Not the best book in the world, but mine.
And it has changed my life.
It's given me instant credibility, given me a platform to talk to people about my business and coaching services and it's been a fun and rewarding process seeing my name in print. To be honest, it's been awesome for my ego too.
But that's not why I did it.
I wrote Lucky Bitch because it was dying to come out of me - and I know you've got a story you're itching to share too. I asked myself if I would regret not writing a book on my death bed, and the answer was YES.
But it terrified me. What if people hate it?
People have asked me how I wrote Lucky Bitch. The short answer is "I wrote a word document and pdf'd it". But of course, there's more to it than that.
If writing a book is on your bucket list, then read on because you can have your book done within a month if you're motivated enough. Yes, I'm serious. Fast action is always rewarded by the Universe.
So how do you write and publish your own book?
In a nutshell....
1. Set an intention to be a published author
The actual desire to be a published author is hugely important because without that burning desire, it might not ever happen. The fear and procrastination will derail you, so if you keep your eye on the ultimate goal, you'll be able to get through it.
See yourself with your book on book shelves. See yourself signing books and having sales come pouring in.
I set an intention to write a book but I didn't have an idea. So I asked the Universe for a "Million dollar book title". Within a week, I came up with Lucky Bitch. Time will tell if it's going to make me a million dollars, but the Universe delivered a great idea.
2. Find creative ways to get it done... fast
There's no need to spend years writing your book. Remember at school when you would pull an all nighter and get your 5000 word essay done? Well, channel that part of yourself.
I wrote my thesis at University in less than a month, so I knew I could do Lucky Bitch in the same timeframe. My thesis wasn't amazing but it was a solid B and definitely enough to pass. Yes, it would have been fabulous if I was organised and digilient, but I wasn't.
And I'm not now. So, if you're like me (smart but a little bit lazy and prone to procrastination), don't wait for the stars to align and just hustle like you've got a school deadline.
There are so many ways to write your book fast, such as:
- Transcribe being interviewed
- Asking others to contribute
- Mining blog articles
- Suck it up and just chain yourself to the computer!
It's also completely worth it to outsource some of the tricky aspects like editing and formatting rather than trying to do it yourself. That saves time too.