Today I am talking to solopreneurs – particularly coaches, consultants, and therapists, or anyone who wants to be one.
I get that you’re busy. In fact, I don’t know anyone who isn’t busy these days. It’s life now. Families need attention, cooking and cleaning needs to be done, then there’s work, clients, marketing, and the list goes on.
Finding the time to write a book is a struggle.
But given how important a published book is to your overall business growth, it’s time to consider what you can do to get your book written—even if you genuinely have no time to spare.
Further to not having enough time, even if you know a book would be beneficial for you and your business, maybe it’s not a life-long dream for you to write and publish a book, which means you don’t have the desire or the drive to find the time.
Either way, here are a couple of ways to get it done in as little time and with as little effort as possible.
You don’t have to write your own book. You can hire a ghostwriter. It’s a perfectly good option to consider for getting a book written for those who:
· Have no time
· Don’t have a “feel” for writing or don’t think you are a good writer
· Simply don’t want to write
Whichever camp you belong to, working with a ghostwriter can make it easy to achieve your publication goals.
Ghostwriters are available on just about any budget but do be aware that you get what you pay for. While you may not want to (or be able to) shell out several thousand dollars to hire top talent, you shouldn’t settle for the lowest cost providers either. Interview several writers, look at samples of their work, and choose the best you can afford.
Remember, you can always edit their work but if you have to edit too much, what have you saved?
Maybe you have a wealth of content that might easily be turned into a book. Maybe you have been creating content for one or more of the following platforms:
· A blog
· Free opt-in gifts such as checklists and guides
· Paid products
· Podcast episodes
· Training webinars or videos
All of these and more can be edited to fit within the covers of a book, so don’t be afraid to reach into the archives if it means getting your book published.
Finally, consider transcribing your book if you prefer talking to writing. Speaking your book just might be the trick that works for you. In fact, a mobile phone is all you need to write your book on the go. Simply speak your book while waiting in between tasks, while you’re out for your morning walk, or between client calls. Or you can do it for 15 minutes before you go to bed at night.
Send your audio files out to be transcribed and all that remains is to edit the transcription. No matter how disjointed or awful it looks, you’ll find it’s much easier to edit even bad content than to start from scratch.
Don’t let a lack of time hold you back from finishing your book. There’s no better way to build your audience and establish your expert status than to publish a book, and you owe it to yourself—and your business—to get your book out there.
I would encourage you to have an outline for your book before you start doing anything. An outline or a blueprint will keep you on track and help you not to waffle or lose your audience.
If you are keen to start your career as an author, I encourage you to download our free ebook, 7 Things an Author Must Know About Writing and Publishing a Book Before They Take the Plunge. It will make a difference to how you proceed.
You can also take a look at our Authorpreneur’s Bootcamp where we show authors everything they need to know about writing and publishing a book and we help them project manage the various parts of their projects from start to finish.
That’s it for this week. I do hope you will give serious consideration to how you can move forward with your book, and I look forward to chatting with you again next week,
Bye for now.