An idea is a humble beginning that, more often than not, catapults into a full-fledged story. These stories when assembled together can be converted into a book. When JK Rowling penned down the massively popular ‘Harry Potter’ series, it appeared to her as a seed of thought at first. She held onto this idea and kept presenting her manuscript to various publisher, until that one publisher believed in her story and helped her publish the same.
A book or a novel is not at all similar to a storybook, for it breaks down a story into several chapters and the length may vary from several hundred to several thousand words. Sounds quite exhausting, right?
A simple blog cannot be turned into a book overnight. Of course, the idea and the passion with which a blog is written can help derive an inspiration for the book’s foundation though!
How can an Idea Transform into a Book?
There are a few simple steps which can be taken into account while one works on his or her book for the first time:
- A Catchy Title. Title or topic on which a book can be based on, is of utmost importance. Sharing the topic idea within one’s group of friends and family can help them receive a genuine feedback on the same. More often than not, writers tend to identify the most interesting storylines that have been successful in the trending marketplace.
- Define a captivating outline for the book. After deciding the title of the book, it must be broken down into several sub-topics or chapters. The smoother the flow of the storyline from one chapter to the other, the more engaging it will appear to the reader.
- Create an intriguing central idea. A book cannot have disjointed storylines. The author must be able to play around a main central idea while he/she carves a handful of storylines involving this central idea. This will help keep the reader’s attention intact and gain more traction for the book (in question).
- Write a convincing book proposal. Once the manuscript has been prepared, identifying the right publisher is imperative. A strong and impactful book proposal gives the publisher a peek into the author’s intention of creating the manuscript. A good book proposal is about 10-30 pages pitch long.
- Don’t shy away from a self-publishing a book. Do you find your topic, central idea and the included chapters in your manuscript compelling? Unable to find a publisher for the book? Do you have the desired finances to launch your book? Go ahead and self-publish the book.
Another interesting fact about finding a publisher for a non-fiction manuscript is that it need not be written completely. A publisher (in case of a non-fiction book author) judges the credibility and talent of the author based on:
- A strong book proposal pitch,
- An enthralling book outline or structure, and
- A short chapter (to determine the author’s flow of thoughts).
If the above three areas resonate with the publisher, he or she will certainly put their money on the book to be published.