Getting Started for Authors Tip: Thinking About the Theme of Your Book From Page One!

The 31 Days of Author Tips features the advice from Jenn Grace and other authors, publishers, and people in the writing industry. From hearing Publish Your Purpose Press Founder and CEO,  Jenn T. Grace, you’ll learn the basics of the writing process as well as more intricate details and tips not found anywhere else. You’ll learn how to be better prepared when you set out to write your story. Whether you are writing a memoir or any non-fiction where a piece of your story is shared, you’ll be better equipped for success after having listened to these tips.

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Author Tip Transcript

Guest Tipster: Heather Habelka, Director of Editorial – “Queen of all things editorial.”

Make sure when you are writing your book, from page one, stay focused on the theme of your book.  How do you want the reader to receive your message? What impact do you want your book to have?

One of the best ways to do that is to write a mission statement for the book so that when you are working with a variety of people on your book, everyone will understand very clearly what you mission is, what your purpose is, what you’re trying to accomplish.

Authors that come to the table with clarity around the theme of their book and what their desired outcomes are, makes everybody’s life easier; because the support team can pass along the purpose of your book with a succinct description of what the book needs to accomplish.

We can’t control how a reader is going to respond to our work or what their conclusions are going to be, but we can make sure that the overarching mission and purpose in writing the book is very clear.

Having a mission is imperative when writing, but also is a clear differentiator as you move through all facets of the publishing process. 

Create a vision statement/mission statement for your book. Ask yourself two questions. Answering these questions will help create your mission statement:

  1. Who is my target reader? Who’s going to be picking up this book and reading it? 
  2. What do you want the reader to learn? What do you want them to do? Take action? Feel empowered? Gain increased knowledge about topic? Feel like they can incorporate lessons in their own lives? 

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