Dennis R. Blanchard
Write the book you would like to read. Seriously. Why do you pick up a book and read it? You want to be entertained, informed, perhaps laugh, get away from your troubled world and spend some time somewhere else. Books do this, they're travel without leaving. There is a saying, "Build it, and they will come." I believe that "Write it, and they will read," also applies, with a caveat: It has to be good. A story, fiction, or non-fiction, has to be well developed, well thought out and above all well told. A book shouldn't be rushed, it needs to mature, and ripen. Write it, put it away, come back to it and read as if you've never seen it before. When your own writing captures YOU, it is ready for the big time. The biggest mistake new authors make is skipping getting a good editor. No matter how good the writer, and editor is a must. For my first book, Three Hundred Zeroes, I had three editors: one for humor, one for story, and one for everything else (grammar, punctuation, etc.). I wanted the story to be funny. I'm a big fan of Bill Bryson and love his style, he is both funny and informative. I want to be Bill Bryson when I grow up! Make that book the best book ever, everything else will fall into place.