Are you writing a good book?

Fearing that you are not writing a good book can make it difficult to commit to working on it. You’ll probably find yourself sitting down with determination to get started on your book then the fear that this whole idea is wrong or not going to deliver the result you want will begin to creep up and you’ll get stuck again.

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How to choose an idea for your book

Whenever someone tells me they don’t know where to start with their book, I ask them one question: do you have an idea for your book or not?

You see, your first steps vary according to whether you have one idea, lots of ideas or no idea for your book. Below is an outline of the steps you need to take depending on whether you have an idea what you want to write about.

Regardless of whether you have an idea for your book you need to make sure you provide at least one big benefit for your readers and that you can state clearly in your title. This is the root of a highly desirable book that will help your audience and grow your business.

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5 Secrets of Successful Authors

Every author wants to be successful with their book. But getting there doesn’t always feel easy. But, when you learn that there are five simple things you can do to radically increase your chances of success, you will find it easier to focus and achieve your publishing goals and dreams.

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Set your publishing intentions

If you have not set your publishing intentions you are missing step one of the book publishing process – and that could be a big missed opportunity for you, your business and your book.

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Diarise your way to a book

Sometimes, we have a story to tell; a story of an experience, an adventure or a key moment in our lives. This is when keeping a diary can work well and you can diarise your way to a book.

This is a strategy that clearly works best if you know what you are going to do next. If you do it the other way around, you may use your diary or journal as a prompt.

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Discover what sort of book you want to write

Before you start writing your book, you need to discover what sort of book you want to write and the easiest way to do that is by looking closely at what you enjoy reading.

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Someone else has written your book

The fear that someone else has written your book is one that holds back many aspiring authors from writing their book.

The only way to discover the answer to this question is to go and do some research (see my blog posts on online and bookshop research). Once you know the answer to this question, you can move forward. In the meantime, let’s look at some of the main triggers for that fear that someone else has written your book.

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How to allow ideas for your book to emerge

These days, we tend to go hunting for ideas by doing copious amounts of research, especially online. If you have done this and you are stuck, you may we need to turn off the computer and allow ideas for your book to emerge from another part of your brain.

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How to handle a major competing book title

Books on the same topic are being written all the time. It is nuances like the design of the cover, the content, style of writing, expertise of the author, length of the book – and a whole slew of other factors that makes one book more appealing than another to a particular set of readers.

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Five book-writing nightmares – and how to solve them

What do you do when you realise your book writing task has turned into a version of ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ or ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’? Every time you think about it, horror strikes. Oh no! It’s all gone horribly wrong, now what? Here’s what to do if your book writing work turns from heavenly to horrible in a few moments.

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Publishing a resources guide

Although a book is less dynamic than a website, it is more stable. Also, a book presents its content in a far more structured way the information has been researched, verified and comes with the benefit of being recommended.

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Publish a book based on articles

If you’re not keen on doing a lot of writing and have a great network publishing a book based on articles written by a range of contributors is a great publishing strategy for you. The most you will need to write is a short introduction to the book introducing the authors and explaining your reasons for publishing this selection of articles.

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Using the hints and tips book structure

The hints and tips structure is similar to the quotations format, except that all the words are your own. You don’t need to go hunting for material as you will create it.

You will need a number of hints and tips and a bold offer in your title to make this kind of book work: i.e. 21 Killer Tips on Optimizing SEO so You Get More Traffic Fast! That is a tempting proposition for a reader. It suggests they will get some fast fixes (tips are by necessity short and easy to do) for a complex problem that can be overwhelming and difficult to understand.

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How to use quotations to structure your book

One of the key pitfalls of creating books of quotations is to keep researching and researching to find one more great quote. To avoid this, decide on key topic areas you want to focus on and decide to get a specific number of quotes for each one.

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Using the interview structure as the foundation of your book

Interviews are a great way to create a high-value book quickly. You have two options:

You can ask someone to interview you about how you help your clients and get it transcribed into a book.
You can interview someone who has a well-established business, process or reputation who has information of value that you can share with your readers.

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7 simple structures that make great business books

When book ideas for your business are difficult to nail down, you need to take a different approach. If you focus on the way in which you are going to deliver material, you will find that ideas start to flow because the topic will emerge from your research and preparation.

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7 key reasons why you haven’t written your book

If you don’t think your book topic idea is good enough, do more research. Look at other books, do a keyword search to find a better topic and ask your contacts for feedback. Work on your title, too. Getting that right can make a huge difference.

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What to do when you have too much content

It is very easy to write a book that has too much content. This happens because the title is too general, the topic is too broad and the book that lacks any clear argument, angle or focus. What happens is that you literally write everything you know about a topic. As a result, the book you create is often boring to read and very difficult to finish because you keep thinking of something else to add. All is not lost, though, because cutting back the ‘everything’ book is surprisingly easy. All you have to do is make one key decision.

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Check your book topic is right

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Top Tip 4: Check your book topic is right Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here…

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10 Top Tips to Rescue Your Unfinished Book

Anyone who has ever tried to write a book has one. Even prolific writers have them – they are unfinished books, abandoned brain-children that stare silently at us from our shelves and computer screens. Half-done, our unfinished books linger in our minds, prodding us with reminders of our inability to finish what we started. Some…

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