A businessperson and budding author’s guide to getting published
If you are dreaming of writing a book, now is the time to make it a reality. (Pixels pic)
One of the best things you can do for your business is to position yourself as a leader.
Writing a book is accompanied by the promise of better sales and an increased number of prospects knocking on your door.
Even if it is not for work, writing a book and publishing it has many benefits, such as making money, immortalizing the author, direct authority of the author and promoting the business.
Before defining the subject of your book, it is important to do some basic research first.
Choosing a theme
Would you like to write about useful topics? In Malaysia, for example, people are more interested in books that can help them make more money, increase productivity, improve their health and have fun (such as novels or comics).
To determine the right topic, focus on the following points:
- What is your business strategy?
- What is your career?
- Is the issue relevant to your business?
One of the easiest ways to find the right topic is to look at the most popular bestseller lists on Amazon.
If you have a target position, you can improve the topics and view the best selling books listed in the category you want.
Once you have selected the topic, select some of the top rated books in this category, buy them and study them well. You will soon find some good ideas.
Drawing the outline
Book planning is half the job. (Rawpixel pic)
Before you start writing the book, it is very important to draw an outline. It makes the process of writing books much easier.
Take a large piece of paper and start writing down what you have in mind.
If you are unsure about the table of contents of your book, you should look at other books with a similar position and this will provide a clear picture of what your topics will be.
When you have a well-designed and detailed outline, you can say that the book is half done, because once you have prepared your outline, you know exactly what to do and what to write.
Effective ways to produce content
Writing a book can seem very difficult. It does not have to be that way. If you do it the right way, it can be very easy.
Here are the three most effective ways to generate useful content.
You can write a book yourself, or you can find yourself a co-author to help you write the book. In many cases, one can have the information about the book and have the regular strategy.
Your co-author can write 70% of the book and you can contribute the remaining 30%. The contribution rate does not matter, because you will continue to become a writer.
Instead of writing the book yourself, you can hire a trusted ghost. A fictional writer will do all the research for you, but his name will not be in the book. yours.
Although this method costs a lot of money, it is worth it.
Once you find the themes and the outline, the imaginative will prepare the content. All you have to do is check it out, verify the information and maybe add some of your own flavor.
Give the Ghostwriter an instruction or example on how to write content. And in return for your investment, you will receive a good book.
You will find many books full of interviews inside. These are expert interviews that answer different questions on the subject, which are then translated into words in a book.
10 interviews can give you 50 pages worth of content. If this is a book that contains 100 pages, you can outsource 80% of the book and you will only need to write 10 to 20 pages yourself.
Once your book is on the shelves of bookstores, you have made it. (Rawpixel pic)
This step is the most important part and the point of writing a book. Here are some things to consider:
When is the best time to approach a publisher? Well, any time is a good time.
Even when you have only one idea in mind, you can turn to a publisher. However, if this is your first book, it is recommended that you show something to your publisher.
It is important that you negotiate the details of the contract with your publisher. This includes rights, terms, restrictions and expectations.
Royalty is what you pay for the book. Usually, authors are paid 8% of the sale price. As sales increase, so do your rights.
In addition, you should be aware of the publisher’s terms, rights and restrictions.
In some cases, the publisher will be waiting for you to help them promote the book at book fairs or counters, so make sure you know all their limitations and expectations and negotiate accordingly.
How to become a writer gives you credibility
It can take years to gain people’s trust that can only be done by writing a decent book. When you write a book, people will see you as agents and not as speakers or dreamers.
This brings you a whole new level of respect and then you will be able to attract many more customers than ever before.
Most importantly, you will remember your ideas and even when you are gone, you will live forever in the hearts of people whose lives have changed since your creation.
This article first appeared on kclau.com
KC Lau’s first book Top Money Tips for Malaysians has sold thousands of copies. The first online personal finance course designed specifically for Malaysians has started, entitled the Money Automation System. He has also collaborated on many other online economics courses such as the Bursa Method, the Ownership Method, the Founder Method and the REIT Method.