How do you start the work on a non-fiction book? Do you create an outline? Do you make a list of chapters to be covered? Do you sit down and write pages on everything you already know on the subject? Make a list of people you need to interview?
I’m starting a book for TSTC Publishing. My first step is to go online and google the subject. And google and google. I gather all the information I can find, print it out and begin highlighting. I’m trying to find out everything I DON’T know. Which, in the case of this book, is a lot.
My next step (as I continue learning more) is to interview or talk with an expert. From him I hope to get other contacts of people I can interview.
And I’ll continue googling and reading as I begin setting up interviews.
At some point, I’ll have to start writing. But I haven’t learned enough to do that yet. But it’ll be soon. I only have two and a half months before I have to turn in the book.
And I just found out I have 6 people and a large dog coming for Christmas and New Years. I’m hoping they like each other because I only have one guest bed. My office has a pull-out couch, but I’ll be in there with the door locked.
3 months ago