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5 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Book

Updated on May 5, 2018
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Elaine Flowers is the co-author of "So... How Was Your Date? Dating Chronicles Of Single Men and Women" and the author of five other titles.

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.

#5

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.

#4

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.

#3

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.

#2

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.

#1

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.

Publishing On Amazon, CreateSpace & More

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      Elaine Flowers 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      TxksShawn, you are so welcome! I hope you're encouraged to make the first step on your journey of becoming published.

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      TxksShawn 2 years ago

      Elaine thank you for sharing this article with me. I liked the idea that I have a book inside of me that someone wants to hear.

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      Ronald E Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I think for many of us the barrier to getting that book written is... then what? With thousands of other books coming out every day, how am I going to get anyone to read mine? Of course the entire human race would be uplifted by my sparkling prose and inspirational thoughts, but if I'm unable or unwilling to do the dirty work (that's what it seems like to me) of publicizing it, cui bono?

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      Elaine Flowers 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Congratulations Jodah and Kathleen on completing your books! And I'm happy you've been inspired, fpherj48. Keep us posted on your progress and we will gladly encourage you to get it done.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      ELAINE....I'm sorry. I mistakenly commented to Kathleen. Of course I meant to address you!!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Kathleen....You must have put your "Angel" costume on. THIS is precisely what I need......what I have needed for decades! I sincerely appreciate this and THANK YOU! Peace, Paula

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I sat on story ideas for decades. Five years ago I got serious about finally writing them through to the end. I've just started my sixth book. I self-publish with the help of CreateSpace.com, and today I'm out there on Amazon with all the others. Let the market decide!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a very well written and easy to understand hub, Elaine. Having recently self-published my first eBook of poetry I can relate to everything you have written here. I'd like to publish further books of poetry and short stories. It isn't an easy road but once you have taken the first step and published one it becomes easier.

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