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Is it worth writing a book? 5 steps to make it happen

July 8, 2020

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Is it worth writing a book? 5 steps to make it happenIs it worth writing a book? 5 steps to make it happen

Some people claim that the book is dead, that it is “out”, but the numbers say otherwise. According to UNESCO, 2.2 million new titles hit the shelves every year, and 2019 was the year when most books in history were sold. Yes, the distribution systems have changed (people buy more online than in stores) and different formats (paper, digital and even audio books). One thing remains true: The book is alive and strong, and it’s a business that moves billions of dollars around the world.

Is it possible to have a career as a writer? Yes of course. There are people who write from their calling and business: professional writers who dedicate their lives to perfecting and selling their books. This is a concrete and complex career.

This article is not aimed at professional authors, but at people like you who have a great career and big business and may find a way to do this in book publishing Increase your reputation, share a story, a topic you think is important, or leave a legacy for future generations. Also from within the company: as an opportunity to celebrate a moment or to hold onto a vision.

I am absolutely convinced Everyone has something important that they can share. A story, concept, or study. “Having a child, planting a tree, writing a book,” says the popular saying about the things we should do in life. For me there is nothing sadder than this book that never came out of the drawer. Have you considered writing and publishing a book? If the answer is yes, but you don’t know where to start, here are some tips.

1. Everything starts with an idea

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Writing 200 pages about everything can certainly seem like an impossible task. It looks like a difficult mountain to climb! It’s easier than you think, but we’ll get back to that. Do not suffer until the fight begins.

The first is the idea or the first approach to the title of your book. The question is simple What do you want to talk about? What do you want to share What do you want to leave on paper?

On the other hand, the answer is not always so obvious. Here are some starting points:

  • If you want to write about your profession (I’m an engineer, I’m a doctor, I’m a lawyer), it works in my experience to think What book did I miss that I couldn’t find? And try to solve a specific need instead of looking for a great general manual or theoretical book that can be gigantic. My first book was a public speaking manual that I had to share with my own students. Do not (for now) try to write the great classic or win the Nobel Prize. Start with something small, basic and above all useful.
  • You can tell a story from your own experience. Not an autobiography, but learning from an experience that can serve others. I have a friend who has adopted two girls and writes about how to do this process for others who experience the same thing. Another, who climbs mountains, could write about durability and strength from his point of view. Anyone who is an entrepreneur tells his story to other young entrepreneurs. Remember it Everyone has something to share.
  • If you are in the second half of your life, you can describe your experiences autobiographically. something you can leave to your children and your children’s children.
  • You can explore your literary interest if it appeals to you: post your stories, your poems, or try to write a novel. Lots of people try great results!
  • You can develop the vision or history of your company and business. If you share your journey with the world, you can go further and inspire others!

Once you’ve answered the question What do I want to write about?However, before you start filling pages, there’s a previous step that makes everything a lot easier: create fifteen fields.

2. Create 15 fields and fill in each field

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Writing 200 pages may seem like a lot, but how about ten? Most people find themselves able to write ten pages without losing their minds. That’s why I always recommend that people who start writing do so in ten-page chapters.

Therefore, before it beginsI suggest that you create 15 boxes or 15 chapters of your book (ie the index) and then fill one box per week with a day off between box and box. In this way, they completed their manuscript in 15 weeks: just over three months.

Starting with the index (the 15 fields) makes the whole process easier and allows you to organize your ideas, feel that you are developing and do not deviate from the topic you proposed. It’s that simple: choose a topic; Divide it into 15 fields and then fill each field; one a week.

It may happen that new fields are displayed or changed on the way. Do not worry. The book (especially the more literary one) is a living organism that helps you discover things while writing.

Not sure how to start or what to put on the first page? It’s simple: tell a story

Crucial advice! Discipline is more important than inspiration when writing. Some days the muses will arrive, others not. Don’t worry: you just write.

3. Final details: Ask a third party for help

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Writing is an art. Like all arts, it can be constantly developed and even the best writers make mistakes and inaccuracies. Don’t let that discourage you.

Don’t make the mistake of publishing anything without someone checking your manuscript! All authors suffer from the “watchmaker’s blindness”, which does not allow us to observe our own mistakes or improvements that are obvious to third parties.

When you have your manuscript, ask someone for help who can write and enjoy reading. It can be a friend, partner, or your spouse; Or you can hire an editor or an editorial company.

If possible, I recommend doing this with a professional who will ensure that spelling, style and structure are properly developed. After revising your manuscript, correct the mistakes and develop any missing points.

Finally, the book and its cover have to be designed. Again, I recommend hiring a specialist. It’s not about spending a lot of money, but about doing something that makes you proud and that you can easily share and recommend. Despite what the saying says: We judge books by their cover.

The cost depends on the type of book, its size and the company. But you can find very cheap services that guarantee a good quality book.

4. Publication is very possible

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Good news: Publishing in history has never been easier.

If your book is a personal project, you can print out a few copies and share them with your family, friends or customers. Printing books can be very inexpensive today. With digital printers you can produce from one copy, and we no longer have the classic minimum of “a thousand copies” that existed until a few years ago.

You can post digitally and on paper on platforms like Amazon.com free and with international sales. It is something you can learn to do yourself, or an expert can help you with it. Your book can be sold worldwide in a few days and reach thousands of people. Amazon also offers copyright registration that guarantees your protection. You can also do this at INDAUTOR yourself or with the help of your agency.

If you want to sell in large bookstores or chains, it’s best to be published by an established publisher. Every publisher has its selection and publication processes. You can knock on the doors! If they don’t publish you right away, don’t get discouraged – they’re almost always aimed at career writers or books that have had some success. Don’t stop and look for other faster and easier options.

5. Make it known

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Writing and publishing a book is a great tool to strengthen your reputation and share your ideas. I have to be honest: most books are not big business, and I recommend that you don’t approach this idea with the aim of making easy money. Type A best seller Selling millions of copies is not that easy, and even professional writers fail most of the time.

Don’t write for money: Write because you have something to say. Write because you want to share an experience. Write because you want to help others. Write because you want to grow as a person. Write why this book is needed. Write because you like to write.

A book can be a big driver of your career or business. While the book is probably not a money machine in itself, though It can be the best business card you can haveand that it can open new doors and new stores for you. Consider as a strategic investment in education, experience and reputation.

Your book is ready, congratulations! Make it known on your networks now. Organize presentations; Share it with your friends and partners. Share it in relevant forums and chats. You are a published author. When you get to this point, I can only ask you the following question: What will I write my next book about?