Four Disciplines to Become an Author

Has writing a book been on your bucket list for years?

Would you like 2018 to be the year of change? The year that you make it happen and finish your bestseller?

Last year, on almost a daily basis, aspiring authors got in touch with me from around the world. They all had one thing in common – they wanted to write and publish a book. They booked meetings with me and joined my email list – enthusiastic about their book ideas.

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Ep 022: Kylie Ansett: How do I create a mindmap for my book?

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In this episode, Kylie Ansett explains how creating a mindmap for your book can help you produce your best work. Based in Sydney Australia, Kylie is the bestselling author of two books and the guru behind an online course that teaches new authors how to write their first books. Join us as she explains how a mindmap helps you transfer all of your ideas and thoughts onto paper in such a way that can guide your vision, validate topics and ultimately structure your book’s contents. Using this handy tool is a great way to organize your thoughts and sift through any excess mental clutter – something that authors of all experience levels could benefit from!
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Ep 006: Jagadhees Thirumoorthy: How to create the discipline to write a book in spite of having a full-time job?

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Writing a book is one of the most time consuming tasks an individual can take on. It requires time, patience and energy – all of which is made more difficult when we have a multitude of other commitments to keep to in life! In today’s episode, we sit down with Jagadhees Thirumoorthy to discuss how he created the discipline to write his book, Conquer Your Dreams, in spite of having a full-time job as a marine engineer.

Join us as we discuss the three questions we ask ourselves before forming habits, including What, How and Why. Jagadhees explains that habits can become second nature to us if they’re backed by a strong enough cause and deadline,  and highlights how his often lonely environment at sea helped him achieve his book writing goals.
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How Audiobook Narration Can Bring Your Manuscript To Life

As fantastic as reading a great book is, the unfortunate reality is that many people are too busy to find the time to sit down, relax and flip through its pages from cover to cover. However, since the MP3 audiobook craze hit in 2005, “listening” to books has become the new modus operandi for those short on leisure time. Thanks to audiobook narration, your target readers can now absorb your manuscript’s contents while walking their dog, hitting the treadmill at the gym or commuting to work.

Essentially, audiobooks allow readers to boost their productivity by doing two things at once – eliminating the sentiments of guilt surrounding losing valuable time by reading the traditional way. 37% of readers today say that they prefer listening to audiobooks, with the number increasing every year. As such, the number of audiobooks being created every year is on the rise, compared to the quantity of paperback or hardcover books being printed. However, critics are quick to judge audiobooks – saying that they fail to deliver the same benefits as printed books do, such as intellectual and emotional fulfillment. Here’s why we disagree.

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The Most Common Writing Mistakes That New Authors Make

Congratulations! You’ve come up with your book idea, have done your competitor research and have a clear idea of how to market your final work within your chosen niche. Beyond that, you’ve created a table of contents, mapped out a writing schedule and are finally ready to set the wheels in motion to make your project happen!

Everybody who’s seen your work tells you that you’re a great writer, so you’re looking forward to self-publishing and skipping out on the costs of a traditional editor. While we have no doubt that your writing is fantastic, there are several common writing mistakes to keep in mind when creating your manuscript for the first (or subsequent) time. As professional editors, we come across these stylistic glitches day in and day out while scanning through the first drafts of our clients’ books. By becoming aware of them and steering your writing in the opposite direction, your book’s contents will improve almost instantaneously. Read More

How To Effortlessly Author A Book Without Writing It

As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, the reality is that not everybody is an author. While almost all of us have an important message or valuable knowledge to share, there will always be a select few people that are more talented at writing than others. And that’s ok! If we all shared the same skill set, the world would be a much less interesting place.

If you’ve got an incredible idea for a book but are struggling to go through the motions of writing it, angel writing just might be the ideal solution for you to put words to paper (or, in this day and age, screen) and get your work published! Here’s what it entails and why it is a great service for those who struggle with writing or simply don’t have the time to do it.

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5 Reasons Why Aspiring Authors Don’t Finish Writing Their Books

Have you been trying to write a book for years, but keep finding yourself getting lost in the process or being unable to stir up the motivation to deliver a final product? If so, you’re far from the only one.

In fact, only 3% of the aspiring authors who start writing a book end up actually finishing it. Among that 3%, just 20% of the authors manage to publish the content they’ve put countless hours of thought and effort into.

In other words, if 1000 people start writing – only 30 of them finish the book and just 6 of them end up publishing it. Pretty surprising, right?

If you’re one of the 994 who don’t finish the book, here are a few reasons why. Read More