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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Three ways to blog your book

If sitting down to write a book seems daunting, you might like to blog your book instead. This method of writing has many benefits including getting two jobs done in one go: blogging regularly and publishing a book.

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What would success mean for your book right now

Success does not necessarily mean finishing your whole book, achieving bestseller status or growing your list by hundreds or even thousands. Of course, all of those achievements are huge and big indicators of success. While those pinnacles may be what we all dream of want for our books, we know that smaller achievements can be experienced as significant successes as they take us forward on the path of developing our businesses.

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Get organised before you begin publishing your book

Before you get started publishing your book you need to get organised. If you walk into a publishing house it can look as if there are random piles of paper everywhere – that’s usually because publisher’s lack the space they need to store the proofs they have for their many titles. In fact, editors are, of necessity, staggeringly well-organised. If they weren’t, they would sink under the sheer weight of paper in their offices.

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How do you successfully implement your book plan

The truth is that we all make plans, we all put some of those plans into action, and we all have plans we never even begin putting into action. Why is that? Is our success down to necessity, simplicity, or our commitment to a project? Do we become afraid and so avoid our plan or do we just get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work we need to do and so never start? Why do we sometimes make plans and never follow through?

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The personal qualities and business skills needed to write a book

When it comes to taking on the challenge of publishing a book there are a number of personal qualities and business skills that will get your book done. These qualities and skills will be critical to your success. Some of the personal qualities you need include self-confidence, determination, resilience, leadership and courage. Business skills include: planning, organisation and the ability to manage your money, time and energy.

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Maintaining confidence when writing your book

It’s easy to think that writing a book is all about technical know-how, marketing prowess and dogged determination. But there is another factor that comes into play when it comes to writing your book: confidence.

These factors can affect your book-writing success at any point, not just in finishing, which is when confidence seems to be most in need. Let’s look at how your self-confidence and belief can have an impact at pivotal points in the creation of the book.

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The importance of staying with the book-revision process

There are going to be days – maybe more than a few – when you struggle to work on your book. You will have doubts, feel overwhelmed and lose your way. When this happens, you need to remind yourself that if you are going to finish your book that you need to stay with the book-revision process.

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Adding text when revising your book

You may be wondering why you might need to start adding text after cutting so much out. The main reason is that when you take parts of your book out, you will start to see gaps that need to be filled and transitions between key points that need to be made.

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Cutting text when revising your book

The most important thing to remember when cutting text is to make sure you do it on the first read and to do it quickly. If you spend too long deliberating you will get stuck. Use your instincts too; they will often be your best guide when it comes to cutting your text.

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Develop a writing habit

A lot of what actually gets a book done is writing consistently. Turning up at the page daily and getting words onto it is a big ‘must do’ if you want a book to your name. Writing weekly is less effective as it will take you longer to get going each time and you will stop writing sooner than if you turn up daily. If you don’t find that writing comes naturally to you, this may be an horrific idea so you may want to build your writing up gradually. It might also help you to plan what you are going to write so you don’t arrive at the page with a blank mind.

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Do you apire to write a signature book

Unlike a book that has a predominantly marketing-led purpose, a signature book is about getting across your unique message and sharing a specially designed method or system you have developed. You need to approach writing a signature book with an entirely different mind-set than if you were planning to write a book that you were going to use as a marketing tool.

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How to revise your book one draft at a time

Revising a book can be overwhelming so it is important to take it one step at a time, and ideally, you need to revise your book one draft at a time. When you focus on getting each draft better than the one before, you make progress without agonising over every word.

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Finding the courage to publish your book

No matter how much technical information, advice, feedback and other kind of support you might get, it is you alone who has to have the courage to publish your book.

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Research your book content by asking questions

If you want to research your book content in a way that brings results, you need to start asking questions.

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Make every time a good time to write

Can any time be a good time to write? Many of us don’t think so. We believe we need certain conditions or circumstances to be able to write.

The truth is that we all have a time of day or particular set of circumstances that we prefer when we want to write. That time, for us, is like gold; it is when everything feels easy because we feel motivated, energised and positive.

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What to do when your writing schedule falls apart

Keeping to any schedule is always a challenge; there are bound to be good days and not such good days, days where everything is smooth and feels easy and days when the work feels hard and you get stuck. Getting over one difficult day is one thing, getting over a more long-term disruption or slump can be much harder. When you look at your schedule after you’ve had a major break in your work plans, it can seem as if it is laughing at you.

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Create a motivating writing schedule

If your book is stalling, it could be because you don’t have a motivating writing schedule. Publishing is built around deadlines and schedules. It is the lifeblood of the whole industry and they rule everything that happens. If you want to write and publish your own book efficiently, you will need to write (and keep to) schedules.

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Your decision to write a book

When you make a committed decision to do something, everything changes. There is action, movement, and change.

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Use your book to generate income for your business

To achieve anything with your book, you need to make sure you plan appropriately from the outset so that you choose the right topic and publish your book in the right format and at the right price. You also need a marketing plan because your book is only one element in a larger marketing strategy.

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