Advice for First Time Authors

From time to time in this space, Balboa Press publishes articles written in which we hope to provide tips on writing, editing and publishing. Here are some tips we have for you on writing and publishing for the first time. Download our free publishing guide to receive more information on self-publishing your book with Balboa Press. 


185191301Very often authors say they know they have a great book inside them, but don’t know how to get it out. This blog, written by Keith Ogorek, senior vice president of marketing for Author Solutions – which operates Balboa Press for Hay House, had the opportunity to interview Kathy Ide, who shares some important tops for those new to the publishing world. If you are a first time author, this short video is definitely worth watching.

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The tips are best explained by Kathy, but here are the key takeaways from her video.

Passion for your idea needs to be your motivation. It’s easy to lose the passion you had at the beginning of the writing process. Remember why you wanted to write the book in the first place and use that passion as motivation to drive you to finish your book.

It is a long road from the idea to finished book.  The writing and publishing process can be a long and arduous one. It is good to be reminded of it once in a while. The process won’t be easy but once you have the final copy in your hand, it will all be worth it.

Tenacity is needed to write and re-write. Like the tip before, this is a reminder that you need to stick with it to get to your goal and impact readers with your writing.

Don’t give up. You will hit writers block, you will get frustrated and want to quit but you have to remind yourself that there are people out there who will want to read your book and what you have to say.

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