Top tips for writing a book!

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So, you’ve got an idea for a book but aren’t sure of the best way to go about writing it? Read on for some clear advice on preparing your proposal, positioning your book in the market, and a few ideas to help with the writing process.

Before you submit your proposal, you should make sure you have clear answers to these questions:

  • Who's your reader? Being clear on who the audience is for the book will help with every other decision, from the tone of voice you use to the price we set for the book
  • What makes this idea worth publishing? Sum up what sets your work apart from anything else published on the subject
  • Why are you the best person to write this book? Include your previously published work, reviews from respected peers and social media following on the proposal document
  • What is the title? Making sure the title includes key words relating to the topic will help the book be discovered by its intended audience
  • How long will it take to write? Writing a book is a time-consuming process, especially if you have other commitments – be realistic!

Once you’ve had your proposal accepted and have signed your contract, you’re ready to get on with writing the book. Here are some tips to help with managing the writing process:

  • Keep your reader in mind - Keep asking yourself if the tone of voice you’re using is correct for the audience you’re trying to reach while you’re writing
  • Keep an eye on your word count – Be aware that publishers set a maximum extent for books they contract and it’s easy to lose sight of this during the writing process
  • Chapter titles – Using key words in the chapter titles will enhance discoverability
  • Broadening focus – If the research is based on a very specific data set or focussed on one country, try highlighting how the lessons drawn from the research will be relevant in other geographical and conceptual areas. This will help when it comes to marketing and selling your book
  • Managing your time - Everybody works differently, so try and find a writing routine that works for you, and stick to it
  • Ask for help – We want to help you create a successful project; so, if you’re unsure about any aspect of the process, reach out and ask for guidance.

We hope you now feel clearer and more confident about how to present and write your book. If you want any more information about the books process, or want to submit a proposal, get in touch with one of our experienced editorial team