So You Want to Write a Book? But, Can You Read?

qtq80-nQNw2wSo You Want to Write a Book is the title of my online self-publishing workshop and the soon to be released book. I am on a mission to help anyone and everyone interested in writing a book achieve that goal. But, after last night’s election, I think I am going to add another piece to my mission. What’s that? Getting people to read. No matter how many books we self-publish or are traditionally publish, if we as a country are not reading them, we are not growing, we are languishing. According to a studies published in 2015 and 2016 by the Pew Research Center, 27% of American adults do not read books. That is a strong indicator that over 1 out of 4 adults in the United States are dependent on sound bites from television, unsubstantiated tidbits on social media, television shows, and movies as a mean to help formulate an opinion. As human nature would have it, many may gravitate toward one trusted source which may be biased and one-sided in its delivery of news and information to help formulate opinions.

I am not sure how we change the world as it is, other than to try to raise our own standards higher hoping to bring others with us. However, we must make sure that our children and anyone who is interested, learn to read a variety of works to promote compassion, promote tolerance, and promote love. One of the benefits of reading is the creation of a society that is inclusive and growth-oriented. So whether you are a child or an adult, pick up a book. Learn something new. Don’t be afraid.

Reading is Fundamental. There’s no use being an author or a writer if no one reads. Promote Reading! The Reading is Fundamental program issued a study in 2015 that states over 93 million adults – nearly half of the adult population – read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to society. This lack of literacy contributes to poverty and injustices. As a society who has always led the way, we will never reach our potential if our masses cannot read. So fellow authors, please, don’t just write, teach someone to read.

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

Short Shorts

thehuntedjamespattersonNovellas and short stories aren’t new, neither are serialized shorts published in the eBook formats. But, the dime store novel, the little print copy, is being resurrected by the trendsetting bestselling writer, James Patterson. He has released a new line of books called Bookshots under Hatchette Book Group’s imprint Little, Brown.

What’s exciting about this endeavor? Patterson wants to recapture the audience of American adults who have abandoned reading books. A 2015 Pew Research Study reported that the number of American adults who do not read books is a whopping 27%. That’s over one out of four of us that depends on visual media for entertainment, news, education, and opinion development.

Why is that an issue? It’s because reading books improve our lives in a variety of ways including stress reduction, knowledge attainment, memory improvement, improved focus, and many, many other benefits. Books are also known to help you develop compassion for others. Reading opens our lives and our imaginations to that which is outside of our immediate reach and embeds those images and feelings into our minds. We need that more than a visual clip.

What is a Bookshot? It is a small story about 150 pages long or less. These stories are so action-packed that James Patterson describes them as movies in a book. He expects most of them will take you a couple of hours to read. The objective is that you get the story and the resolution in one sitting without all the extra stuff. Of course, his line is suspense, but he has also released a line called Bookshot Flames that consist of romance story lines.

Keep in mind, this concept isn’t new. However, this concept may now interest more bookstores, convenience stores, and retail stores when it comes to stocking the little book on their shelves. Hey keep writing. Maybe your little book can be the next big thing!

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

aka "simplydilsa"