Being an author involves more than just writing a book. It also means finding a publisher and then marketing your book. If you've always wanted to be an author, here are some tips on getting started:

  • Write about something interesting. And if it's not interesting, write in a way that makes it interesting.
  • Know who you're writing for. Knowing your audience will help you figure out what to write and how to write it.
  • Write, write and write some more. It's the only surefire way to become an author.
  • If the thought of writing an entire book is daunting, break it up into manageable chunks. You don't have to write the whole book in one sitting, in one month or even in one year.
  • Learn to revise your work. Read your writing out loud to make sure it sounds the way you want it to. Correct it and then read it again.
  • When you're done, give the book to six of your peers to read and review. Ask them to be honest. They might have some great insights and suggestions. Don't be surprised if you have to do a lot of rewriting when they're done [source: Inc.].

Once you've written your book, you'll need to find a publisher. Get used to being rejected. It's going to happen. But remember, every "no" brings you one step closer to a "yes."

After you find a publisher, the real work begins. Here's how to market your book:

  • Talk to the publicity department at your publishing house. Get ideas from them based on the kind of book you're trying to sell.
  • Set up a website and write a blog.
  • Ask your friends to tell their friends about your book and make sure advance blurbs and reviews of your book get posted on Amazon.com.
  • Plan a book tour. You should edit down the selection you plan to read aloud so it will have the maximum effect on the listeners.
  • Get out there and be seen and heard for about a year, starting two months before publication.
  • Be realistic. Don't expect your first book to be a bestseller [source: Germano].