If you are interested in taking the steps to becoming an author and having your work published, there are many different options as far as what avenue you might to follow in order to pursue that goal. Thanks to Amazon, it gives writers today the freedom to self-publish almost whatever they want and some have been incredibly successful by doing so. There are also other free blog hosting sites, such as Blogger.com, where people can find free hosting services to write and post their material too. This also gives you the option to share your talent and build an audience but these aren’t the only methods available of course, there are plenty.

There are several steps to becoming an author, and many important things to think about first if you want to become a great writer and possibly make money at it, and these tips listed below are some to consider along that path to writing greatness. 

1. Work On Your Writing Craft

Get better at writing if that is what you want to do, read lots of books, follow writers that inspire you, practice writing regularly and try to build the habit of writing on a regular basis no matter what it might be about. If you want to do this the rest of your life then you should try to be as good at it that you can be. It’s easy to get started and there are literally endless resources for you to read and learn from. 

Girl practices writing as part of her steps to becoming an author
It’s important to try writing even when you don’t feel like it.

2. Pick A Genre

What do you want to write about? Your own life? The life of others? Fake stories? Are there certain stories or genres that interest you? Crime? Drama? Horror? Think about what sort of stories you might want to share with the world. This can help you to get started on working on the right project. 

Man writes a scary novel in a dramatic setting
Set the mood for yourself when writing and get into it!

3. Make An Outline

This works for the story and in life, to-do lists are great at helping to improve time management and move you closer toward your goal. Making an outline is not only an essential part of the steps to becoming an author, but is also a great way to stay organized and on-task. 

Girl writes an outline as part of her steps to becoming an author
Write it down and make it happen! Create a guide for your work.

4. Share Your Work

If you want to be a writer then you need to share your writing with the world! Don’t be afraid to put yourself and your work out there on different platforms that might be available. Whether that’s reading your stories aloud on Youtube or posting them to a free blog site etc, there are many ways for you to monetize the work besides getting a traditional book deal and book sales etc. The internet makes steps to becoming an author incredibly easy to get started with and to share your work. You won’t get any of the chances that you don’t take so don’t wait, don’t be afraid to send it out. Entering writing contests is also another great way to share work and possibly get recognized. 

Male writer shares is written story with his friends in a library
Share your ideas with those you trust to give you their genuine and honest feedback.

5. Find A Publisher

If you don’t want to self-publish then you can also look for a publisher who is willing to read a new author’s work. Send a copy of your work on over to them for them to consider and possibly provide feedback etc. Some of the most well-known publishers are Penguin Random House, Hachette Livre, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Oxford University Press, and others. After sending off some samples, you never know what you might hear back. 

Published stories and books on a shelf.
Prepare to see your book on bookstore shelves!

Have more questions about becoming an author? Feel free to reach out to our writers and let us know! We’d love to connect with you and see how we can help.