You want to make a difference in people’s live, you are researching a topic and becoming an expert. You want to give your audience answers for their questions on your topic. Or, you want to attract new clients, and brand yourself or business.
You resist! You have doubts. It takes too long. You are too busy. These are reasons, but they aren’t real; they are myths. You can write a profitable book – even several books – fast!
Replace These Six Myths With Options
Myth 1. Takes too much time.
It does take time. But you can shorten that time by focusing on one topic or one book at a time. Ask questions your readers want answered. Then answer them. This part is your chapter middle. When you strategize, you stay on track, and you can write chapters fast that your audience will love.
When you keep your book length under 100 pages, you can write it in less than a month. That’s why you need to do some market-driven pre-planning before you write your book. Why overwrite for a general audience who won’t feel special?
Know your audience before you write rather than look for one after it’s done. Fulfill your book audience needs. Avoid the general or broad audience. Slant your book toward one primary audience. They are looking for your book to answer their challenges or get particular information.
Myth 2. Takes talent and writing ability.
Actually, the less school writing advice you take, the better. Oh, those lame theses for advanced degrees! I just hope no one will find mine! The pedantic doesn’t cut it in books written to be commercially successful. Lecturing and telling is out; showing and dialogue is in. Organic writing is best. In your own voice answer your audience’s concerns and problems. These tips all point to finding your unique voice.
If you can talk you can write. Readers want books written by a wise and savvy friend who will guide them gracefully to solutions for their challenges. They want conversational, natural writing more than perfect syntax. Remember to include dialogue in your case studies and stories that illustrate your points.
Make your sentences and paragraphs short, and be sure to use headings throughout your non-fiction book chapters to keep your readers happy and secure. If you hand hold a little, you’ll readers will so appreciate you.
Myth 3. You must do it alone.
Just the opposite! In my early beginnings I felt I was only a trainer, a teacher, a coach. Not a writer! How would I advance my how to skills into books my primary audience would buy? Just as I thought that, I also heard this great mantra, “When The Student is Ready, The Teacher Will Appear!”
Since I needed to up-level my writing and book business skills, I studied with some of the great gurus like Dan Poynter. In a San Diego writing and publishing organization I volunteered to contact and book speakers like Dan and John Kremer. This positioning led to many future associations that benefited me. Dan and I developed a nice friendship. Later, he and I gave a teleseminar on promotion for introverts and reluctant marketers.
You’ll want be sure to give to your influential contacts first, such as writing tips for their news letters or articles for their blogs. What comes back to you is their endorsements as a savvy author in your field.
You can also join a feedback group of writers in your town. Leading one for 10 years helped me write several new books. Without feedback, your book may die an early death. You can also join many influential entrepreneurs on LinkedIn in the different book writing, publishing, and marketing groups. They are free and you can interact with the professionals as well as ask questions to discuss with all the members. Over Facebook, LinkedIn groups are the most interactive and really help their members.
You’ve heard of “see a need and fill it,” haven’t you? –Build your book on where your audience is now–their wants, their challenges, their needs. Ask them questions to help you write chapters they will love!
Finally, read books, take seminars, join free book writing and marketing groups at LinkedIn and Facebook. I sponsor two of them and one has grown to over 4000 people who want advice, tips, and friendship. Join websites for your book who give free articles delivered by email. This opt-in choice short cuts your learning curve to finishing a great book.
Myth 4. Takes an agent and traditional publisher.
Do you dream of your being onstage and interviewed by a famous talk show host? Do you dream that your publisher made your famous? Do you plan to put your book on the book store shelves?
Time for a Reality Check! Traditional publishers don’t help the emerging author much. They turn down 99% of you. If you do get their blessing, they will not spend much time and money on your marketing, because they spend it on tried and true deals with movie stars and big names. The bookstores will not put your cover showing, because they have deals with the publishers for the popular authors. No one goes into a book store looking for your book. Your audience is online!
When you realize publishing takes two years or more, become an independent publisher. For cash flow and profits, DIAL DIRECT. Go directly to your audience–get a web site, and market your book with social media, content marketing such as short ebooks, ezines, articles and blogs that show your audience what you can do for them and bring them to your site where you sell yourself and services.
Once your audience gets to know you, like you, and trust you, they will help build your profits. Start your self-publishing adventure with step one– Write a short eBook to publish in Kindle and Portable Document Format (PDF). Test your ebook’s success at a very low cost, and if it is, go on to step two– write the print version. Yes, repurpose. Add more profitable content in seminars, eCourses, and speaking if you like. These lead to lifelong business success!
Myth 5. Takes creativity.
Writing a book takes passion and persistence more than creativity. Creative writing is great, but only a part of what you do for a successful book. Check out books that help emerging authors to put a chapter together with a blueprint and structure. Find out the business side of your book before you write it. Be strategic and know ahead these pre-marketing strategies: best audience, top benefits to this audience, fabulous title with key words that your audience can Google to find easily, “tell and sell” sound bites for your in person appearances, and getting top recommendations from your audience–to name a few.
Keep it simple! Self publishing pro Dan Poynter told me over 13 years ago that information can be repackaged for any particular target audience. It doesn’t take creativity, it just takes some editing, rewriting, adding a few stories, new ideas, and resources. Then, you put it together in an organized, short and simple format to please your audience who wants short, easy to read information. Remember that you too want to get information easily and fast. We don’t want to spend too much time reading unless it’s a novel.
Myth 6. The book won’t sell.
The biggest problem writers have is that they believe their book isn’t good enough to sell! That’s FEAR== FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL. Choose this belief and your book will fail. Instead, you can join professional book groups at LinkedIn or Facebook. You’ll learn tips from pros and others. The synergy really multiplies your chances for success.
What I learned from Julia Camerons’ “The Artist’s Way” is that taking action usually solves the fear. So just keep writing, ask questions of coaches and book group leaders, and put your work out. We all make mistakes. They don’t kill us; they show we took action; they make us stronger.
If your book shares new, unique, and useful information, it has enough significance to sell well.
Action Steps to Make your Book Sell Well
Action1. Write an audience profile before you write your book, so your book has an angle, and will stand out from the crowd.
Action 2. Write a “Dear audience…” letter saying why you wrote this book and what benefits your primary audience will get from it.
This info can go into the book introduction, and finally helps you write your book’s sales letter to go on your website and email promotions where most of your sales will come from. This “pre-marketing” strategy saves you a lot of time.
Ray Bradbury, author of “Fahrenheit 451” wrote it in just nine and a half days. He advises us to write short articles or stories. They can become a longer book. He says if you write a page a day, you’ll produce three books a year. I can add to that. When he lived, there wasn’t article marketing, social media, and blogging. Now you can write informational blogs and turn them into a short free book.
Think of the benefits in writing a book! Your book helps your readers, yes. It can bring you fame and fortune. People look to you for your savvy knowledge. Being an author gives status too, often like a movie star’s. Even if you don’t become famous, you’ll love the monthly profits you make from book and related sales. Even if you don’t like to market you can do it online easily in your home based office by writing short articles like this one.
What keeps you from finishing your book project? Please share it here with others and win support for your book. What else do you worry about that relates to your book? Inquiring minds want to nose! So leave your comments, or I’ll cry.Buy Now!
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