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Write a Book
If you have ever dreamed of writing a book,
now you can make your dream a reality

Write and publish THAT book you have had in mind for so long.

Great writers have discarded the notion that one must possess very special talents in order to write. Alejo Carpentier believed that any person can write so long as he or she has something to say. Mark Twain considered it a tragedy that most humans come to the end their lives without ever having put down their words on paper, or with their songs trapped inside their hearts. The American poet Stanley Kunitz used to say that any of his students in any of the universities where he taught could be a poet.

Conventional wisdom has it that in order to write one has to be “intelligent”. It is easy to confuse intelligence with culture, as well as general intelligence with specific intelligence. We all know people that lacking a high level of education nonetheless excel at something.

For example, a mother with little education, someone that at a casual glance may appear to lack intelligence, is capable of rearing her children in such a manner as to have all of them become good citizens with successful careers. That mom was capable of this because she was intelligent in her realm of activity, and she could easily write a book about her experiences, or she could tell them to someone that could write them for her.

No matter the reasons you may have for wanting to publish, that book you write and publish will provide you greater prestige and satisfaction than what you may obtain from purchasing any brand name product. Your standing among your peers will increase as a result of your intellectual work in a given sphere of knowledge, the arts or a profession.

And prestige is not the opposite of earning money. Your book will begin to be sold in the marketplace and you will begin to earn an income from each sale.

Regarding what to write about (See list of subjects)

If you have the talent, and you are convinced that you have something important to say in a literary work of fiction, then continue to write novels, short stories, poetry, plays, what is commonly known as literature.

Most likely you will need some income to allow you to develop this type of writing. And one way to earn some income is writing nonfiction.

Or perhaps you don’t feel up to the task of writing a literary work, yet you find writing to be something you like to do, and you have some knowledge or notions about a specific topic, or you have the inclination or know-how to be able to research information about a topic you find of interest.

Whatever the case may be, nonfiction writing is a field with many opportunities.

About 50,000 new books are published each year in the United States, of which, only 3,500 are works of fiction. And of these, only around 140 sell over 100,000 copies. The same is not true in the case of nonliterary books.

Many nonfiction books are breaking the 100,000 copy barrier as never before. There are plenty of books whose print runs exceed 500,000 copies, amounts that are not easily reached by fiction titles. Several come to mind, such as How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carneige, The Guiness Book of Records, and In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters, with print runs in the millions that continue to sell to this day. In the category of self-help, Americans are spending $700 million a year.

Amateur writers, housewives, and even high school dropouts have been pleasantly surprised by the money they have earned after producing a best seller. Writing books on popular topics has become one of the most lucrative businesses around, in addition to being easy to get into with very limited resources, as well as providing a desirable social standing.

Writing nonfiction books offers other advantages. As opposed to what happens in the case of fiction writing, the name of the author in nonfiction work is not the most important factor. The main factor is the topic of the book.

These books attend to specific needs. Men and women find in them answers to their immediate needs or interests. The need to read these books is very different from the wish to read a work of fiction. That is why, even if the initial print run is not large, they can be reprinted for a very long time, and its authors keep on earning the corresponding royalties.

The most stable topics, those that are seemingly always in vogue, enjoying the greatest market acceptance include: cook books, especially low-fat and low-carb, diet books; human relations, particularly advice to parents; sex; religion and spiritual experiences; money, business and finance; pets, especially cats; social mobility, college careers; computers and the World Wide Web.

How-to books are always sought-after, as well as psychological self-help, biographies, history, true adventure travels, personal memoirs, science fiction, and humor. Health and medicine books as well as sports books are always popular. Even the occult is a popular topic.

One piece of information that is critical when selecting a topic is the fact that women purchase 80% of all books. Additionally, they are a majority among book editors.

Of course, these topics are by no means the only ones. The success of many of these books lies precisely in that their authors have found a new or virgin field of interest, a “niche” as some call it.

By thinking about these types of books you will be able to tell if you have a good idea. There are several questions you should ask yourself before starting to write. Is the topic I have in mind one that can find its place among the rest of the books on this topic out there? Have I been able to detect a target audience for this book? Can I get some free publicity for my book? Could this book sustain itself on book lists, even if no longer a best-seller? Does the topic transcend international boundries?

Once you have come up with answers to these and other questions, stop thinking about writing your book for a few days before making your decision. If after filtering your idea through these questions you answer is in the positive, you will have a great deal of the battle won.

You will have plenty of help, in part due to the infinite sources of information available on the Internet that allow you to obtain information without leaving home. You do not even need to be a specialist to be able to write about a specific topic, so long as you have the patience and will necessary to seek the information you need. If you were not able to obtain all the information you needed, you can always seek the advice of an expert, interview this expert, and if need be, incorporate this expert into the project. Remember, you can always count on the aid provided by our very own
editors. Please see "Advice on writing trade nonfiction"

Then, get on with the task of writing the book you have always wanted to publish! You can count on our help. We take care of the rest: design, illustrations, editing, production, publication, and help in marketing your book. The final outcome will be your very own book, published by us, while you retain the copyright to the title.

Renewed Editions of Existing Books

Alexandria Library can also publishes works whose copyright has expired (public domain), or those in which the copyright owner authorizes their renewed publication. Copyright expires after 90 years in the U.S. and 50 years after the death of the author in other countries. This allows you to:

  • Publish again works whose copyright has expired or those where the copyright owner allows it.
  • Translate and publish in other languages books whose copyright has expired or those having author permission.
  • Publish books that are compilations of articles (or other genders) regarding a specific topic, whose copyrights are in the public domain or by obtaining permission from
    the copyright owners.

These renewed works can be published on paper, electronic and audio formats. Finance terms can be negotiable.