RESEARCH, RESEARCH, AND THEN RESEARCH AGAINby Sherrie Clark
Writing a book can be a very exciting journey, but where it ends up is going to depend a lot on effort, and within that effort is you rolling up your sleeves and performing research.
Actually, research isn’t the monster it’s reputed to be. It can be a fun adventure, and oh my, the stuff you’ll learn along the way. Your research will be a huge component in earning you a reputation of being an expert in your subject matter. If your topic is about salmon fishing in Alaska, you need to have your facts accurate about the state, the terrain, the climate, the tools needed, details about salmon, and other parts within your story or message.
On the other hand, including incorrect facts will cause both you and your book to lose credibility. Readers can tell the difference between a book with information that’s been heavily researched and those books with information that may not seem plausible, at best. It’s your responsibility as an author to know your subject matter and do your homework because readers are investing both money in buying your book and time in reading it. If they suspect you just wrote your book without checking and double checking your facts, they may feel like they’ve been sucker punched and put down your book and walk away, maybe for good.
It’s competitive enough out there in the book world, so put your best foot forward. Give your book all of the advantages and credibility as possible. Do your research. The time you invest in learning everything you need to learn about your topic will be conveyed throughout your writing. Readers will be pleased, and very importantly, you’ll possess a world of comfort knowing your book reflects a job well-done.