Instinct and Intuition When Writing
Writing a book involves trusting your gut throughout the process. Listen to your inner voice telling you what to do as you go through your writing journey.
What to Say
If your gut told you to write the book, it will tell you what to say. For example, you want to inform readers of a new technique and believe you need to write a short book about the technique. After you have done your research, your intuition will help you organize your thoughts into the book. If you are writing fiction, you will hear the characters’ voices in your head as you sit and write. Your gut will guide you on what is important to say and what you should eliminate. A writing coach will guide you on using your thoughts and intuition toward your goal of a finished product.
What Art to Use
All books, fiction and nonfiction, print and electronic, must have a professionally designed cover. In your mind, you know what art would send the right message. Trust your gut on what art to use. Many books include photos, charts and graphics. Put those in your book if you feel they are necessary.
Where to Query
When you are finished your book, you have to decide where to send your manuscript for possible publishing. Although many books are self-published, your gut might tell you that you need to try traditional publishing or print on demand publishing. Trust your gut on which publishing option is best for you.
Your gut will tell you where to query and when to query. When I wrote my first novel, The 1776 Scroll, I listened to my gut feeling. I was lonely in Arizona. I always use writing as therapy for my problems. While the kids were watching cartoons, I wrote on the couch. I kept writing until I realized it was finished. My gut kept telling me to try to get it published even though the odds were against me.
Because my book has a similar flavor as the Harry Potter series, I decided to try that publisher first. When I was rejected, I almost decided not to pursue publishing the book, but my gut kept telling me to get it published. I did a search on publishers. Publish America appeared on the search, but it wasn’t at the top. I pulled up the website and realized that Publish America was a print on demand publisher, which I still believe is the right move over other publishers. In addition, it wasn’t a vanity press where I would have to pay to get it published. Thus, I decided to give it a try. I was accepted immediately. Publish America published my second novel The 1776 Inn too. It was my second attempt at a publisher, which is not normal. Most authors have to send to 10 or more publishers before getting accepted. I trusted my gut and realized my dream.
What Type of Publisher to Use
As stated in my story, I talked about a print on demand publisher being right for me. I had worked for a small publisher. I knew how royalties and returns worked. Most authors don’t realize that book stores don’t have to pay for the books they purchase to sell. If they accept 25 copies, but two sell, the book store sends back the other 23 and pays for the two. The money for the 23 returned comes out of the author’s royalties. This backward system still exists today and isn’t likely to change. That is one of the reasons why self-publishing is exploding. Because I understood the system, I didn’t want a traditional publisher. I didn’t want to self-publish either. That is why my gut told me to go with print on demand. When book stores order from POD publishers, they pay for what they buy. They choose to purchase fewer, but you don’t have to pay for returns. A fellow writer submitted her manuscript to a traditional mystery publisher and was accepted without using an agent. She now has written six novels and has a contract for three more. She is in her 80s. She trusted her gut, and it’s paying her royalties. If you believe that self-publishing is the way to go, trust your gut.
When you trust your gut, great books happen. Keep writing, and if you need help with your project, feel free to ask me a question or comment.