“I’m an author!”
I will never forget the day How To Turn Your Passion Into Profits was published I was finally able to say it.
That one magic word “author” brought me a great deal of pride and better yet it was an instant authority builder that let me skyrocket my consulting fees to $9,000 a day!!!
And I know it will bring you the same feeling.
Because I know I’m not alone when it comes to how badly I wanted to attain that goal. According to a survey by the Jenkins Group, 4 out of 5 American Adults want to write a book.
Plus, because you understand the power that the magic word “author” holds, you know that writing a book would…
- Quickly position you as an expert.
- Help you command more respect and authority in your field.
- Serve as another way to attract pre-qualified clients.
- Open doors for you to work with interesting people on better and more lucrative projects.
On Tuesday, Dan Kennedy dispelled two of the myths that stop people from adding that one magic word to their title. (If you missed that article, read “The Surprising Answer To “How Long Should It Take To Write A Book?” here.)
Today, I’ll share six more tips to help you push past what stops you from scratching “become a published author” off your bucket list.
1) Make it doable. Your book doesn’t have to be 200 pages. You could write a 50 page book and showcase your expertise about your business or niche. That means you could write just 475 words a day (about the length of an email) for 30 days and you’d have completed your book.
2) Put your “best-selling author dream” aside. It’s a dream many have…to be a best-selling author and be offered a big advance by a publishing company. The fact is only about 2% of all books are picked up by a traditional publisher. (The good news is that there are much easier and much more profitable ways to get published than relying on traditional publishers.)
The idea of creating a great work of art could actually be stopping you from getting started—because you think your idea isn’t grand enough or you are too critical of what you write. By putting that dream aside, and instead focusing on the fact that your book will help your ideal prospect see you as a respected authority, you’ll be more likely to take action and write that book.
3) Don’t edit. Just write. Don’t obsess about mistakes and quality, just write, write, write. Many people self-edit as they go, causing them to lose momentum. Let your ideas flow freely and worry about fine tuning your words later.
4) Talk instead of write. If you find it too difficult to stop from self-editing or you just have a hard time writing, try “talking your book” into a recording device. Then you can either transcribe your recording or pay a nominal fee to have someone else transcribe it.
5) Create an outline before you start. You’ll find it much easier and faster if you brainstorm and lay out a working title, working chapter titles and what each chapter will cover before you start. Then stick to your outline.
6) Don’t think of it as writing a book. Think of it as writing 16 articles or 12 chapters. In other words, break what you’re writing down into smaller chunks. Thinking in terms of writing shorter items will make your task seem more doable. Plus you’ll get a sense of accomplishment with each section you write.
Writing a book won’t happen without a plan, but if you follow these tips and set a time limit to complete your book, you can do it.
And just think how great you’ll feel when you’re finally able to say…
“I’m an author.”
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