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On Sunday, October 20th, I decided to write my 10th book. No, it wasn’t on a whim. I had been thinking about it for about 6-9 months. This time I had a bigger reason — the live launch of my Easy Writer program in its 3rd year which I was naming the book after. During the writing and subsequent released, I realized how interested people were in hearing how to write a book in such a short time.
Easy Writer: 10 Steps to Writing a Best Selling Book that Wows Your Readers and Turns them into Paying Clients launched to best seller on Oct 29th (a day early), hitting #1 in the USA, Canada, UK and #5 in the Netherlands.
3 Steps for How to Write a Book
I recorded a video on my Facebook Fan Page that I wanted to share with you here:
Step 1: I Shifted Me
I am no different than anyone else. I have a business and a family with kids that expect dinner daily (go figure). What I needed to do was to shift my readiness. I needed a real reason to get it done. Part of it was my travel calendar and then also my promotion schedule for the live session of Easy Writer Guaranteed Amazon Best Seller program.
Because of my timetable, I had urgency built in. The Easy Writer book was supposed to help flow people in to the Easy Writer program and I was leaving on October 31. It was either now, or wait until mid November. The holidays would be coming up and I was also putting out a new 3 Day Challenge on social media.
It became crunch time so I told my family that I was writing this book. Dinner wasn’t on the table until about 8:00 pm each day for those four days. And low and behold …. they all survived.
Step 2: I Picked a Date and Committed to it
I initially thought I would write my book in one day but that didn’t happen. I can only type so fast. So I gave myself the deadline of finishing by Wednesday. That would allow me to get the book uploaded in time for a release date of Oct 30.
What I didn’t realize was that all my excitement and talk about writing this book in four days had created a bit of a buzz around the release date. If you don’t know, Amazon KDP gives you a window in which your book will be available, live. You can’t really predict it.
So my book became available on the 28th (2 days early) and people started searching and purchasing before I wanted them to! That night, I decided to switch the release date to the 29th so I could capitalize on the buzz I’d created and the people who were already buying the book. Like I said above, it hit #1 best seller internationally in less than 24 hours.
Step 3: I Created a Focused Outline
One of the things that’s absolutely critical if you want to know how to write a book quickly is clarity. You must know who you’re writing for, how you want them to feel and think while reading. Then you must decide what action you want them to take at the end. I knew the purpose of my book was to help people overcome their fears around writing their book and other mindset issues that often come up along the way. My chapters were focused on some of those things.
I also knew that people would want actionable steps and a process they could repeat, so I shared my tips around those things. I believe it’s the pairing of the heart and the head that create a reader who will take action on your offer at the end of the book.
The chapters that came to me first were the ones I wrote first. I let the ideas flow, taking notes if something came to mind for another chapter.
Midway through, I changed one of my chapter titles. Allow for different ideas (that may be better) to come to you along the way.
My Client Example
My client Karen Donaldson who I mention in the video did similar and wrote her book in around 14 days. We had a 90 minute intensive since it was her 3rd book and between creating clarity and help crafting the outline, she was able to finish in just two weeks. Her book ended up hitting #1 internationally, staying at #1 in Canada for over a week.
This Was My 10th Book
Please note that this is my 10th book. Don’t compare. One of the things that kills motivation is the thought, “I can’t do that,” or “That’s great for her, but it won’t work for me.” What I recommend to my clients is allowing for around 90 days for the whole process from topic selection and writing to launching with a best seller marketing plan. I wouldn’t ever recommend such an accelerated pace for a first time writer.
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Vickie Gould is a Law of Attraction business and book coach, best selling author, and speaker. She believes that everyone has a story to share and a journey orchestrated for their positive growth — and that those experiences should be written in a best selling book.
Vickie helps entrepreneurs to write, self-publish and leverage their own business books to share those stories, grow their following, create more impact and turn readers into clients through her Easy Writer Program, one-on-one coaching and her free Facebook Group, Write Your Biz Book.
She has written 10 best sellers such as Easy Writer (named after her signature program) and Standing in the Gap, and helped nearly 100 others to become best selling authors as well. Grab her free template 5 Secret Strategies to Write Your Book Quickly.