So I’ve screamed it from the rooftops- “I’m writing a book!”
Now comes the hard part- actually living up to the hype 😉
Some surprising lessons I’ve learned as I’ve been writing:
- Don’t be intimidated by the term “book” as opposed to “blog.” To me a book is basically a blog on steroids. Yes, it’s a big deal, but don’t puff it up to where you’re totally overwhelmed and intimidated by the concept. Because it will scare you to the point you’re immobilized. And you won’t reach the finish line.
- Your blog and book need to have the same writing “voice.” Don’t change it to please others or because you have some notion that books “have to be more formal.” If people truly enjoy your blogging voice, then they need to see the same voice in your book. Incidentally, it seems that this consistency brings a ready-made audience eager to buy. And how is that a bad thing?
- When you truly believe in the value of what you’re doing and have a higher purpose other than making money (although making money is nice, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think it can be the only thing nor the most fulfilling), people will see that. They’ll appreciate that you’re trying to help them. They’ll see that yes, you really DO care.
- If you’re going to ask people to pay for your book, then you do need some professional help to make it look as good as it can. As soon as I determined that I was writing this book, I contacted an editor that I had worked with before in a different publication. She readily agreed and I breathed a sigh of relief. I can get the words out, but I need her to polish it into the kick-ass publication it deserves to be.
- Write way more than you think you’ll need. Because editors are brutal and it’s much easier to cut material than it is to add it.
- Develop a thick skin- besides the editor (who will insist on multiple drafts and will offer constructive criticism), there are haters out there. They will break you down at every opportunity. They will be mean. They will say mean things. For the record, here’s what I have to say to them- imagine my tongue sticking out and blowing a great, big raspberry. Yeah, THAT’s how I feel.
- Accept that not EVERYONE gives a rat’s ass about your book. There are many that simply aren’t interested in the topic, no matter how great you think it is. The trick is to find those that are interested and keep them pumped full of great information as to its progress.
I’m still working on a title, but here’s my first stab- “Insuring your First Home- Your Must-Have Guide to Making the Process as Painless as Possible.”