So great to hear from you, and I’m thrilled you’ve got two books underway. You nailed it: “having it scheduled makes the writing happen way more often than when it wasn’t.” That’s so true, and so good for everyone here to hear. And yes indeed, a hook is a very helpful way to explain what your book is about before you have a title (or before you’re ready to share).
I hear all the time from clients who are worried their book won’t stand out on the shelf next to more famous authors. You are exactly right: there are readers who are going to respond specifically to YOU. Your story, your voice, your unique personality. At the same time, the tip I can give you is to find the unique angle on your book. Craft your “hook” so it highlights what’s most unusual about your idea, and pitch the book that way. Don’t be afraid to choose a niche and focus your writing and marketing efforts there. Once you get traction with a corner of the market, it’s much easier to “go big.”
We work with lots of non-native English speakers at kn literary arts, and I know it can cause a lot of insecurity! But the simple answer is to work with a native English speaker to edit the manuscript. From what I can see here, you are very proficient. So you likely wouldn’t need a rewrite (some do) but instead just someone to note any awkward or non-native language.
Glad to hear you already know you need an outline! Many writers reject using one. While writing free-form is a good way to get the habit going, once you’re serious about writing a book an outline is a basic requirement. It keeps your structure strong and keeps you on track. I hope you find ours useful!
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