Updated: Apr 3
Make 2020 the year you write, launch and become a Best Seller by the Fall! Really? How many “book coaches” tell you that is possible? Maybe you have even attended some of those “Write your book in 30 days” webinars? But did any of them tell you “how”? Sure, it’s great to be motivated and inspired, but sitting down with pen in hand and actually “writing” is quite another thing!
Here are my top 5 tips “how” to get your first draft complete in 40 days:
1. Plan what you are going to write and for who. If you do not know who your readers are, what they want to know and what you intend to teach them in your book, how do you know what to write? You need to create a whole writing plan for your book – chapter by chapter. One way to sort through the chaos is to mind map all your ideas for your book – but keep it centralized around the reader. What do they want to know from your book?
My book was about my travels around the world for seven years. I could have just published a travel guide of where I went and what I saw – but what my reader really wanted to know was “How did you do it?” How did you afford to travel for 7 years? How did you find travelling alone as a woman? Who did you meet, what did you see that changed my life and the way you saw the world?
2. You need to know where you are going with your story and how to get there. Your book needs to flow and have a structure that the reader can follow easily. They want to know, what was your journey like and what did you learn? How can the reader take that information and use it in their life? From your mind map, start to create a plan how you are going to guide the reader through your journey – chapter by chapter – then divide those chapters into writing points.
3. Make a commitment to write 2-3 pages everyday for 40 days. Once you know what you are going to write, and why, and for who, you can divide your chapters into daily writing goals. Aim for 1000 words a day. That is about 3 pages. Think of your daily writing like a blog or a journal. For your first draft keep it real and flowing. Don’t keep re-reading and re-writing. Your goal is to get your first draft written in 40 days.
Think about it – 1000 words a day equals 40,000 words in 40 days – that is a book! Now you have the most difficult piece done, pass your work to an expert editor and allow them to put their expert eye on your flow, structure and sentence structure. Your role is to tell your story – leave the grammar and sentence structure to the experts!
4. Go on a writer’s retreat, either organized or create your own! You can combine a holiday or vacation or a weekend get-away as an opportunity to get away from everyday distractions. Often the cost of a writing retreat is the same price of a vacation and you can claim for it as a business expense! Influence Publishing offer retreats with the publisher. With only 3 or 4 people in a villa with a publisher, you can see great results quickly when you write for 4 or 5 hours a day! Julie Ann offers “mini retreats” at Casa Mango, Florista, just 10 minutes from Marina Vallarta. Starting March 4th for 4 Wednesdays.
5. Listen to this video to help you plan and structure your book to set yourself up for success.
This video will answer most of the questions people ask about publishing. Find out how the publishing industry has changed in the last 10 years.
What is print on demand?
Is Self Publishing a good idea or bad idea?
What are the pro’s and con’s of Traditional publishing, Vanity publishing and hybrid publishing?
How can an author be successful in such a competitive environment?
How does a new author get started?
About the Author.
Julie Ann is the founder of Influence Publishing Inc. (Vancouver B.C.) and has helped over 200 authors publish their stories in the last 10 years. She has launched over 100 Best Sellers and specializes in helping story-tellers to turn their stories into a book. She is a Tedx Speaker (The Gift of Dyslexia), an award winning speaker, and has been featured on TV and radio in the UK and Canada.
Current book coaching projects:
Inspireabook Wednesdays – Starts March 4th for 4 Wednesdays. Get started on your book, find your topic, organize your structure, create a writing and chapter plan and get writing! Limited to 6 participants only $129 USD for 4 afternoons. Save your spot email firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Room Publishing Collaborative Book Project: Application Process. $1495 includes half day workshop on March 16th and Three rounds of developmental editing, Three rounds of content editing, proof reading and collaborative publishing, distribution and marketing strategy for Best Seller. Pick up an application package at The Living Room Bookstore or email email@example.com
Private coaching: Got a book idea you want to discuss? Do you want to know if your book would be viable? Need information on the next steps to get published? Do you want to get started but don’t know where to start?
Need help writing your book proposal? Only $135 USD per hour. Text 322 105 5517