Book Publishing Myths Exposed
For some people the idea of investing time and money into writing and publishing can be a daunting task. Sometimes the decision to pursue this course of action is made ambiguous because of the myths that surround it. While these myths raise awareness to significant and reasonable doubts, they can also complicate and overshadow the benefits of the industry.
Four common fallacies that need correcting are listed below:
'I'm a terrible writer'
There is a common misconception that if you are a bad writer than you can't write a book. This is not true. Although I am the author of four best-selling books and operate my own publishing company, I do not consider myself a strong writer. In fact I'm a below-average writer. But the trick to writing a book is identifying the best way to communicate your message.
For example, people who are strong speakers can write their words by speaking. There is software now available that will translate your words for you, without you having to write a word yourself. So essentially it's not about how well you write, it's about how well you communicate.
Books don't make money
Did you know that J.K.Rowling, author of the 'Harry Potter' Series, is expected to worth more than the Queen of England? The success of writing her books has made her a millionaire and she is not alone. Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code' has sold over 40 million copies and Mark Victor Hansen's series, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul', has sold one hundred million copies.
All of these people have made money from writing. While I agree that this success is rare and that probably 0.01% of authors are making that kind of money, it's important to point out that writers only have to write a book once but can get paid for it forever.
'I don't know enough about my topic'
You don't need to know everything about your particular topic; however, it helps if you know someone who does. When I wrote 'Secrets of Property Millionaires Exposed' I didn't have any personal experience in property investing, however I found a property investor to co-write the book with and then found numerous property millionaires to contribute. So while I didn't know everything about property investing, I was still able to write my book, which still offered accurate content.
It's impossible to get published
Traditionally, writers have struggled to get their book noticed by mainstream publishers. However, it's important to know that major publishers are not the only people who will publish your book. Based on my industry research, I've discovered that many aspiring writers believe they'll never see their words in print because a major publisher rejected their book.
But major publishers are not the only option; there are also specialised publishers, literary agents, co-writers, self-publishers, ebooks and vanity publishers. When trying to get published it's important to take the time to investigate these alternative avenues, as they might just be what you are looking for.
Dale Beaumont is the author of this article. He is an internationally renowned book publishing expert, the author of 16 best-selling books and the creator of the Get Published Secrets Program.
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