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5 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Book
Many people talk about writing a book but few actually do. And even fewer than that publish their book after they've written it.
One simple reason why people fail to reach the finish line is that they have no idea how to get started or how to complete the process once they do get started.
Some of the more complicated reasons are:
- They lack the discipline to put their thoughts on paper.
- Doubt their ability to write effectively.
- Fear of being judged by what they write or the subject matter.
- Unsure of where to locate resources.
- Fear of there already being a similar book out there.
- Work, family, and life get in the way.
- Lack of support or other writers around to keep them encouraged.
- They are procrastinators in general.
I certainly do not suggest that producing a book, or any other published work, is a simple process because there is nothing easy about it. But anything worthwhile seldom is. I believe there are some who truly have a message to share and all they need is the encouragement and a few clues on where to find necessary resources.
So, allow me to encourage you to get started (or finish what you’ve started) on your goal of becoming a published author. Here are five things to strongly consider.
There is someone waiting for your story, knowledge, advice or inspiration. Even if there is a similar book out there to the one that’s in your heart, it doesn’t mean that your audience will be the same audience that other author reached. Also, your specific delivery of the information or story will impact in a way that no other book, blog or person can.
If the expense of producing a book has you hesitant to get it done, know that there is more than one way to skin a cat. There are now ways to independently publish a book with minimal expense, and if you choose to go the traditional route to becoming published, the upfront cost can be little to none.
Having a book inside of you can be uncomfortable at best and anguishing at worst. Don’t just take my word for it, many writers can attest to the therapeutic effects of getting a book on paper. Not only can it be therapeutic to write your book, but also freeing for your soul.
Although I don’t think this should be the most important reason for writing a book, if it is done right and done well, having a book can be lucrative. There are several ways to make money from a book such as, having a series or a body of work that helps solidify you as an author. If you already have a following (e.g., clients), you can use a book as a marketing tool to increase or supplement your income. Do you teach? Are you a speaker with regular engagements or would like to increase your engagements? A book is a perfect tool to promote your subject matter and a great way to enhance income. Also, for years to come, you can receive payment (royalties) on sales.
We are living at a time when the resources to publish are plentiful. Not only are there an endless supply of great books out there to answer any questions you may have, you can Google answers from the simplest to the most complicated to find what you need. These books can walk you through, step-by-step, from the conception to the finished product. Not only can you find information on how to choose an editor, book printer (e-book/audiobook converters), graphic artists for cover designs and marketing tips, there are also coaches to first help you get started and ultimately, help you unto completion.
Now that you’re eager to get started on your book, below are a few of my personal recommendations for the necessary steps to help you realize your goal. This list does not even scratch the surface of the information out there, so be sure to do your own research as well.