It is interesting that last summer when I decided to write a book, I just started to write. I had read some books on writing novels, books on grammer, books on POV, etc., and then I just started writing. I did a basic outline, but basically just wrote whatever came out of my fingers.
I didn’t focus on a publisher or type of book, though I did want to write a medieval romance. I wanted to write a clean romance, but with some romantic tension I thought wouldn’t be acceptable in CBA. So, I just wrote.
As I wrote, I noticed my faith creeping in and began to allow it, thinking maybe God is directing my writing. I started visiting blogs, meeting other aspiring authors, quickly learning that I have no idea what I am doing.
And now I have questions. These questions would have been helpful before I started my WIP, but it doesn’t matter now. I am viewing this book as my “learning tool” and I want it to be something I can be proud of at some point. So let me ask you…..
What is a category book? What is a single title? How do you know the guidelines for each? Are there other types of books? Are there websites that tell you what is what?
Here’s some more questions for you writers out there. How do you plan your book to come out a certain length? How many pages are supposed to be in a chapter? How many chapters are supposed to be in a book? Does THAT vary according to the type of book?
You see, knowing this kind of stuff would have been helpful BEFORE starting, don’t you think?