I hear this from writers all the time. There are a few things you can do with your story.
- You can write it down and file it away. Sadly this is what many writers do. They write a story and put it away. This doesn’t benefit anyone. If this is what you want to do with your story, that is fine, but just understand that you will never take your writing any farther than that file.
- You can write it down, take it to a writing group, and enter a contest with it. Contests are a good way to get exposure and a feel for how people may like your story. Keep in mind, however, that when you enter a story in a contest, you may be limited on how you can use that story in the future.
- You can write it down, take it to a writing group, read it to a critique group, have it edited and proofread and turn it into a book. This gives your story the maximum exposure to readers whose lives could be changed by reading your book!
So, how do you get your story from the idea in your head into a book format?
You can read this blog and get some ideas, or you can hire a coach to help you (wink, wink)!
The following is an outline of that process of getting your book from idea to actual book in hand. This information is usually exclusive to the Publishing Club Members because I am sharing everything I know. But today I think it will benefit everyone. If you don’t usually have access, but want to learn everything I know, please visit the Join the Club page where you can get your membership to the Publishing Club. Then you, too, can know everything I know about how to successfully publish a book!
How an idea becomes a book: