Whether you’re dreaming of writing a book, outlining your book, or about to release you’re book, I want to share a few ways you can ensure your book will die a slow, painful death.
Namely, so you don’t make these costly mistakes.
But if you want to cause your book to sink, here are some proven ways to make sure it happens….
1. Convince yourself you’re done the moment the manuscript is complete.
You’ve hit your word count, read through your chapters a second time, and you feel the thrill of accomplishment. You should! 70% or more of Americans believe they have a book in them, but few will ever write their story.
You are one of the few, the achieving, the accomplished.
The moment your manuscript is complete, stage two of the writing process begins. Sending your manuscript to friends to read and review and make suggestions. (Hint: Friends who say your book is perfect or great aren’t really helping you). Look for readers who are for you and have a critical eye for making your pacing, storytelling, and words sharper and more focused.
Plan to rework your manuscript multiple times and bring in the proofers to Quadro- and Octo-check your prose. You’ll be glad you did!
2. Wait until the book releases to tell people about your work. Remember to share your writing journey with potential readers.
Invite them into your struggles and triumphs. Share pictures online. Warm your audience to your writing and editing process long before the book releases.
You’ll not only garner cheerleaders and supporters, but also people who purchase and share your project once it’s back from the printer.
3. Give away promotional copies to friends and family.
People will tell you to get the book in as many hands as possible. And if the hands belong to celebrities, dignitaries, or big influencers, by all means send out the gratis copies.
As for friends, neighbors, family members, you need them to purchase the book. Why is this so important?
Consider that you’ve just spent the last six to 18 months or longer working on this project.
Consider the cost of purchasing the book is likely less than $18.
Consider that sometimes it’s those closest to you who will struggle with what you’ve known all along—you’re called and created to be a writer.
Consider that your work has value and meaning—not just because you do it—but because it’s worth paying to enjoy.
The biggest reason to ask people to buy your books—even if they share your last name—is that people are far more likely to read what they pay for!
My hope is that you won’t put off writing one more day!
Hey Write Brilliant Friends!
Margaret, here. Meet my friend, Heather Zempel. Heather is an author and discipleship pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC.
I asked Heather to pop over and answer an important question when it comes to writing: How do you make your writing timeless?
Her insights are sooo helpful. You’re going to want to take notes.
P.S. The motto of their church is one I need over my whole life. Yes, please.
Grab a copy of Heather’s book Community is Messy, here.
Meet our friend, Laura. Laura is a worship leader, pastor, mom, and author. Before being introduced to Write Brilliant, Laura had one self-published study, but still didn’t consider herself a writer.
Sound familiar? Laura isn’t alone. So many of you wrestle with calling yourself a writer. But that’s exactly what you are.
Now, Laura has published two Bible studies with Moody Publishers and continues to transform lives through her story.
We asked Laura to pop over and share some of her advice for those who struggle to call themselves writers. Read More
Hi Write Brilliant friends,
I want to introduce you to my friend, Heather Zempel. Heather is an author and discipleship pastor at National Community Church in Washington DC. Heather has a lot of gifts– one of which I want you to glean from today. In this video, I ask Heather her tips on how to write a study on an entire book of the Bible–while sticking to a theme.
Take 5 minutes to watch this interview. Your writing (and study) will be better for it.
P.S. Even if you don’t write Bible studies, Heather’s tips will translate into what you do, too. Promise.
Check out Heather’s study, Amazed and Confused, here.
In this week’s Write Brilliant Quick Tip, Margaret Feinberg talks about 3 main sources of discouragement in your writing and how to overcome them.Read More
It’s easy to dismiss making resolutions especially if, like me, you forget or neglect them by February 15. But setting your writing goals for the upcoming year is different than your typical New Year’s resolution. Writing goals are meant to give you a blueprint for getting those words on paper, developing a platform, and deepening your writing relationships.
Here are 6 steps for setting writing goals you’ll actually keep in 2018:Read More
In this week’s Write Brilliant Quick Tip, Margaret Feinberg talks about why what you’re seeing, tasting, and experiencing during the holidays is crucial to your writing.
Watch here: Read More
I spent the last week editing a friend’s book. I poured over every chapter, paragraph, sentence, and word—not once, but twice.
I learned crucial lessons that will help your writing shine:Read More
Have you ever thought about writing a book with your spouse or friend?
If so, you’ll soon discover that creating cohesive content can be a challenge.
A while back, we shared 5 Traps to Avoid When Co-Authoring. Now, we’d like to equip you with four more tips from Write Brilliant Academy graduate Cherie Lowe to help you thrive.Read More
Have you ever thought about writing a book or blog or project with someone else?
A spouse? Friends? Ministry partner?
You may think, “That’s half the work!” But you’ll likely run into these common roadblocks along the way.
I’ve invited, Cherie Lowe, a Write Brilliant Academy graduate, and co-author of Your Money, Your Marriage: The Secrets to Smart Finance, Spicy Romance, and their Intimate Connection (Sept 2018), to share her secrets:Read More
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