Q&A #3: What You Should Know Before You Write a Book

Teaching_2There is more to writing a book than merely sitting down to a blank screen on your computer. There are steps to take before you begin. For example, you should know what it takes to tackle this project and whether you meet those criteria. You need to know what you must write besides your main message—the other parts of the book. You should test your idea to determine if it is viable. Organization is important but not intuitive. If you have never written a book, learn about it before you begin.

When you are just starting out, the things you need to know and do may seem overwhelming, but writing a book is really an orderly step-by-step process. It is worth your time to learn that process, and there are many ways to do it. There are books and online courses; writing and publishing groups; and book coaches and editors to guide you on your journey.

Jumping in, feet first, with no parachute isn’t necessary or wise. Why reinvent the wheel? Wouldn’t it be better to put your energy into writing your nonfiction book than struggling with how to do it.

First, ask yourself if you have these six elements to see you through to process:

  1. Desire
  2. A concept
  3. A plan
  4. Focus & a long attention span
  5. Self-discipline
  6. Support & guidance

Bobbi Linkemer is a writing coach, ghostwriter, editor, as well as the author of eighteen books under her own name. Her passion is helping writers at all levels to convey their messages through books. In her forty-five-year career, Ms. Linkemer has written on hundreds of topics for magazines, individuals, and organizations in both the private and public sectors. She has been a feature writer, a magazine editor, and a corporate communicator. Her clients range from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurs and individuals who want to share their stories or build their businesses. Bobbi Linkemer • 314-968-8661 bobbi@writeanonfictionbook.com

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2 comments on “Q&A #3: What You Should Know Before You Write a Book
  1. Mark Blevins says:

    Can you tell me how to get a copyright and a trademark?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Hi Mark,
      Actually, the minute you write something, theoretically, it is copyrighted. Just put copyright or the copyright symbol, your name, and the year on it, and it’s official. However, if you want it to be listed in the Library of Congress, you can register more formally at http://www.copyright.gov/eco/. I think there is a $50 charge. To make it official, you have to send two copies of your book to the copyright office when it is published. As for a trademark, that is a little more complicated. I tried to do that once through my attorney and it was like jumping through hoops. We finally decided not to do it, but if it’s important, contact an intellectual property attorney. Hope this helps. Bobbi

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