I Wrote A Book. Now What?

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
200 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2021
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

I Wrote A Book. Now What? by Beth Carter is a non-fiction self-help guide for those who are in the process of or have completed their manuscript and are ready to present it to the world. Carter provides an insider's mentorship and the tools necessary to take a reader's own book and get it into the hands of a publisher, and then hopefully readers themselves. The book begins with Carter's own journey, something she returns to throughout the guide and peppers alongside the more practical advice. This book runs the gamut from the absolute basics of writing to the more polished aspects, and how to create authentic prose with real-life experiences. There are loads of gems that follow, such as buying your name as a domain, pitching your wares, and even the choices between self-publishing and the traditional route, among many, many other tips.

Although she has written over a dozen books, having I Wrote A Book. Now What? fall into my lap introduced me for the first time to Beth Carter. I am not an author, just an avid reader, which in many ways works in my favor as I have no preconceived notions on what should or should not be done. I just know that I like to read good books, and I do not like to read unpolished ones of questionable quality. Carter writes in the comfortable style of a friend sitting down to chat over coffee. There is nothing patronizing or judgmental in her discourse, and her encouragement throughout should be enough to draw in the most apprehensive writers. As a layperson, I gained a massive amount of insight into the art of the craft and, as a result, my appreciation could not possibly be higher. I also learned that she has written a pandemic cookbook which pretty much cements her awesomeness in my own mind. I believe this book has all of the right tools to provide a road map to writers from all walks of the literary world.

Mamta Madhavan

I Wrote A Book. Now What? by Beth Carter is an encouraging and motivating book for all those who have written their first manuscript and want to get it published. Finishing a book requires perseverance, dedication, solitary confinement, and sacrifice. The publishing world is very competitive. Carter gives good techniques and tactics for getting noticed, setting up a platform, establishing an online presence, finding like-minded authors and readers, reaching out to industry professionals, and more. Reading this book from cover to cover will help writers who are still on the first draft of their book, have completed their manuscript, or are still stuck and need some motivational exercises. They will find themselves confident enough to launch into the exciting world of writing, marketing, and publishing.

Beth Carter shares her journey with helpful tips and tools that will give readers awesome ideas to become more invested in their work. Writers will know exactly how to go about getting their manuscript to the publishing stage. Reading this book is also a good way for writers to look at their manuscript closely, change weak and repetitive verbs, and steer clear of boring and bland words, and make sure they research well so that their book is compelling and genuine. The book also speaks about writer's block and how it can be dealt with in a positive way so that writers can find what works for them and enjoy the process of writing. I Wrote A Book. Now What? is definitely a keeper for potential authors who need suggestions when it comes to writing, marketing, and publishing their books.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Have you finished writing your first book? Congratulations. Now the real work begins. Feeling overwhelmed with the idea of seeking an agent or a publisher or choosing a self-publishing option? Of going through the final edits (multiple times) and launching your published book to the world? So many questions to address – it’s enough to make any sane person want to tuck the manuscript in the bottom drawer and forget about it. But, without readers, what would be our purpose as writers? We can’t quit now. You need help, that much is obvious. And Beth Carter’s I Wrote A Book. Now What? is just the place to start.

There are a lot of self-help books on the market for writers, tackling everything from how to write to how to publish and beyond. I found this book to be a notch above all the others. Why? Written in a conversational tone, as if the reader is sitting down with the author and discussing the many avenues of the writing business, this book is entertaining as well as informative. The author uses personal experiences as anecdotes and incorporates quotations and other tidbits from well-known authors, past and present. The book is well organized to lead the reader through the quagmire of the publishing industry, to help the reader gain confidence in their ability and prospects as a published writer.

The book is one author’s journey through writing and publishing, a treatise of do’s and don’ts shared with humor and passion. From finding your own unique writer’s voice to building a writer’s platform and setting goals for future writing projects and marketing tactics, this book is a thorough guide for would-be, wannabe, and established writers. With shared confessions from other authors, there is a lot of encouraging advice packed into these pages. A great addition, top of the pile really, to the books on writing, publishing, marketing and so much more.

Susan Sewell

Discover how to publish your manuscript in the self-help book, I Wrote A Book. Now What? by Beth Carter. Learn the most important steps of becoming a successful author in this easy-to-read guide. With instructions on how to build an author website, how to market your book to your audience, and gaining the attention of an agent, this book explores the ins and outs of publication. Included is practical advice on how to write a winning query letter and build publishing credits; this book is the perfect resource to help the new writer navigate the publishing world. Are you ready to become a published author?

I Wrote A Book. Now What? by Beth Carter is a well-written book filled with many great ideas and examples to give a new author a head start in their writing career. Written with great enthusiasm, as well as being short enough to keep the reader's attention, this book is both inspirational and humorous. The author, Ms. Carter, has an excellent sense of humor which shines through in her work. A veteran of the publishing world, Ms. Carter has written and published novels, children's stories, and non-fiction for pleasure and charity. Insightful, with many tips and personal examples, the author draws on her own experiences and stories to assist new writers to find their place as a published author. I appreciated how the author included how to prepare for pitching contests, and more. This book is a must-have craft book for new writers.

Romuald Dzemo

In I Wrote A Book. Now What?, Beth Carter offers useful and professional advice on navigating the publishing world. This guide takes readers from the art of crafting a compelling book to making the right decision when it is time to publish the book. Industry advice includes tips on writing a winning book, from discovering one’s voice to creating characters that are likable, from writing for the market to strengthening the writing, from doing research and using it appropriately in the writing to mastering the different elements in writing. Readers will also understand the elements of a good pitch, find tips on writing query letters that agents and editors will open, discover options for finding editors and literary agents, master book synopsis mechanics, and a lot more. The book also offers marketing tips for both traditionally published books and indie authors.

In short, this is a comprehensive book that provides critical information authors need to successfully get their books published and find the right market. Most of the questions that authors have are answered, and Beth Carter comes across as an expert in the field, weaving elements from her own writing journey and personal story in and providing information that readers need to know. While the title of this book suggests that it is written for authors who have already completed the writing part of the journey, it is a must-read for anyone interested in writing and getting published. This book simplifies the process and generously offers information that readers need to successfully write a book, attract the right publisher, and find readers. As a published author, this book could have made a difference in my publishing journey had I found it before getting my book published. I Wrote A Book. Now What? is what you need to achieve success as an author. Beth Carter writes with confidence, presenting ideas in an organized manner and in writing that is upbeat and utterly engaging. The book is well-researched and packed with must-know information and industry secrets.

Beth Carter, Author

I'm thrilled with early reviews for I WROTE A BOOK. NOW WHAT? I hope this book helps aspiring and debut authors. I know it would have been a great asset if I had read such a book over a decade ago.

I can't wait to hear which sections are most helpful to new writers. Thank you.

Happy Writing,

Beth Carter, Author