What To Do After You Write A Book: 5 Next Steps

You worked hard. You kept up late, got up early, pressed through writers block, and lastly, you finished composing your book. Wahoo!

Youre believing, “I wrote a book! Now what?”

What do you do after you write a book?

Do you check out self-publishing? Or possibly its time to try to find a literary agent? Or should you work with an editor to double examine your format?

If this is your very first book, or initially book that youve completed, youre most likely asking all of these questions. Youre not alone in this questioning.

Should you do all of this? Or none of it?

All of these stand thoughts which well cover in this post.

How I Finished My Book

Now that my book is completed, I have been planning my next actions.

Youre not truly finished since when you complete writing your book. Finishing your book is just the start. And if this is your very first time, youre probably trying to find advice on what to do next.

Some years back, I started my very first book. To incentivize me, my good friends Jeff Goins and Tim Grahl and a few others challenged me to compose a $1,000 check to the governmental I despise the most on the condition that it would get sent if I didnt complete my book by the deadline.

But before we discuss what you need to do, lets talk for a minute about what you should avoid after composing your book.

In this post, well discuss what follows you write a book.

You can read my updates about how I finished composing my book and what I learnt more about the composing procedure here.

What You Shouldnt Do After You Write a Book

Do not send your book to a publisher.

New authors are generally eager to dispatch their book or narratives as quickly as they finish them. However, very couple of– if any– completed books are great books after an initial draft.

In a nutshell, heres what to avoid after you write a book– in the meantime.

Theres still work to be done! Youre going to wish to make some revisions prior to that very first novel, even if its a good very first draft, ends up being a great book.

For this factor, the very first action you take after finishing a book is not reveal youre done on social networks before rapidly heading to Kindle books or Amazon to self-publish it, or a publishing house or literary agency in search of representation.

Good writing is rewording. If you desire to get published, do not send your book to any of the following people:

Submitting your manuscript before its prepared could result in completely burning a bridge. Some literary agents even have a policy that a rejection on a manuscript is a rejection from the company as a whole.

This is why literary representatives will honestly motivate writers to take part in programs like NaNoWriMo, but also politely inquire to not send their manuscripts to them as quickly as November ends.

Acquisitions Editors

Revising needs to happen first!

Do not edit your book.

Well discuss the very best time to send out to beta readers in a minute.

Nevertheless, beta readers are best used after youve exercised a few of the kinks in your manuscript by yourself first. Otherwise you might get feedback that youre not all set for, or that even injures your self-esteem as a writer.

I understand youre thrilled about sharing your difficult work, however there is still a lot to do.

Beta readers, individuals who read your book and give you feedback prior to you publish, can help change your manuscript from mediocre to outstanding.

Dont send your book to beta readers.

What the majority of people do after they complete their book is go back to page one and start line editing from the start, fixing typos, fixing grammar, and polishing sentences till they shimmer.

This is a substantial mistake. Due to the fact that heres the problem:

After you finish your book, there are going to be major structural issues. There are going to be areas that require to be cut, other sections that need to be composed from scratch, and some sections that need to be rewritten.

What occurs when you realize you have to cut an area that youve invested hours, days even, polishing? At finest, youve simply lost a lot of time, and at worst you may be tempted to leave a troublesome chapter in your manuscript because youve become connected to it.

Rather, I have a better system that will conserve you time and result in a better book at the end of the process.

5 Next Steps After You Write a Book

Youve finished your book, excellent! Whats next? This post reveals the 5 next actions you need to take after your write your book.

I recommend five actions.

Now that you know how to prevent the mistakes after you write a book, lets discuss what you must do next.

1. Let Your Book Rest.

This is due to the fact that after you finish your book, you have no viewpoint on it. You do not know whats good, whats bad, what requires work, what is great as is.

Not just do you need a break after composing your book, your book needs one too.

For me, I can let my books sit for 2 weeks, and only then do I start to feel ready to get going with the modifying process.

If you desire to see your entire book for what it is, you need to invest adequate time far from it prior to selecting it up once again, this time with fresh eyes and a clear head.

Letting your book sit for a few weeks, even a month, gives you time to restore perspective and begin to see what your book truly has to do with– or what it requires to become.

And if taking a break is tough for you, keep in mind that working on your book doesnt indicate you need to stop book writing or growing as a writer.

If youre feeling anxious, head out to your preferred coffee bar. Marinate on some new book concepts, or read a few of your favorite released authors or successful authors. Listen to your preferred podcasts on writing.

2. Check out Your Book.

For me, this is my next action, and Im both fired up and a little terrified of what Im going to discover.

Whats missing out on?
Whats additional?
What requires to be reworded?

As you write ask yourself the following concerns and remember about what you discover:.

Before you jump into editing, read your book from start to finish. This is the second step in gaining perspective on your book, and while its time consuming, it will save you lots of hours due to the fact that youll see exactly what you require to deal with for your next draft.

3. Dream.

When you read your book youre likely going to be surprised by how great some sections are. By how bad the majority of the rest is. Especially how various what you really composed is from what you had in your head.

There are some things you may need to grieve after you read your book. But this is likewise a possibility to dream once again.

What could your book end up being? How could you change it into something brand-new?

For me, Ive been doing this even as I was composing the book, and Im really excited to see how my dreams for the book change as I go through the modifying process.

4. Edit and Rewrite for Structure.

Now that you have an excellent concept about where your book is and where you desire it to go, youre prepared for the second draft.

This is when you compose brand-new areas for those holes you discovered when you check out through your draft. This is when you cut those sections that werent essential, and when you reword the sections that were but were broken.

This part can feel like excavation, chiseling away at your book trying to discover the treasure beneath the surface.

Your 2nd draft isnt about fixing typos and polishing sentences. Its about structure.

Depending on your comfort level, you may choose you can do this with self-editing. If youre less sure, dont hesitate to connect to a developmental editor for direction and guidance.

As soon as the overall structure of your book is sound, only then should you start to polish.

5. Get Some Help.

It can be tough to tell when your book is really done, which is why its so important that you find a writing community and review group that can press you through not one, not two, however a minimum of three (if not more) revised drafts.

Because you believe you cant do anything while you wait, precious writing time shouldnt be lost by doing nothing.

A great deal of individuals wish to write books. Couple of ever really complete one. Its an unusual experience to be able to edit your book. When you get to this point, I hope youll do your finest to delight in it.

However, modifying can also be the most exciting part of the writing process because at last you are watching this thing that you have created finally end up being a book.

After your 2nd draft, it is a great time to start to welcoming other individuals into your book, consisting of beta readers and even an editor.

But after youve been through the actions above, youre all set to develop a team that can take your book to the next level. (And also catch some of those typos you missed out on.).

Then, at last, after all of these actions, your book is all set to be proofread, grammar inspected, and polished.

Before this, your book isnt you enough, and if you get excessive involvement from other people, you lose a few of your personal vision. The 2nd draft permits you to put more of you into your book.

You can learn more about querying representatives in our post on how to write an inquiry letter (coming quickly!).

Just when your manuscript is the absolute best it can be, need to you consider your publishing route. Your next steps will require dealing with the submission procedure if your hopes is to pursue traditional publishing.

A few of the steps in the submission procedure include: investigating literary agents, composing a query letter, writing a summary, and querying your list of dream literary agents. During the wait time, you ought to consider what your next book is going to be about (if not start writing it).

As tough as writing the first draft is, Ive found that modifying is much harder. Most of my writing breakdowns have begun the 2nd draft, not the very first.

When Your Book is Actually Done.

This Is the Hard Part of Writing A Book.

All the best!

Have you ever finished composing a book? How did it feel? Let me know in the comments!


( Havent practiced before?

Whats missing?
Whats additional?
What needs to be rewritten?

You remained up late, got up early, pressed through writers block, and lastly, you finished composing your book. Because when you end up writing your book, youre not really finished. Completing your book is simply the start. A lot of individuals want to compose books. Have you ever completed composing a book?

Joe Bunting is an author and the leader of The Write Practice neighborhood. He is also the author of the new book.
Crowdsourcing Paris, a reality experience story embeded in France. It was a # 1 New Release on Amazon. You can follow him on.
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Delighted writing!

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