I spent the weekend finishing up the initial manuscript for my first book. It’s kind of surreal. I never thought I would be publishing a book so soon. But thanks to social media, I am.
I thought it might help to share with you what I did this past year — how I worked hard and also got a little lucky. Maybe the lessons I’ve learned can help you realize your dream of publishing a book sooner than you think.
There were three things I did that made it possible to get a book contract in less than eight months — all without having to write a single book proposal.
Real writers don’t write to get published. They write just to write. Real writers don’t write for recognition or fame or notoriety.
They write, because they simply cannot not write.
Before you write your first book, you should publish at least a dozen magazine articles. Maybe more.
Until you cut your teeth on a few shorter pieces, you’re probably not ready for the challenge of writing an entire book.
So how do you get started?
Well, believe it or not, the hardest part of getting published in a magazine isn’t the writing.
I’m writing my first book. It’s easier than I thought it would be. And at the same time, harder.
For me, the toughest part has been the daily discipline of writing — showing up even after I’ve gotten bored with the book and want to move on to new projects.
But apparently, my publisher isn’t cool with that. I guess that contract I signed actually means something. Weird.
So I’ve had to force myself to do some things to stay focused.
Ever wonder what the eBook hype is all about? Is it really a revolution of content? Or just another fad?
I recently connected with a couple of guys who are doing something really interesting with this new technology.
So I asked them for an interview.
Sean Platt and David Wright are authors of an eBook project called Yesterday’s Gone…