Pages To Prosperity

By Atiyeh Taghiei.

The inspiration has struck many after putting down a well-written novel, eyes filled with the dreamy look that can only be conjured after experiencing the realms between the pages. How could the reader herself find the means to divulge the worlds in her mind into ink and onto paper?

Take the writing process one step at a time and view your book as a care package you are sending out into the world. The most important step is often the most forgotten one: write, and write freely.

For some, inspiration comes in the form of awe towards the fame of their favorite authors and the promise of a worldwide impact supplemented by wealth.

The way those two hundred or so pages the author had written thrust them into a foreign world of wealth and celebrity status. If they could do it, how hard could it be? Writing and publishing a novel couldn’t be too difficult, right? Walk into any bookstore, library, (or as of more recently, log on to a virtual one) for the first time, and you’d be in awe at the rows and rows of colorful spines onto which new titles spring about seemingly overnight.

Something as simple as the physical book can shape the growth of the next generation. A Google search on “books that changed the world” conjures thousands of results. In fact, there have even been books written about books that have changed the world! But what makes for a good book anyway? Is it the amount of money it makes that counts? The amount of people who read it? Or in the types of people whose lives are impacted by it? The question is up for debate, but it is impossible to deny the monetary success of certain authors who seem to have hit the literary jackpot.

Hitting certain key points during the early stages of your writing process is the way to get publishers to distinguish the next Harry Potter from thousands of manuscripts. Your competition, market, and promotion all play vital roles in the publishing of a novel, but it’s the heart of the book that appeals to readers, not the amount of money you initially hoped to make off of your novels. Writing with an intent to inspire, entertain, and revolutionize the soul has far greater value than that with an intent to milk as much money as possible from readers. Recognizing that the true value of a novel lies within its capability to create an impact that readers can connect with is what makes a novel worthwhile.

Seth Godin, an American author and entrepreneur, once said, “If you want to change people, you must create enough leverage to encourage the change to happen.” He explained this as his reasoning for why celebrities, who already have too much money on their hands than they can begin to deal with, turn into authors. With more recent advances in technology, it has become increasingly easier to find other methods of getting ideas out there as opposed to the traditional book, but there are certain qualities and essences physical books contain that can not be reproduced digitally.

Publish your thoughts with the aim of turning gears in the minds of others and sparking change to watch a type of wealth more valuable than cash blossom in your life.

Atiyeh is a contributor to the Bookselves Blog.

Originally published at on August 6, 2015.

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