Content of the material
- If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times: there is no fixed pagination with an eBook. However, you CAN designate where you want page breaks
- When and why you should insert page breaks in your eBook?
- Don’t end the subtitle with a bit of the next sentence
- Clean line breaks through rephrasing
- How To Start Writing Your Book
- Dedicate The Time To Be A Better Writer
- Write Often
- Read More
- Get to Know Your Target Audience
- Choose the Right Book Topic For You and Your Audience
- Organize Your Thoughts For Your Book In A Book Outline
- Transfer Your Book Outline To A Book Template
- Write Your Book!
- How to Make Your Book a Bestseller
- Choose a Book Topic People Will Engage With
- Network With Other Published Authors
- Determine What Bestseller List You Want to Be On
- Other Bestseller Considerations
- General Tips and How to Land a Blockchain or Crypto-Related Job
- Top Articles
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times: there is no fixed pagination with an eBook. However, you CAN designate where you want page breaks
When and why you should insert page breaks in your eBook?
As dynamic text “flows” across multiple devices, page numbers become virtual – so you should leave them out of your eBook manuscript.
That said, you CAN designate where you want page breaks in your eBook. Of course, you may have a need to dictate where page breaks occur in you text. For instance, you may want to insert a page break at the end of every chapter or before anything that must start on a new “page.” In some cases, you may want to ensure a photo appears with its caption or description, so inserting a page break before the image can guarantee the text stays married to the image.
Don’t end the subtitle with a bit of the next sentence
If the subtitle contains the end of a sentence, try not to include the beginning of the next sentence, and instead, put that beginning into the following subtitle. Examples:
- Two clauses from different sentences in one subtitle:
- Small section of the next sentence in the second line:
Clean line breaks through rephrasing
Of course, rephrasing is not only about making the subtitle so short that it can fit in one line (no longer than 42 characters). Sometimes, it’s difficult or impossible to compress so much, but you can change the structure of the subtitle to make it easier to break cleanly. For example:
This is not necessarily good English, but the target language that you are translating into may allow this sort of phrasing. If possible, try to rephrase the subtitle to make it break cleanly without the need to sever any linguistic units.
How To Start Writing Your Book
Once you make the decision that you should write your book, all that’s left to do is get the pen rolling or your fingers typing!
Follow these steps to learn how to start the writing process and find your creative flow.
Dedicate The Time To Be A Better Writer
The first rule of being a writer is that you simply write. There are no other requirements. Period.
There are many myths out there that claim that you must have a Master’s degree in English or be a prodigy at spinning words in order to be accepted into this community. That is not the case.
The truth is that writers come from all walks of life, and some of the most successful authors in the world often lived half their life with no real intention of ever writing a book.
Although there is no set formula for how to be a good writer, the difference between average writers and good writers comes down to the way they approach their craft.
Being a good writer requires you to:
Great writing stems from consistency and regularity. If you can establish a daily writing routine, you will be well on your way to making significant strides toward finishing your book.
Getting started may seem complicated, but the best thing you can do is to find a structure that works for you.
First, set the scene. Find a place where you know you will be able to do your best work. This will vary for every aspiring author. Some people enjoy having a little background noise to write along with. Others prefer a quiet, tranquil space that will allow them to get their thoughts down on paper.
Second, choose an ideal time to write. If you have the most unstructured time available to you in the early morning, perhaps that timeframe could be devoted to your craft.
On the flip side, if the idea of putting pen to paper before winding down for the evening seems more appealing, an evening practice might be more suitable.
And, last but not least, set a goal for how much you’d like to write every day. It doesn’t have to be a lot. You might also aim to give yourself a target word range to hit, perhaps something between 250-500 words.
Regardless of the structure you create, make sure that it provides you with the most freedom and flexibility to succeed at writing more often.
Whether you love horror or hate it, Stephen King is widely recognized as one of the most successful authors in the genre. With almost 70 novels and hundreds of short stories under his belt, King has built a life on the foundation of sharing spooky stories that have captivated millions.
In his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, King describes his writing process and offers tips for aspiring novelists. One of the biggest pieces of often-overlooked wisdom he offers focuses on the importance of being an avid reader in order to be a sensational writer.
On this topic, he says, “Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
I honestly couldn’t have said it better myself.
But, if you don’t want to take King’s word for it, here are some other reasons why reading more makes you a better writer:
- It is a learning opportunity to study the works of other creatives in the same field.
- The more styles of writing you read, the more you’ll be able to recognize and borrow certain strategies and weave them into your own writing process.
- It can help you source ideas for different languages and vocabulary to use.
- It can help you fine-tune your own unique writing style and voice.
And as a final note, walking a mile in a reader’s shoes can also help you feel more connected with your audience.
If you invest your time in reading more of your genre, you will begin to understand firsthand what motivates readers to continue reading.
You’ll discover the answers to questions like:
- What answers are they searching for?
- What problems do they hope to resolve by the end of the book?
- How do specific sections of the story mirror pieces of their own life?
- What makes the information or the characters so relatable?
Get to Know Your Target Audience
Aside from understanding the works of other authors in your genre—and why your audience continues to read these pieces—it is important to understand your audience in order to continue to successfully create new pieces of your work they can’t wait to get their hands on.
This is perhaps the most important step in the process of how to write a book. Because when you write, the book is never about you. It’s about what you can share with the audience you wish to serve.
To determine your target audience, it is first important to consider:
- Which genre you’d like to write for
- Which books within that genre you’d like to be compared to
- Who your ideal reader might be
Once you’ve determined your unique answers to these questions, you can begin sourcing information from people within your network.
There is a chance that your personal or professional network could be very closely aligned with the audience you wish to reach. You could even begin with this audience and expand or revise it as you continue to edit and change portions of your soon-to-be bestseller.
All in all, being a better writer doesn’t happen overnight. It takes work, but all of that work is what will make your book great.
In order to be a successful writer, all you have to do is choose a story to tell and learn how and who to tell it to.
Choose the Right Book Topic For You and Your Audience
Once you have committed to being a better writer and have identified your target audience, now it’s time to choose an appropriate topic or a story for the audience you’ve selected.
It is critical that the topic be unique enough to set your book apart but general enough to appeal to a wider group of people that still fall within the same umbrella as your audience.
Take the idea of a book on social media marketing, for example. It’s general enough for your audience to understand, but you need to pitch it from a different perspective.
Perhaps your book could be focused on a specific theory on why you should only post to social media on Tuesdays. (Now, this is a very unique train of thought, so if you choose this route, be sure that you can back up your ideas in grounded evidence as to why you believe this…but you get my point.)
And most importantly, choosing the right book topic for your audience is meaningless unless you are passionate about the topic yourself.
Not only is it much easier and more natural to write about something you actively believe in, but it is also more entertaining for your reader because they’ll be able to feel your level of involvement and interest in the topic just by scanning a couple of sentences.
Simply put, your audience won’t believe what you’re saying unless you believe it first.
Organize Your Thoughts For Your Book In A Book Outline
I bet you’re dying to start writing, but there are a couple more steps to consider first before you start writing page one of what will be the greatest novel of all time.
The first step is knowing how to write a book outline.
Finding a way to organize all of your thoughts at the start of your writing process will guarantee your success later. This sounds like a tedious step, but trust me, knowing how to write a book outline can make or break the direction you take your piece or how much time it will take you to complete.
A book outline is essentially a map that guides authors to the end of their book-writing journey as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. A good outline should help set the stage, organize the scenes, and clarify how the entire story or message comes together.
How much planning you end up doing is largely up to you. Some authors prefer to have a detailed outline that is well fleshed out from start to finish while others barely have an outline at all, preferring instead to let the book unfold as they write it.
Regardless of the outline you choose to create, once you build your outline piece by piece, you will then be ready to write your book page by page, and, eventually, you’ll have a finished product!
Transfer Your Book Outline To A Book Template
Assuming you do decide to create an outline for your book – which is recommended, especially for first-time authors – you’re going to need a template to start with. The good news is there are many book design templates available to help you create an outline that suits your needs.
These templates typically provide you with a skeleton overview of how to map out specific pages of your book. You will then be able to expand upon this information to create your bestseller.
Write Your Book!
You’ve done the research, you’ve organized your thoughts, you know your audience, and you’ve learned how to write a book. Now all that’s left to do is to start writing your book!
How to Make Your Book a Bestseller
Obviously, there is no cookie-cutter formula for how to make your book a bestseller. However, this does not stop many new authors from aspiring to achieve this goal.
Many have had that vision. And, while there is no way to guarantee that your book will make it on the bestseller list, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances.
Choose a Book Topic People Will Engage With
Writing a bestseller has a lot to do with trending topics of interest at the time. So if you are seeking the glory that comes along with making it on that coveted list, it may benefit you to consider choosing a topic or story that people will feel invested in and want to engage with.
Before you choose your topic, it may benefit you to look at the books that are currently on the bestseller list. Once you spend some time examining them, ask yourself the following questions:
- What topics are they written on?
- Do they have any common themes?
- Why are these books as successful as they are?
Then, take a look at your proposed topic and ask yourself:
- How does my idea measure up?
- Does it fit into one of these popular category topics/themes?
- Does it tell a great story?
By honestly answering all of these questions, you will begin to get an idea of how to craft your own book in such a way that it becomes more likely to be an overnight success.
Network With Other Published Authors
The best way to get the word out about the great work you have just created – or are in the process of creating – is to network with other seasoned authors.
Since they have been through the process of taking a book from ideation to creation numerous times, they are a wealth of knowledge and can offer you expert guidance and tips about any step in the process.
Assuming they are a talented, successful writer, this is almost always a good thing and will put you on track to becoming a bestseller yourself.
Plus, reading and familiarizing yourself with the works of other bestselling authors that you look up to is one of the best ways to develop your writing skills.
By getting to know the works of authors in your own genre, you’ll develop a knack for understanding different successful writing formulas and be able to begin piecing together engaging stories that readers cannot wait to get their hands on.
On top of that, you’ll also begin to recognize stylistic patterns that specific authors use to define their work and stand out from the crowd.
Best case scenario, you will pick up some of their writing tips & tricks to use in your own works. Worst case scenario, you may be struck with some additional inspiration on how to approach and alter your own writing techniques and style choices.
Either way, you can’t lose.
Determine What Bestseller List You Want to Be On
So, you want to be a bestseller. But do you know what kind of bestseller do you want to be?
For example, do you see yourself topping the digital charts on Amazon? What about clinching the top spot on the New York Times list? Or perhaps sitting pretty high up the book list that is put out by the Wall Street Journal?
There are so many bestseller lists that it is impossible to track how many there are. To make matters more confusing, each one also has different criteria for determining which books make the cut and which do not.
Some bestseller lists measure the number of sales of a certain book over a specific period of time, while others are curated by a specific group of people responsible for choosing which titles should make their list.
In any case, if you are trying to be recognized as a bestseller, you should come into the process with an idea of which list you’d like to be on. From there, you can perform research to better understand the qualifications you will need to meet to be considered for a ranking.
Learn more tips on how to become a bestseller in my short video:
Other Bestseller Considerations
While the above considerations should be the main priority when thinking about ways to make any bestseller list, you’ll also want to keep a few other things in the back of your mind while creating.
One of those things is the quality of your writing. To make a book a bestseller, it is essential that your writing is both clear and captivating. While the story you tell is certainly important, so is the way you tell it.
Your prose doesn’t necessarily have to sing like Shakespeare’s, but it does need to be polished enough that people thoroughly enjoy reading what you write.
You’ll also want to take a look at your marketing strategy. Is there anything you could change in order to get more eyes on your work?
Consider what places your audience usually shops for books of this nature, if your potential buyers are on social media or if they prefer to see most of their ads via billboards, fliers, or in a newspaper.
General Tips and How to Land a Blockchain or Crypto-Related Job
There are many areas within the space that you can focus on and provide a positive impact on a team. I’d look into the different areas like governance, DeFi, NFTs, and decentralized web protocols to see what interests you the most and then focus on that.
There are a lot of opportunities and a lot of ways to stand out and get noticed. If you find an interesting project and would like to get involved, jump right into their community and ecosystem and start learning. Then see where you may be able to help out. Join their Discord or look at their GitHub issues to find ways that you can contribute.
This will give you an opportunity to meet people involved in the project and will open up discussions for potentially landing a role with them. In fact, it is very common for people within the teams to take notice of active community participants, they will then often reach out and try to recruit you without you even applying.
The pay is usually good. Depending on where you are coming from, it could be more or less, but it’s probably not going to be at the high levels of what you see at FAANG companies.
There is probably more potential upside. Most companies offer a combination of base pay + equity in the form of their digital token, so if you stick around and can help make the project successful and the value of the token goes up, you can often make more than what you would in many other areas.
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