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HOW TO WRITE A BOOK

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1) Make sure that you have been called to write a book.
Being an author is neither glamorous nor the path to wealth. It is the awesome privilege of sharing God’s heart with people in search of revelation and solutions for their lives. The teacher becomes the student first. Every authentic author has lived and bled for the message they convey.

2) Decide why you are writing what you are writing.
It can’t just be about your story. Your story must be told for the greater good of others. His (God’s) story was written to give hope, instruction, correction and light to everyone. The Bible is more than history it is the pathway to life.

3) Write the outline for your book.
This should include Chapter titles and a brief description of what each chapter is about. Do your research.

4) Purpose to write something every day even if it is for just five minutes. Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself. Start small and build. Once you begin writing you will go past the time you covenanted with yourself to write. Remember slow and steady wins the race.

5) Resist the urge to edit, edit edit. The only thing standing between some authors and a publishing date is the fact that they can’t stop editing. Write the book, get it out of your system! Then allow an objective professional editor to edit your work. Most publishers provide this.

6) Write your book proposal.
This should consist of an introduction to the book. Why you feel the book is needed. Who is the audience. The tonality of the book. What you hope to accomplish with the book. After that your bio. The outline of your book and one sample chapter. Do not give a publisher your entire manuscript until you have a deal!

7) Do your research on agents and publishers.
Most publishers will not look at your work without an agent these days so select one who gets your material and is as enthusiastic as ou are.

8) Never get discouraged. Never take rejection as a rejection. Remember you are in search of the right home for you and your book.

9) Remember you will be the greatest champion of your book. Have a marketing plan for how you will reach others with your message.

10) Utilize social networking to build a buzz.

The Writer’s Market -gives a concise list of all literary agents, book publishers, new publishing opportunities, contests and awards plus what they are looking for, along with submission guidelines.

The Insider’s Guide to Getting an Agent: by Lori Perkins –gives the inside scoop on how to get an agent, how to write a query, what you should expect from your agent, how to write a book proposal, dealing with your first book deal, and much more;

Write the Perfect Book Proposal: by Jeff Herman and Deborah Levine Herman gives you all the info on how to lay out your book proposal.

The Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches & Proposals: by Moira Allen details the art of writing the a great book proposal, how to get a newspaper columns, plus the business of writing.

The Publishing Game: by Fern Reiss gives you insiders tips on how to make your book a best seller.

How To Get Your Book Published: Inside Secrets of a Successful Author by Robert W. Bly

Literary Agents, A Writer’s Introduction: by John F. Baker

Getting an Agent: by Lori Perkins

Fiction Writer’s Workshop: by Josip Novakovich

How To Tell A Story: by Peter Rubie and Gary Provost

How to Open and Operate a Home-based Writing Business: by Lucy V. Parker

Recommended Reading

I. All Time Favorites!

THE NEW LIVING TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE
HINDS’ FEET ON HIGH PLACES by Hannah Hurnard
THE DIVINE ROMANCE by Gene Edwards
OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO by Dr. Seuss
THE BOOK OF GOD by Walter Wangerin, Jr.
COME AWAY MY BELOVED by Frances J. Roberts
JESUS IN BLUE JEANS by Laurie Beth Jones
THE COURAGE TO BE RICH by Suze Orman
THE TRAVELERS GIFT by Andy Andrews
SEARCHING FOR GOD by Donald Miller
BLUE LIKE JAZZ by Donald Miller

II. Matters of the Single Heart

 KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR by P.B.Wilson
AVOIDING MR. WRONG by Steve Arterburn and Dr. Meg J. Rinck
BEFORE YOU SAY I DO by H. Norman Wright and Wes Roberts
CHOOSING GOD’S BEST by Don Raunikar
ARE YOU THE ONE FOR ME? by Barbara De Angelis
31 SECRETS OF AN UNFORGETTABLE WOMAN by Mike Murdock
THE ASSIGNMENT BY Mike Murdock
COMMON MISTAKES SINGLES MAKE by Mary Whelchel
HINDS’ FEET ON HIGH PLACES by Hannah Hurnard
FINDING THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE by Dr. Neil Clark Warren
How to Know if Someone is Worth Pursuing IN TWO DATES OR LESS by Dr. Neil Clark Warren
IF I AM SO WONDERFUL, WHY AM I STILL SINGLE? By Susan Page
WHAT MEN WANT by Bradley Gertzman, Esq. Christopher Pizzo CPA, & Rich Seldes, M.D.

III. Matters of the Married Heart

THE MASTER’S DEGREE by Frank and P.B. Wilson
THE ACT OF MARRIAGE by Tim and Beverly LaHaye
THE BOOK OF ROMANCE by Tommy Nelson
LOVE STORIES GOD TOLD by David and Heather Kopp
OPPOSITES ATTRACT by Tim and Beverly LaHaye
MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS by John Grey
THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE by Gary Smalley and John Trent
THE GIFT OF SEX by Clifford and Joyce Penner
SEX BEGINS IN THE KITCHEN by Kevin Leman
INTIMATE ISSUES by Lorraine Pintus & Linda Dillow
WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD MARRIAGES by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott
HOW TO LOVE A BLACK MAN by Ronn Elmore
GOD IS IN THE BEDROOM TOO by P.B. Wilson
GOD IS IN THE KITCHEN TOO by P.B. Wilson
INTIMATE ISSUES by Lorraine Pintus

IV. Woman to Woman

ONLY A WOMAN by Terri McFadden
SEVEN SECRETS WOMEN WANT TO KNOW by P.B. Wilson
A JEWEL IN HIS CROWN by Priscilla Evans Shirer
FASCINATING WOMANHOOD by Helen Andelin
A WOMAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART by Elizabeth George

V. For the Thirsty

THE NEW LIVING TRANSLATION of the Bible
HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE by Kay Arthur
EXPERIENCING GOD by Henry Blackaby
GOD.COM by James Langteaux
BRUCE & STAN’S GUIDE TO GOD by Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz
THE DIVINE ROMANCE by Gene Edwards
STREAMS IN THE DESERT by Mrs. Charles E Cowman
FACE TO FACE: Praying the Scriptures for Intimate Worship by Kenneth Boa
SHATTERED DREAMS by Dr. Larry Crabb
STREAMS IN THE DESERT by Mrs. Charles E. Cowmanbeth George
IF YOU’RE A CHRISTIAN AND EVERYONE LIKES YOU… SOMETHING’S WRONG by Sara Dormon

VI. Interesting Characters

GREAT LIVES FROM GOD’S WORD
MOSES
JOSEPH
DAVID
ESTHER
by Charles R. Swindoll
BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE
REALLY BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE
by Liz Curtis Higgs
THE LINEAGE OF GRACE SERIES
TAMAR
RAHAB
RUTH
BATHSHEBA
MARY
by Francine Rivers