Do you have a book in you? No more procrastinating! On today’s episode of The Road to Seven podcast I’m speaking with Melanie Votaw, an author, ghost writer, editor and book coach. She has written 10 books under her own name and ghost written 23 non-fiction books. Melanie has developmentally edited more than 50 books that have won 32 awards and her work has appeared on New York Times Best Sellers lists. In her group coaching programs she guides aspiring authors through to the completion of their book or book proposal. Today we’re talking about how to finish your book and the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing.
Takeaways from this episode
- There’s a difference between a writer and an author
- Figuring out your book’s structure is the hardest thing for people who have never done it before
- The three main pain points with finishing a book are isolation, lack of motivation and self-doubt
- Writing a book without an outline is like trying to build a house without a foundation
- In order to focus your book’s topic, ask questions like: What do I want my readers to learn from my book? What do I want them to know?
- Your idea has to be hooky; it has to be interesting to potential readers
- If you’ve never written a book find someone to guide you—your book needs to represent you and your brand well
- Get the guidance you need to get your book out into the market so you can up-level what you’re doing