So You Want to Publish a Book: “Aieee! I’m Not a Writer!”

And that’s what’s holding you back: Fear of Writing. You maybe didn’t love those English classes back in high school, and perhaps sitting hunched over your laptop pecking out grammatically correct sentences isn’t your idea of Big-Time Fun (although, really, why wouldn’t it be? Some of us find that better than Death by Chocolate. Really).

Not to worry. You don’t have to love to write. You don’t have to be A Writer. In fact, I tell people not to think of it as Writing a Book. When you’re doing a book about your art, think of it as Authoring a Book, never mind that the verbification makes you wince. You’re going to be writing some, sure; but you’re mostly going to be showing other people something you love, and that should cut back on the terror.

Plus you’ll have help. Because that’s why you’ve got editors and copy-editors:  their job is to help you look good, so it’s not like you’re swimming out there in the deep water all by yourself. As long as you can relay information about your art to your reader, the editor will help you with the rest.

You don’t have to be a writer, and you don’t have to be a photographer. There are people who will help you every step of the way, and you’ll discover it’s not nearly as daunting a journey as you might have imagined.

Trust me. I’ve been there and survived to tell the tale, and, in fact, I’m in the middle of going back again. See?

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