If you have always dreamed of being a writer, you can live your dreams by writing your own book and then self-publishing. Self-publishing is the way that many writers today are choosing to get their book out to the public. Self-publishing today is not the same as it was years ago when you had to spend thousands of dollars to publish your book. You can self-publish a book for as little as $500 when you choose a good self-publishing service online.
The first thing that you need to do is to know your genre. The one rule of writing is that you should write about what you know. Take a look at your interests and the type of books that you read before you decide on your genre. Your book should never be just about making money - it should be about something for which you have a passion. There are many different genres available in both fiction and nonfiction. Before you start your book, have a plan of what it will be about and the genre it will fill. You need to have a specific genre when you are writing a book so that you will be able to market it properly. Some books will cross genre lines - such as paranormal and romance. Some books will fit neatly into a specific genre. It should be clear what the book is about so that people will be interested enough to buy the book.
If you are writing a nonfiction book, there are also genres. You need to make your book stand out among the rest in a way that will set it apart from other books of the same genre. If you are writing an Italian cookbook, for example, how do you make it stand out from the other Italian cookbooks that are on the market already? Once you find your genre and know what you are writing about, you should start to think of marketing your book.