Is It Time To Write Your Book? – Forbes

It’s easy to think that in our technically advanced world that books and authors somehow are passé and matter less. The truth is, they matter more. Books are still a great calling card and they allow you to start big conversations. They can make you a thought leader. You can help people you don’t even know solve their problems or be inspired or entertained.

In fact, books are so prevalent and important today that entire industries have been launched to help you get a book written and published. There are many great ghostwriters who can help you write your book. You can sit down with your phone and record yourself talking and then send it out to a transcription service who will send you back a Word doc that can be easily edited and made into a chapter or a section of a book.

Once your book is written, there are myriad ways to get it turned into an e-book and a soft cover. There was a time not so long ago that just getting the book written was a huge chore. Then, you had to hunt for someone to publish it and if you couldn’t find a publisher your only choice was to put in a drawer somewhere never to be seen again. Nowadays, there are terrific self-publishers and book cover designers and independent editors that will be more than happy turn your book into a beautiful piece of work that you can be proud of.

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There are also literary agents and great traditional publishers who can help you.

So, what’s your area of expertise? What have you learned that is unique to you? What do you find yourself sharing often with clients who call only you for help with a specific problem that you have figured out?

For me, it began with customer loyalty. I understood it. It came easy for me. I decided to write a book about it, not really knowing where that would take me. I just knew it was a way to exponentialize my impact from what I knew. Shortly after the book published, the Post Office bought 22,000 copies! I have written 5 books since then. Writing books has turned out to be career and life changing for me! It launched a consulting and speaking career that I couldn’t have imagined when it all began.

I especially love the conversations when I go out to speak. After the presentation, I usually sign books and chat with the attendees. Those brief moments with people have been priceless. Their observations and questions inspire me.

So, if you are reading this and you have ever thought even once about writing a book, I highly recommend it. Yes, it is a lot of work but don’t be intimidated. If it seems like too much to tackle, make it more manageable. Do it one chapter at a time. Maybe even start with just a general outline. Start thinking about it. Use your outline as a guide and ponder it when you take a long walk. See where your creativity takes you.

And if you do publish a book I can promise you this. One day you’ll get an email or a text or a message on your author website from someone you don’t know and have never met. They’ll tell you that somebody gave them a copy of your book or recommended that they buy it. They’ll thank you for your words and for taking the time to write them down and publish them.

In my opinion, that’s the very definition of success.