Getting Started—Know Your Genre

Self PublishingIf you have always dreamed of being a writer, you can live your dreams by writing your own book and then self publishing. Self-publishing is the way that many writers today are choosing to get their book out to the public. Self publishing today is not the same as it was years ago when you had to spend thousands of dollars to publish your book and store them in your garage or basement. You can self publish a book for just a few dollars per book when you choose a good self publishing service, online. Today, these publishers are usually called Print-on-Demand publishers.

The first thing that you need to do is to know your genre. The one rule of writing is that you should write what you know. If you have a specific genre that you read, chances are that this is what you will want to write about. Take a look at your interests and the type of books that you read before you decide on your genre. You should read books in the genre that you are interested in so that you get the feel for this type of writing. Reading is a good way to improve your writing skills. Before you start writing your book, read the genre that you like and have a good idea of what you want to say in your book.

Your book should never be just about making money – it should be about something for which you have a passion. There are many different genres available in both fiction and non-fiction. Before you start your book, have a plan of what it will be about and the genre it will fill.

You need to have a specific genre when you are writing a book so that you will be able to market it properly. Some books will cross genre lines – such as paranormal and romance. Some books will fit neatly into a specific genre. It should be clear what the book is about to the reader so that they will be interested in what you have written enough to buy the book. Most readers have types of books that they like to read and tend to stick with one or two genres.

If you are writing a non-fiction book, there are also genres. You need to make your book stand out among the rest in a way that will set it apart from other books of the same genre. If you are writing an “Italian Cookbook,” for example, how do you make it stand out from the other Italian cookbooks that are on the market already?

Once you find your genre and know what you are writing about, you should start to think of marketing your book. Make it something that readers will choose when they see it in bookstores or online. This will set it apart from other books of its kind and entice readers to buy it. Many book authors are finding that they can make a career out of self publishing their books and marketing them to the right audience.

After you have figured out what you are going to write about and what will make your book stand out among others, you can then start to outline your book. You should write down a synopsis of the book and the point that you are trying to make. Good books carry a message, make sure that your book has a message to the readers that they can take away from the book at the end.

While you may like free-form writing, which is writing without doing any sort of outline, you should still have an idea of the ending of the book in your head. When you are writing fiction, characters tend to come to life as you write. Your ending may change as you rewrite, it is important to be flexible. The way that you write depends on the type of person that you are. If you prefer to have everything ironed out for your book, then you should do an outline that will tell you where you are going. This is like having a roadmap on a car trip.

There are some people, however, who do not want to use a roadmap on a trip, they just want to start writing. If this sounds like you, then just start writing and the ideas will start flowing in you. You can rework characters and plots as you move on in your book. Everyone has a different style when it comes to writing books. Over thinking the book and too much planning can bog you down and keep you from writing. Too little thought can keep your book from reaching a conclusion. It takes a lot of creativity as well as some structure in order to write a successful book that people will want to read.

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