Authors & Speakers Network Blog with Larry James

Friday, May 27, 2011


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For some, writing a book can be a overwhelming project. You do the research, you make notes and do all the things you think you need to do to get started. Don’t let it make you crazy or scare you from writing at all.

Ready to take the big leap? Write-On!

book+in+UcartoonOkay! Here’s the first tip: Don’t quit your day job! Writing a book is only part of the equation. If you self-publish you will need to hire an editor, make arrangements with a book printer and if you want to to make your book available nationally and perhaps internationally, you will need to find a distributor or a wholesaler.

Confusion reigns when we get down to defining the different activities of book wholesalers and book distributors. It is important to accurately distinguish the two types of activities because they are extremely different in both emphasis and kind.

The book wholesaler should be seen as a service provider to bookstores. They do not create demand; rather they efficiently respond to demand whatever the cause and whatever the title. They envision their task as serving the interests of bookstores and similar outlets.

A wholesaler’s main objective is getting product “A” to store “B” in the shortest time and at the lowest possible cost. Look at them as a kind of UPS or Fed Ex of the book business.

On the other hand, book distributors represent the interests and activities of book publishers. Instead of hiring your own sales and marketing personnel and running your own shipping, storage and returns processing warehouse, you would outsource all of these activities to a book distributor who focuses on these activites on your behalf.

Unless, you are generating over $5,000,000 in book sales, you should seriously consider the book distribution option. It may actually cost less and at the same time provide marketplace clout because the distributor represents many publishers to the marketplace.

Question: How do you eat an elephant?
Answer: One bite at a time.

Question: How do you write a book?
Answer: One sentence at a time.

It’s really that easy. Many first-time authors stress over how long it will take, whether they have enough material to fill a book and more.

Just start writing! You have to begin sometime. Why not today!

Get organized. Do your research. By the way, doing research does not mean copying some other author’s stuff. That’s called plagiarism, that is to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own. Read more about plagiarism.

Do a brief outline of what you want to write about. My first book had 10 key points or in other words, 10 chapters. I made a list of what I wanted each chapter to be about and started writing. It is not necessary to write a book from beginning to end. In my case, I opened 10 files in my computer, titled them and began to write a little at a time in each chapter. Set aside a little time to write everyday.

My first writing mentor, Peggy Moss Fielding (1927-2014, Tulsa, OK) once told me that if I wanted to be a writer I needed to write at least one hour everyday. I didn’t believe her at first, but once I got the hang of it, I got hooked. Today I often spend more than one hour writing each day. She totally inspired me to begin writing my first book. (Thanks, Peggy! You created a writing monster!) Since then I have written 5 books, more than 650 articles, have four blogs (something new goes up every 4th day on each of them) and I have 5 Websites. I also am a guest blogger on 11 other blogs.

Stop “talking” about writing a book and just do it! Get inspired! Let your imagination run wild. Write-on! . . .and on. . . and on! If you need help, call a coach!

Click here for a really neat Website that will help you get started. Make sure you visit all of their links to learn about the origins of writing, methods you can use to help you organize your writing, the many different forms of writings and more.

BONUS Articles: How to Distribute Your Self-Published Book Offline
Piecing Together the Distribution Puzzle


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Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact:, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at:

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