What you need to know about writing, publishing &
marketing your book.
By: Violette L. Meier
All books begin with an
Decide whether you are
writing fiction or
Who is your audience?
What is the purpose of
What do you want to
gain from writing it?
Different people write differently. Some make outlines
and/or story boards. Some just simply start typing.
Choose the method that is best for you and start writing!
Write often so your ideas will remain fresh.
Make sure that you stay focused on your subject or purpose
so that your manuscript will flow easily.
Try not to read other books in your same genre while you
are writing so you won’t inadvertently use someone else’s
Always consider your market while writing so that your
context and vocabulary are appropriate.
When you finish your first draft, pass it to someone
who has high grammatical and editing skills to help
make your manuscript flow better.
Give your draft to someone who is in the demographic
you are trying to reach.
Let a close friend (someone who has your best interest
at heart and will tell you the truth) read it.
Edit! No one wants to read a book full of errors no matter how brilliant
Make sure it is formatted correctly. (Double-space, 1-inch margins,
number pages, use a clear, readable font (10-12 pt.), don't justify
margins, and be careful about using bold or italics.
Identify your genre. (Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Romance, Horror, Inspirational,
Self Help, etc…)
Decide how you want to publish. (traditional publishers*, small
presses*, anthologies, vanity presses, or self publish).
Research publishing companies. Know what genre of book to present
to what publisher. Send only what is asked for. Check Writer’s Market
or Literary Market Place.
*When seeking traditional or small publishers, you should not pay
ANYTHING! If they are asking for money they are a vanity press.
These publishers are major and minor presses that
sign authors. They usually give advances and pay
Find out their guidelines.
See if you need to seek an agent first.
Write a synopsis and a query letter.
Don’t give up. Rejection is a part of the game.
Resubmit elsewhere or redirect.
Vanity Presses print books at the author’s expense.
Vanity presses are not selective. Anyone can be
published and their fees can be higher than the fees
normally charged for similar printing services.
Sometimes restrictive contracts are required.
In self publishing, you are the publisher, the writer, the
editor, the marketer, and sometimes the distributor
and the printer.
Research all of your options to decide how much you
want to handle and how much you want to out source.
All of the expenses are out of pocket. But you make
ALL the money!
Know that your product represents you and your
company and can prosper or plunder your business.
Set up book signings, schedule events, promote via social
networks (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube,
Do internet advertising, interviews, send out press releases,
hand out flyers, business cards, promotional items, book
Make book internet ads, comment on blogs mentioning
your book, contact book clubs, collaborate with others.
Build a website.
Send books to reviewers and ask readers to post their
reviews on Amazon.com and other sites.
Be where your market is!
Short Film: Afraid of the Dark
Based off Violette Meier’s short story found in her short
story collection, “Tales of a Numinous Nature.”
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Write for the love of it.
Success and fame is a
byproduct of a dream
realized not the goal of that
dream. I wish you much
success. Be blessed!