Just My Two Cents

Many times when people find out I’m a writer they’ll say, “I always wanted to write a book too.” My answer? “That’s great. You should do it.” All the while I’m aware that most of them were just making conversation, but if you really want to write, here are a few items for you to consider.

First, decide what kind of book you want to write. Biography? Romance? Science Fiction?  I feel that you need to nail that down before you get started. Once you’ve figured that out you might want to see if your type of book is selling well in the current market. This might make a difference when it comes to sales. Naturally if you write a book you’d like for people to read it.

Second, don’t think you’re finished after you type The End on your manuscript. If you want your book to do well it will need to be edited. I spend lots more time editing than I do writing, and I always find errors even after myself and a professional editor have gone through the manuscript. Sometimes they’re so small no one would notice them except me, but I want my book to be as close to perfect as possible.

Third, you have to decide whether you will try to self publish the book or send it to a publishing house. There are pros and cons either way so do your research. I’ve always had a publishing house do my books. I don’t know if I’m technologically savvy enough to do it myself.

Fourth, and this one may just be the most important one, don’t get discouraged. With patience and effort you can work out any issue with your story. Just don’t quit. The same thing is true if you send your manuscript to a publisher and they reject it. Don’t quit. What may be wrong for one publisher may be just right for another.

Lastly, enjoy yourself. Write for the sheer pleasure of writing. Tell your story and enjoy every single minute of the experience. Find a group of authors you can interact with whether it’s online or in the real world. You’ll learn from each other, and you’ll have a really good support system to cheer you on.

Good luck!


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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11 Responses to Just My Two Cents

  1. Very good advice, Elaine. Most people don’t realize that they have a lot to say and that more than likely, they CAN put a story down. It’s like cooking; they have no idea that they can do it. They might not become a Hemingway or Jaques Pepin, but they can find their own niche.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    excellent advice, on all counts. Especially about editing. But I’ll expound more about that on Hound Day.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Good points. I think #1 might be difficult for many. Sometimes I start out writing what I THINK is one type of story, only to discover after writing it that it fits in another category. But the rest are absolute truths!

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  4. trishafaye says:

    Great thoughts with some good basic advice. And I think you’re right – I think more people say they want to write a book than will ever sit down and try to attempt it.


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