10 Things A Author Should Have Before Writing A Book

10 Things A Author Should Have Before Writing A Book

I was recently asked to write an article on the ten things an author should have in mind before writing a book. Writing a book is like getting your first tattoo. You should think long and hard about what type of tattoo you’re going to place on your body, because it is going to be with you forever. Writing a book is the same. You have to pick good subject matter because that book once written and published will always be connected to you and will still be here long after you are gone. So with that being said, remember to write about things that you truly care about. Down below are ten simple things an author should remember before writing a manuscript that will be made into a book.

Story line– When I am going to start a new book, I like to first think about what genre my new book will fall in, is it a romance, western, thriller etc… I then come up with what I like to call the message, what is the base of my story, is it love, romance, action or horror etc.. Next thing I am going to do is pick a time frame in which my story is going to unfold itself in. Is it taking place in current time or is taking place in a past era like the 1800’s. Then I am going to pick a simple story line. What is my story about? What is the message I am trying to send the reader? Is my story line base on the old west or is it about two people stranded on a deserted island. I am not a mechanical writer, I do not build my story around scenes that I have created in advance, rather I am a spontaneous writer I don’t know from one writing session to the next what is going to transpire with my characters. I allow the characters to take me in the direction they want to go. Every author is different in the style they use to write. In my opinion there is no one best style to use.

Strong Characters– Having strong characters is the most important part of your story. It is so important because they are the main focus of bringing your story alive for the reader. If your characters are weak, then your story will be weak as well. The littlest detail such as picking the names of your characters has the greatest impact on how your characters are perceived by the reader. Bringing your characters alive in your story will start with the selection of great names that fits your characters image.

Strong Imagination– Now my favorite part of writing is using my imagination. As an author you must remember that you have an obligation to the reader to use your imagination. If you use your imagination right, your writings can be the eyes and ears that give the reader the ability to travel to distant lands that they otherwise may never see. The details you place in your book should place emphasis on the who, why, what, when, where and if done right will opens up the readers imagination as well. Let’s use the example of a person who has been blind their whole life. This person is sitting down and listening to an audio version of your book. Because you took the time to be very detailed in what your characters were doing, seeing, feeling and smelling, it gave this persons imagination the opportunity to actually see for the first time things that they had never seen before. Detail is so important it is what keeps the reader glued to your book.

Dedication– Now this is the tough part. Finding time to complete your project. Life is full of distractions; it is very hard sometimes to find the time to write. Not only is it hard to find time, but on average you will rewrite your manuscript at least 3 times to make sure you have brought the story alive in a proper manner. I think the most boring part of writing for me is conducting a grammar check on my manuscript. I think by the time I get to this final stage of my project I am pretty burnt out and ready to move on to another project. Well guess what, you can’t. You have to be dedicated to completing the project at hand.

Knowledge of the Author Industry– This is the part where most authors fail. They don’t take the time to find out what the author industry is all about. I encourage all authors to buy books about the book industry. Do your home work as people may say, because you are entering into a very competitive business. People who are successful in life research what they are venturing into. Believe me there is plenty time to go to the author’s school of hard knocks. The simplest things as keeping up on what genres are the hottest in the industry means the difference between making money and not making any sales at all. So I will end this by saying know the business, absorb as much information about being an author as you can get your hands on. It will help you down the road.

Goals– Goal setting is very important for everything you do in life. When you’re setting goals for yourself it is actually the time in your life you sit down and say, self who am I?  What do I want out of life? What direction am I heading and how far do I want to go? Setting goals give you a starting point and ending point. Start off with a simple goal and expand it further once you have achieved it.

Faith in Yourself– This is a big one. If you do not have faith in yourself then why should anyone else have faith in you? The book writing industry is tough. You must have faith in your product, but you must be prepared to handle denial. Now denial does not mean your product is no good. I think a lot of people self publish because they cannot handle denial. They send their manuscript into 50 publishers and they get denials back in return. Listen, you have to have faith in your product. As I have all ready said you have to do your home work on what the industry wants. One of the major problems authors have today is writing a great query letter or book proposal. They write their queries, send them into publishers and in return they get back a polite sorry but no thanks your project want fit our current project list. So what their saying is you need to go back to the drawing board and tweak your query letter, because it did not get the publishers attention. All my books have been contracted through traditional publishers. When I start pitching my manuscript I get numerous no thank you messages. When they start pouring in that tells me I need to step back and rewrite my query letter because the one I am using is not working. Have faith in yourself, your work and be flexible and good things will happen. You need to be persistent, make changes and know that there is a publisher out there that will like your idea.

Reviews/Test Your Work– It is so important that you test your product with other people, meaning let people you trust read your manuscript and ask them for their honest opinion. If they find things wrong with it, make changes. Do not take ownership of your creation to the point you have blinded yourself from reality. We all need other people to review our manuscripts to give us feed back on what they got out of it. When you release your work to the public you want it to be perfect, because once you release it you can’t take it back. You want it to be able to stand on its own two feet, because if it is not perfect your readers will be the first to tell you so. Only the reviewers of your manuscript can tell you if you manage to catch their attention in the area of emotion, feelings, anticipation and if your detail description in the manuscript was on the mark.

Thick Skin– Alright having a thick skin as the old saying goes is where most authors have the hardest time. We all hate denial, we hate when someone tears up our work that we spent so many countless hours putting together. It’s a natural reaction, you have put all you have into something just to be told it’s substandard. Listen there are many different types of people out there in this business. There is no way your going to please all of them, especially in the publishing industry. You must prepare yourself to be critiqued. What is the old saying; expect the worst, hope for the best. There are so many different types of personalities out there in the industry and they all have different opinions on how something should be written. Take their opinion into consideration, but never let it get you down. Build confidence in your work and use the negative to make you stronger.

Public Relations Work– My publicist said this is the area he has the most trouble in when it comes to his authors. I will start off by saying; PR work is the foundation in which your career as successful author will gets started. Readers buy books not by the content inside, but rather by genre and recognizing the name of the author on the cover. Readers want a proven product. They buy books from authors whose names they have heard over and over again. Good PR work will define your success as an author, which equals book sales. If you’re shy get over it. You have to be willing to talk to the public about your book. Each time you participate in a PR related event you are getting your name out to the public. Book signings are tough if you have not laid down a good foundation of PR work prior to getting to that point.

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Lone Wolf romance novel series

Lone Wolf A New Beginning
“romance novel series” will soon be available

Lone Wolf was written in a manner to connect reader with the characters. Its characters were developed to enter into your heart. Fawn the 18-year-old daughter of a Cheyenne chief and the most beautiful woman you could imagine has such strong qualities about her. Being the first-born child of chief Running Fox, he taught her to be fearless and to shoot a bow like a great worrier. Her mother “Moon” taught her how to be a woman, who was caring, loving, giving and tender.
Britt McCormick (Lone Wolf) 16 at the time was a tall handsome teen who loved his mother with all his heart. His mother spent many hours talking to him about being kind, loving, protective and most important she taught him what the word chivalry meant to a woman.
Based in 1840’s, the story tells how Britt and his family traveled from Corbin Kentucky to the Indian territory now known as “Montana.” Being unprepared his family endured a harsh trip and arrived in Montana during the dead of winter. Having no shelter, one by one, Britt’s family came down sick with pneumonia resulting in their deaths.
Because of Britt’s lack of knowledge on how to survive in such a harsh wilderness, he knew it would be only a matter of time before he joined his family. Just when Britt felt all hope had ran out, little did he know a Cheyenne hunting party was making its way down the mountainside.
The hunting party was led by Chief Running Fox, who captured Britt and introduced him to a new life with the Cheyenne people. Running Fox possessed a gift, the ability to read peoples souls through their eyes. When he looked into Britt’s eyes, he saw such strong medicine, stronger than he had ever seen before. He knew after seeing Britt’s inner spirit he would bring much honor to the Cheyenne people.
Britt was taken to the Cheyenne village, where he was placed in the care of Running Fox’s reluctant daughter Fawn who had been recently widowed. Running Fox advised his daughter he had a vision that told him this young boy would one day be her husband. Eventhough Fawn loved her father very much, such a jester made her very mad.
As time went on Britt, who was given the Indian name of Lone Wolf, almost sacrificed his life on several occasion to protect Fawn. Overtime Fawn came to realize how special her Blue Eyes “Lone Wolf” really was. Eventhough she was a very beautiful strong woman, who was admired by all the braves, in the end she fell madly in love with Lone Wolf.
Lone Wolf is about the will to sacrifice one’s life for the person you love. It is about breaking through the barriers of different cultures. It is about love and how it can control the heart. It tells the story of how easy it is to loose everything you based your whole life on, just in a flash. I guess in the end, Lone Wolf is about the will to die for the one you love, just so they can live another day.
When this romance/action novel is released, don’t miss out on reading it, you will be very pleasantly surprised. One reviewer said, Fawn and Lone Wolf felt like family by the time she got to the end of the first novel. Another reader said she felt like she was actually there and could see what they were wearing as well as what they were doing.
Jon Weldon on facebook at weldon.shaw.1@facebook.com

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Lone Wolf Romance Series

Outlaws Publishing LLC: Like A Runaway Freight Train Signing New Authors In 2016

Outlaws Publishing LLC signs Weldon Ray Shaw, their third signing of 2016 as stable of authors start to conquer the western bestseller listings.
Weldon Ray Shaw Rides Into Town
Weldon Ray Shaw Rides Into Town

MIDLOTHIAN, TexasMarch 1, 2016PRLog — It was announced today that Outlaws Publishing LLC has signed critically-acclaimed author Weldon Ray Shaw.

After penning his first western, Shaw began that dreaded search for a publisher. He stumbled across the Outlaws Publishing website and his search had reached an end.

“I didn’t need to search any further after checking out the Outlaws site,” Shaw commented. “This is the company I wanted to sign with. Unlike many other publishers, Outlaws Publishing was extremely easy to work with. Their reputation says everything about them.”

Shaw’s first western is a romance story of the highest caliber and is expected to quickly become a favorite among the readers.

The story tells of the adventures of Brit McCormick, a young cowboy and Fawn, an Indian squaw who fall in love in the Old West.

Outlaws owner/chairman J.C. Hulsey stated, “We are expecting big things from Weldon and are looking forward to a long relationship helping him get the recognition he desires and deserves.

One of the hottest new publishing houses in the country, Outlaws Publishing is dedicated to helping all authors reach their potential and move into that coveted bestseller slot on Amazon.

You can learn more about Weldon Ray Shaw and J.C. Hulsey by visiting http://www.outlawspublishing.com (http://www.outlawspublishing.com/). Alternatively, you can email Outlaws Publishing via jc@outlawspublishing.com.

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THE RISE AND FALL OF OUR YOUTH

THE RISE AND FALL OF OUR YOUTH is about morals, values and ethics. This is something researchers say our youth have lost in this rat race society we live in today. If you have not read this self help book you need to take the time to do so. Our kids have a rough road ahead of them in the future, they need to be prepared by their parents to succeed. This book is not about how best to raise your children, but rather how to help them see the obstacles they will face in their future. Are your kids ready, read this book then look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself are you ready. THE RISE AND FALL OF OUR YOUTH is filled with alot of moral lessons that can help your child and get you yourself re-grounded. Show me the parent and i will see the reflection of what the child will be.

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The Rise And Fall Of Our Youth

Important message to all parents. Read this article then read THE RISE AND FALL OF OUR YOUTH by author Weldon Shaw. It is available at amazon.com.  After being in law enforcement for 25 years I decided to write The Rise And Fall Of Our Youth. This Book is based on a lot information accumulated from interviews with young adults who went down the wrong road in life.

The last wish
A death row inmate awaiting execution, asked as a last wish a pencil and paper. After writing for several minutes, the convict called the prison guard and asked that this letter be handed over to his biological mother.
The letter said …
Mother, if there were more justice in this world, we would be both executed and not just me. You’re as guilty as I am for the life I led.
Remind yourself when I stole and bring home the bicycle of a boy like me?
You helped me to hide the bicycle for my father did not see it. Do you remember the time I stole money from the neighbor’s wallet?
You went with me to the mall to spend it.
Do you remember when I argued with my father and he’s gone?
He just wanted to correct me because I stole the final result of the competition and for that I had been expelled.
Mom, I was just a child, shortly after I became a troubled teenager and now I’m a pretty malformed man.
Mom, I was just a child in need of correction, and not an approval. But I forgive you!
I just want this letter to reach the greatest number of parents in the world, so they can know what makes all people, good or bad …is education.
Thank you mother for giving me life and also helping me to lose it.
Your child offender.
REFLECTION:
“He who spares the rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him promptly “(Proverbs 13: 24).
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ” (Nelson Mandela)

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