You have the idea in your mind.
You have a lot to tell the readers.It can be a story, a biography, a guide for
self help, management concept, educational idea- it can be just anything.The point is that you have enough material to
engage and benefit the readers.
There is a big leap from `wish’ of writing a book and
`plan’ of writing a book. To plan, you need to sit down and visualize the whole
book as if it is in your hand already.
Let’s see how to do it.
A book plan has it all what any plan has. It has time
schedules, page estimate, resource planning, pricing. Let’s start writing the
the book – it must be very clear in your mind why you are writing a book.What is that the reader will get after
reading your book? Is it only sharing of experience,
or you want to motivate? Is it only introduction of a particular subject or is
it covering the subject in-depth or is it revealing some latest advancement on
the topic?Be very clear about the
objective.Your objective will dictate
the tone, speed, direction and impact of your book. It will decide what do you
elaborate and how much.This is the
destination of your book.Write it down.
2.Reader of the book – for who you are writing this book?In other words, who is going to read it?Is it for high school students, or is it for
general knowledge of middle aged employees, if you are writing a book on
personal image building, decide if it is written for
the teenage girls who want to make modeling as their career; or is it written
for the working women in their thirties who are advancing their careers?
You may have a lot to say about the subject, but
different things appeal to different classes of readers. An astrophysicist
would write one book for scholars, another book for 15 years old boys and girls
motivating to choose this discipline as their career and yet another book of
sci-fi for general public. Do not cram everything in one book.
Caution – do not say that your book is useful for
everybody.A wristwatch is useful for
everybody, but a particular model is for a particular class of buyers. Define
who is the buyer of your book. Write it down.
3.Contents of the book – Now prepare the contents page
of the book.How will you divide it into
chapters?What will be the headings? – and sub headings?Will
there be any charts, graphs, images, illustrations?If yes, who is going to make them?This way you can avoid any possible
Write down the contents page of your book.
Are you reproducing any material from any other published or unpublished work
from any person? It can be in the form of a quotation, interview excerpt,
image, graph, chart, drawing or any other form.Make sure if you need to get the permission of the concerned person for
reproducing it.If it only a mention of
some public document, it is likely that you can just quote it with the
source.In some cases, however, it is
necessary to get his/her written permission along with payment of fees.Check this aspect thoroughly.
In any case you will not want to reproduce someone
else’s material as your own. Be sure and prepared to have the backup or source
of what you are saying is your original thinking and not borrowed from anywhere
In some cases, the source expects just an
acknowledgement.Please do that.
If you are sharing any real life success story, decide
if you want to use the real names.
contributors – it is possible that your book needs contribution from another
expert in the field. Suppose you are
writing a book on entrepreneurship, you may like a company law professional to
write about formation of a company.
Decide if you need such a contribution, and if yes, who is the right person for that.
Write down what and how much will the
6.Length of your
book – At this stage, you will be fairly equipped to estimate fairly accurately
how long a book it will be. Estimate pages or number of words for each
sub-topic, then topic, then for a chapter, introduction, preface,
end-notes.Write these numbers of pages
against each heading in your contents page already prepared.
7.Timeline – it
is an important aspect. You may need to publish your book to coincide with a
particular event. Or you can decide your own timeline. Allow time for writing
and rewriting. Please remember to allow time for these activities:
c. Proof reading
images (charts, graphs, illustrations, tables, photos and others)
permissions, if any.
review of the book
`advance praise’ for the book.
preface written by an expert, if necessary.
8.Editing – Once
you have complete manuscript in your hand, go for editing. Appoint a
professional editor.If he/she has
domain background, still better.The
editor will give inputs and suggestions regarding selection of words, flow of
the language, paragraphs,sequence and other things.These suggestions are made `keeping the end in mind’.All the comments, suggestions are to make the
book better.You can of course discuss
the suggestions and inputs and make final decision.
publisher – if you are not self publishing the book, then you will need the
publisher to publish your book.The
process can start any time once you have finalized the contents page with page
numbers and timeline. You need to prepare a one-page synopsis for the
publisher.Send it across, meet the
publisher.The publisherwill take his sweet time to go through
the manuscript or proposal to accept or reject it.You may need to approach a few publishers
simultaneously or one-by-one.Acceptance
may depend on a few things like
plan of the publisher
for the book
area of the publisher
e. Past record of
your other books or your reputation in the subject.
by an author or editor associated with the publishing house.
10. Contract –
Contract between the author and publisher is very important.It talks about what rights are parted with,
for how much time, obligations of both the parties,
royalty and tenure.Do not hesitate to
ask questions, or to appoint an agency or a lawyer to protect your interest.
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preparing the book proposal, representing to the publisher
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