finishing a book by the end of the year? Let me know if you need help with writing coaching, editing, or self-publishing your book.

Deep Point of View in Writing Fiction

To write fiction that grabs the reader and keeps them engaged from page one to the end, you have to learn how to write deep point of view (POV). For some people that grew up reading Nancy Drew and the like, that can be difficult.

Maybe you remember Tom Swifties. They were clever. Some …

Formatting Your Book

Everything matters.

That is particularly true when you are creating a print book. Every decision you make affects the final look and feel of your book, the cost, the price you can set, and how …

Should You Give Your Book Away--Free Books

As many of you know, I write women’s fiction and romance. My next book, Finding Home (self-published), comes out the end of September. I have been and still am, a member of several online writing communities.

Periodically, there are discussions about the pros and cons of giving away books as part of the marketing …

Why Did You Write Your Book?

Depending on the statistic you find, writing a book is one of the top goals for some 80 to 90 percent of Americans. If you are reading this, you, too, have expressed this goal.

But why? You don’t have to determine why all those other people want to write a book, but you do need …

To Use Amazon KDP Select or Not? That Is the Question ...

(with apologies to the Bard.)

In 2017, Mark Coker, Smashwords owner, made ripples with one of his predictions: “The publishing industry will begin to recognize KDP Select as the cancer that it is.”

Not everyone agreed.

But still, as a self-published author, you need to decide whether or not to publish exclusively with …

Descriptions Do More than Describe in Fiction

Stormy Day Clark Fork 2013“It was a dark and stormy night …” That most cliched beginning to a novel is used to warn novice writers about the dangers of boring descriptions. …

e-book vs Print Book Formats

Understanding how e-books work can be difficult for many people who have grown up with print. I’ve added a new FAQ to help you understand.

Why does my formatted e-book look different from my formatted print book?

For people who are used to and understand print books, the e-book world can be confusing. Print books …

What Do You Need to Do Differently Right Now?

Once you decide to self-publish, you have taken on another group of tasks to do on a regular basis. Some you can farm out to others, some you’ll wind up doing yourself. But however you manage your work, you will be an entrepreneur–the person ultimately in charge of things getting done.

GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict

If you’ve worked with me on your fiction project, we have likely discussed goal, motivation, and conflict. These are elements that can almost always need improvement, no matter how many books you’ve written.

It’s always timely …