Have you ever thought about writing a book? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Whether fictional or nonfictional, just about everyone professes to having a book inside them and writing it all down for others to read is something they have thought about doing all their life. The only thing keeping them from their life-long dream is getting started.
Trust Your Knowledge
The truth is, most people know more than they think they do. In fact, most people could write a fairly comprehensible story based on their expert knowledge of certain topics, skills and philosophies. I will bet that many people reading this article have been told or have thought to themselves that they should write a book that details their unique perspective, offering expert advice when needed.
Be An Expert On Your Business
If you are a business owner, you really need to write that book. For one, you might be surprised at just how much you know about your business and how your knowledge can help others. Secondly, the more knowledge your audience gains about the business you are in, the better able they will be in making informed decisions about your business practices, services and products.
Write To Learn
One of the hidden benefits of writing your own book is increasing your own knowledge and awareness about the business you are in. With writing comes research and with research comes increased knowledge and an appreciation of other's view points on your subject. Through book writing you will also hone your organizational skills, as it takes a good bit of organization to keep your thoughts focused in order to produce a book worth reading.
More Than Street Cred
Having a book published gives you credibility. A book, especially, a published book makes people think you're smart and an expert in your field. They assume, and rightfully so, that if you know enough to write a book on the subject, you can be considered an expert on the business you are in.
So, for all of you who may want to write a book about your business or favorite topic, it comes down to getting started. How do you begin writing a book about something you have a strong opinion about? First you need to organize your thoughts and determine the style of writing.
Capture Your Thoughts
As you go about your day, keep a notepad, your iPad or a recording device handy to collect all the thoughts you have on your subject. Thoughts come in and out of the brain all day and if you do not harness them, they are lost in the wind. Continue to do this every day. Don't start writing yet, just let thoughts flow in and out of your mind.
Do It Yourself Or Hire Someone To Do It For You
If writing is just not your thing, you can always hire a ghostwriter. The notes that you take will be beneficial to a good ghostwriter and will help them find your voice and write in a tone that complements your personality. If you are hoping to have your book published, you should prepare a marketing plan of who would buy your book and why. If you choose to self-publish your book, you can offer it for sale or as a gift to your customers. The cost is relatively low considering the great marketing potential it has for your business.
Margaret Crum is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years experience working in the advertising industry. Owner of She Writes For Me, http://www.shewritesforme.com a ghostwriting and editing service dedicated to helping small business owners promote their brand through article marketing, blogging and social networking. Contact Margaret for writing or editing services: email@example.com.
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