Alzheimer is a disease that has affected the lives of so many people. This has led to wonderful, and terrible, changes in lifestyles and relationships. Whether you want to tell anecdotes, give tips on managing Alzheimers, or just want to share how it has changed you or a loved one's life, publishing a book is a worthwhile option.
Things You Will NeedAnecdotes, research, something to write with and on, a publisher, and a marketing strategy.
Step 1An Alzheimer book can consist of:
- Information about the disease including its history, how it progresses, how to manage it, and how to prevent it
- Anecdotes about funny and terribly sad events because of Alzheimer's
- Family advice on how to make a family member with Alzheimer's still a part of common family life.
- Safety tips for dealing with an Alzheimer's family member
- A recollection about a family member who did a great deal only to fall subject to Alzheimer's
- A collection of stories from various Alzheimer's victims about memories, stories, goals, life changes, etc...
- Any mixture of the above!
Step 2Be prepared to do research. Depending on your book's theme, you may need: consultations with doctors, interviews with Alzheimer's patients, contact with participating nurses at facilities, and of course old fashioned book research.
No matter what always get permission to print and do not forget to cite your source in a section of your book. Have all this information ready for the next step.
Step 3The hardest part is actually writing a book. Whether you prefer the old fashioned pen-and-paper method or you would rather stick to a computer, the choice is yours.
First you need to create some sort of outline. It doesn't have to be extremely detailed, as some people work better with just a faint idea, but you should have something in mind. Think about how your research will mix with your own writing.
Step 4Find a publisher. A publisher will be able to tell you what page formats they allow, which marketing options they do or not not provide, and how to get an ISBN. Online writers may find success with Lulu or Createspace.
Step 5With your publisher chosen, pick a page format. Online publishers like Lulu may even provide templates that will have pre-chosen headings and page numbers. Keep in mind that standard pages, and opting for an ISBN, will often make marketing easier.
You now have to make your drafted book match up to the new format. Additionally you should embellish with fancy titles, nice pictures, occasional text decorations such as bold and italics. Revise your book to catch grammatical and spelling mistakes. Make sure your reference page exist. You may also want to make sure to have an "About" page, a Table of Contents, and a "dedication" page - though none of them are required.
Step 6Publishers may help you market, though often at a price. Many of these marketing plans benefit most from using standard page sizes and having an ISBN.
Marketing your book may mean:
- Giving a copy away to a book reviewer
- Finding local bookstores that will let you do book signings
- Making web pages about your book
- Putting your book on various online selling platforms
- Giving out discounts for a limited time
- Get your book distributed in bookstores and, depending on the focus of your book, even academic bookstores.
- Joining book fairs
Step 7Now you need to pick a price. You will need to consider the cost of getting your book published, marketed, and of course the time you spent writing it. You may want to look at similar books for an idea of a good price point.
With your book now ready comes the difficult part. Getting your online store ready, whether your publisher provides one or not, is crucial. Get your marketing strategy out and be ready for a lot of work with hopefully a lot of rewards to reap.