Have You Ever Thought About Writing a Book? This Free Training Will Help You

how to write a book

Many people tell me that they have an idea for a book, but they do not know how to put all their ideas on paper; they come to me for help with the mechanics of exactly how to write a book. They also often need help with self publishing. There’s a lot of outdated information out there!

If you are a business professional, you can write a book based on your expertise. You already know what to say each time you meet a new client, right? Well, there’s your book!

Once you become a published author, you are seen as an expert in your industry and people are more likely to choose you over your competition. Read the rest of this entry »

This is How I Spent My 46th Birthday

 

As my 46th birthday was approaching, I started thinking about what I wanted to do for it. In my family, growing up, birthdays were never really a big deal. But I thought it would be nice to do something special and different. And I thought about how I wanted to FEEL.

I decided that I would like to do 46 random acts of kindness to celebrate. I asked my husband and our 3 kids, Hana (age 12), Alexa (age 10) and Trey (age 7) if they would like to help – and they all agreed.  Read the rest of this entry »

3 Ways to Make Your Business Book Stand Out

If you are writing a business book (and I strongly suggest that you do!) there are a few things you can do to make sure your book stands out from all the rest. Of course, starting with a well planned outline is crucial; otherwise you won’t have a plan and won’t know where you’re going.

write a bookLikewise, knowing what you want your book to be able to do for you is important as well. Your book doesn’t have to be a best seller in order for it to be a success. There are many ways you can use your book as a marketing tool, but that’s another topic for another article.

People always think that they can’t write a book on a particular topic if one (or hundreds) has already been written. I always tell them, “There is only one you. You are unique and your book will be unique too.” Over the years I have developed some tricks to help make your book unique.

In this article, I will explain the 3 more important things you need to include in your business book to make it stand out. Read the rest of this entry »

The Strangest Thing About Writing a Book

 

I’ve spent the last several years writing books and helping other people write books, and there’s one really strange thing that I have noticed. Over and over again, I have observed it multiple times from many different clients, from all sorts of industries and backgrounds.

book writingYou see, my clients are all business professionals who are writing a book to use as a marketing tool. They all work full-time, and they  can’t devote 40 hours a week to writing, so my system shows them how to do it 30-60 minutes at a time. I have a very systematic approach to writing a book.

And it works! My clients love it. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Come Up With Ideas to Write About

Here’s a great infographic from our friends over at Copyblogger.

Depending on the type of book you are writing, some of these ideas won’t apply.

But one or two of them might help you when you’re feeling stuck. Read the rest of this entry »

Questions about my Book Writing Program

 

 

 

There has been a lot of excitement about my new book writing program that just launched yesterday. Today, I thought I should answer some questions that have come in. EAP_logo2

“How much of a time commitment will this be for me?”

Right after you register for the program, you will receive your first lesson. Then you’ll receive a new lesson each week for the next 24 weeks (6 months). The first few lessons are aimed at building your foundation. In other words, you decide what your book will be about, and the purpose of your book. Then you learn how to write your outline. These lessons each take about one hour. So for the first few weeks, you are looking at a commitment of about an hour a week.
Read the rest of this entry »

Can I Help You Write a Book?

How would it feel to have a real paperback book with your name on it that you could give out to your clients and prospects?

What if you had a coach to guide you step-by-step, saying “Do This” and “Now Do That”?

What if your learning was set up in such a way to not overwhelm you and just deliver one short lesson each week? So it didn’t take up too much of your already busy life? What if it was easily affordable? Read the rest of this entry »

How to Write a Book in 10 Easy Steps

How_to_Write_a_Book_infographic

 

If you like this infographic, you’ll love my free e-course. Register here.

How You Can Use Your Book to Boost Your Business

Let’s imagine that you have written a business book based on your experience and your expertise. In this blog post I’m going to show you how you can use your book to boost your business.

Your book will be the best lead generation tool you’ve ever had. Here are some tips:Expert Author Book Cover tiny

#1 Make sure that you add the title of your book and “Published Author” to your email signature.

 

#2 Add the image of the front cover of your book on your website with a link to the book on Amazon

 

#3 Update your LinkedIn profile with “Author of [name of book]” and include a link to your book on Amazon. It’s important that people can click on that link and see that you do indeed have a book listed on Amazon.

 

#4 Update your Twitter and Facebook bio with “Published Author.”

 

These four things alone will boost your credibility substantially.

Then what you can do is order wholesale copies of your book. Self-publishing has changed so much over the years. You used to have to buy 1000 copies of your book at a time and store them in your garage or under your dining room table. ;)

Now you can order as few as one book at a time.

It’s so affordable for anyone to self publish a book!

So let’s say you order 50 copies of your book and each time you meet with a new prospect, instead of just giving them your business card you give them your business card AND a copy of your book…. How do you think that will change their perception of you?

This will increase your credibility instantly!

Whether you like it or not your prospects are constantly evaluating who you are and what you do. Becoming a published author increases your status in their eyes. 

  • As a published author you can get invited to speak at events…
  • You can choose who you want to work with…
  • You can choose if you want to be a guest on a radio show… You simply send them a copy of your book with a cover letter. Your chances of getting booked are increased about a thousand times. The host can introduce you as “Suzy Smith, the author of XYZ book” rather than using only your name. 

Can you see how this would boost your business?

Most people that I work with need someone to hold them accountable. They need someone to hold their hand.

Here’s what I do:

I help bring people from “I can’t do this because ___________” to “I am an expert ready to serve my ideal clients.”

So how committed are you to your success? Are you ready to write a book? 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Give Up

I am a big believer in getting out of your comfort zone, trying new things and challenging yourself. But, to be honest, this usually involves things that I think would be fun for me personally, like going up in a hot air balloon or rock climbing. They would be nerve wracking for me but not paralyzing.

A few months ago, on a whim, I signed up for a 10km run (which is 6.21 miles). Running 10km was one of the most awful things I could ever imagine doing. In fact, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to do it. I thought I would be literally crawling, bleeding, across the finish line.

As I was training for it, I found myself fantasizing about injuries. “Oh, sorry, yes, I would love to do that run but I have a cast on my leg, so… ya, no can do…”

Throughout my training (or lack thereof), I could not run farther than 5km. Actually the farthest I ever ran was 5.7km! And as I trained, I heard this little voice saying:

  • You’re too old for this
  • You’re too fat
  • You’re too busy
  • You’ve got more important things to do
  • You’re not a runner
  • You’re too out of shape
  • Who do you think you are? You are not a runner!

On the days when I was tired, and feeling like my lungs and legs would simultaneously explode, I would take a shorter route. Afterwards I would feel guilty, like a failure, a cheater.

Here’s the thing: At the time, I didn’t see it for what it was – TRAINING. Even when I ran shorter distances, I was still training, still getting a little bit closer to my goal… Those shorter “put-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other-and-don’t-vomit-dammit” runs were actually bringing me closer to my goal of running 10km.

So last Sunday was the Big Day. The Vancouver Sun Run. And guess what? I did it! I cannot even explain the feeling I had afterwards. I challenge myself all the time, but to be honest, most of the time it’s things I know I can do. But this run… I tell you I was not sure if I would still be standing afterwards.

sunrunsuzanne

Here I am at the 9km mark, only 1km to go!

That feeling of satisfaction was unbelievable. You can’t buy this feeling. It’s so precious and the only way you can get it is to earn it the hard way.

My friends, what I want to share with you today is that even if you can only work a little bit towards your goal, you will still get there one day!

Whatever your goal is, think about the end result… Keep that in your mind and hold onto it. Don’t let it go! Then do one little thing to move you closer. Maybe it’s only 15 minutes of writing. Maybe it’s only 15 minutes of running…

If you only have 5 minutes, try this: Sit down somewhere quiet, close your eyes, and think about your goal. Just think about it. Imagine how you will feel when you get there. Imagine you’ve already done it. Really feel it. Congratulate yourself! Take another minute and just think about the steps you took to achieve your goal. Even if you only have 5 minutes, this is a great exercise that will actually bring you closer to your goal.

Stop beating yourself up for things that you haven’t finished. It’s simply not worth it. And it’s not going to get you where you want to go.

Give yourself credit for taking small steps towards your goal and remember, they all add up!

Older posts «