– by Jim Edwards
Nothing stalls publishing a book (print or ebook) like wondering or worrying about whether or not it’s “good enough” and ready to publish. I can tell you that some people obsess and never get their books out there. Other people throw anything “against the wall” and hope it will stick. The answer to the question “Is my book good enough?” lies between these two extremes. The following 5 points will help you know if your book is ready to publish.
Every book makes a promise. The promise to solve a problem or provide an escape lies at the heart of almost all non-fiction and fiction books. The title itself often makes the biggest promise of all, especially with non-fiction books. Can you honestly say that your book fulfills the promise(s) you’ve made, or will make, in exchange for people’s money and time? Does your book leave them better off after having read it than before they purchased it? If yes, then you’ve passed the first hurdle.
Rating a book’s content as “great” really rests in the hands of the end customers – your readers! With fiction, the ability to transport the reader into another world and make them feel emotions out of thin air makes a book great. Does it take them on an emotional roller coaster ride or flight of fancy that becomes real in their heads?
With non-fiction, content that solves a problem or leaves them better off and improved in their situation qualifies as “great” content. Again, your readers are the final judge and jury as to “greatness,” but can you look at your book and say it’s great? If yes, let’s keep going!
Grammar & Punctuation?
Nothing ruins a good read more than grammar or punctuation mistakes. Yes, I know it shouldn’t matter. Yes, I know they should pay attention to the content you’ve so expertly crafted. But when they run across a spelling mistake or grammar gaff, it trips up the reader like a banana peel on an icy sidewalk! In their minds, poor grammar and punctuation detracts – right or wrong – from the message and content of your book. Maybe it’s rebellion against oppressive high-school English teachers. Maybe it’s the need to feel superior to the author (you). The reason doesn’t matter. What matters is you MUST minimize you grammar or punctuation mistakes.
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Spice or WOW Factor?
Everybody loves that extra little something that makes a book more than they expected. With fiction, it’s often a plot twist they didn’t see coming in a million years. With non-fiction, the WOW factor often takes the form of “cool tools” or “insider secrets” or “amazing resources” that make things easier, faster, cheaper or just plan make their lives better. Whatever it is, make sure you consciously try to make your book BETTER than the competition by throwing in that extra something special that will make them want to tell their friends.
The Best You Can Do Right Now?
I look back at things I’ve written over the years and immediately see how I could write them better now. Even after 10 years as a syndicated newspaper columnist and over 15 years as a professional writer (I make money selling my writing), my skills can always use improvement.
When you put anything out for public consumption, especially in exchange for money, the question you should ask is, “Is this the BEST I can do right now?” If you can honestly answer “Yes, this is the best I can do right now!” then your book can go out the door to meet the world!
A wise person once said “Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are right now.” If you follow these 5 criteria and can look at yourself in the mirror and KNOW you’ve done your very best in each of these critical areas, then both you and your book are ready to take the next step.
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