Get Your Book Done: 5 Ideas to Complete Your Book Now

As I mentioned in an earlier post this month, a published book is a powerful tool for coaches and consultants in growing their business. It helps you establish expertise. It lends you authority. And it attracts new clients. But writing a book takes commitment. How can you complete your book project when you are so busy working your business? Here are three ideas.

Get Your Book Done: 5 Ideas to Complete Your Book Now

Make a Commitment to Complete Your Book

The first thing you need to do to complete your book is to commit to the project. You don’t have to commit to writing it yourself, but you do need to commit to your end goal. You can figure out the path to get there later.

So, are you committed?

Good. Now let’s explore some pathways to authorship.

Create a Chunked Outline

A chunked outline breaks down your book writing project into manageable chunks so that you are not overwhelmed by the big picture. Here’s one way to do this:

  1. What are 5-10 sub-topics you want to cover within your book? For example, sub-topics I wanted to cover in Public Speaking Super Powers were having a passion for your topic, using vocal variety and overcoming the fear of speaking.
  2. Now break those sub-topics into 3-7 smaller chunks. For example, overcoming the fear of speaking can be broken into what is speaking anxiety, what causes it, what are some ways to overcome it.
  3. Repeat until you can’t break it down anymore.

By breaking your topic down into its most essential parts, you can tackle each part in relatively small chunks of time. In this way, you can write your first draft using the interstitial moments of your life. The first draft is often the toughest challenge to overcome. This method makes it much easier. After that, it is simply a matter of writing transitions, massaging your copy, and polishing your prose.

Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle

If you are like most coaches and consultant, you probably have a blog. You probably have videos, podcasts, audio programs, reports and a variety of other pieces of content you’ve already created. Why not use that to create your book’s first draft? That’s how 57 Secrets for Branding Yourself Online was created.

  1. Gather the content you want to include in your book.
  2. Organize it so that it makes sense.
  3. Edit it for flow and to update ideas.

And before you start thinking, “Why would anyone pay for a book that’s just pulled from my blog?” know this: People will pay for information that is organized in a way that makes their life easier, even if that same information is available for free elsewhere. In fact, Darren Rowse of used this technique to publish his wildly popular “31 Days to Build a Better Blog.”

Partner with Other Writers

You don’t have to write all the content of your book. If you are the leader of an anthology, bringing in essays from other writers, you are also seen as an expert. This can be done in a simple two-step process.

  1. Develop a clear focus for your book and then recruit experts who can touch on different aspects of that topic.
  2. Write the opening chapter, transitions or introductions to each essay and a concluding chapter.

Of course, make sure your contributors are clear that they will not get royalties from the book. That gets way too messy and would be nearly impossible—not to mention not profitable—to administer.

Interview Experts

There are two ways you can create an interview-based book. One is easier than the other. The easier way is to interview experts and have each chapter of your book feature one interview.
The more challenging way is to use the interviews as research to create your more original work. This is how I created Public Speaking Super Powers.

  1. Develop a clear focus for your book and then recruit experts who can touch on different aspects of that topic.
  2. Record interviews with those experts.
  3. Pull together the book.
    • Easier Option: Write the opening chapter, transitions or introductions to each interview and a concluding chapter.
    • More Challenging Option: Organize the information into a logical order and write the book. I took each interview and put quotes I wanted to use onto individual pieces of paper. I organized those quotes into topical piles and worked from there.

The benefit of this method is that you now have a group of experts—with a following—that will help you market the book.

Hire a Ghostwriter

You don’t actually have to write your book yourself! These professionals work with you to create a book that is uniquely yours, and in the end, you’ll have a well-written book with your name on it, all without typing a word.

  1. Develop a core idea for your book.
  2. Hire a ghostwriter with experience writing the type of book you want to create.
  3. Work with your ghostwriter to develop your book. Different ghostwriters have different processes for drawing your knowledge and expertise out of you.

Depending on the contract you negotiate with your ghostwriter, you may have full authorship of the book or may give them a “with” attribution.

See How Simple That Can Be?

Having a published book on your resume can work wonders for your business growth. It will bring you clients, expand your audience reach, and even attract some press. But it can’t do any of that if you don’t write the darn thing. So take one of these ideas and get your book written. You won’t regret it.

Would You Like Me to Help You with Your Book?

Would you like to write a book that supports and grows your business?
Would you like to write a book and build a business around it?
Would you like guidance and accountability while you write your book so that it gets done?

a book on a pedestal in the middle of a forest pathThen keep reading.

This summer, I invite you to join an intrepid group of entrepreneurs (and budding entrepreneurs) as they take their Authorship Superhero’s Journey.

I will personally guide you through the process of writing, publishing and marketing your book, as well as planning for related products and services. You will learn:

  • How to identify your audience so that your book speaks to them and inspires them to work with you.
  • How to plan your book in advance so that it practically writes itself and meets the goals you have for it.
  • How to market and sell your book effectively so that you are seen as an expert and grow your business.

And so much more! I will address all aspects of the book writing process, from writing skills to how to organize your thoughts to planning your book, business and marketing and beyond.

I have successfully published five books, all of them meeting the goals that I intended for them. I will show you how you can do that too!

Become a Founding Member of the Authorship Superhero’s Journey

authorship superhero's journey founding member sealAs part of this Founding member group, you’ll gain lifetime access to a special learning portal, a private Facebook group, and direct access to me. Future groups will not have as much personalized guidance.

This program is not for everyone, however. You need to

  • Be prepared to work on your book project for at least one to two hours a week.
  • Attend weekly group meetings (held on weekends to accommodate those who have day jobs).
  • Commit to completing assignments in a timely manner.
  • Invest six months to a year on this project.
  • Provide feedback so that the program can give you better results.

You will also need to be able to invest in yourself and your project. Although this first group will receive a reduced fee for the program, it is still not inexpensive. In addition, the Founding Members’ group is open to the first 20 people who are accepted into the program. After those seats are filled, you can be put on a waiting list for next year’s group.

If you have heard your authorship call to adventure and are ready to start your quest to become a published author, I invite you to set up your application call today. You don’t need to do this alone. Let me guide you on your quest.

NOTE: To make sure that you are serious about this opportunity, there is a $50 fee for scheduling this appointment. If you are accepted into the program, that fee will be applied to your total tuition. If this is not a good fit for you, I will happily refund the fee. If you miss your appointment, your fee is forfeit.

Don’t let your book go unwritten.
Schedule your call today!


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About the author

Carma Spence is an international best selling author and award-winning speaker who helps women, introverts and shy people vanquish Mind Goblins, unleash their content creation superpowers and communicate their message with confidence so that they can create meaningful and fulfilling legacies.

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