Writing a book is an enormous task. It makes it seem a little less enormous to break it down into stages.
The Basics. Your Elevator Pitch. Some people may balk at this, asking angrily what the Elevator Pitch of War and Peace is. But most books benefit from having a basic premise, a basic something that makes them special. If Tolstoy were looking for a book deal today, he might say something like ‘A group of people search for meaningful lives against the background of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia’. Your Target Readership. Think who the book is for. Managers? Women aged between 20 and 40? People in the IT industry? No book is for everyone. People sometimes think this narrows the focus too much, but I prefer to think of it as concentrating the mind. Read more “The Stages of Writing a Book”