How to Write a Book: An Expert’s Guide

When you consider frequent life objectives, there are few on the market as well-liked as writing a e-book. There are 1000’s of budding storytellers on the market, simply ready to put their phrases to paper and see if they’ve the following Bridgerton on their fingers.

But the place does one begin? Here, we chat with Simone Amelia Jordan – journalist and winner of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in 2021 – about her course of and suggestions for taking that first step in direction of your massive objective.

How to write a e-book, suggestions from Simone Amelia Jordan. Image provided.

So, when it comes to publishing a e-book: what’s one of the best first transfer?

On this, Jordan defined that she’s nonetheless going by way of the method herself however shared that she recommends getting into the journey with confidence. Her secret? You’ve simply received to push your self out of your consolation zone.

“I’m in the process of penning my first book, so I’m an emerging writer still reaching for that Holy Grail! Nonetheless, I believe you must start by throwing caution to the wind and shaking off your imposter syndrome,” she stated.

“…it’s an absolute life goal for writers and non-writers alike, to get these stories out of us and into the world. I’m a journalist by trade, so writing creative non-fiction has been a challenge. But I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone to learn and be the best I can be.”

What are the most important challenges you’re going through?

“Setting aside time to not only write but also gather information and put some kind of structure together for each chapter has been extremely tough,” Jordan defined.

“I’m doing my best to balance everything I had going on before I started writing my memoir (three-year-old daughter, husband, my freelance work for Media Diversity Australia and Diversity Arts Australia plus my consulting agency, Higher Ground) and find extended periods to sit down and write. I’m being tougher on myself now, slowly stopping using everything on my plate as an excuse and making this book my priority.”

How has successful the Richell Prize modified your writing expertise?

“I nonetheless can’t believe I won, so there’s that! (laughs). I accomplished my complete entry in a whirlwind month, throughout an prolonged COVID-19 lockdown interval final yr. I drove my poor household insane as a result of, from the second I noticed the Prize marketed, I used to be hellbent on coming into. Aside from a couple of brief items for SBS Voices (in partnership with Sweatshop Western Sydney), I’d by no means written artistic non-fiction earlier than so for the primary time, I enlisted trusted buddies to look over my Richell Prize entry and critique it.

“I’m now much more open to sharing my work to make it better, and I can credit entering the Prize for that. Winning the Prize has truly allowed me to feel seen, and uplifted me to interact more confidently with the industry.”

Is coming into the Richell Prize a worthwhile consideration for different writers hoping to have books printed?

“Do I ever! I’ve had these anecdotes inside me for so many years, but never had a solid theme to bind them together—until now. Entering the Richell Prize not only forced me to brainstorm harder than ever on what the hook to my story was but also demanded I put together a chapter outline, a summary, and more,” Jordan defined.

“It gave me insight into the publishing industry and what might be required of me as an author. I come from neither a literary nor cushy background so when I say publishing a book felt like a pipe dream, I mean it. Entering the Prize is a much-needed push for emerging writers and all should consider putting themselves forward.”

It’s typically stated that those that need to write ought to learn, so who ought to everybody be studying proper now?

“My buddies—each sensible, passionate ladies—are celebrating their debut e-book releases over the following month. Isn’t that incredible?

“You have to pick up How To Lose Friends and Influence White People by Antoinette Lattouf, and Hip-Hop & Hymns by Mawunyo Gbogbo. Two women from underrepresented backgrounds taking the Australian publishing scene by storm. I can’t wait to read (and join!) them.”

If this has lit a fireplace beneath your butt and impressed you to write that e-book, The Richell Prize for 2022 is formally open and will be accepting entries till July 8, 2022. A prize winner will likely be introduced on November 2, 2022. The winner will obtain $10,000 in prize cash, donated by Hachette Australia, and a yr’s mentoring with one in all Hachette Australia’s publishers.