Either you have already written a chapter or two, or you are thinking about it – true? Some people write a whole book and then knock on publishers’ doors – only to discover that their manuscript may not be ready to be published…
Here are some guidelines and questions to answer before you take your book idea to a publisher:
- Think deeply about your idea, your storyline, the purpose of your story or content.
- Do a bit of market research: is something like this already available?
- How is your manuscript different or unique? This will also help you when selling the concept to the publisher.
- Why would people want to read your book? Come up with a list of reasons or a motivation. Who is your intended reader? What is your planned market?
- Why would people want to spend money on your book?
- Who are you as an author? How do you relate to your characters and the storyline?
- If it is an academic text, what would make your text interesting to students? What would help them engage with the content?
- Do you move beyond the curriculum and maybe teach them essential technology, digital or 21st century skills?
- How are you drawing the reader into the text? Is your reader passive or would you like her/him to participate in the writing of the story or the content?
If you’ve done your homework, consider talking to a publisher before you invest too much time, energy and passion into writing a whole manuscript. The publisher can provide you with valuable guidance regarding your planned book – and the questions above will guide you in this regard. So, do not hesitate to approach us with your bright-spark idea!
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