This post, by Bill Walker, originally appeared on his blog on 1/4/11.
Many aspiring novelists, begin the writing process without really thinking about what his/her publishing objectives are. They don’t think about questions such as: Why do I want to write a book in the first place? How will this book be published? For whom am I writing this book? Who is my target market? Do I want to make money from the sales of this book? How am I going to market my book?
These are questions that should be answered prior to writing your book. Here are a few things to consider:
What are your goals and objectives?
- Why do you want to publish a book? (What is your Big “Why”?)
- Is this a hobby or do you want to earn a living as a writer?
- Are you going to print just a few copies for friends and family or do you want worldwide distribution?
- Do you want to become a household name?
- Who is your target market?
- Are you passionate about your writing?
How do you envision your writing career?
- Hobby – A favorite leisure time activity or occupation.
- Job – A paid or unpaid position of employment.
- Career – A life’s work or journey.