You can boost your chances of changing careers by joining the ranks of being a published author. Before you turn the page on this thinking that you could not, wait.
According to some reports, about 80% of people say that they have a book within them. This may include you.
If you have thought of writing a book and have said to yourself, “I day I’ll write a book” then this episode is for you.
In this episode our guest - Julie Broad - who oversees a business that helps people just like you fulfill your dream of writing a book, had a lot to say about the matter.
Not only did she talk about the benefits of writing a book but ways you could do so.
Here are some of the notes that I took from listening to her and by the way, even though I’ve authored a few books and ebooks, I learned a lot from her. I believe you will too.
NOTE: THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ARE SUMMARIZATION OF THE ACTUAL INTERVIEW. THEY ARE NOT TRANSCRIBED WORD FOR WORD.
Question: How did you get into this business?
Julie: I’ve had some success from my own self-publishing process. And people the questions that people kept asking over and over again, led me to start this business. I wanted to help people do the same”
Question: Why did you wait so long to get into the book writing business?
Julie: I was told writers don’t make money so I went to business school and earned my MBA even though it wasn’t my passion. After working for a few years utilizing my degree, I found a way to get back into writing, which led me to my current business. My degree has come in very handy in the process.
Question: What benefits are there to writing a book?
Julie: A book can help you build your reputation, brand, and your business. Because you will be among the 1% of people who actually write and publish a book, you will stand out among those who are within your space.
Question: What are some of the mistakes people make in attempting to write a book?
Julie: a) Not really thinking about the goal in the beginning and sticking to it b) trying to save money and in so doing makes the book looks like it was self-published.
Question: Which is better? A one-word title or a longer phrase/sentence title for your books?
Julie: Because Amazon searches look for keywords, a one-word title doesn’t do as well. Use the subtitle for a longer description. Keep your titles short. Imagine yourself being interviewed on the radio and having to say the name of your book a few times. Use that to determine the length of the book.
Question: Should people focus on becoming a good writer first and is writing a skill that is learnable?
Julie: You can become a good writer. It is a skill you can develop. The more you do it the better you get as long as you are doing it right. Remember: Practice doesn’t lead to perfection is a not true if you are practicing the wrong things over and over again. It is also a skill that you could hire out if you feel this is not for you. Lastly, don’t let being a good writer get in the way. You could speak your book and have it transcribed and then edited.
Question: What are some additional tips you would give to someone considering writing a book?
- Writing a book gives you a chance to interview others you’ve been wanting to connect with. It is a positioning tool.
- Begin with the end in mind. Who do you want to get this book in front of? Think of that and write it for them.
- Don’t try to be a #1 best selling author. Focus on that one reader rather than trying to blanket the whole world. By being focused like this you will probably sell more books that way.
- Your focus is finding quality readers who will be your most valuable asset as far as getting the word out about your book.
- Have a book that when it is placed beside one that is a New York Times best seller, becomes hard to tell.
- Know what your objective is in writing a book.
- Write the book that fulfills your objective of what it is you want.
You want your book to be just as good as the New York best sellers book; one that is traditionally published.
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