The Authorpreneur Blog
Amelia D. Hay is a virtual writing and business coach for fiction writers and the host of The Authorpeneur Podcast. Every week, on this blog, she will teach you how to develop a story idea, create compelling characters and outline your novel. Learn how to write your first draft, revise your story, self-publish, establish your author platform, and reach readers. In her, Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary (BTS) she shares an honest account of her journey to self-publishing her novels.
So, you’re dreaming of writing a non-fiction book for your business, but you have no idea where to start. Almost 82% of adults dream of writing a book. 78% of these aspiring authors want to write a book to inspire others, to position themselves as a thought leader, or to make money. A further 42% of these aspiring authors don’t know where to start. The path to publication is overwhelming and confusing for many aspiring authors. This is why I started this blog, to provide actionable advice and clarity around the publication process. Before you start writing a non-fiction book, you need an idea. So, how do you create an idea for your non-fiction book?
Congratulations, you’ve decided you want to become an author and publish your first book. Before you start writing your first book or next book, you need to consider what you desire. There’s nothing worse to waking up one morning and realising what you’ve created isn’t what you wanted, it’s the opposite, your worst nightmare. To avoid this not so pleasant event, you need, to begin with, the end in mind. But first, it’s important you define what success or failure means to you. What is your definition of success?
This has got to be one of the most important decisions an aspiring author can make. To self-publish or to not self-publish? Choosing to self-publish is a huge decision to make and it shouldn’t be made lightly. It’s one of those decisions you need to make in consideration or the facts and your strengths and weaknesses
Am I a writer? What if I can’t write? What if no-one will read what I publish? Seriously, if had a dollar for every time I heard this from an aspiring writer, then I would be a multi-millionaire. It’s almost like a right of passage. The first thing you learn about being a writer is to doubt yourself. It’s like you’re cancelling yourself out of the game before you even have a chance to play. These doubt-filled questions are deeply rooted in fear but not just any fear. A fear of failure. A fear that you will fall flat on your butt. Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in fact, it’s a great thing, but you shouldn’t let fear make your decisions or stop you from taking action and pursuing your dreams. So, how do you believe in yourself as a writer when you’re just starting out?
In September 2015, I quit my soul-sucking nine to five to work on my coaching business full time. My dream was to coach during the day and pursue my dreams of being a published Author by night. Unfortunately, my reality was very different to what I had originally imagined. My business took over my time. I had very little time to write my James Lalonde Thriller series and to write more books for my Personal Success non-fiction series. This is partly because I rushed through the business creation process and I didn’t take the time to get super clear on what was really important to me. I learned that clarity comes from taking action not by thinking, but the biggest mistake I made was not listening to what I truly wanted.
Did you know that your idea of writing talent is a myth? Yes, a myth. Many people who fall in love with the dream of becoming a writer do so without realising that a writer has one of the longest apprenticeships.