This section covers the process of publishing up to the final draft manuscript being ready for submission or self-publication. Although, following submission there are likely to be further revisions to the final draft.
Finding your purpose sets up the whole publication process. Your decision to publish for commercial or personal reasons will influence every decision you make, the time and money you spend, and your measures for success.
A good idea is the catalyst for your book. This section will help if you are struggling to come up with the initial concept, overcome a blockage, or simply explore your creativity.
Research can make or break a title, not just for non-fiction, but fiction and poetry too. Whether it’s primary, first-hand research travelling the world, or desk-based internet research, the best books bring reality to life, even in a fantasy setting.
Writing is more than typing sentences and paragraphs, it’s a craft and a business. Different skills are required for different genres and audiences. Understanding the ways in which readers consume books will inform your writing as will the technical and creative aspects of writing. There’s so much to learn and explore, and this is at the very heart of an author’s life.
Editing and proofreading shapes and fine-tunes an author’s words. No good book was ever published without editing and the input of editors can help to improve a book to achieve the author’s goals.