By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Speaker-Publishing Coach
Deborah S Nelson has written and published 22 books in 8 years. She is a publishing coach and professional author-speaker-writing coach.
How Can I Write & Publish a Book to AMAZON BOOKS?
- Get Inspired to Write
- Design a Writing Space
- Write Daily
- Write Recklessly
- Make a Goal to Publish
Step 1–Get Inspired to Write a Book
Would you like to write a book quickly? Not interested in dragging out this project for years and years like in the good old days of traditional publishing? This article will teach you how to write a book in a flash!
Perhaps you are a business person and want to write a book to inform, education, or persuade your clients that you know your subject. You want to increase the value of your brand. You can increase your client base, raise your prices, and be considered an expert in your industry once you publish your book. You do not have much time to write, so this article is going to teach you the tricks of the trade to get it done!
One of the most effective ways to write a book in short order is to define an idea that truly excites you. Scan your mind and heart for a subject that inspires and motivates you. Another good way is to write about something about which you are highly knowledgeable or passionate. By using one of these ways, the book will practically write itself. The text will get a life of its own and you will hardly be able to stop writing!
My second book was part of an experiment. I took a three-month sabbatical to the Caribbean and I wrote this book in three months! I was super inspired about a subject that I was familiar with, and I literally wrote 12 hours a day for three months. Now, I was actually working on two books at that time, but I did finish one of those books, and published it to Amazon. That book made me hundreds of dollars each month for years—enough to pay my rent in the on other writing visits to the Caribbean.
You do not need to be a best-selling author to earn enough income to make writing and publishing a book worthwhile. If you are knowledgeable in a niche, you can sell books to those who crave that information. Find a subject or a niche you are knowledgeable about and also inspires you, and writing a book will be fun, easy, and fast!
Step 2–Design a Writing Space
Writing requires concentration and focus—especially if you are inspired. Therefore, find a quiet place to think and to write, without distractions. Once you create a peaceful writing environment, writing comes naturally. The words will pour out of you!
Your writing space may include a room or a desk in a quiet part of your home or office. It could be a separate office just for your writing—where and when you can function uninterruptedly.
Be creative in designing your writing space. My writing space was a beach front property in the Caribbean. If your home is full of family responsibilities and distractions, you may need to rent a room in a friend’s house, or create a space in a garage or cottage. It is not necessary that your writing space be so radical as mine—but be creative in the way you create your writing space, so that you will be excited about going to your writing space.
Be sure you have a comfortable chair, perhaps an ergonomic chair because if you are writing a book, you will be spending hours on that chair. Additionally get an ergonomic mouse pad. Finally, remember to stand and stretch to keep your body limber. The first few years I neglected these things and found myself struggling with neck issues, as well as carpel tunnel syndrome. These things have lightened up since I put these ideas into practice.
Along with you finding and defining a writing space you will need the proper tools. A laptop or a desktop with a word processing software, plus a printer are basic tools. In addition, you may want to try our Self-Publishing Toolkit to bolster up your writing office. In addition, you might want to try one of our writing kits.
Step 3–Make a Regular Time to Write
Most people feel they are too busy to write. Writing often gets continuously stashed onto the back burner. I am going to suggest how to overcome this. Write First. If you are unable to write first thing in the morning, then define a certain time to write daily. One author that I knew with 14 books in publication, wrote at 5 am for 45 minutes daily before going to work at 8 am as an editor for a publishing company.
Try this fine tip. Above all, define a time to write daily. You may be busy only have 15 minutes to write, but writing daily is critical to becoming a successful author. You need the practice, and writing every day creates fluidity to your narrative. Your creativity and flow will come alive once you make the habit of daily writing.
In addition, once you write the same time each day this habit will work for you. You will find once you create a daily writing time, that the ideas will flow to you at that time—or even before. Some people like to write first thing in the morning when they are fresh, yet other writers do better late at night, as that is when their creativity seems to kick in. If necessary, try different times to write to see which time works best. In any case writing daily will help you to be immensely successful going forward.
Step 4–Write Recklessly
Once you have formed your inspiration, writing space, and daily time, I am going to urgently suggest that you write recklessly. What does that mean? Your best and most inspired writing will flow when inspired. Write your story as it flows out of you, and do not be concerned one iota how it looks, or sounds. Make spelling, editing or any kind of errors, but first, get your inspired story down on paper.
Inspiration plus the idea, is the most important aspect, of good writing. We have the art of writing and we have the craft of writing. You can be a successful writer without the craft, because you can hire someone for editing and proofreader; but you can not be a successful writer without the story. Therefore, do not be distracted with spelling, grammar, or sentence structure. Leave the image of the high school English teacher behind. She only was focused on the details. When writing a masterpiece you will not be focused on the details, but on the story, on the flow, and the inspiration. Your story or knowledge that you are sharing is the most important aspect of writing—not the spelling, grammar, editing or formatting.
You may go back later and do some editing—or hire a professional editor. However, if you need editing tips, try our series called 10 Self-Editing DIY TIPS for a Smoothly Written Ride. It is an amazing series for getting your self-editing in order, and will save you hundreds or even thousands in editing costs.
Step 5–Make a Goal to Self Publish a Book
What is the point of writing if you are not going to publish your works? Jack Canfield (Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul) once said that writing a book and not publishing it is like having a baby and then setting in on someone’s doorstep
Therefore, set yourself up with a goal to publish. Go ahead and make a goal—a realistic goal and a timeline. If you publish with a traditional publishing company, this will take some time, unless you already have a relationship with a publisher. If you do not already have a publisher I suggest using self-publishing with print on demand where you can keep all your royalties and copyrights. When your manuscript is nearly finished you may want to know about our DIY Self-Publishing kits which walk you through the printing and publishing process.
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