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So you want to start writing a book?

Or you’ve already started writing one!

First of all – congratulations! So many people have a dream of writing a book, yet they never actually act on it. It becomes such a running joke that Family Guy made what was arguably one of their most well-known skits on the subject.

Stewie: How you uh, how you comin’ on that novel you’re working on? Huh? Gotta a big, uh, big stack of papers there?

The fact that you’ve come to this website means you’re not one of those people – or you won’t be for much longer!

My name is Jonathan and I started Writing a Book Café because once upon a time, I was one of these people. For years I had an epic fantasy novel idea crammed into the back of my mind. I jotted down ideas, character names, locations, plots, subplots and told nearly all of my friends about how I was going to write it, yet as years passed, I wasn’t getting anywhere. My saga, Elementalists, was both a literal and figurative fantasy.

Finally, one day, I said to myself, “That’s it! Enough is enough.” It was time to put pen to paper (or fingers to a keyboard) and start writing. Half a year later, my first draft was complete. Little did I realize – THAT was when the work would truly begin. For the next two and a half years, I edited. Once I was finally satisfied, it was time to start working on my query letter and pitching to literary agents. A year later I learned that my book was too long and no one would even look at it – gaa!

As a first time writer, I made A TON of mistakes along the way. I also found countless resources to help put me on the right track. I’ve built this website and written tons of helpful articles on the subject, passing along everything I’ve learned. That includes the good, the bad and the ugly.

Now, you can get all of your information for writing a book in the same place. Spend more time writing, and less time worrying.

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Why take my advice?

Do you want to simply spend time writing a book or would you rather write a great book that also sells well?
If you’re like most, then you’d rather pick the second option. I don’t blame you. Who wants to write a book only to see it flop? Writing is work of passion and the day’s of being a starving artist are long gone. You have the opportunity to put marketing your book into your own hands and think of your writing as a business, not just a hobby.
This is where I can help you. I’m not just a writer, but also a marketer who has learned from experts such as Carol Tice, Jon Morrow, Pat Flynn, Andy Jenkins, Chuck Sambuchino and Paul Tobey. I want to pass on the information and skills I’ve learned to you so you can treat your writing as a business instead of just a hobby.
Although this site is divided into five sections (planning, writing, editing, publishing and marketing), the emphasis is on the latter two. 
Let’s venture forward, towards all of our success.
Jonathan Holowka
Jonathan Holowka
Jonathan HolowkaAuthor & Marketer
Toronto based author of ELEMENTALISTS: THE FIRES OF CANICUS. Founder of Writing a Book Café
“You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.” F. Scott Fitzgerald