Can I Really Write and Sell a Novel?

Sheri Cyprus

Writing and selling a novel is a dream for many people and it is possible to turn that dream into a reality. Some people basically just want their name on a book cover and will hire a ghostwriter for the writing, while others genuinely want to become a novelist and have the satisfaction of writing creatively themselves. If you seriously want to write and sell a novel, keep reading books in the genre you want to write in, learn the mechanics of novel development such as scene crafting, write a minimum number of pages daily and spend some time learning how the publishing world works.

If a person is passionate enough, they can write a novel.
If a person is passionate enough, they can write a novel.

You can subscribe to or purchase a good quality writer’s magazine such as Writer's Digest to get started on learning about topics such as how to write riveting dialog and how to compose a compelling book proposal. There are also many helpful "How to write and sell a novel" books available today. If you don’t have money to spend on a lot of writing resources, check them out at the library.

When writing a novel, the author should choose a genre that is personally appealing.
When writing a novel, the author should choose a genre that is personally appealing.

When you spend some time reading materials about selling your novel, you'll get a good understanding about which publisher suits the kind of books you have in mind. You'll find out whether you need an agent or not. It makes sense to learn about how you'll sell your novel when it's done and whose hands it needs to reach to get you the sale.

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Reading novels one loves can provide insight into becoming a novelist.
Reading novels one loves can provide insight into becoming a novelist.

If you really want to write and sell a novel you need to develop and master your writing technique. Study the novels you love to read and analyze what makes them good. This can help you develop your own style and strategies for grabbing the reader's attention and holding it all the way through the book.

When you decide to write and sell a novel, above all you must write a minimum number of pages daily. You have to commit to the project and not let the excuse of not enough time allow you to procrastinate. You really can write and sell a novel as long has you have the passion and dedication to stay with it and see it through to the end.

Fictional works come in varying sizes, as writers can create collections of short stories, novellas, and full novels.
Fictional works come in varying sizes, as writers can create collections of short stories, novellas, and full novels.

Discussion Comments

anon926851

Writing and publishing a novel, or any other kind of book for that matter, has become much easier with the advent of self-publishing companies. These online companies can take an author's finished manuscript file and convert it into a print book or a formatted ebook. The creation of cover art and other elements of a print book can also be done without having to hire a professional artist or book designer. There are different templates and page sizes to choose from, and some publishing companies offer distribution services.

I've been self-publishing my own writing for years now, and although it may not be a lucrative thing right now, it sure beats the old way of getting a book published.

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