How to Write Your Book in Just a Couple of Weeks

images-1There are several good reasons why should you write your book in just a couple of weeks.  First, let’s be frank, shall we? Does it really matter that your book took 5 years to write? Honestly, who cares? Stephen King churns ‘em out monthly, and we still can’t get enough. You are certainly welcome to tell people that it took you a year, or even two, to write your masterpiece, but if your book sucks, that erroneous information won’t compel anybody to keep reading it.

Furthermore, if you don’t write it fast, chances are very good that you won’t write it all. In this the Age of Information, someone (just like you) gets tons of ideas every day, and with so many emails to answer and useless gadgets to learn how to use, time is speeding up and it’s getting harder and harder to pen things down, to focus and go the long haul with our literary aspirations.

UntitledNot to mention, at the end of the day, some folks are just talkers while others are doers. If you call yourself a Writer then by all means be a doer-writer. It is infinitely more satisfying to have people at parties comment on you PUBLISHED book, than to hear yourself drone on and on, again and again, about The Book you are eternally working on. You know what I’m talking about. Only published authors command this coveted indulgence.

I am sorry to have to burst your romantic bubble this way, but the fact is, creativity does not have to be grueling and drawn out. It can be lightening quick, engaging and compelling, too. Truly prolific authors know this. Productivity is creativity in motion.

Screen shot 2013-06-22 at 1.51.01 PMNow, there are many long, hard roads to getting The Book (finished and bound with your name on it) in hand and there is only one short route to it. The myriad of long ways involve the stress and heartache of trying to figure out what to write about while waiting for that illusive muse to bring it on, or writing a series of lengthy book proposals to swamped publishing houses and sitting back to wait for that long line of rejection letters to pour in (because you’re an unknown writer) and, worst of all, if you don’t become completely demoralized and lose interest by then, you may take years to finish the original manuscript, if you ever finish it at all.

This article is all about the short way to write and publish your book. It’s about the straight line between two points. If you know anything at all about your subject matter, it should take you a couple of weeks to write your book – in your spare time. I did it and you can too. In fact, many life-altering books were written on airplanes for that matter.

Step 1
I have said this many times before and I will say it again. You have to make an outline. No, you may not skip this step; the whole thing will not work without it. There are many great online articles on how to do this. In the interest of time, remember you must write it fast, I suggest you read my previous post on How to Write a Book outline in Just a Few Minutes mentioned in the Resources section of this article.

Step 2
So Many Books So Little TimeOnce you have the outline in place, change each subject of each Chapter list into a question. For example, if Chapter 4 is entitled: 4. When Cats Bite, and the subjects for each Chapter are:
a.Hormones
b. Breed
c.Discipline
Change these to:
a.What do hormones have to do with cats biting?
b. Which breeds bite more often?
c. How can you discipline your cat to stop biting?

Step 3

Then, start writing by answering these questions. If you did your outline well, the writing part will be fun and easy, just like a game of Connect the Dots. Just take a few moments here and there throughout your day to write quickly and fill in all the spaces listed in your outline. You will be amazed at how much writing you can do if you start by carrying a printed copy of this list around with a pad and pen, and answer one question, each time you find yourself sitting in a waiting room or standing on line somewhere. Becoming adept at a technique of free writing, without thinking (seriously), will allow you to right as much as a page in 5 minutes. This way you can have 200 pages done in 40 hours! That’s 4 weeks of writing just 10 hours per week, 2 hours per day, with weekends off! This way, when you write, your mind and the subject matter is always fresh and you don’t become frustrated or overwhelmed, which would put your entire project in jeopardy.

Step 4
Don’t bother editing it until you’ve written the whole thing!! No kidding. If you persist in doing these cosmetic-touch-ups while writing, before you have committed all your ideas to paper then, 9 times out of 10 your book will never be finished. When you are done, just give it a  quick grammar and spell check. Then reread you writing over and over again until you feel safe enough to send it to a professional editor who will then polish it and shape it to the finished product.

Step 5
Now back to the romantic stuff: contact an online Self-Publishing Company and go to press! As soon as this part is taken care of, you can start organizing your book tour of local bookstores and radio station and get back to plugging your book with friends at parties. It is not uncommon for conventional Book Publishing Companies to want to “pick up” a book that has moderate sales success at local booksellers and Amazon. If you know you’ve got what it takes, go for the self-publishing. No one need know the difference and you can have the chance to prove your mettle through online sales and reviews.

Tips & Warnings

* Keep your day job, please. You’re going to need a lot of patience and dedication, many followup novels, and/or a solid speaker’s platform to become a full-time author.
* Do not write and edit. If you do, you’ll never be done.
* Ask yourself this question: If you choose to ignore this advice, will your book be done any time soon?
* I went from earning $25,000 annually to over $300,000 (Yep, that comma is in the correct place) within 18 months of writing my Best Selling Real Estate Book. I wrote it in just 2 weeks and had the first printed copy in hand 3 weeks later. No joke. I did it and so can you.

For a detailed directions on writing a winning book outline read part 1 in this series:

* How to Write a Book Outline in Just A Few Minutes

 

 

Reach out to Independent Book Sellers (IBS)

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By now you should know all the IBS in your area. Many of them collect the demographical information of their customers. Contact the owner and see if they will send out your promotional material. But be ready to pay for the postage if they do!

 

Build a Team!

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To be successful you will need a great team behind you. Your team should include:

 

  • Ø A Book Mentor,
  • Ø A Focus Group,
  • Ø A Professional Editor
  • Ø Proofreader
  • Ø A Typesetter
  • Ø A Professional Cover Designer
  • Ø A Publicist, to create press, schedule interviews with authors and publishing company where appropriate, 
press releases 24-7 about everything that happens
  • Ø An Assistant (if you can afford one) to collate valuable information, update calendars, social media, websites additions to authors and company sites, mail, fan mail, etc.

 

 

 

If you don’t have a team, or at least the beginnings of one, start looking for people now! Many publishing companies provide these services. Be sure to ask about them when looking for a publisher.

 

Take advantage of Google Alerts

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Many non-fiction authors are considered experts in the subject matter that their work is based on. As a subject matter expert, there are dozens of online communities that would love for you to join their conversation on matter similar to your book subject. This allows you the opportunity to also promote your book.

If you create multiple Google Alerts at http://www.google.com/alerts, Google will email you whenever a new conversation, or a new news story or blog post on a given subject, appears. Remember that you want to participate in the conversation, not spam it will book ads.

 

Do a Blog Tour!

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Now days it can be very pricey to go on a nationwide or worldwide book tour to promote your work. However, with the Internet there is a much easy and cost effective way to tour.Consider doing a virtual blog tour.

With this marketing tool, you arrange to have news and updates of your book published in various blog post on multiple blogs, with each story appearing on a certain day.  Many authors go on tour to promote a book by organizing book signings at bookstores.A well-run blog tour will have all participating blogs cross promote each other and readers will be encouraged to follow the author’s progresses.

Keep it interesting by having each of the blogs cover a different aspect of your book or of you, the author.

 

Join the conversation on blogs

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It is not enough to just have your own blog. The social media world is about participation.It is just as important to have your own blog as it is to join the conversation on other blogs. This is not to say span other blogs with messages to by your book, but participate in relevant discussion and if you see an opportunity to modestly promote your work, feel free.

 

How to Write Your Book Outline in Just a Few Minutes

500_F_63093124_NUetPLgt4cJ5BPAyjI9tIy8SyJrHw8b9Are you ready to write your Best Seller but are unsure where to start? Are you spending more time day-dreaming about being a guest on Oprah than you are writing? While the day dreaming will certainly get you far by projecting your desires into the universe, the saying goes: writers write. This means that as long as no words go on the page, your possibilities of making your dreams become reality are nil.

Why aren’t you writing more? Why does what you write not come out the way you imagined? The answer to these questions may surprise you. The answer is that you don’t have the right tool for the job.

What is the right tool? Assuming that your writing skills are fair to fantastic, the tool your looking for is called an outline. Every successful writer uses one. Embrace the use of outlines for all your projects. All prolific Writers know that you need a road map to go somewhere you’ve never been before, unless of course you want to get lost.

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Certainly, if you had a uncomplicated outline you’d be doing more writing than dreaming. With these easy step by step directions,  you will have your complete book outline in place in just  a few minutes.

Step 1

First, Lets break it down. Lets say, for the sake of this article, that the average book is 200 pages in length. This translates to 20 Chapters, at an average rate of 10 pages per Chapter. Can you see where I’m going with this? Before you start writing chapter headings, move on to Step 2.

Step 2

Now, make a list of 2O main Subjects you want to discuss in your book. Use no more than 3 Words for each Subject.
Such as: 4. When Cats Bite.

This will be what each Chapter is about. You can worry about impressive titles and names later.

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Now, next to this, make another list of the 5-10 important things (list single words only please) that you want to mention about each Subject/Chapter.

Such as, Chapter 4: When Children Bite

a.Hormones
b. Breed
c.Discipline
d. Trauma
e. Emotions

Step 4

Next, switch this list of important things around in order of importance. Put the best stuff that you are most passionate about first, the not so great stuff in the middle and the medium-good stuff last.

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This goes for the entire 20 Chapters of your book too, take a moment now to resort the overall flow of Chapters into this Best, Not the Best, Good order as well. This will get your readers hooked from the first page enough to coast through the middle and keep reading when they find it picking up 2/3 through the book.

Step 6

Screen shot 2013-06-22 at 2.05.27 PMVoila! Your outline is done and there is nothing standing in your way from writing that book. You have a complete and clear outline to make it happen. You now know fully well what goes on each page from beginning to end. Do this for all your books from now on. Do not try to write your book without finishing the outline first; it will only frustrate you more and put more time between you and the fulfillment of your dreams.

Congratulations. See you on Oprah.

 

For more help writing that book read my followup post:

How to Write Your Book in Just a Couple of Weeks

 

Authors get taxed too!

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If you do not have experience doing your taxes refer to this website for free assistance www.freetaxusa.com. This company allows you to do a free 1099, unlike most other companys you’ll find.

It allows you to click back ad forth until the numbers are right and only e-files if you do the taxes before April 15th of the year, but you can do many years prior and print those out to mail to the IRS.

There are also tax deductions offered to authors. Refer to this video for information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1E7CcpgcFg

 

Do Book Signings

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Book signings are a great way to get your face out there. You are able to interact with fans and readers.

It is especially helpful to do local book signings in your hometown. Locals enjoy seeing their own on the face of a book. This is a great way to publicize yourself.

You can easily team up with the bookstore and take out an ad in the local newspaper for more exposure.

 

Starting out, writing won’t be a full-time gig

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Few writers are able to make a living doing nothing abut writing. Authors usually make $1 to $2 for each book they sell and as an eBook on Amazon you are making even less. Keep in mind that you will probably want to hold on to your day job as you breakthrough in this profession.