Be ready to invest more than just money
One of the things that surprises me most about new authors is their surprise at the total investment of writing a book. It seems they are thinking that a high quality book will cost a few hundred dollars and take a few weeks to produce. Um, no.
You mean I need a budget in the thousands? Um, yes. You mean it takes months? Um, yes. You mean I'm going to be inconvenienced? Um, yes.
Check out my latest vlog for some thought-provoking questions every new author must answer truthfully before they get started on their book writing journey.
Writing your book means making investments in three areas:
Questions every new author must ask before starting their book writing journey:
Do I have the time, or am I willing to make time in my schedule to write?
Do I have the energy and excitement for writing this book?
Am I willing to let this book project be the focus of my attention for the time it takes to write it?
Am I willing to open my myself to the process of using my personal experiences to lend my unique perspective to my book?
Am I willing to allow my book project to distract me from my business or career for the time it takes to write it?
How will I manage this distraction?
Do I fully understand the soft costs involved in writing my book?
Have I done my homework to understand the hard costs of producing a book?
Do I have a budget that will support my goals for the book?
First time writing a book? Then you will want to read 6 Things No One Tells You About Writing a Book to get ready for your book writing journey.