Oct 30

What I have learned from writing a book

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You might have seen that I wrote a book or at least you read it in the previous blog post about it. It is called ‘The Start-Up Formula – 6 easy steps to start your own business’ and it is based on the programme that I have developed years ago.

I have started this book 3 years ago when I went to Sardinia but I didn’t finish it because life happened. In my previous blog post I write about how much more productive I was getting away from everything and how I finished the book. You will know, because I assume you have a copy of it, I have created an eBook before ‘The ultimate knowledge toolbox – free resources and tools every enterrpeneur should know about’. You received a PDF copy of it when subscribing to my newsletter.

In this blog post I would like to share my learnings from writing a book.

Talk to someone who has done it

A few years back I have met Karen Williams. I did an online course with her which helped me to create my programmes about starting your own business and to become your own marketing expert. She has written a few books, that I highly recommend. The one that helped me a lot with my book is ‘Your book is the hook’. It outlined exactly how to write a book, what to look out for and how to publish and market it.

Talking to her and reading her book was invaluable for me. There a lot of things I did not know.

Planning is everything

When writing a book, planning is everything. Which doesn’t mean you should plan and then not do anything about it. Planning is an important part but doing it is even more important. Before I went away to Sicily to finish my book, I planned the book. I had the structure and the content ready and organised, so I could focus on just writing in Sicily.

Getting away is essential

Getting away from everything was a massive help for me. I was so much more productive and focussed on just writing my book. There were no distractions, I was in a beautiful setting and I could focus and forget about all the other things.

Writing is the easy bit

If you know what you want to write about and you have a vision of your book, writing is the easy bit. The planning beforehand and editing and publishing afterwards is the harder bit – I found. After you wrote the content, you will need to get someone else to edit and proof read it, you need to decide which publishing route to take and then publish it. You then need to promote your book. Because if no-one knows it exists, no-one will buy it.

A network is very important

Having someone that you trust and know that will support you with your book is invaluable. Knowing Karen Williams gave me the motivation and the tools to finish the book. Knowing someone who would do the proof reading for me was equally important. For promoting the book it is also great to have a network that will be excited for you to publish a book.

There is lots more that I learned from writing the book but these are the key findings I wanted to share with you today. If you would like to know more about the book click here.

Your marketing and creative start-up Coach Christine

About the Author:

Hi, my name is Christine Michaelis and with my program CHANGE I help people in the creative industry to start-up their own business. Having worked as an Account Manager and Strategic Consultant in Marketing and Advertising for over ten years now, I know what it feels like not being as motivated and happy in your job as you used to be and the urge to start something by yourself. And that is what I have done. I am a creative start-up Coach and certified NLP Practitioner. I strongly believe that if you love what you do, you are much happier in your life. With me, you will get clarity, discover values, analyse who your ideal client is, narrow down the steps involved in setting up your own business, grow your confidence and engage your audience. And if you fancy becoming your own marketing expert, my program RESULT will help you with that. My current clients include Photographers, Creatives, Account Manager and Landscape Architects. But there are much more creative professions out there. So, contact me to talk about how I can help you and a free consultation at hello@christinethecoach.com

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