How to Get Published When You Don’t Know What Book to Write
Fascinating! Here’s how to get published even when you don’t know what type of book to write, you have no book ideas, and you can’t write a book proposal. Sound too good to be true? It’s not.
Here are the benefits of — and tips for — writing for a company known as Book Packagers, or Book Producers.
Before the tips, a quip:
“Ask yourself, ‘If all jobs paid $2 an hour, what job would I want to do?’ When you answer that question, start doing it, even if you have to do it for free at first.” ~ Greg Aldrik.
Is writing the job for you, no matter how much you get paid? Many writers mull over their own book ideas, usually for years, painfully writing bits and pieces as time allows, dreaming of publication. The reality of publication, however, soon seizes and silence those publishing dreams.
Most publishers and literary agents are not on the prowl for first-time authors who hope to jot down their lifetime of ideas down on paper, certain that it will whisk straight to the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List. There are, however, many opportunities for writers to get published, even if they haven’t yet published a book — and even if they don’t know what book to write!
This requires a paradigm shift for most writers. Instead, it requires the writer to seek what needs to be written and choose to write that first. And that’s what Book Packagers is all about…
A Different Way to Get Published…
Most freelancers have never heard of Book Packagers, also referred to as Book Producers, so this market remains an untapped source for writers capable of writing a full length manuscript. Book Packagers outsources writing services, so these companies hire writers to write on a specified topic. The publishing company retains rights to the book. The book packagers company also handles the book’s design, editing, marketing and any photographs included in the book.
This is how I started my path to becoming a published author. I ran across an ad seeking book writers, bid on my chosen project, submitted several writing samples, included clips of published articles, and was awarded the project. I was given a tiered but aggressive schedule, finishing the 65,000 word manuscript, with approved edits, in a period of seven months.
And, even though the book’s topic didn’t burn a hole through my heart, begging me to write it, I dedicated myself to writing. What I learned through the process — it was invaluable.
Here are the benefits of getting published through Book Packagers or Book Producers…
Get paid to write – and get published
Book Publishers is a paying gig, usually paid as each phase of the project is finished. Though the per hour rate of pay is low and there are no royalties when the book sells, it’s still a great way to validate yourself as an author. You get the experience of learning how to get published even when you have no idea what type of book to write, or if your book idea isn’t being bought by agents or publishers.
Learn to meet editorial deadlines
Book Publishers teaches you to meet deadlines, and they are usually tight and demanding. This ability will serve any writer well in the publishing world.
Get experience working with an editor
It allows you to experience what it is like to work with an editor. For an editor to jot down comments, such as, “what are you referring to in this paragraph? I don’t understand” or “Show me why this is important and how it helps the reader” or even “Why did you choose to use this word?” can only improve a writer’s writing skills.
Learn how to do research as a writer
Consider it as a research project, then prepare yourself to become an expert on your topic. My topic was on uncluttering the home, an area in which I struggled as a parent. So, I wrote it from that perspective, digging in deep to find the easiest methods on getting, and keeping, the family involved.
Learn how publishing companies design, market, and publish books
The publishing company handles the design, marketing and publication of the book. These abilities do not come easily for writers. We know how to write, much more than we understand how to launch our own business, market ourselves on a daily basis, and seek ways to sell our books. Sometimes we don’t even know what books we want to write.
Relax, even when you don’t know what book to write!
There is less competition to be published with an organization like Book Publishers. You do not have to be a published author to take advantage of these opportunities. However, getting published this way isn’t geared toward novice writers; those editors expect you to know how to write well.
The greatest reward, of course, is seeing your name as an author on the front cover of a book. Many authors achieve this by self-publishing their books, but then they struggle with marketing and reaching their target audience.
To learn more about Book Packagers, visit The American Book Producers Association.
If this doesn’t appeal to you because you want to know how to get published and you know what book to write, read Damn! Why Didnt I Write That?: How Ordinary People are Raking in $100,000.00 or More Writing Nonfiction Books & How You Can Too! by Marc McCutcheon.
What do you think about about this method of getting published? Comments and questions welcome below!
For publishing tips from a writers’ conference, read Getting Your Book Published – Tips From Editors, Publishers, and Agents.
About the Author: Janet Morris Grimes is the author of the book, The Parent’s Guide to Uncluttering Your Home, scheduled to be released this month through Atlantic Publishing. For additional information on Janet, visit her website at http://janetmorrisgrimes.com or http://abbandoned.com.