Becoming an author is the dream of many people from around the world. However, less than ten percent of the people who want to write a book ever complete one. Of the people who do finish their first book, less than one percent of these authors ever complete a second book. I am now working on my fourth book, so I feel blessed to be among those who have achieved their dream of becoming a published author multiple times. (You can search on Amazon.com for my name to see what I have available now).
With the ease of getting published at an all time high, it seems that many more people would write their book. We no longer have to wait for a publisher to be in the market for a book on our topic. I was not an author during the days of traditional publishers dominating the market for books, but I continue to hear the stories of people’s dreams and ideas being crushed, simply because the person assigned to read their manuscript either did not understand the subject matter or simply was not in the position to approve another book for release that year. We cannot allow anyone else to have a say in this; it is our right and responsibility to share our message with the world.
So, what about you? What’s stopping you from sitting down in front of your computer and creating an outline for your book? There are many trainings available on this, or you can just make some notes and see where it takes you. My writing begins with an idea, and then evolves into an article, such as this one, and then progresses to an outline that shapes the content of what I will be sharing with the world.
I publish on Amazon, using their Create Space publishing, as well as publishing for the Kindle. My goal is to write and publish something new every month this year, and so far I am right on track. Being published opens many doors, for speaking engagements, trainings, further collaborations with thought leaders in your field, and more.
Make a schedule of when you will write each day, and then stick to it. My writing is a standing appointment I make with myself for every morning at seven. I have done this now for more than four years, and the result is more writing than I ever thought I could do within a lifetime.
Begin with the idea that you can accomplish your goal of writing a book, and let it expand from there.