Writing a book is not for the faint of heart, but if you are called to do so, you won’t rest until it’s done. There are numerous reasons for you not to write a book. But for every reason that you come up with, there at least two reasons why you should. Here’s the top five reasons that I’ve heard writers use for not writing a book. They are:
- It’s too hard. – What isn’t hard that’s worth doing? As a small business owner, you should expect to have to work to make your dream a reality. (Yes, when you write a book, you will become a small business owner.) Especially if it’s going to start a movement, make money or change someone’s life.
- I don’t have the money. – Writing a book will not make you rich overnight, nor will it break your bank. Planning is the key to making your book project economically sound. Establish relationships with other authors who have the skills you need in order to write your book and barter your way to successfully completing your book. Or do a crowdsourcing campaign. Most likely there is someone out there in this great big world that loves your book idea and will be willing to make a donation in exchange for a copy of your book. It’s a great marketing tool and a great way to spend little or nothing to get your book into the hands of readers.
- I don’t know what to write about. – You’ve got to be an expert at something. Even if it’s fly swatting. There are people in some country, somewhere who could use your expertise because of a burgeoning fly population. Utilize your existing education and experience, or research a topic and write about it.
- No one will read it. – Amazon is the largest literary supermarket on earth. Its marketing influence is global. Again, there is someone out there looking for that story that you haven’t told, or that experience that you haven’t shared. Don’t make them wait another second. “Just Do It!”
- I’m not a celebrity. – Neither are the thousands of authors who have published an estimated 2 million books this year alone. Simply roll up your sleeves, build your tribe, and get the help you need by leveraging the people you do know, using your influence in the sectors that you have already conquered and enjoy the ride.
If you write a good book, market it well, and have it in the right places, you just might never have to return to that 9 to 5 ever again. Maybe you will hit the book publishing lottery and be mentioned by Oprah, but just think, if you do nothing, you’ll forever be asking what if. Write the book!
I hope you learn solid principles to help you on your journey of success—whatever success means to you.
Change something today to make your tomorrow better.
Literary Strategist, LLC