Since starting work on my new book, I’ve received a number of questions about the writing process. I don’t have a degree in English, literature, or journalism – yet here I am, about to publish my 3rd business book… with book number four already cooking in my head.
Here are 13 things I’ve learned about writing a book:
- If you don’t think you can write a book, you can’t. If you think you can write a book, you can.
- You want your book to be between 150-200 pages. That’s around 35-45k words.
- Your book raises your expertise, credibility, and authority in whatever you are writing about.
- Consider hiring a book coach.
- Outline your book.
- Create that “shitty first draft.”
- Assemble your manuscript and put it in a binder.
- If you can’t find a title, ask friends or colleagues who aren’t as close to the project.
- Spend a couple of weeks making changes and edits.
- Find a publisher.
- Create an editorial board.
- Create the cover (or have it outsourced).
- Be willing to change the title as you go.
This is an overview of the writing process I’ve used for my last two books. I hope it’s of help to you, and I can’t wait to share Off Script with the world.