Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


A Question I’m Often Asked: “How Do I Become a Published Author?”

September 9th, 2016

Episode 345 of 540 episodes

People often write to ask me, “How can I write my book and get it published?” A big question! Here’s my response — but note that I’m writing from my experience in non-fiction. Fiction, children’s literature, cookbooks, picture books, journals, etc. work differently. Of course, the first requirement is that you do write. In my observation, many people have ideas for books (blogs, TV shows, movies) swirling around in their heads, but those ideas never actually make it onto the page. If you’re having trouble with a consistent practice of writing, check out my book Better Than Before! Being a stuck writer is one of the most common habit complaints, so I thought a lot about tackling that problem as I was writing about habit change. For me, at least, ideas come through writing. You may need to take a lot of notes, make a lot of false starts, make multiple outlines, before you find your way into your subject. If you haven’t yet identified a subject and started writing, focus on that. It’s not time yet to worry about the publishing process. Keys to the publishing process If you have written a book, or are in the process of writing it, here’s what you need ... The post A Question I’m Often Asked: “How Do I Become a Published Author?” appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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