Are you sitting at home wondering if baking in a pretend kitchen with your daughter is the best use of those creative juices you have flowing? Quit dreaming and start doing. All you need to write your own book is a creative flair and the right advice from a few seasoned professionals. Lucky for you we can provide the latter!
Rachel Smith | Cycling Rachel Smith
Remind yourself you are a writer
"No one tells you just how much value you have to share. With social media and instant gratification it’s easy to compare ourselves with others and to think “I’m not good enough”. When you write your first book you realise just how much valuable information and knowledge you have to share. 60,000 words seems an epic amount to write, but it's not. There’s a book in all of us and we all have something incredible to share”
Maggie Georgopoulos | MAGS Inspires
Secluded writer’s cabins aren’t a necessity
“Just how easy it can really be. I am not saying that we are all natural writers or that you won’t have edits (some people have more than others). I am saying that you don’t need to take yourself off to some hideaway and switch off from the world to get your book written. You can pull it together by setting aside as little as five minutes a day and focusing on just writing. If you make sure you carve out this little piece of time on a regular basis and just write you will find that it happens easier and quicker than you ever imagined.”
MyDeal Pro Tip:
Start with a seed of the ordinary
A story can come from anything. Everyday you are surrounded by characters (from co-workers to family) and telling stories about menial activities (the awkward moment you had at the grocery store). Take just one of these things and practice writing about it. It could be an interesting person on your train to work or the secret adventures of the ants in your kids sand pit. Inspiration is everywhere if you look for it.
Maya Kiusalaas | My Monday Love
Stay true to yourself
“The absolute hardest part with publishing a book, for me, was to ask people to use their valuable time to read something that I have created. In other words: the overwhelming self-doubt and the feeling that what I have worked so hard on, and passionate with isn’t good enough for people to invest their time in.
You have to have an ongoing conversation with yourself where you stop thinking about how every individual person will “receive” the book and just focus on staying authentic to yourself and to your purpose with creating the book. No matter what - you have to find a way to be proud of the work and the passion you have put into the process, and humble for the fact that you have left a timeless part of yourself with the rest of the world.”
Cheryl Duffy | The Divorce Tango
You are allowed to ask for help
“The one thing no one tells you about writing a book........You don’t need to have all the knowledge yourself to write a book. I always wanted to write a book to help others through their Divorce Journey as it took me so long to recover from mine. I thought I can’t write a book I don’t have a law degree or psychology degree!! My publishing company told me I didn’t need to have all the expertise as you go out and seek it from the professionals to create your book. I interviewed lawyers, counsellors, psychologists and other divorcees to obtain advice to share in my book.”
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Michelle Worthington | Share Your Story
Rejection is part of the pathway to publication
“There is just no getting around rejection. As a creative person, you will find yourself facing an inner world that is often full of self-doubt, fears, wishful thinking, denial, distractions and conflict.
Build resilience by being rock solid about why you want to share your story. When are driven by a force greater than the need to just ‘get published’ but the desire to help people, create awareness and build new worlds, it is a lot easier to accept the ‘no’ and move on. It helps you understand that at a deeper level, there is untapped creativity and insight that must be voiced. A resilient person enjoys certainty about finding a viable path forward.
Getting published isn’t easy, but by being resilient and finding pathways to overcome rejection, your passion for sharing your story will carry your forward to publication.”
Dr Janet Hall | Dr Janet Hall
Take full responsibility for your project
“You need to know your market and that they want your book before you write it! Then you have to personally promote your book to your market. You can’t count on a publisher to promote your book so you might as well self-publish and take full responsibility.
Look on Amazon for the top selling books that are like your book and model from them.
Make sure you have a great title and book cover. You can get so much advice from the internet on self-publishing but beware the glib promises from dodgy promoters who say they can make your book a bestseller.”
Lauren Clemett | The Ultimate Business Propellor
Writing it is only the first step
“Having written 5 Amazon Best Sellers, the one thing no-one tells you is that the writing is not the hard part, in fact, writing and publishing a book is only the halfway point.
If you want to become a best-selling author to support your personal brand and grow your credibility as a specialist in your field, you need to understand how to get social proof and how to run a successful book launch.
Most importantly, you need a database. This can be an email database and ideally a social media following.
The same time and effort you put into planning and writing your book, should be doubled in investment to grow your raving fan base of readers.
This is even more important if you want to work with a publisher. They want a % of sales, so they need to know your book will have a ready audience.
And here's another tip - choose someone to write your preface who also has a good following and solid database so you can leverage the promotion.”
Becoming an author may have seemed like a pipe dream before but now with your insider tips it shouldn’t feel so far out of reach.