Emirati author Omar Al Busaidy is not an official expert in psychology or human behaviour, but he claims he went to the “University of Life and double majored in life lessons and experience” before writing his motivational self-development book ‘Just Read It’.
Two years down the line (and 13 years of experience in the UAE’s corporate environment) Al Busaidy’s is the founder of his own successful business W Gent’s salon, and a frequent motivational and entrepreneurial speaker at schools across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He gives his top tips on what to look out for before and while writing your book. These are the points he credits his success to:
Books are a source of both research and inspiration for aspiring writers, according to Al Busaidy, to help them identify their preferred tone of text and style.
Discuss the topic:
The author recommends discussing the book topic and content with friends or at focus groups to help recognise the subjects that are most in demand and of interest to readers. “Some authors don’t focus on the right issues at hand and don’t address them in the way people want to receive that information,” he says.
Understand your character, storyline and message:
It is important that writers are in tune with their content and fully understand the topic of their book, Al Busaidy says. “Many aspiring writers do not follow through with their story as they lose interest in the character or story. You must learn to love your story, your lead role and understand what the message of your book is whether it is a moral story or an informative story,” he explains.
Find the right publisher and distributor:
Al Busaidy admits he failed to conduct enough research on editors, publishers and distributors before releasing his book, ‘Just Read It’. “… It would have saved me a lot of resources including time and money,” he says, advising would-be writers to take their time to choose the right publisher. “They will be your biggest cheerleader and supporter throughout the journey of your book,” he says.
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