Today, I’m a published author – of both fiction and non-fiction material. I love what I do, and I am building an empire with this, reaping the benefits through and through. I’ve had perfect timing with this, but yo, if I knew then what I knew now, I would have been firing off books years ago. Real talk.
With the advent of self-publishing thanks to industry revolutionaries like Amazon Kindle, book writing has become more powerful than ever. While the entry process is simple – write and publish – there are still barriers to entry. But as long as you’re focused on getting your story out there, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to get your work published.
Have You Written Your Book Yet?
Before we even get to the art of publishing, let’s talk about actually writing your book. Your book can be done in single step: Write it. Easy, right? Not so much.
Writer’s block, time management, stress – even fear – can keep you from getting your message out there. If you’re plagued with challenges and hurdles that keep you from getting your book done, here’s three blockbusters to make it happen.
1. Know Your Why
Why are you writing your book? What’s the story burning inside of you that needs to be told? When you know your why, getting that book done becomes effortless.
So what’s the reason – the motivation for the book?
Are you writing a story based upon the events of your life, so you can speak your piece and be done? Will your story creatively open the hearts and minds of people who have been through something traumatic, allowing them to feel validated, and giving them the permission they need to finally heal? Are you teaching a new process or methodology for doing or accomplishing something?
Whatever your goal is, make sure it’s clear, passionate and worthy of writing. Otherwise you’ll lose steam and destroy any momentum.
2. Plan Your Strategy
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your book won’t be completed in one either. Unless you’re quick and nifty with the pen or keyboard, you’ll need to strategize your writing approach.
I’m not the most detailed of planners. I like to simply write a rough synopsis of what I want to happen, a few key events and details and get to writing. I tackle every chapter of my book, one at a time. If I’m writing nonfiction, then I treat each chapter like a specific article that answers a specific question or provides particular information. If I’m writing fiction, I tend to go for all the crazy and action-packed scenes – especially the sexy ones and the cliff-hangers – so I can easily fill in the blanks with the less than entertaining, yet still important, material.
There are plenty of great resources for writing your book. And a million strategies. Do your research, and see what works for you. Research the Skeleton method, the outline method – or my own Book Writing Made Simple Outine.
3. Outsource Whatever You Need
You might have the entire story in your head, but you don’t have the time to write it. You might not be the best writer, but you tell an amazing story – at the party, you’re the center of attention giving the most exquisite play-by-play. Or you can knock out the story, but you’re not going to self-edit, and you can’t design a cover to save your life.
Whatever the case, you can outsource your book development. Seriously. One of the slyest techniques I’ve seen is to have the general idea of what your book is about, or the premise of your story, and then having a ghostwriter or content specialist piece it together for you. Of course, you’ll pay for these services, but the stress of typing – or getting writer’s block because you’re frozen at the keyboard is eliminated.
In addition, you can order deliciously designed covers from places like Go On Write – which is my favorite source for premade book covers and book marketing designs. The prices are very affordable, and if you like the work, you can also commission a custom order of your own. The same goes with editing, book formatting and book design.
At the end of the day, this is your project, and as long as your book is original, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little help. Even James Patterson – one of the most prolific authors of our time – uses ghostwriting. Don’t be afraid to ask for it – and pay for it. It’s all an investment in you and your dream.