Whether your focus is on relationships, health, business or just general life coaching, you can get better known and attract more clients when you publish a book. While publishing fiction is still a challenge, publishing a non-fiction book is easier than ever to do. Sites like Amazon’s CreateSpace, in fact, can help you set up and publish your book in record time!
Unfortunately, most people think writing a book is difficult and takes a lot of time. This is not entirely true. while some – like a lawyer friend of mine – is taking years to write a massive tome about something obscure like “natural law,” he could have made it some much easier on himself (and his readers) if he would just get some guidance about how to write a book. Writing a “how to” book is fairly easy; the main challenge is having a grasp of you subject matter. You don’t even have to be an expert. Just be sure you know more about the subject than, say, 80% of your audience.
One of my favorite methods to write anything is to first speak it into an audio recorder. You could also speak in front of a video camera or iPhone and separate out the audio, but with either method make sure you get a digital audio file like an MP3. Before your recording session, make notes on your subject and divide your notes into ten or more categories – each one will make up a chapter in your book. Make sure also that your topic has some pizazz and a large enough audience. Writing about “the secret life of darning sweaters” may be sexy to a limited audience, whereas “the art and science of making your own killer sweaters to look great on the job” would appeal to a much larger segment of society.
Vanity sells; hard work usually doesn’t. Pick a topic that people actually want to read about and take action on!
Once you’ve recorded your book audio, send off to one of the online services to get a transcript done. This should not cost very much and you can find transcribers at www.Fiverr.com or other outsourcing websites. When your transcripts come back, take the time to edit them to your satisfaction (you can also outsource this as well!). Take the edited version, turn it into a PDF document and upload to CreateSpace.
Don’t forget the cover, however. You will want the artwork done by a graphic or cover artist that you can also find on Fiverr.
That’s it, really. Although I could go into great detail for each step, CreateSpace and many how-to videos on YouTube can also walk you through each step.
The main thing is to get started, enjoy the process, and get your work out there! Once you are a published author of one book, you will want to write more and more. Success in this process feeds on itself, and soon you will be well-known in your field or niche.