You really can publish your book

If you keep putting off writing a book because it seems too complicated, I have news for you: it’s simpler than you think – and you already have what it takes to publish your book.

Yes, writing a book has several stages and it does look complicated and it can be long (though not always), but if you take it one step at a time, make the most of your experience and call on your natural abilities, it will be far easier than you probably think.

You’ve done it before

Like many products, the work you need to do on your book can be divided into three stages:

  1. Planning and creating (writing)
  2. Delivery (publishing)
  3. Marketing and selling

When you look at it like this, the project becomes less alien because it follows the same basic process as that used for any other product. Best of all, if you’ve created any other kind of product before, you already have some experience you can call on. Have you already:

  • Planned and created a product (an eBook, a short course, a webinar)?
  • Done work so you can actually deliver it (written/recorded, edited, packaged it up)?
  • Marketed and sold it (even if you’ve only sent a single email to your list).

Whether you’ve done this once or many times over doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you recognise that you have some experience to build on and as that’s the case, you have one bit of what it takes to publish your book.

You have the skills

There is something else you can do to make the book-writing process easy for yourself: use your best and most natural skills. Figure out what you do naturally and that is easy for you. Is it speaking, writing, chatting through ideas with someone else? Whatever it is, use that as your content creation method. Get some accountability, create a schedule and work out how you’re going to get the job done (little and often, blocks of time, single focus for several days), then just make it happen.

You’ve probably already heard it said that you don’t need to ‘write’ your book but you may have thought that not writing it would be ‘cheating’ or that if it isn’t physically written, it won’t be right in some way.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It doesn’t matter how you get your ideas ‘out there’, it only matters that they get from inside your head into a form that others can access and consume. If you have the natural ability to communicate (somehow), you have another bit of what it takes to publish your book.

Follow the clear and simple steps to publish a book

To write and publishing your book, you need to follow a process. Admittedly, it is a process that has many steps. However, those steps are clear and simple making the whole writing and publishing process far easier to follow. If you’ve followed any kind of process before (i.e. you’ve followed a course, you’ve followed a set of instructions, you’ve followed a route to get somewhere) you can follow the steps necessary to publish a book and you have another bit of what it takes to publish your book.

It’s important to remember that whenever you do something for the first time, it feels confusing and daunting. When you’ve done it several times, it becomes familiar and feels easier. It’s all a matter of perception and using your existing experience to help you through tricky stages.

If any of the more technical work (making up the files for publication, getting a cover done, uploading to Amazon) is too much, you can simply hire someone to do it for you. There are lots of companies and individuals who do this kind of work and the fees usually aren’t excessive so you can probably afford it.

Follow your dreams and write your book!
Put on your red shoes and follow your dreams. Write your book!

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

If you have the desire to write a book and publish it, you will. It’s as simple as that. Your desire, your dream and that thought that won’t go away will be the reason you eventually take the plunge, get started and put your feet on the Yellow Brick Road that lead to your book. That proves you already have everything you need to publish your book.

So if you’re going to publish your book anyway, why not start today? It really is far easier than you think…

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Deborah Taylor
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.