As I was wrapping up my workshop entitled: “The Double E – How to Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur (with ease and cash in the bank)” at the PNC Conference in Dallas, Texas, I was asked by one of the attendees: “What strategies did I implement to end up as an Amazon Best Seller.”
Here are the strategies that I shared:
1. Make sure you take your professional photo headshot to use in your book promotion as well as on your back cover. You should also use the photo with your manuscript, bookmarks, posters, business cards, and postcards.
2. Decide on the date you want your book to be completed and ready to publish. You will use this target date to establish all the goals you will be setting for your writing process.
3. Decide on the date you want your first draft to be completed and ready for review by an editor, colleague(s), other authors, family, or friends – those you trust to give you constructive criticisms and feedback to help you improve your writing style.
4. Organize your files, research documents, and writing area every week. Many authors waste time looking for misplaced documents and valuable information (I was one of them at the beginning of my writing career). Take time at the end of every week to prepare yourself for the following week. When you get back to writing after a day or two of not writing, you will appreciate the clean organized work environment.
5. Set your writing goals for production. How many words or chapters do you want to have completed each day, each week, and each month? This will keep you on track for reaching your target completion date. Write these goals directly on your calendar so that you have a visual encouragement to help you push forward.
6. Take at least one rest day each week to step away from your writing and let your mind rest. Sometimes, taking a break can help you think clearly and write more powerfully.
If you schedule your breaks in advance you won’t feel guilty when you enjoy a day off.
7. Find a place other than where you normally write to enjoy a “date” with your book. If you handwrite your book (by the way I strongly recommend this) or use a laptop, you can work on your book at a coffee shop, in the mall or even in the park on a beautiful day.
When writing my best seller, I scheduled at least one outing every two weeks to make my writing experience more interesting, and I found extra inspiration by writing at different venues. Sunday afternoons was my regularly scheduled writing day.
8. Make a list of the research you will need to do for your book. Plan at least one day a week in the beginning to spend researching and planning your
book. When you get closer to completing your book (and your research is complete) use this time to edit your work.
9. Plan to work on your book related matters at least once every two weeks. Book related matters include the back cover copy, author’s biography, dedications, acknowledgements, etc.
10. At least one time a month, go back over your written words and rewrite for more power and interest. Once you have stepped back from your work for a while it is usually easier to see what could be improved.
By rewriting every month instead of when your book is completely finished, will produce a better quality book, and you won’t feel so overwhelmed when it’s time to edit.
I can tell you that one of the biggest mistakes many writers make is trying to write a book without an outline or advance planning. Often times many books are never completed simply for a lack of good time management skills and a structured outline.
I also had a calendar that identified my writing goals and deadlines. I lived by my calendar throughout the writing process.
Oh by the way, my Amazon best seller is entitled: Fit, Fine & Fabulous In Career, Business & Life.© Copyright 2014 Laureen Wishom