Deborah Taylor

Hi, I'm Deborah Taylor and I'm a publishing consultant and book-writing mentor. I work with established business owners who want to share their message by writing a book but are struggling to get started (or finished). I help them write, publish and launch a stand-out, attention-grabbing book that will raise their profile, reach more of their ideal clients and grow their business. I am a trained editor with over 15 years' publishing experience with major blue-chip UK publishing companies such as Hodder & Stoughton, BBC Books, Cassell and Pearson. I have produced books on every subject under the sun and with professinals and experts from a wide range of professions, from chefs and gardeners to life coaches and career consultants. I would love to help you write a book you love and that will raise your profile, attract new clients and bring you exciting new business opportunities.

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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.

Five questions to ask before starting your book

Here are five questions to ask before starting your book. Each one will help get you ready to write your book. Good planning and preparation could be the difference between success and failure. It may only take a few minutes to think about your answer to each question, but those few minutes could make a big difference to your success with your book.


Write a book in six weeks?

Whether it is possible to write a book in six weeks is less about time and more about whether you are committed to doing it. It’s about whether you are prepared to make a challenging decision and whether you are willing to turn up and do the work. It’s not actually about whether it takes six weeks or four weeks or one week, it’s about the decision to do it at all.

Are you time poor or just disorganised?

Manage your priorities and you’ll manage your time.
Manage your priorities and you’ll manage your time.
If that’s the case, and you want to write a book, you need to put ‘write a book’ at the top of your list of priorities at some point, otherwise it will never get done.

It’s easy to think you are too busy but the truth is that you haven’t made a decision that you going to follow through with your desire to write a book. In the absence of that firm decision, your book drifts. Something else comes along and takes up the time you could have spent on it.

9 Key Benefits of Writing a Short eBook

Publishing a high-quality book of any kind is a great thing to do. It showcases your expertise so you can attract people to your list and find new clients. Somehow, putting something in writing – and doing it well – instantly conveys the message that you are knowledgeable, capable and confident in yourself and your topic. If you believe writing a book has to be a time-consuming and slow process, I am here to show you that there is another way, and it’s called an eBook (Kindle, Nook, Kobo or iBook).

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.

Get Inspired and Write Your Book

It’s simple. When you get inspired, you will write your book. Starting a big project like writing a book is challenging. No matter how much we want to do it, sometimes we cannot break through the fears and doubts so we can get started. If you are frustrated by your own procrastinating habits when it comes to getting started with your book, you need to learn how to get inspired so you can finally get started with your book.

How to set your publishing goal

There are many questions you need to ask yourself before you begin writing a book, but there is one question that is more critical than any other: what is your publishing goal? It is critical because in answering this question you are revealing to yourself your own level of self-belief in, and your commitment to, your intention of publishing a book. Now, before you switch off because I mentioned the word ‘goal’, hear me out. When I use the word goal, I also mean outcome, result and dream.

What type of book do you want to write?

Choosing the type of book you want to write may not be a decision you are aware that you need to make, but it is.
There are many different types of non-fiction business book that you could write; I have identified around seven but I’m sure there are more. However, I believe that for practical purposes, there are three main types and I call them Seed, Signature and Star.

Do you read as well as write?

It’s a simple question: do you read as well as write? I only ask because it is easy to forget to read when you are focused on becoming an author. In fact, you may have actively decided not to read while you write in order not to muddle your mind – and book – with the opinions of others.

The Power of Perspective

The power of perspective is invaluable in resolving many business issues, but it’s especially useful when it comes to revising a book. That’s why I always advise my authors to take a break from their book after they have finished writing it so they can gain a new perspective on it before they begin the job of editing and revising.

Are you ready to write your book?

Are you ready to write a book? If you want to write a book but haven’t started yet, it may be because you are not ready. Or you may be ready but just think you’re not. But how do you know the difference and how do you know whether you need to push through any resistance you have or whether to shelve your plans and wait until it’s a better time.

Three unwelcome truths about book publishing

Over the years, I have come across three unwelcome truths about book publishing that almost every author I have ever met trips over. For self-publishing authors, these three truths are the biggest obstacles to they encounter in publishing their book. In fact, these issues are so huge for aspiring authors that they eclipse the far greater opportunities offered by having a book. So what are these three truths and how can you keep moving towards your goal regardless of their existence?