A businessperson and budding author’s guide to getting published
If you dream of writing a book, it is time to make it a reality. (Pexels picture)
One of the best things you can do for your business is position yourself as an authority figure.
Writing a book promises better sales and more prospects knocking on your door.
Even if it’s not for business, there are many benefits to writing and publishing a book, such as: B. Make money, immortalize the author, give the author instant authority, and promote their business.
Before deciding on the subject of your book, it is important to do some basic research first.
Choose a topic
You want to write on useful topics. In Malaysia, for example, people are more interested in books that allow them to make more money, increase productivity, improve their health, and entertain them (e.g. novels or comics).
Focus on the following to identify the right topic:
- What’s your business strategy?
- What is your career about?
- Is the topic relevant for your company?
One of the easiest ways to find the right topic is to read the most popular and best-selling lists on Amazon.
Once you have a target niche, you can refine the topics and read the bestsellers in your desired category.
After choosing the subject, choose some of the highly rated books in this category, buy them, and study them carefully. You’ll have good ideas soon enough.
Planning the outline
Planning the book is half the job. (Rawpixel image)
Before you start writing the book, it is very important that you plan out an outline. This makes writing books a lot easier.
Take a large piece of paper and scribble whatever you have on your mind.
If you are unsure of your book’s table of contents, you will need to look at other books in a similar niche. This will give you a clear picture of your issues.
If you have a properly designed and detailed outline, you can say that the book is halfway through because once you have your outline ready you will know exactly what to do and what to write.
Effective ways to create content
Writing a book seems like a very daunting task. It doesn’t really have to be like that. If you get it right it can be very easy.
Here are the three most effective ways to create useful content.
1. Take notes
You can write a book yourself or find a co-author to help you write the book. In many cases, it happens that someone has the information for the book and you have the tactical strategy.
Your co-author can write 70% of the book and you can contribute the remaining 30%. The percentage of the post doesn’t matter as you are still going to be a writer.
Instead of writing the book yourself, you can hire a reputable ghostwriter. A ghostwriter will do all the research for you, but his name will not be on the book. your will.
Although this method costs a lot of money, it is still worth it.
Once you’ve created the themes and outlines, the ghostwriter prepares the content. All you have to do is go through it, review the information and maybe add something of your own taste.
Give the ghostwriter a guideline or example of how the content should be written. And in return for your investment, you’ll get a good book.
Inside, you’ll find lots of books filled with interviews. These are the interviews of experts who answer various questions on the subject and then turn them into words in a book.
With 10 interviews you get 50 pages worth of content. If it’s a 100 page book, you can outsource 80% of the book and only need to write 10 to 20 pages yourself.
Will be published
Once your book hits bookstore shelves, you’re done. (Rawpixel image)
This step is the most important part and the point at which a book is written. Here are a few things to think about:
When is the best time to contact a publisher? Well, every time is a good time.
Even if you only have an idea, you can contact a publisher. However, if it’s your first book, it is recommended that you show something to your publisher.
It is important to negotiate the contract details with your publisher. This includes royalties, terms, restrictions, and expectations.
Royalties are paid for the book. Typically, authors receive 8% of the sale price. With the increase in sales, the license fee increases.
In addition, you should be informed of the publisher’s terms, rights, and restrictions.
In some cases, the publisher will expect you to help promote the book at book fairs or booths. So make sure you are aware of all limitations and expectations and negotiate accordingly.
How it gives you credibility to be a writer
It can take years to gain people’s trust, which can only be achieved by writing a decent book. When you’ve written a book, people will consider you a doer rather than a speaker or a dreamer.
This will bring you a whole new level of respect and you can then acquire many more customers than ever before.
Most importantly, you should be remembered for your ideas and even when you are gone you will live forever in the hearts of people whose lives have been changed by your creation.
This article first appeared in kclau.com
KC Lau’s first book, Top Money Tips for Malaysians, has sold thousands of copies. He started the first online personal finance course specifically designed for Malaysians, called the Money Automation System. He co-founded many other online finance courses including the Bursa Method, the Real Estate Method, the Founder Method, and the REIT Method.