I’ve always wanted to write a book and I think a lot of people out there secretly harbour dreams of becoming an author one day.
Recent stats show that almost 81% of people want to write a book. So that is a lot of people!
I am finally writing my first self-published book and see this as the first step in a long author journey. So why not join me?
Here are 10 reasons why you should quit with the excuses and start writing that book you have always wanted to write.
1. Achieve your lifetime goal
Don’t remain as the statistic that ‘wants to write a book’. Take action and become one of those few people who actually authors their own book.
Whether it’s just a side passion project or the beginning of a new career path, get writing and turn your dreams into a tangible book you can hold in your hands.
The word ‘author’ comes from ‘authority’. Writing a book gives you credibility in a particular subject area. This will also boost your confidence.
If you can write a book, you will grow as a person, in terms of the skills you acquire as well as fulfilling your life-time goal. Following tasks through till the end is a characteristic trait shared by many successful people. Be one of them!
3. It’s the best time to self-publish
There is truly no better time to start self-publishing. It used to be frowned upon before it became as mainstream as it is now. Previously it was known as the path ‘failed’ writers took who couldn’t get a publishing deal. It was also called vanity publishing.
But today, self-publishers are producing stories and books which rival those produced in the traditional publishing space.
Self-publishing does mean you need to do a lot more of the work yourself (marketing, publishing) but there are a tonne of helpful resources out there as well as professionals who can help you to create a quality product. Self-publishing no longer means you have to do everything yourself.
4. Create a body of work
A book is your legacy. It is something you will leave in this world long after you are gone. When you look back on your life and ask how you spent it, I am sure when you look back at your book, you will consider it was time well spent.
5. Opportunity to learn
Self-publishing can look scary at the outset (and I am often beset with overwhelm when I think of the things I need to do but don’t have a clue how to do them!).
The key to remember is that this is all part of the author journey and I am learning something new every day. This beats sitting in a cubical all day doing brain numbing work!!
Sure, it will be hard but that’s what life is all about, learning new things and stepping outside your comfort zone.
6. Share your story
We all want to write a book because we deeply feel we have something important to share with the world.
This is your story. This is your unique voice.
Sharing your story can help and inspire other people and may just change your own life in the process. As Seth Godin says ‘The book you write will change your life’.
7. Start a new career
Never before has it been more feasible to make a living from your writing as a self-published author. Your writing can make you money when you:
- sell your work in different formats (ebook, print book, audio book)
- license your rights (globally)
- create online courses
- speaking and coaching opportunities
You can create a diversified income stream from your writing. Some examples:
- Joanna Penn makes a mulit six figure business from writing, speaking, selling online courses and podcasting
- Mark Dawson who recently hit the USA bestseller list writes fiction, sells online courses, consults for traditional publishers and speaks professionally
8. Your book is a business card
Having a book adds a boost to your business. Your book can lead to consulting and speaking opportunities as you are seen as an authority figure or expert in the field (so make sure you choose a book topic you are actually passionate about!).
So when will you start writing your book? Please share in the comments below. I read them all personally!