Write That Book Newbie!

One of the great things about all the changes in the publishing environment is that anyone can publish a book. If you can read, and follow instructions for the most part, you can be a published author. How cool is that? You don’t need all those stuck up publishing companies and all their hateful gate-keepers who’ve got it in for you and your story. Don’t get me wrong, some of the reputations are well deserved, but not all of them.


Alas, one of the saddest things about all the changes in the publishing industry is that anyone can publish a book. Sometimes it works out great. The author will make use of all the industry professionals available today. Editors, proofreaders, cover designers, and formatting gurus. They’ll publish a killer story and have fabulous success. And sometimes is doesn’t work out well at all.

If you’ve never written a book before but you have a great idea for one that just won’t leave you alone, at least give yourself the benefit of trying to find out the things you don’t know. Most new writers don’t even know what they don’t know. If this sounds like the voice of experience, it is. I’ve been there. And years later I’m still learning new things about my craft.

This isn’t about me; it’s about your prospective readers. Readers read certain genres over and over again because they enjoy them. These genres have rules. Readers have expectations and they rely on those rules to be entertained.

If you’re a rule-breaker, good for you. But at least do your reader and yourself the service of learning the rules first so you can break them properly. Then the exception will be clear and make sense to your audience.

Where do you learn these rules? Writers groups, writer’s conferences, friends that are writers, writers who’ve written books about how to write in certain genres. One of the concerns I hear most is that if I join a group someone will steal my story idea. Yes, we’ve all heard the horror stories of plagiarism. However, by and large, most writers have so many of their own ideas, they aren’t interested in yours. Do your research. Learn your craft to the best of your ability. Then write your heart out. Write, edit, publish. Repeat. Then repeat again. Here’s wishing you a lifetime of success.

Do you belong to a writer’s group you’d feel comfortable recommending to others? If so, tell us in the comments. Thanks!


About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

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About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

4 Responses to Write That Book Newbie!

  1. “Write” on! What a great, short, motivational article for the “newbie” writer. I’m going to pass it along to a few of my friends who think they don’t have what it takes. I’ve been standing in those shoes you so adequately described. The biggest lesson I learned is that you constantly have to be learning and honing your craft….and it’s not just the writing. Your points about attending conferences, joining writers’ groups and taking courses are very, very, valid and it boggles my my mind that some people do not see the benefit to all of the above. Even with the creative learning curve being a super steep one for this math geek (actually it was exponential in my case 🙂 ), I fell often, dusted my self off, got back up and wrote and wrote and wrote some more, followed by editing, editing and and editing. When the rejections came, I self-published. The reason—to move onto the next story. Am I in the black…barely. But if you’ve the urge to write a short story, a novella or the great American novel, unless you put pen to paper or fingers to the laptop, your dream can never happen. Great article.

    • Sutton Fox says:

      Feel free to pass it on, Laurie. It boggles my mind as well sometimes. 🙂

      I’ve been blessed with finding some fabulous writers groups and the help and friendship they’ve offered is priceless.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, and for your kind words. Best of luck to you!

  2. I belong to the Forward Motion writers group, http://www.fmwriters.com. There is no charge. They don’t send spam, or any email for that matter. There are a lot of forums dedicated to pretty much any genre, idea, or motivation you can think of. There is a chat room where you can find a few people to talk to at any time, 24 hours per day.

    I’ve learned a lot there and recommend it to anyone, new or not, to join for the news and the camaraderie.

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