Do you have experiences to share? Are your experiences those that could benefit friends, family and clients? Have you ever thought that if you authored a book you could set yourself apart from the competition?
If you want to add “author” to your list of accomplishments, you don’t have to go it alone. There are myriad sources for assistance with writing a book and they range from book coaches to online courses to in person classes. Regardless of the way in which you add “author” to your business biography, here are some Writing 101 tips.
- Know WHY you want to write a book. Is it because you want fame and fortune? Do you want to garner speaking engagements? Do you want it so you can say, “I am an author?” Regardless of the reason, knowing your “why” will keep you moving forward.
- Understand HOW to write a book. Because I am a writer and words are continually flowing out of me, I don’t always understand those who struggle to put words to paper, but I know it is not natural for everyone. Just as I cannot work on a car (or even pump gas into one!) or repair a house or knit a sweater, I know that YOUR area of expertise is what makes you an ideal candidate to be an author, even if writing isn’t your core competency. Hint — I help non-writers write their books!
- Carve out time to write your book. If you want to be an author, you need to commit time and energy to making it happen.
- Write an outline. While I am a “pantser” when I write my novels (other than my cozy mysteries) I am a “plotter” when it comes to non-fiction. I plan the title. I plan what the chapters will be. I plan and plot the reason I am writing the book and what the reader will learn when he or she is done reading it.
- Have a marketing plan before you write the book. It may seem to make sense that you won’t market your book until it’s written and published, but you’d be mistaken. You need to start marketing your book and building your audience well before the book is done. You need to have people who are excited about it and who will purchase it. Your blog and social media will help you build your tribe, but the building begins when you write the words, “Chapter One.”
What’s stopping you from writing your book? Fear? Not certain how to niche down the topic? Does it seem too overwhelming? You’re not a writer? Take some time and ponder why you want to be an author and let’s make it happen!
Let me know what’s stopping you.