Step 2: Writing a Book

Good planning and writing will minimise reworking — our free downloads below will help save you time and money.

The degree of writing expertise you need will depend on

• The genre.

• The final goal you have for your self-published work.

• How you envisage it being ‘published’.

Writing your book

Well-planned writing should be matched with good editing and proofreading, whatever you publish and whatever your goals. However, if you are writing and self-publishing a novel to sell, the writing skills and polishing required can differ, for example, from memoirs you intend to share only with family and friends.

If you are a business or a business leader wanting to self-publish a company handbook or a book that summarises your intellectual property and you don’t have the writing expertise in-house, you will need to think about contracting someone to ensure the end product is fully professional.

Email your PublishMe client manager for help with your options.Under Members Profiles you can also browse under Editing, Design and Marketing headings to select assistance from service providers who are offering their skills.

Our expertise is free to you in these downloads.

To develop good skills and processes click the links below to get your copy of:

documentWriting Memoirs

“For a start, she suggests you don’t put it off for too long – too long quickly becomes too late – and that you try to develop a regular routine…”
documentAn introduction to fiction writing
“In this introduction to writing fiction, we make some assumptions. Primarily we assume you have read the book, ‘How to plan your fiction book’ available on ‘Step 1 – Plan’ of this site, and that you have done and understood the Six Ps of fiction writing…”
documentAn introduction to writing non-fiction
“In this introduction to writing non-fiction, we make some assumptions. Primarily we assume you have read the book, ‘How to plan your non-fiction book’ available on ‘Step 1 – Plan’ on this site…”

An introduction to fiction writing details the skills and process best followed to write good fiction.

Topics include:

• Preparation and commitment
• Finding your own voice
• Audience
• Sequencing and plot
• Beginning, middle and end
• Description
• Narration
• Dialogue
• Punctuation
• Who? Where? When? What? How? and Why?
• Key events
• Point of view
• Setting
• Characters
• Signposting
• Rhythm and pace
An introduction to writing non-fiction details the processes generally employed to write good non-fiction.

Topics include:

• Audience
• Sequencing
• Types of writing
• Sections, chapters, paragraphs
• Signposting
• Illustrations and captions
• Indexing, table of contents, footnotes and endnotes

Self-publishers share their experiences.

“PublishMe is great as they walk you through the process step by step and it led us to produce a fantastic book. We choose PublishMe ahead of three other publishers because once we talked to them, we knew they’d help us get what we wanted.”

– Jocelyn Watkins and Kim Gabites, authors of Keeping The Faith

Phone Number

+64 6 753 0021

Postal Address

Business Writing Services Ltd
47, Davies Road
New Plymouth 4310
New Zealand


Business Writing Services Ltd
47, Davies Road
New Plymouth
New Zealand