- Show, don’t tell. This one hits home perhaps because of my former online dating profiles. Yes, I said it. Too often, people state they’re “nice, like to travel, funny”. It’s incredibly generic and easy for anyone to say this. Instead, a well-written profile and accompanying pictures say much more, concisely, and accurately.
- Give yourself permission to suck. Maybe I do this all the time? J Point is that when you relinquish the need to be good, let alone perfect, you get to write. You get to post. You become a writer.
- Write, don’t edit. I adopted this perhaps 150 posts ago – write the post completely, and let it sit. Then, revisit day(s) later and only edit then. Too often writers can get stuck thinking of ways to rewrite what was just written before getting the full idea out.
- You have to read, and read all the time. Effective writers (and entrepreneurs) are constantly curious – always learning. They’re always reading and soaking in the world. Reading (learning) provides perspective which provides creativity.
In general, you just have to write. In many cases, constant practice is better than trying to be perfect. Constant practice leads to better writing.
- Have you always wanted to write a book?
- Why did you write the book?
- You must read a lot, too. What do you like reading?
Most people assume I’ve always loved writing. Truth be told, for my first 28 years of life, I hatedwriting, and I hated reading. Both were forced upon me in school, and I had little interest in what I read and wrote.
- It’s been a great journey, but it’s really just the beginning. Now comes the hardest part – promoting the book. Just like any startup, it’s about execution now.
- If you publish on Amazon’s Kindle platform, be careful when you say, “available on Kindle”. Most people don’t know Kindle is just the platform, and there’s a Kindle app available for any device – many think it’s just Kindle e-reader.
- Editors made my book way better. The first version of the book took < 10 days. It was full of content, but lacked cohesion and vision. The first round of edits immediately made the book 10X better. The more critical, the better. Three formal rounds of edits later (+ several personal ones)… book was in shape for publishing!
- It’s very easy to self-publish a book, and doesn’t cost much money. Friends as Editors = $0. Cover photo = $12. Cover self-editing = $0. Copyright registration = $55. International Standards Book Number (ISBN) 10-Pack = $295. Website template = $48. Website self-edit = $0. GoDaddy domain registration= $11.34. For everything else = priceless (err, “free”).
- Microsoft Word is great to write the book, track changes, and initially convert the book ready for mobile format. Beyond, know some HTML to make finer adjustments like formatting lists, pictures, etc.
- Everyone is impressed that I’ve written a book more so than I thought. I think it’s a goal or at least an achievement most people don’t ever think about. The moment I mention it, everyone is inspired and curious. It’s going to be great for branding.
- Writing the book wasn’t that hard. It was just sitting down and tackling it. I didn’t think about length or format at first. Instead, I made a rough outline of the topics, and made a goal to write two chapters a day. From there, it was easy to produce content. Then, editing made the book from stream of consciousness to coherent vision.
There are many more thoughts, but these just came to me. I’ve been busy the last couple weeks, though, so I’m interested to see what happens in the next month when I reach a homeostasis and start promoting the book.
What questions do you have about publishing a book? If you could write about anything, what would that be?