Season 7 – epiBLOG 7:
I hope last month was an amazing thirty days for you! And now that we’re in March, Happy Women’s History Month to everyone! I’m excited to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of all the amazing women around the world, not just in the United States.
When I think of Women’s History, I think of empowerment and the stories behind creating this sense of power. The contributions that women have made in this world took a special sort of drive, ambition, dedication, and perseverance.
Women empower themselves to move forward and create the successes that they choose to have in life. Just like all business owners, accomplished women pull on that intangible energy within themselves to materialize the dreams that have rested in their minds for years.
There are so many stories that can be told about those who have achieved a level of success that many don’t even dare to dream about. These stories have the ability to impact the world far beyond what any of us can imagine.
One way for entrepreneurs to influence the world is to share their journey towards success, while simultaneously providing value to their readers in the form of a book.
Today’s topic is on determining whether you should write a self-help book or not.
You’re probably thinking, why would I want to write a book when I’m already a busy business owner? I don’t know. Maybe writing a book isn’t the right option for you right now. Only you can make that decision. For the purposes of this post, keep in mind that I’m only focused on discussing entrepreneurs creating self-help books. This has nothing to do with writing works of fiction or memoirs.
I wouldn’t recommend you writing a self-help book if you haven’t achieved a substantial level of success in your field. Obviously, “substantial” can be subjective. However, you want to be able to share what has worked for you successfully and consistently in order to give advice to others. You don’t want to be a “teacher” who couldn’t achieve the dream themselves, but wants to tell others how to do it.
On the other hand, if you’re accomplished and have something of value to share with a specific demographic, why not write a book? This means that you’ve failed several times, had the perseverance to keep going, and have accomplished what you set out to do. In the middle of that journey riddled with failures and few victories, you also have a story that evolved from that experience. It’s your knowledge that you’ve gained in a specific field or industry through experience and the story that you lived that makes for amazing self-help books.
The following are solid reasons to write one:
- Use it to provide value to others.
- Use it as a lead generator for your business.
- Leverage your time by providing information on a global scale.
- Use it to establish your authority and credibility in your industry.
- Use it to help you book speaking engagements and get media exposure.
- Use it to leave behind a legacy.
So, if you feel you have a story to tell and have genuine value to share with others, you will want to first consider the following three components before you begin your journey as a scribe:
- Determine your objectives with the book. In other words, what are you hoping to accomplish once the book is published? Write down the objectives and create a plan for how those objectives can be met.
- Determine the demographic for your book. Who is going to want to read what you have to share?
- Determine what your book is going to be about? What are you actually going to write about?
If you don’t have an answer for the above three components, you’re more than likely not ready to write your book. And that’s okay. Maybe you need the help of a ghostwriter or a writing coach to help you with answering these questions.
Today’s LESSON is that storytelling is not only a way for us to connect with others, but a way for us to learn from the experiences of others as well.
FUN ASSIGNMENT: Write down your biggest accomplishments to date, and why this accomplishment means so much to you.
Nitara Osbourne owns The Infinite Writer Agency, LLC, which provides content to producers, publishers, entrepreneurs, and sales people seeking help with developing their life stories into nonfiction books and movie scripts. Ghostwriting and editing services are provided for clients as well. If you’re an accomplished sales or business professional, and are looking to tell your story, contact Nitara Osbourne. InfiniteWriterAgency@gmail.com.