How you can become a published author
You may know I'm an author of two self-help books. It was always a bit of a dream to write and when it almost fell into my lap I was amazed. I'd like to share how you can realise your own dream of writing by sharing some tips.
I was asked to write my books because they fitted with my experience (many years in education before becoming a coach.)
My role as a writing coach or mentor is to:
Tap into your own experience
You will have something that you are an expert on, or can become an expert on, for your book. It could be your hobby, your professional work, travel, health, family history, biographies, professional 'how to' guides - there are so many options. If you are not quite an expert yet, you can become one if you have the enthusiasm.
My role as a writing mentor is to give some guidance on what may appeal to publishers. My clients, whose books have been published, all started off with a few ideas. Natalie has become an international expert on the health condition her book covers. She wanted to write something very different when she came to me. I gently dissuaded her as I thought her idea wasn't unique enough. She was initially disappointed, but when we talked about what she had some knowledge on, it became obvious that she was an expert. She could help other parents going through the same situation. The book she wrote is now sold internationally and recommended by health professionals.
Another client Harri used her business which she'd run for around thirty years as the springboard for her books. Very quickly she was asked to write a second book as a sequel.
What can you write about?
As a starter, how about jotting down at least three ideas for a non-fiction book?
Think about your own expertise, places you've visited, people you admire, business or professional experience you could share as training, family history, food, self-help. There will be something.
Do some research
When you've got your ideas, do some research. Spend some time on Amazon to see if any similar books exist. Yes? But when were they written? Maybe they are out of date or out of print. Can your book have a different angle?
If these tips have got you started, why not get in touch for a free discussion about whether we can work together on your writing?
I'm Glynis, a coach for clients somewhere in midlife, helping them get the life they want. I work with them on careers, time-management, relationships and lots more. These are my musings on what life throws at people like us. You can read more about me here. Do get in touch if I can help you.