How to write a book

Who Else Wants to Write a Book?

Do you want to make 2012 the year you write a book and become an author? Me too.

I’ve already self-published my blogging ebook which has been a brilliant way to help more people successfully market their writing or business through social media. Writing that first book has also helped me grow my business and diversify my income.

I love the writing process and I’ve experienced the benefits of writing a book so now I want to write more of them.

There’s no doubt that blogging and writing books are brilliant ways to establish your expertise, make strong connections and take your writing career to the next level.

Ironically I started blogging because I wanted to write a travel book and decided to first establish my readership through blogging. Blogging has taken me on a huge journey which has helped me develop myself personally and professionally but I did get side-tracked and that travel book is still languishing in my head. Now I have lots of gorgeous readers but no travel book hence my focus on getting my travel book completed before another year slips by.

That’s why I’m making 2012 the year of the book.

If you’d like to join me on my mission you should check out Chris Guillebeau’s new guide for writers, The Unconventional Guide to Publishing.

Chris Guillebeau is one of my favourite bloggers and last year his book The Art of Non-Conformity made him a best selling author too.

What is The Unconventional Guide to Publishing?

  • It’s a complete solution for authors written by a veteran literary agent who has sold thousands of books to dozens of publishers.
  • It’s a 45,000 word PDF guide with numerous audio interviews and transcripts to accompany the main guide.
  • It’s available in three package options to suit every writer’s needs and budget.
  • It’s the only plan you need to finally share your book with the world.

What Will The Unconventional Guide to Publishing Teach You?

  • Everything you need to know about the publishing industry both new and old.
  • How to write a book if you don’t know where to start.
  • How to take your book from concept to publication.
  • How to find and approach agents, editors, and publishers.
  • How to write a book proposal.
  • How to find more readers.
  • If self-publishing or traditional publishing is best for you.

How to write a book

If The Unconventional Guide to Publishing sounds like it might help you get your book written and published I recommend you find our more about it here.

It can be done I know it. Stick with me and I’ll teach you how.

2012 is going to be another epic year for us bloggers and writers and I’m so glad to have you along with me for the ride.

I’ll be back soon with more blog writing tips so we can make sure we blog successfully and get our books written too.

Author: Annabel Candy

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Jason Scott January 25, 2012 at 1:07 am

Hi Anabbel, I must say your first book certainly helped me to find some direction. I have you thank each time I press that “publish” button on my blog. If you are declaring 2012 the year of the book, I’m in!

Now, time to open that ideas file and get busy…


Annabel Candy January 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Hi Jason,

Thanks for the fab feedback and for joining me on the next publishing adventure:) It’s going to be a great one.


barbara January 25, 2012 at 2:09 am

This is most definitely the year of the book, for me. The memoir is, pretty much, writing itself and now I’m thinking ‘what next?’. I’ve discovered when you get the hard core writing bug you start to look at everything differently. I hear weird news stories and think, ‘that would be an interesting mystery to write!’ It’s an obsession! But, I love it.

Thanks Annabel for your ebook… looking forward to buying your hard cover, too.


Annabel Candy January 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Hi Barbara,

Love hearing that the more you write them ore ideas you have and that your memoir is “writing itself”! You’re in the zone. I’m impressed.


Burl January 25, 2012 at 4:55 am

Publishing has become such a fluid concept these days. We can publish a tweet, a facebook or google+ status, a blog post etc. Even in the “book category” we can publish e-books, paperback, hardback, self publish, go the traditional publisher route etc. Even with the traditional publisher, it is still up to us as authors to promote our product! Having a blog is a great way to accomplish this and the two go hand in hand as blogging every day should make us better writers. (At least it forces me to put something out every day on my theme of encouraging people to start making their dreams come true.) My hope is to use many of those posts to spin off into chapters in my next book. (Which at the moment is sitting at about 30 pages written and going nowhere…but at least the blog is successful!) Thanks for the great post, and have an incredibly awesome day!


Annabel Candy January 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Hi Burl,

it sounds as if you’re experiencing something similar to me but if your blog is successful you’re definitely well placed to get that book out when it’s done. I fully agree, blogging does improve your writing skills and that’s gold too.


Di Mace | Word Swords January 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hi Annabel,
Brilliant! Looking forward to hearing about the book-journey dramas and joys. At times I too have been ‘allured’ by the blogging sirens :) Blogging somehow seems to sidetrack (what seemed at the time) a very clear path. Perhaps it’s the consuming, ‘bubble’ like nature of it that is so entrancing …. the constant learning, the joys of new friends, the thrill of publishing your own work, or maybe all of that rolled into one. Who knows, but we all enjoy it, so we’ve just gotta keep going.
A book year for me as well – ghostwriting one and editing another, so maybe it’s just something in the air/water that we had over Christmas ????!!!!


Annabel Candy January 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Hi Di,

Love reading your insights. Blogging has been brilliant but we do have to be careful not to get sidetracked – or at least not in a bad way. Hopefully blogging is more like taking the scenic route rather than just getting from a to b without stopping to take out the scenery.


Sonia Marsh/Gutsy Living January 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I met David Fugate, Chris Guillebeau’s agent in LA as well as listened to his presentation at the WDS conference in Portland in 2011. I also submitted a query to David Fugate, but was not as ready then as I am now that I’ve worked with a story structure editor, followed by a line/copy editor. What a journey this writing is! A long one for me, but fun and also difficult.


Annabel Candy January 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Hi Sonia,

I guess that was a practice run then.Meeting people face to face is powerful too, especially if they inspire us to keep striving for our goals.


Emmaline January 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Hi Annabel,

I will join you on this challenge! Just today as i was driving around in the rain I was thinking about what else I could do to support my creative business dreams- and I thought why not write a book on printmaking/craft tutorials/activities, I will be starting to deliver printmaking workshops next month so why not document these activities for all to enjoy? I will check out Chris’ guide, cant wait to see that travel book in all its glory!


Annabel Candy January 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Hi Emmaline,

Sounds like a good plan to help you and your students:) Will be helping make sure we stick to it here!


Penelope J January 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

First, good luck with writing the book. I think your challenge will be very helpful for writers and your recommendation to read Chris Guillebeau’s (I’m also a fan)Unconventional Guide to Publishing is excellent advice. Also, Stephen King’s “On Writing,” is inspiring and helpful.

Over the last 18 years, I’ve written and rewritten four books (over 80,000 words) and as many as 12 drafts of one, and am currently working on a fifth. A survivor of many rounds (often encouraging but…) with agents and editors, I will finally see a book published in 2012. However, writing a book is but the beginning of a long process, something many hopeful writers don’t realize. When you type “The End” that’s just the start of the rest of the work.

Writers should be prepared to stay the course, however long and arduous. As has been said many times, perseverance is your most important asset. I certainly hope so.


Annabel Candy January 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Hi Penelope,

Thanks for your words of wisdom. You inspire me to go for it though I will be aiming for a shorter book;) Yes, On Writing is great – maybe time for a reread!

Can’t wait to read your book and congrats on all your progress and perseverance. I will be following in your footsteps!


Christine Brady January 28, 2012 at 1:03 am

Hi Annabel,

New reader here -

I will definitely join you on this “year of the book” journey!

As a fellow blogger and writer, I love getting writing tips. This Unconventional Guide to Publishing looks like it will be a great resource. Thanks so much for sharing!

To Our Mutual Writing Journey,



Jessie January 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Hi Annabel!

I’m a new follower. I’ll be joining you this year with writing a book. I’ve started a link on my blog where I am publishing the book in instalments. Every time I wrote a chapter I publish it, leaving a little cliff hanger. My readership has skyrocketed as a result, and the ‘dream’ is to turn it into a book later in the year.

Time will tell!

Jess (The Farmer Has A Wife)


David Stannard January 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Hi again Annabel,

A book is very definately on the agenda at some time. But 2012 is definately NOT the priority year for it!! This idea remains in the “Like” basket for a while as opposed to the “Must do” tray. I continue to be surprised about how much support and feedback our leadership articles get so when we actually come to teh point of writing, we should have a fair volume of material.

PS – watched The Lion King on the flight back into Melbourne. Wow – there’s one amazing personal development and leadership film. Stand by for a blog very soon on Leadership lessons from Simba!

Best wishes, David


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