With the second book in the Author Roadmap series coming out at the end of the month, I thought now might be a good time to highlight the first book, the New Author Workbook.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to write, then this is the book for you. It includes printable worksheets to help you with plotting and organizing. While it’s geared mainly toward novelists for YA and adult books, it also has helpful information for nonfiction writers and those that write for slightly younger age groups.
If you’ve never written a book before, or maybe you’ve tried and failed to write a book, you’re probably wondering how this time is going to be different. How can you put the pieces in place to make this draft successful?
To start with, sit down with the blank calendars from the planning pages, and fill them out. I have provided you with two months on a single page. Depending on your commitments, I recommend setting aside 2-3 months for the actual writing of your book, but it might take you longer. If you are planning to take part in National Novel Writing Month and want to complete the challenge in 30 days, then you can also set up the calendar that way, but I think 60-90 days is best if you are writing anything intended for middle grade readers or higher. Non-fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy authors might need more time, but let’s just start with that 90 day recommendation.
The three books of the series all blend into each other, covering different subject with slightly different audiences, but no matter what type of writer you are, you should be able to find something useful in each one. This series is built at making the writing routines, outlines, spaces, and journeys that work for you.
No one can tell you how or what to write. Other writers might tell you a genre is “dead” (aka won’t sell), and then out of left field comes a best seller. Ignore those naysayers—at least until you’re ready to seek constructive criticism. Don’t trust your work to people who will tear it down for fun. They might have harsh truths to say, but know that it will be valuable in the end.
If you’ve ever wanted to sit down with your favorite author and pick their brain, then this is the perfect book for you. It’s short, but densely packed with information, real world examples, and those worksheets to help you visualize and calculate what is going to work best for you.
Next week I’ll be sharing excerpts from the Nanowrimo Workbook, so stay tuned!
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