Laying Out Your Ideas

So you have decided what book you want to write. You have tons of ideas bouncing around in your head that you just have to get down on paper. So where do you go from here?

For one, you need to find several books that seem to be similar to what you want to write about. Read each one and be able to explain how your book will be able to offer something that the competing one is missing. Try to pick titles that are newer too. If you choose older books to compare to and take that information to your publisher, they will immediately shoot down your idea because, chances are, someone has written more about your subject since that time.

bigstock_bright_idea_2594409Your next step is to write an outline for your book and then a table of contents. Now things are really starting to get serious here. Doing this will let you, and everyone else, know whether you are just toying around with an idea or if you are serious. There is a lot of work put into this step, but you want it to be good before you take it before a potential publisher. It will also help you have a game plan that you can follow and make the process of writing easier. Doing this will benefit you in the long run, too, because you will have to put your ideas across several different chapters and structure the message of your book.

Once the table of contents and outline is done, start working on the first three chapters. This will also test your will to write a book. When you can walk up to your publisher with a few solid chapters in your proposal, you are making a great case for yourself on why they should publish you. Doing the first three chapters in the book will also give you a good idea on how long it will likely take you to write your book in its entirety. Now if your first chapter takes you three months to write, you may have a problem.