Do you have a dream of a published book? Here is my story and 8 tips for writing a book. When people hear that I have 2 published books, they usually say, “I want to write a book, someday”. When I ask, “Why haven’t you?” The response becomes, “I need tips for writing a book”. Then some people have started writing, feel stuck, and put their writing down.
At age 27, I wrote a small organizing booklet. My uncle was a printer, but unwilling to help me. He wanted to charge thousands of dollars and that was in 1990. My next decision was to go to the library and print it myself. Keep in mind, it was typed, and hand-designed. Many family members looked at me, not understanding why I would want to do this. I wanted to write a book but needed guidance and to get it published. Armed with a little bit of information; I went to my local city office, registered as a business, took out an ad in a local newspaper, purchased a post office box, and sold one booklet. When the person who purchased my booklet inquired as to who I was and wanted more information; I got nervous and shut everything down. There was no one at the time that I knew to support my efforts.
It’s hard to believe that now I have 2 published books and one of them won an award. What tickles me is that now people ask me to give them tips for writing a book. First of all, completing a book is not for the faint-hearted. It is a hard process; at least it was for me. It is so personal. I still criticize myself and can show you all the mistakes that I have made and how I could do better next time. Publishing a book has been helpful for me in my business. The best feeling is for people to say that my book has made a difference in their life.
Here are 8 tips for writing a book
- Get a notebook or journal and dedicate it to writing your book. Do not use the notebook or journal as your “to do” list.
- If you have ideas or thoughts to write for your book and do not have your journal handy; use the notepad app and mic on your phone to dictate your thoughts.
- Find your perfect place to write. I prefer to write with a little noise in the background. My favorite place was airports, now I leave the TV on in the background.
- Pick a subject and just start writing. It doesn’t matter if it sounds like rambling, just write your thoughts. You will find as you are writing your thoughts, a story will fall into place. It doesn’t have to be perfect or in order. You can rearrange later.
- Have someone edit your book. I had a friend and my son to help me with the initial editing process.
- Send your book to a few trusted friends to give you input. You may need a little more editing and grammar proofing.
- It is time to choose a title. Do a little research to find out if someone already has a book with that title, try to avoid that. After choosing your title, purchase the domain name of your book.
- Choose how you will print and publish your book. There are different options such as self-publishing, you do all the work which includes cover design, layout, and printing. Partnership publishing, they do the work, it is costly. Traditional publishing, competition is great and once they have your book, you may or may not have control.
There is more to the process, but the important part is to start writing your book. If you would like to hear more about how I wrote my books, contact me, I’d love to chat.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Life Coach, Speaker, Author