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Publishing a book happens in three broad phases:
There can be some overlap, and every author is different, but those are the fundamental processes.
Let’s look at the separately.
Here you set the groundwork for your book — and your career.
You begin by answering three fundamental questions:
- What is your goal?
- Who is your audience?
- What is the transformation you offer?
Taking the answers to these questions, you create an outline, a detailed plan, for your book.
Using your outline, you create the text of your book.
Some people find the process of writing invigorating, even if sometimes painful. For others, the prospect of spending months staring at blank screen is too difficult to contemplate.
It doesn’t matter how you get the text down.
- You can write it
- You can use voice recognition software to dictate it
- You can get someone to interview you, have the interviews transcribed, and edit it into a book
Writing and dictating are about the same. It just depends on which process you’re comfortable with. There are ways to speed up the writing process, such as quieting the inner critic, developing the writing habit, writing from an outline, and other useful tips.
It still doesn’t have to take years to write a book, but it will take regular writing sessions, even if you finish the first draft in just a couple of months.
You can be finished with the writing, at least your part of it, in just a few hours if you go with the third option. If someone interviews you from your outline, the transcripts can be produced in just a few days, and the transcripts can be edited to sound like a book while keeping your ideas and your unique voice intact.
When the first draft is finished, your book will need professional editing, internal design, and cover design — at least if your audience are the kind of people who care about such things.
Some audiences don’t mind slap-dash content, numerous grammatical errors, ugly typesetting, and a cover created in Microsoft Word. If that’s your audience, give them the book they want and need. You may not even need a print book at all. An ebook in PDF format might be exactly right for them.
But if you’re selling professional services, your readers will probably be judging you by the book you create. It needs to be top-quality.
If your book is a client-attracting book, then it has its own set of specifications, which you’ll take into account in your planning and carry out throughout the process.
How Can I Help You?
I believe you have a valuable message to share with the world. It can transform your clients’ lives, and getting it out there can transform your life.
I’d like to help you along the way.
- Help you make strategic decisions in book planning
- Help develop your outline
- Give you feedback and encouragement as you write the book
- Interview you and shape the transcripts into a solid first draft
- Put you in touch with qualified professionals for editing, proofreading, interior design, and cover design
- Put you in touch with qualified professionals for marketing and book launch services, if you decide to go that route.
Contact me for more information about getting that book out of your head and onto the page.