8 Tips on how to complete your own book now!
TIP #1: Be Obsessed
First things first, you have to become OBSESSED with the idea of having a completed book.
Everyday, tell yourself “I’m almost done.” Visualize what your completed book will look like. From the book’s cover, to the amount of pages it will have. Think about the size of the book, the type of font you will use, the quotes you will include, the stories that you will tell, think of it all! If you want to take it a step further, create a sample book. What I mean is, use a printing company to help you produce just one copy of it. It could simply have just the title of your book. Have your name listed as the author and leave the pages blank. When you receive the copy in the mail, open up the package and stare at it for a while. This process will help you visualize your idea and help it turn into a reality. While your at it, don’t forget to include the words “NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING BOOK.”
Hey, it won’t hurt to try. Place the sample book in plain sight in your home or office.
Now, don’t get too caught up with the details, just begin using your imagination. Visualize your book on the shelves of major book retailers around the world. Think of what it will be like to do your first book signing.
Imagine what it will be like to receive your 1st royalty check. Better yet, picture what it will feel like when you find out your book has become a best seller on the New York Times. Wow! If that doesn’t do it for you, then I don’t know what will. Think about the fans that will be happy just to have said they once met you.
Having these thoughts will definitely help you speed up the writing process. The excitement that comes from these type of thoughts will give you the extra boost of motivation that you have been missing.
Lastly, repeat this thought process daily. There’s no way you’ll be able to create an obsession if you’re not constantly thinking about it.
There’s a phenomenal book written by Grant Cardone, titled “Be Obsessed or be Average” This book is a life changer! I highly recommend it!
TIP #2: Make a Public Announcement.
Tell everyone you know and everyone you meet that you are writing a book.
But don’t stop there. Tell them all that you are almost finished writing the book. I don’t care if you’re only 10% finished. Tell them you’re 90% done. And the next time you see that person, if they ask you if you finished yet, tell them you’re done, but now it’s in the editing stage!
You’ll be shocked at how fast you begin writing once people start asking you if they can read what you wrote so far. Or if they say “when can I buy a copy?”
Regardless of the nerves that go through your body, don’t worry. It’s a good type of pressure to feel. Anything that helps you complete a goal should be welcomed.
In the end it will all be worth it and believe me when I tell you, it really does make a difference.
TIP #3: Don’t get hung up on how to copyright your work.
One of the first thoughts that most people have is the thought of someone potentially stealing their work. Some people dwell on this idea so much that they stop writing. The shear thought of being a victim of plagiarism frightens the toughest individuals. Although this can be a major issue if it did occur, don’t allow it to slow you down from writing.
After all, they can’t steal something that you haven’t created, so with that in mind start writing and see it through until the end. If there’s ever a time to be concerned save it for the moment you have a completed manuscript.
Once you are completed, begin researching all of your options when it comes to copyrighting. There are several affordable options out there that you can use to make sure your work is protected. Personally, I’ve always had great success with a company named legal zoom. Since I’ve used them many times in the past for my previous businesses I tend to stick with what i know and who i feel most comfortable with.
One option that many people refer to is the “Poor Mans Copyright”. This process requires a person to mail themselves a copy of their work. The government stamped, dated, delivered and sealed package will provide proof in a court of law that you had an original copy of the material. This is a very popular method that is used for writers who are on a shoe string budget. Unfortunately, many people have said that this method is a myth. Apparently, the law states that this is not a substitute for registration.
Regardless of the method you choose, save the decision making for later. Right now just focus on the book writing. When you’re finally ready to protect your work, spend a couple of dollars and get it done the right way the first time.
Check out legal zoom. They are affordable, efficient and not as intimidating as walking into your local law firm for a consultation.
TIP #4: Self Confidence
This is the one tip that will probably be over looked, but I assure you that your level of confidence will make all the difference when it comes to you writing a book.
Thousands of people begin writing a book, but most of them never make it to the publishers or the book stores.
Why? …..Simply put, the writers get scared. They begin thinking, “What if no one likes it?” or “What if I got a bunch of bad reviews?” Thoughts like that will definitely stop a writer in their tracks.
Another problem is when a writer let’s a close friend or family member read a small portion of their work and finds out that they do not care for it.
This type of criticism is never easy to deal with, but you must keep moving forward. It’s important to know that not everyone likes to read all types of books. As a matter of fact, some people don’t like to read at all.
Be sure to share your work with not only those you trust, but also with those who share the same type of passion as you. The particular subject that you are writing about must be something that they get enjoyment from and can relate to.
For example, if I know my brother is passionate when it comes to health and wellness, it’s safe to say that he should be interested in reading my new book that’s about losing weight without exercising.
On the flip side, if I know my brother hates fiction movies I’m not going to ask him to read my new Sci Fi book.
Aside from choosing the right people to read your work, you MUST have an “I don’t give a f@#k what they think!” type of attitude. YEAH, I SAID IT! This type of thinking doesn’t make you insensitive or a bad person. It makes you confident! Once you adopt this thought process, guess what? You will have a finished product in no time.
Regardless of the outcome of the books future performance, at least you will be one of the few people who can hold their head high and say “I published a book!”
TIP #5: Write Everyday.
This one’s pretty simple. Write everyday.
It doesn’t matter how much you’re writing as long as you’re writing. Write at home, write at work, write in the car, write on the bus, write on the train, write on the plane, write while you’re using the rest room, write in the doctors office, write in school, write during lunch, write in the elevator, write on your phone, write while you wait on the check out line, write in your head, write while you’re asleep, WRITE EVERY WHERE!
Discipline is key!
TIP #6: Let the Professionals do the editing.
Don’t worry about grammar and spelling. The main focus should be to just get your thoughts out of your head and on to the paper. There are so many professional editors out there that will be happy to assist you with your project. Of course you will have to pay them a small fee, but when it’s done it will be well worth the money. Having the creativity and discipline to write a book is the most difficult part, so let the professionals worry about the easy stuff.
TIP #7: Write what you feel like writing about.
All writers run into mental road blocks from time to time. Leaving them, dead in the water until they get that next jolt of inspiration. These time delays can destroy your momentum.
When this happens most people will take a break from writing, for a while. With the hopes to come back to where they left off in full throttle. The only problem with this is, you are wasting valuable time.
Instead of coming to a full stop, focus on writing whatever comes to your mind, in regards to the book. If you’re book is supposed to have 10 chapters and you have already completed chapters 1,2, & 3, but now you are stuck on chapter 4, don’t quit right there. Jump around to different chapters. Try writing chapter 9, 6 or even the conclusion. Write whatever you feel like writing, just don’t stop writing. Don’t worry about the placement and how it will all flow together. You can always piece it together at a later time just like a puzzle.
Try it out. I bet you it works like a charm.
TIP #8: Decide how you will publish and bring it to the market AFTER you finished writing the book.
We all know that this is an important decision, but no one said you have to spend time thinking about that now.
When you are deciding if you should get a literary agent or if you should go directly a few of the big publishing companies yourself, you are just wasting more time.
Trying to figure out if it’s best if you should self publish or try getting a book deal, is another waste of time.
The last thing you need is to begin writing your book, then stop in the middle, to begin researching all of your publishing options. Only to find out some discouraging information about the writing industry.
You could potentially get so turned off, that you stop writing all together.
With that said, save all of the researching and decision making for later.
After doing tons of research, I decided to self publish my 1st book using a company named blurb.
As much as I wanted to go with the traditional route of publishing, I decided that self publishing was the best option for me.
Like everyone else, I had dreams of getting a fat signing bonus and a killer book deal, but the more research I did, the more I realized that it would be very unlikely to happen. Most 1st time writers do not get large signing bonuses unless the already have a HUGH following or current media attention. If it was your 2nd or 3rd book then it would be a different story. Since the publishers are looking at you as an investment, they rather go with the safest route for them to get a return on their money. Resulting in a rather small signing bonus, if any.
Another reason why I chose to self publish was because most publishing companies will make you wait for about a year until it actually goes to print. Between the editing process, the marketing campaigns and the printing process, expect to wait. If you have time sensitive information and you are trying to ride a current trend, while waiting for them, you can miss the boat and watch some one else cash in on your idea.
Also, let’s not forget that the signing bonus that you will receive, if any, must be repaid before you receive any additional royalties.
This information is not intended to deter you from the traditional route of publishing. In fact, I intend to go with the traditional route the 2nd time around. I’m simply sharing my thoughts and experience. As for me, blurb worked just fine. By me keeping 100% of my own royalties, it allows me to reinvest into my brand and continue to grow my business. With the fan base that is generated by my 1st book I intend to shop around for a traditional book deal for my 2nd book.
Do whatever works for you, but for now focus on completing your book.
That’s it! That’s all I got for you. I hope it helps. See you at the top!
Written by Ivan R Maldonado
Author of Head Start 2 Riches
Edited by Mrs. Alicia Maldonado
Author of Ugli Fruit
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