Ever thought about penning your memoirs or getting down to start writing that novella you’ve always dreamed about? If so, Alison Jones has the answer. In her upcoming book ‘This Book means Business,’ Alison takes readers through the journey of putting pen to paper, or rather fingers to the keys.
If I had a dollar for every person who asked me whether writing a book will make them rich, I’d be able to confirm that it did. The reality is there are better reasons for writing your book than expecting to get rich through selling it. Yes, some authors get six- figure advances, sell millions of copies and get on bestseller lists. But they are firmly in the minority. You need to find your reason to write. Whether it’s the people you want to help, the art you want to create or the legacy you want to leave, that reason will keep your bum on the seat and fingers on the keys.
Writing for an audience makes you notice things. It clarifies your thinking and helps you to come up with solutions the world has been waiting for. Writing your book will prepare you to speak on your topic with authority and help you to question, then improve your ideas. You’ll create habits that serve you in other aspects of your life and astonish yourself in the process.
Many of the benefits you’ll get on the journey from blank page to Amazon and beyond will be like the best surprise — which by its very nature you can’t engineer.
The dream of writing a book is hardly ever about the ‘writing’ part. It’s almost always about the ‘holding your book in your hands’ part. And while it’s lovely to see your name on the spine of a book on the shelf alongside those of authors you admire, what’s even better is the feeling you’ll get when someone emails you out of the blue one day to tell you that your book changed their life. Trust me—they will.
You almost certainly have nagging doubts as you ride the seesaw between permission and hubris. Maybe you’re worried that your idea isn’t unique or that it’s all been said before. But one thing is for sure: it may have been said before, but it hasn’t been said by you.
And if you’re worrying that you’re ‘not a writer’, don’t. Nobody would be more surprised to know I’m an author than my high school English teacher, Miss McGinley. She tried and failed for five years to get me to ‘fulfil my potential’ and coax me out of my mostly ‘solid C grade’ mindset. It wasn’t until three years later when I had a reason to go back and work for that ‘A’ that I discovered I could write.
‘They’ – the people responsible for imparting worldly wisdom – say the only workout you regret is the one you didn’t do. The same holds true for writing a book. In the words of my friend Seth Godin; ‘You don’t need more time, you just need to decide.’ And now that you have, Alison is on hand with decades of knowledge, experience and wisdom, not to mention the secrets of all the successful business book authors she’s grilled in The Extraordinary Business Book Club, to show you how it’s done.
You don’t have a moment to waste.