Even in the age of the fourth industrial revolution where the world is moving to all things digital, the art of telling stories through writing and publishing of books is still relevant. Every famous celebrity is writing an autobiography, every chef is publishing a cook book and even young children are publishing books about how to deal with bullying etc.

There is something very fulfilling about writing and publishing your very first book, and Impress Printers has had the pleasure of helping realise that dream for many individuals and we can also help you.

The printing part is towards the end of the process, the hard work happens at the beginning. Here are some key things to consider before you start writing your own book;

Whether you’re writing a cook book, autobiography or self help book, it is important to take note of the following;

Selecting a relevant topic to write about

The storyline is central to writing a book. It is what will determine the content and the success of the book. Think about your purpose for writing the book. Are you writing to entertain, educate, inspire people?  How do you want your audience to feel after they have read your story?

Decide on the length of your book.

Below are some classifications of books depending on the number of words

  • 10,000 words = a pamphlet or business white paper.
  • 20,000 words = eBook or manifesto.
  • 40,000–60,000 words = standard nonfiction book / novella.
  • 60,000–80,000 words = long nonfiction book / standard-length novel.
  • 80,000–100,000 words = very long nonfiction book / long novel.
  • 100,000+ words = epic-length novel / academic book / biography.

Find a place that is conducive to writing

People are inspired by different things. Find an environment that inspires your writing.  It may be your desk, a quiet coffee shop or even the beach. The right mindset is imperative to not only getting your creative juices flowing, but for sustaining you until the process is complete.

Be intentional and disciplined

It is important that you are clearly connected to your WHY – the reason why you began this process will carry you through times when you want to quit. And trust me, there will be times when you will want to quit. It is also important that you set yourself daily or weekly targets of how many words you will write. Make it rewarding and incentivize yourself for reaching certain milestones. It might also be a great idea to find a mentor who can motivate you during those days when you are tempted to quit. Your mentor can also play a role of checking your work as you progress. This is important, because you need someone to give you feedback as early as possible, to avoid having to re-write your book when you thought you had completed it.

Once book is done then its time to send it to a publisher and the rest, as they say, is history!