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Which Book to Write? 5 Steps to Decide

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Your Book Writing Coach

Too many book ideas? It’s been a recent theme with clients this summer. Here are 5 Steps to help you decide which book to write…first.

1. What’s your big vision? Look at your long term vision for your life and your work? Which book supports that vision best? Perhaps rank each book from 1-5 in how much it supports the big vision.

2. Where’s your passion? Does one book hold more passion than the others? Again, use the 5 point system to evaluate.

3. What’s most marketable? Give extra points to the books that are more marketable–if one of your goals is to reach more people and sell more books or if you are looking for a traditional publisher.


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My free meet your muse visualization will help you get in touch with your inner knowing. (Photo by David Donohue)

4. Which is easiest? I’ve had many highly successful entrepreneurs get stuck on the “which book?” question, often thinking they should write the hardest book because it will be the most challenging. Go back to basics. If you want that book to make an impact on your business quickly, writing the easiest book may make the most sense. It may also fit best with your business. Keep it simple. Don’t over-complicate.

5. Ask your muse. What’s your intuition on this? Try my meet your muse exercise. This visualization helps you get in touch with your inner knowing–that creative part of you that already has the answers.

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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  1. Ginger says

    Great questions, Lisa. After a lifetime of struggling to do the thing that is the hardest and the most challenging, I’m finally learning to trust my intuition to take me to what is easiest. This most often means that it is easy because it is fueled by my real passions. Answering your questions is a great way to get there!

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