Are you ready to finally write that book you’ve been thinking about? Have you been brainstorming your book? For many entrepreneurs, a book is the ideal marketing tool. It not only perfectly positions you as the expert you are, but it also allows you to reach a much wider audience than you likely could on your own.
Think about it, just adding your book to Amazon has the potential to put your name in front of millions of new viewers each and every month. You don’t have to be a marketing genius to know that those kinds of numbers can have an amazing impact on your business, with…
- Increased traffic to your website (and more opt-ins, too)
- Critical “social proof” in the form of testimonials
- Instant “expert status” (the kind that’s only afforded to authors)
- New interview requests and other opportunities
- More clients
And all of that before you’ve even sold a single copy!
Now the only problem is, well, actually writing the book.
You’ve thought about it, maybe jotted down some notes, perhaps you’ve even outlined a couple of chapters.
But then, you stalled. Overwhelm set in, or you got busy, and now your book idea is stashed away on your hard drive collecting virtual dust. Or maybe you never even got that far. Maybe you found yourself so confused about the whole process that you didn’t even start.
Here’s what you need to know about writing a book: it’s not as difficult or overwhelming as it seems, especially if you can break it down into manageable steps.
10 Steps to Writing and Launching your Next Book:
Step 1: Define Your Book-Writing Goal
Step 2: Refining your Message
Step 3: Why Your Story Matters
Step 4: Reading & Research
Step 5: Outlining and Organizing Your Content
Step 6: Goal-Setting, Deadlines & Time Management for Authors
Step 7: Coping with Distractions, Procrastination, Book Killers
Step 8: Choosing a Publishing Platform
Step 9: They Will Judge Your Book by Its Cover
Step 10: Plan Your Launch
Brainstorming your book is the important first step to becoming a published author. You need a place to capture your ideas and to plan your marketing strategy. If you’re brainstorming your book, you need this free planner Brainstorming Your Book. In the planner, I go into more detail about the 10 steps so you can fill in the blanks on each. Now is the time to get started on your book.
Also published on Medium.