So this post is a work in progress update of my thoughts and resources I used to write a book. This is my first book and I am sure I did things wrong, things got messy, but I hope by sharing my process some other ‘want to be authors’ will take the leap. I am going to update this post as I go along.
I have been writing down ideas for a book for the past two years. I decided I have to get this done and get my thoughts and ideas organized. I have been using google docs to be able to access the ideas from any device I am on. I have so many other ideas and interests but I am determined to focus and finish this book. My tendency to have a million projects plus a fulltime job and a full load of freelancing on the side has been a real hinderance. I also suffer from severe migraines that last for three+ weeks at a time and during that time my grand ambitions of getting things done doesn’t happen. Honestly I can barely take care of myself during these times. I ended up in the ER today because of the migraine pain but I am determined to get this book done.
And I know this may sound silly but I keep seeing words of encouragement that feel targeted to me. They are not perfect. (The lack of perfection is a huge worry I have with this book.) but I know I need to get this book out there I just feel it in my gut even if only one person reads it. It needs to exist. And it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to exist.
This Ellen Page quote has been my montra for completing this book:
I sent off my first twenty pages to an editor along with half the stipend we agreed on for her services. It isn’t as many pages as I thought I would have ready by now. But I sent off something.
Here are a bunch of resources I have been using while working on this book. I have found inspiration from all over the place and you might find these helpful too if you plan to write a book.
THE CREATIVE PENN PODCAST
I have found this podcast to be a wealth of information and it has hundreds of episodes and answers absolutely any question you could ever have about being an author.
HOW TO WRITE NONFICTION: TURN YOUR KNOWLEDGE INTO WORDS
This book is written by Joanna Penn, the very same woman behind the Creative Penn Podcast. I found it to be the right balance of need to know information and nitty gritty stuff. It goes from writing the book all the way to marketing ideas.
This site has a weird/memorable name but it has great resources! I highly recommend jumping onto their mailing list. They are very insightful and they have great free resources.
BOOK PUBLISHING CHAPTER 1
This Skillshare class had the perfect mix of nitty gritty info designers need to know. I highly recommend it.
BOOK MARKETING: CRAFT A KILLER PLAN
I really liked this class. It was so thorough and really helped me wrap my mind around what I need to do.
They have a great book launch kit I recommend. It is an automated email subscription that drops tips ind tricks into your mailbox.
I created a video explaining what I am thinking about right now and why I am writing this book and what I hope to do with. Enjoy!