9 Major Obstacles for the Aspiring Author

9 Major Obstacles for the Aspiring Author

Any creator deals with obstacles. Some of them manage with them easily, but others find it challenging, and it applies to lots of writers. Want to publish a book but have problems with publishing it? Then learn how to deal with the following obstacles.


“I Don’t Know Where to Start”

You have the idea of writing a book. You’ve sat down to write and don’t know what to grab hold of.

You can avoid this with planning! A table of contents and a block of stickers will help.

So, take a block and on each piece of paper write one idea from your future book. Just one idea, briefly: “To say this and that.” At this point, turn off your inner critic and just write down ideas like query letter.

When your thoughts run out, spread the pieces of paper out on the table and step back. Look at all the ideas at once. You will see that some of them are related to each other.

Now try to put the pieces of paper together in groups. Perhaps you’ll come up with a bunch, build a tentative sequence.

Continue the process until it’s clear what to do, when to do it, and in what order.

This is how you can organize the most serious chaos in your head and form the structure of your book.

Focusing on Trends

Authors fall into two categories: a million topics to choose from or none. To decide, they look at which books are in reader demand and often decide to write on a popular topic. Our advice is to look for a theme in yourself.

Within this obstacle is another: one sits down to write without having studied the competition. This is dangerous in that later publishers will not accept a manuscript because it is similar to a dozen already published.

Go to any bookstore and see what is on your topic on the shelves. There may be few books like yours. And maybe the opposite, – a dozen or more. In this case you need to competently analyze what exactly and from what position you will write. Find what will set you apart from other authors.

“Will My Topic Suit?”

Are you tormented by doubts about your expertise? Don’t feel bad: they plague most authors!

The truth is that popular books are often written not by pioneers in the subject, but by people who have articulated the idea well. Here’s the same rule that works for 20 Bet users. The biggest jackpots are hit not by those who create strategies but by those who know how to implement them.

Let’s take hygge as an example. Every publisher has published a book on the subject at one time or another. And it’s not the first book that sells well, but the second or third! After all, the consumer doesn’t know the order in which the books came out and buys what he likes.

Not Thinking Through the Target Audience

Often people think that a planned book is of interest to a general audience – men and women ages 18-90 of all social status and interests.

In fact, your book is interesting to two or three categories of people.

To write a book that will be printed and read, you have to imagine your reader. Make a portrait of your Perfect Reader and keep it in mind as you write your book. What problem of the target audience does your book “cover”?

“It’s Going to Turn out Badly”

Do you show 1-2 pages of text to people close to you and they avert their eyes? You take the opinion to heart and your hands go down.

Divide the people you show the text to into categories:

  • Those who answer questions about the content.
  • Those who read whether or not you have written clearly.
  • Those who have to evaluate the text as a whole.

Another important category to collect opinions is the professional editor, that is, the person who deals with texts by occupation.

At this point, it’s important not to let those close to you clip your wings. It’s important to surround yourself with people who are interested in your success.

Remember that many great books wouldn’t have seen the light of day if the author hadn’t found the support and inner motivation to finish the book in time!

Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is when one constantly doubts whether one is expert enough, whether one is so good at writing, whether one should take up the pen?

We often find that experts don’t write books because they think they don’t understand the subject well enough. They are waiting for something to happen that will convince them of their own worth.

The truth is that while the experts are reflecting, the experts below them are writing. And then they publish, albeit not very good, books. And they get success, fame, and money instead of those who deserve it by right of expertise or experience.

Low-quality Text

You can bypass all the previous obstacles, and at the stage of writing, it turns out that your text can be understood only by a narrow expert.

Difficult construction of phrases is found in scientists, authors of scientific papers, and often they themselves understand it and agonize.

To avoid this, you need to find a co-author with an easy syllable or a literary assistant who will give the clever content a fascinating form.

Not Thinking Ahead About How and Where to Publish the Book

Many authors write a text first, then think about how to publish it.

It’s better to address these issues at the planning stage of the book.

Namely – to make a competent synopsis, i.e. a plan for the future book. In fact, it’s a business plan for the publication, because the synopsis “sells” the idea to the publisher.

Unwillingness to Think About Self-promotion

Authors think that if the book is good, it will find a reader or a publisher will take care of it. What it really means is that you’re letting your business go to chance.

To avoid unpleasant consequences, think about promotion at all stages of manuscript creation. You can see if your name gets googled. Whether articles, speeches, and social media posts on the topic of your book are popping up. These are the bare minimum that any author should do.

Arnold Bloom

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