Writing a book is like spinning plates. Lots and lots of plates, at a big family wedding in front of your new in-laws. Plates of all different sizes going at different speeds and set at different heights, all of which must be kept aloft to create the seamless final effect. If even one drops, it’s off-putting. If more than one drops, it gets ugly quickly. Also, all the food is still on the plates.
The point is, it’s hard. Even seasoned pros feel the pressure of this creative, logical, organizational, and business challenge. That’s why writing a book for the first time is, to put it mildly, daunting, and why first-time authors are much more prone to make the same handful of errors in the attempt. To publishing industry professionals—agents, editors, and publishers—whose job is to read and assess these manuscripts, those common mistakes stick out as sharply as broken china. They send a clear signal that the book hasn’t been executed properly, and that they can safely put down the manuscript and move on to the next potential acquisition.
These rookie slip-ups aren’t fait accompli, however. They can be avoided—if you know how to spot them.
Whether you’re tackling the Herculean task of writing a book for the first time, or you’ve made unsuccessful attempts already and aren’t sure what to do next, check out our free PDF guide, Avoid These 4 Big First-Time Author Blunders. You’ll learn what common pitfalls are most likely to make publishing professionals pass on your book and how to fortify your manuscript against them.
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