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by Patricia Fry

7 Tips for Writing a More Publishable Book

1: Study the publishing industry so you understand your options, the possible ramifications of your choices and your responsibilities as a published author.

2: Define your purpose for writing this book. Make sure it is valid, not frivolous.

3: Determine your target audience. Who is most likely to read this book and how many people does this comprise?

4: Ascertain whether this book is needed/desired. Is there a market for it?

5: Consider your platform—your following, your connections, your way of attracting readers. Why are you the person to write this book and who is going to care about reading it?

6: Create a marketing plan. How will you get word out about your book?

7: Find ways to build promotion into your book while you’re writing it.

A well-researched, complete book proposal will assist you in answering each of these questions accurately. A book proposal is a business plan for your book. Don’t neglect this very important step to becoming a successful author.


Patricia Fry is the Executive Director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) and the author of 35 books. See her most recent books in the left column of this page.

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