Write your book only if you can do it for the creative joy of writing. Because if you don’t enjoy it, you likely won’t finish writing it. And even if you do finish, most likely you won’t take the time and effort to do it the best you possibly can.
Here are some facts you should know:
- Number of self-published books in 2016 (last year available): 786,935.*
- Number of traditionally print books in 2016: 683,624.
- Chance of a book being stocked by a bookstore: less than 1% **
- Most book marketing today is done by the authors. (This is why one’s “marketing platform” is so important to a prospective editor.)
So is it even worth writing your book?
- If you have to ask, maybe not
- Probably not if your goal is to quit your day job and live off your writing.
- Yes, if the writing itself gives you pleasure.
- Yes, if you can’t not do it.
How should you start?
- Learn the craft of writing. (From good writing books. Better yet, from extended education writing classes)
- Attend a good writers conference where you can meet agents and editors, and learn from successful writers.
- Write and write and write some more.
**For every available bookstore shelf space, there are 100 to 1,000 or more titles competing.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”