Who is on Your Team?
Writing a book is not a ‘one-man’ job, and if anyone tries to tell you differently, they are wrong. In fact, the ‘writing’ part is only a part of the process and even that is team effort. Now for anyone reading this so far and thinking, ‘Hold the Phone… I am the writer of my own words’ this is not a debate about all writers are authors and not all authors are writers*.
Let’s take the writing part of the process of writing a book.
When you are writing a good book, the primary writer is the person who sits at their keyboard and creates the story or commits the information to paper/computer and in that way he or she writes the manuscript.
A good writer will then use readers (often these are friends, family, or colleagues) to give feedback and help them to hone and refine the content. See my other blog about Beta Readers Here
Then the writer is able to fine tune the manuscript to the point where they can hire the services of a professional manuscript reviewer who will help the writer apply the final polish to their manuscript.
An editor will also be engaged to ensure that the manuscript is very reader-friendly, suited to the audience the book is being written for, and is ready to publish. In some cases, a very robust system of writing under the care and guidance of a book writing coach may diminish the need for some levels of editing.
When the manuscript is finally ready for publishing, a proofing editor will be required, reviewers who can endorse and recommend the book will be sought out, a cover designer, internal typesetting services, and printing services will be needed to get the book into the finished product. If you are also preparing the book for online publication, you may need help to ensure the book is eBook ready and uploaded to the appropriate channels.
Finally, you need a good Public Relations plan and the help of professional marketing people to ensure your market knows about your book.
A book shepherd helps the writer work through the whole process from start to finish and engage the right people along the way to do their parts and take the guesswork out of the process. A book shepherd helps the writer work through the whole process from start to finish and engage the right people along the way to do their parts and take the guesswork out of the process. Many books make it to market without the help of a book coach or book shepherd, but I highly recommend using one of these as there is so much you won’t know as you start the journey of writing and publishing a book the first time.
It takes a whole village to raise a child and it takes a whole team to get a book written and published.[/pullquote]
Who do you already have on your team and who do you need on your team?
*Some authors are not the writers of their own books and hire ghost writers to put their words together for them, and many writers choose not to be authors.