Writing A College Term Paper

The biggest nightmare in any student’s academics is the task of that assignment, term paper, thesis or project for which he or she has got no clue where to get started from. Here are a few tips and techniques that can cure up this plight if taken and followed seriously.

The biggest question mark after getting the research question is, “So! What am I supposed to do now?” Everything from books to the internet is available, but you can’t get yourself started. Why? Because, you don’t know how to start. What to take and what to leave?

Remember! Before initiating any written project it is necessary to decide the “angle of attack”. It means the perspective that you are going to follow while tackling your assignment. Once decided, evaluate its relevancy related to your thesis statement or research question. Satisfied with that, consider half work done.

The next step involves collection of information related to the assignment. With this, the next thing that comes to mind is “search engine” and “library books”. But few people come with real related material. Mostly what we come up with is unnecessary junk that is just to be deleted later. To avoid waste of time instead just follow the bottom line:


But then it strikes that you will be left with only a little material by the end. Well this is not true. Because as you build up a specific standpoint and organize yourself to work on that, the fine points and details start pouring themselves.

Enhance your thinking potential by using logical principals, but once you are on your way then make yourself free. That is think and generate with passion because when you are building up a format then working with logical thinking hampers the productivity hence results are not achieved to their fullest .Don’t set up goals, just give a free flow and let your imagination take the toll.

But once you are done with the thinking process and have settled on a vague outline then you should come to the systematic logical thinking. For assembling your project effectively:

Start with an exact definition and brief description

Build the frame of your assignment on the content available with you

Be innovative and put down your approach in the text

Be like an educator and explore different aspects

Be bold to decide what you want to put and cut

Never bother yourself with the start, middle and end structure. Organization and editing is the last step. Be sure to store every idea and thought to arrange it in your work later.

During your job, you will be struck with your own convention. Mostly people discard it and continue with what they have with them beforehand. That’s the biggest mistake one makes. Remember! Your teacher wants the answer from you. So whatever you come up with is highly appreciated as long as you have got enough logic and rational background to support it. So, be yourself.

Should I Self Publish Or Pitch My Book To A Publisher

You’ve spent many nights working on your book. You’ve rewritten it, edited it, and you used a professional proofreader to proof it. Your book is done – finally — and you’re ready to send your precious manuscript off to a publisher, thinking that writing it was the hardest part.

In reality, getting your blood, sweat and tears published may be the hardest part of the whole process. You’ll need to decide if your book requires a publisher, or if you’d rather self-publish your book. Both venues have pros and cons, some of which I discuss below.

To work with a book publisher, you’ll need to send out query letters and/or a book proposal. This is a letter or a few pages briefly describing your text, why your book is unique, characteristics of your target market, and how you can help market your book. Most publishers don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts, so you’ll need to convince them to read yours, or find a literary agent to represent you. If a book publisher requests that you forward your entire manuscript, you have one foot in the door. Be prepared to send more than one query and don’t expect a response next week. An excellent software program to help format your manuscript and create a book proposal is called Wizards For Word at http://www.wizardsforword.com

Publishers look for three things: platform, hook, and execution. This means a writer should have a built-in audience (ideally, a national platform such as a radio or TV show or a column in a major publication), an interesting hook, and strong writing skills.

The problem if you’re an unagented author is that most publishers won’t take your call or read your proposal. Then even if they do, you’ll have a tough time creating a bidding war or running an auction to get the best offer, and you also won’t have leverage negotiating the important deal points, such as ancillary rights and royalties.

There are writer’s guides that serve as excellent resources to find publishers and literary agents who specialize in your particular genre. These guides list the percentage of new authors published as well as the percentage of sales they pay. You may find pay rates ranging from 5-10% of sales. Some pay on wholesale sales and others on the retail amount. Do the math. Perhaps your book will retail for $14.95 and the publisher will pay 6% on retail. This means you will earn 90 cents per book sold. Of course don’t forget that the publisher is doing all the printing, distributing, and marketing of your text.

Another route you may want to consider is self-publishing. Self-publishing requires you to print, distribute and market your book using your money, but you will also retain all profits. There are book printing companies as well as companies that specialize in assisting self-publishers through every step along the way.

Many authors debate which method is better, using a publishing company or self publishing your own book. You know your situation and you know what will work best for you. You’ll want to consider how much time or money you have to invest in the project. That should give you an idea which route to take. Using a publisher takes less time on your part, but you’ll forfeit some of the royalties by using this method. If you self publish, you’ll have to pay “up front costs” and do the initial legwork to begin generating sales for your book. Either way, publishing is your call. With persistence and hard work you can get your book in the marketplace.