The book publishing snowman theory:

Book publishing is like a snowman – follow me here. snowman

  1. To build a snowman you have to have the desire to get out in that freezing cold snow.
  2. You have to have the talent and patience to do the job.
  3. You have to be willing to learn or research the aspects you don’t know.
  4. You need to bring the tools you will need to finish the job. (Hat, scarf, carrot)
  5. Then you will need to begin the construction.
  6. You will need to pack the first snowball tight to have a solid foundation.
  7. Then you will need to roll it, gathering content with it until it is full.
  8. Then you need to repeat the same until you have a second ball (somewhat smaller than the first).
  9. Then repeat again for the third ball.
  10. When you have your entire structure assembled and secure, you can embellish upon it.
  11. Add the scarf, hat, nose, eyes, mouth, arms, etc. All of the details that help personalize your snowman.
  12. But you are not done when he is done!
  13. Did you build this snowman for yourself only? Or did you build him for your friends and family to see? Do you think others would appreciate your creativity?
  14. Then share him!
  15. Take pictures, spread the word, share him.
  16. You only have a short time for others to get to see him before he is gone, so be proud of your accomplishment!

 

To publish a book is very similar to the above. You first have to have the desire to write that story. You have to have the talent and patience to do the job. You have to be willing to learn or research the aspects you don’t know in the story.

You need to bring the tools you will need to finish the job. (Marketing efforts, great cover, sales letters, website) Then you will need to begin the construction of your story.  You will need have a solid story foundation, gathering content for each chapter. Repeating the same detailed efforts for each chapter as you continue telling the story.

When you have your entire story outline assembled, embellish upon it.  Add all of the additional details that help personalize your story, the secondary story, the subplot.

But you are not done when the story is done!

Did you write this story for yourself only? Or did you write it for your friends and family to see? Do you think others would appreciate your creativity? Then share that story!  Publish it!  Spread the word, share it.

You only have a short time for others to get to see it (in the traditional publishing market) before it is removed off the shelves, so be proud of your accomplishment!

I am like a snowball –
the further I am rolled the more I gain.

Susan B. Anthony

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  2. Sylvia Griffin's Gravatar Sylvia Griffin
    November 24, 2013    

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