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You’ve dreamed of writing a book some day, but 1.75 million things get it in way—give or take. Am I right?
So, I have a trick for you. It’s like cheating, but in a good way.
And you get to have fun, make money and make a difference for people, in the process.
It worked so well for me, I bet it can work for you, too.
Here’s the thing: Deadlines come. Deadlines go. They come and go.
Maybe, like me, you honor some of your writing deadlines with an accountability partner—even get together for a few weeks. And then you have to cancel one day.
And the next week, you’re too busy so you skip that week, too.
And suddenly a system that worked for you no longer works.
When you commit to teach a class, however, you get serious. People are counting on you. They’ve paid their money, forgoodnesssake.
So you have to develop your course materials. When those course materials can become your book—voila, you get a twofer.
Clients loved my book proposal worksheets for helping them gather the information for their book proposals. They provide guidance and structure.
I’ve wanted to put some meat around these worksheets for a long time—adding more direction, top tips, cautionary advice, as well success stories.
Once I committed to teaching a book proposal program, Fast Track Your Book Proposal, I had to add those details to my worksheets. Now, my Savvy Author’s Book Proposal Workbook is just about done. I’m just working with the designer on a few layout/design changes and then the beta version of my book is D.O.N.E. and ready to guide prospective authors to 5- and 6-figure book deals!
Does your book lend itself to a course structure? Publishers and agents love books that offer a program:
You get the picture. Figure out a time frame in which your readers are likely to acheive their goals—if they apply themselves, of course.
Create a skeletal structure and fill it in:
Make a commitment to teach the material and you’ve tricked yourself into coming up with the course materials—or else!
There are many benefits to using your course materials for writing a beta version of your book, in addition to the motivation and accountability to get it done:
Working on my course materials provided the opportunity to revisit many of my clients’ successes and write about them in the accompanying workbook. This also offered me the wonderful opportunity of catching up with clients whose books are now published. I heard all about additional creative ways they’ve gotten the word out about their books and reached their readers.
Many shared stories about the miracles and dreams-come-true that have ocurred in their lives and businesses since they published their books.
Are you inspired yet?
Feel free to make a commitment to teach a course in the comments section below this post. In fact, share your class title, website and email below in case other readers of this blog need what you’ll be teaching and writing a book about. Yes, make it real!