Writing the great American novel is a dream project of many of us. One can be a book author and write about anything on this planet including cooking, child psychology, flowers, birds, shells, or furniture; or one can write coffee-table books or even computer books–the field is wide open.
The next step is to a find a publisher or an agent who will grant you a handsome advance. Once published, go on a self-promoting trip around states and purchase the yacht last seen within magazine covers.
It sounds like a cakewalk, but then there has to be a marketable subject. One area that does not require selling expertise is a computer book. The subject matter does the work for you, and if you happen to be an authority on the topic, then packaging is the foundation for inducements from publishers. Unlike fiction or other genres, computer book authors do not need the services of an agent, thus saving on agent commission and extra expenses. A word of caution, even if you are a new entrant in this field and still believe that whatever you are writing is of utmost importance, work on convincing publishers. The majority of publishers prefer technical writing experts; these books save time and unnecessary sales gimmicks, as technical books are generally limited area editions. The author’s reputation sells the book; so if publisher is well known and there are no agents in between, then book will benefit both the author and the publisher.
If you are a first-time writer, then check on publishers wanting new writers. There is no point in sending queries only to be rejected, and time can be better utilized checking publisher lists. Initially, the contract might not be attractive, but once you have established yourself and your book is successful, then it is easy to negotiate better deals. Look over the contract carefully to check for hidden loopholes favoring the publisher. Another area of concern for the first-time computer book author is the saturation and overuse in this field. It is a fast-changing technology, and finding new and selling topics in track with developing technology requires hard work, as what is new today is past tense tomorrow.
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