Many people want to write a book.
Some have this on their ‘bucket list’ of things to do.
Some people just want to write a book and that’s it.
But others, like me, want to make a full-time living from their writing.
So this is why I have embarked on a self-imposed 100 day challenge.
It was partly inspired by Chandler Bolt who runs the Self-Publishing School and recently ran the Self Publishing Success Summit (SPSS), an online event.
During this Summit he interviewed 40 different influential, best-selling successful author entrepreneurs. I listened to almost all the sessions and made extensive notes which I will be posting here in due course.
But during this course he was also selling enrolment to his paid premium course, the Self Publishing School- Master Course. This course is designed to get you to write, publish and market your book from scratch and they promise you can do this within 100 days (if you put in at least 1 hours worth of daily effort and action).
Writing a book is my biggest goal of the year and something I have wanted to do for many years. And I want to learn from the best.
I have been following Chandler Bolt for the last 1.5 years and he has had 5 best-selling books. He also coaches other people to launch best sellers within his course. I like his style, his generosity to help and he looks like a good coach to learn from. So I have decided to sign up to his course and see if I can really get my book out within 100 days and hit the best sellers list.
I’m exited to get started, learn and grow from this experience. I think writing a book is one of the most hardest things you can which is also equally rewarding.
But of course, signing up to a course on its own is not enough to get results. To get results you actually have to take action. And that action needs to be consistent.
I already practice a morning routine where I block 1.5 hours of time before 12 noon to write. This writing is focused on creating content for my book draft (which is now complete) and writing articles for this blog. My blog posts are primarily a distillation of my learnings in the writing and self-publishing space, in an easy to read format, so that you guys can learn from what I am learning in real time.
I don’t believe you need to be an expert to teach people. You just need to know 10% more than another person. In fact the best people to learn from are those who are just a few steps ahead of you in the journey. This allows you to learn on a step by step basis and not get caught up in overwhelm.
For example if you are just starting out in writing then its best to learn from someone who had published their first book. If you try to learn from Stephen King straight away (this is ok and ambitious by the way!), you may just get overwhelmed because you will be trying to learn from Stephen King as a millionaire author rather than when he was just starting out.
King writes 2000 words a day, everyday. That word count may be unrealistic to attain if you are in a day job with a family to look after and a ton of other things that take up your time. So why not do what other first time authors do, which is to start at just 100 words a day. This is what I mean by when I say start small. Remember all great things start off with humble beginnings.
So back to the Self Publishing School course. I signed up today and will update you with my progress.
I do believe that if you want to be the best at what you do then its worth investing in yourself in terms of getting the right knowledge, mentoring and coaching from the people you want to be like.
The people in this school are all successful published authors and I will receive coaching from them too. I think this is a good investment and I am committed to doing the best I can because this goal is super important to me.
How I Will Prepare For This Challenge
I will make the following changes to accommodate this challenge and ensure success over the next 100 days:
- Commit at least 1 hour a day to studying the online course modules on the SPS course.
- Participate and contribute to the online mastermind community to build strong relationships with other authors
- Balance creation (production of words) and consumption (research, passive reading, social media).
Do you want to join me on this 100 day challenge? If so all you need to do is commit an hour or 30 minutes every day to write your book. What do you think is possible in 100 days?