Step Seven: Market

The last step to writing a novel is to market! You’ve published it, but now you have to get readers interested and build up a fanbase. I give tips and details on how to market yourself and your novel in my latest Hub Pages article. Being an author means more than simply writing, editing, and publishing. You have to interact with readers and really know your audience to keep the momentum going!

Quick Tip: Speaking at Conferences and Book Festivals is a great way to meet fellow authors, interact with readers, and network with publishers.

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Step Six: Publish

Have you finished writing and editing your novel? If so, it’s time to get it published! Don’t let that beautiful manuscript and all that hard work go to waste, get you novel on the bookshelves! My latest Hub Pages article talks about all the different aspects of publishing and what authors should know when going into this step of the process.

Quick Tip: Avoid vanity presses, they sometimes turn out to be scams and force you to spend more money than necessary!

Step Five: Edit

What some authors consider the hardest part of writing a novel is what comes after writing: editing! In my latest Hub Pages article, I talk about the editing process and the truth about editors. Editing is a very important part of writing, so authors should embrace the inevitable and take the opportunity to receive as much feedback as possible before submitting their manuscript for publication.

Quick Tip: Take a break after finishing your novel before beginning the editing process!

Step Four: Write

The next step to Write a Novel is to actually do some writing! Now that all the planning, research, and outlining is taken care of, you can start digging into your story. In this HubPages article, I give tips on daily writing, formatting, and novel guidelines.

Quick Tip: Start formatting your manuscript while you write, so it’ll be easier to edit and submit for publication once your novel is complete!

How to Write Plot

The last step to planning is to write plot, full of conflict and built on a structure of writing fortitude. The latest Hug Pages article I wrote on the subject deals with all the essentials related to plotting: action, protagonists and antagonists, twists, and more! Before you can write a story, you have to know what you’re writing and the stakes your characters have to face.

Quick Tip: An antagonist doesn’t have to be a villain, and without action a story can go nowhere!

How to Write Setting

The newest Hub Pages article on How to Write a Novel is out! Part of the Planning step is dealing with Setting, which involves dates, times, locations, time periods, historical events, and more! I give details and advice on how to implement setting into your novel and why it’s so important, so check it out!

Quick Tip: Your setting can be a subtle part of the novel depending on how you introduce it; it can also play a large part of your plot!

Steps for Writing a Novel

I created an account with Hub Pages to write articles pertaining to writing tips. In a series of articles, I plan to detail the steps to take when it comes to writing a novel, from the beginning to the publishing stage (and beyond!). Check out the first article where I outline the basics at Hub Pages to see the kind of tips I give. The articles included in this series will be:

  1. Step 1: The Spark
  2. Step 2: Planning
  3. Included with planning are characters, setting, and plot, which will each get their own articles
  4. Step 3: Research
  5. Step 4: Write
  6. In between writing and editing is formatting, which will also receive its own article
  7. Step 5: Editing
  8. Step 6: Publishing
  9. Step 7: Marketing

All of this information is what I have learned through classes, interning with Get Book Savvy, and personal experience. I’ve shared some tips with friends, fellow authors, and readers alike; now I’m laying out the entire process for everyone else!