It took me five years to figure out the right way to write a book, and you want to know what I learned?
There’s a process you can use that can help you grow organically and the better you get at it, the more likely you are to sell books, and grow your name. The amount of opportunity out there for writers is great, but if you really want to get that book done, you need to do a few things simultaneously that aren’t easy to balance.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Write & find your voice
- Get feedback
- Collect emails
- Find more readers
- Look for patterns, and common threads in feedback, questions, etc.
- Look for blogs/news sites to get covered as an “author”
- Find your place as a direct voice in the media
- Get reviews
- Write your own posts to help draw people you don’t know
- Launch your book
- Move onto the next thing
See how clumsy this list is? The toughest part is writing, getting feedback, and sticking with it. I’ve read the same sentence 54 times, and not gotten anywhere in improving it. I’ve gotten stuck thinking, “I’ll never be…(known author) quality.” The reality is that the process might be different for everybody. And there didn’t seem to be anyone out there who could help me figure out my own—they always told me “this is the right way to do things.”
The best thing I ever did was start “spamming people” with my writing. You keep hearing “I won’t spam you” from people who collect email addresses, but they’re still sending you email in hopes of selling you something. I decided to embrace that. I told people “I’m writing this thing, would you read it and give me feedback?”
And they did.
Some of it was great, some of it wasn’t. That was the best thing that ever happened. I started to see that the story had potential, but that there were individual elements that were putting people off. And that meant I could stay motivated to focus on one thing to improve my writing.
The reason I’m saying this is because I learned a lot in self-publishing a novel. I learned how to conquer self-doubt. How to get feedback. How to pitch myself. And how to become a better reader. And I want to help you do the same.
If you, or someone you know is having trouble writing that first book, or that next project, and you don’t know where to start, fill out this form. We’ll have a quick chat, and I’ll tell you what I think you need to do. If you want my help, I can help with the following:
- Developing your idea
- Getting feedback
- Finding your place in the media and getting coverage
- Building you a website (you’d pay) to help you get coverage/readers
This isn’t going to be the cheapest thing in the world. But I will work with you until you figure out your own process, you make your money back, or you run out of ideas.
All you need is an idea. Do you have one?