YOU could be published in a month!
Day 3 sees the subject selection phase complete and we’re into planning! 3 is the magic number, and I trust you’ve selected your subject. Perhaps you’ve run it past a few trusted friends and checked out how buoyant the market for books in your chosen genre is on Amazon. Take heart from the fact that every November hundreds of thousands of people undertake this seemingly crazy challenge by taking part in NaNoWriMo. Their website shows in excess of 8million words written during the 2016 challenge, with entrants aiming to write 50,000 words in the course of the month. And we’re not talking tens of thousands of badly chosen or nonsensical words. The aim is the close the month with a saleable book that can be published in a month.
As you may recall from Part 1, the third day of the write a book in a month challenge is the start of the planning phase, where I’ve been sketching out everything I want to include in the book. I have settled on the subject ‘How to make it in Music without being a Star’ – though the title is to be confirmed. And at a very high level I intend to cover the following:
- Common misconceptions, and the opportunities that most working musicians exploit to make a living.
- My personal story, since it provides some authenticity – I have made a living solely from music.
- Facts and figures.
- The truth about the archetypal working musician.
- Avenues to exploit, including teaching, writing, session work, theatrical performance, film scores, television, appearances.
- Ways to get your music out there without being signed.
- Pitfalls, and how to avoid them.
I’ve also cheated a bit and gotten ahead on some initial writing of an introduction, and tomorrow I’ll be fleshing out the wireframe for the book to include all the major topic areas I want to include.
I have had a fair amount of nay-saying via social media on this exercise today, with some accusing me of belittling their ‘craft’. I have sought to explain that this is an approach. It is an exercise in inspiration. Try to write a book in a month and see how well the result holds up. If I can do it, and you see me do it… perhaps you’ll try it yourself. There are guides out there that purport to guide the reader in writing a book in 24 hours! Compared to that, we’re positively pedestrian here. Good or bad, this exercise will close with information on sales and income so everyone can see what can be achieved strictly within a month.
So, Day 3 down and near as dammit 10% of the write a book in a month challenge complete. If I (we?) remain on schedule, a book will be published in a month! I’m very excited for you to join me on this journey, so subscribe to be kept up to date. Leave a comment or head for Facebook and Twitter if you prefer, as well as our other social media networks from the links in the menu above. Check back on the self-publishing section to get more insights, as well as the Book Month category.