No More Wannabe … Become An Author and Publish!

Moving from Wannabe Author to the Real Thing It never fails … at every conference I speaksat, multiple attendees will say, “I can’t believe you’ve written all these books … I wish I could write a book.” And she always responds, “Why not … you can.” author mentor, book publishing, book coach, no excuses Moving from Wannabe Author to the Real Thing It never fails … at every conference I speak at, multiple attendees will say, “I can’t believe you’ve written all these books … I wish I could write a book.” And she always responds, “Why not … you can.” Is there a book in you? Most people think there is. And most don’t get them out. You could have the makings of a fantastic novel, a creative young adult series, and exquisitely illustrated young children’s stories. Sci-fi could be your genre, a cookbook, romance, intrigue, how-to or business book may be lurking in your creative closet. You just may be able to take your career to a whole new level with the creation of a book. Adding to your professional credentials, if done right, could position you as the expert in a specific field. A book could talk you to a whole new level, a different type of professional business card. Many wannabe authors practice the art of one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, three to get ready, three to get ready … and they never go. They keep reaching for one more thing; one more piece of information; another interview; another who knows what. Sometimes, it’s just another excuse. Their book never gets written, much less published. Their quest for the perfect book has become the enemy of creating a good book, even a great book. Here are five key steps to you and your book success:

1    The First Step  Choose a spot … any spot that is yours and yours alone. Authors need their space and time. Space will contain all the ingredients you need to support you. Think computer, phone— if necessary, pens, pencils, paper, files with reference items that you’ve collected, notes you’ve saved or made to support your topic, other reference books, a favorite snack (I confess—I’ve written an entire book with M&Ms being the reward each time I finished a chapter), beverage of choice, toys, etc. Your space. Claim it and let others know that when you are in your space, it’s a “Do Not Disturb-Author at Work” sanctuary. JB_MuseFind time. Some authors have to work specific hours; others are more loosey-goosey. I’m a binge writer—if someone told me that I had to write/work from the hours of 8 to noon every day—my response would be, “Fat chance.” I’m one of those intensives—when I start, it’s like a train … keep going until it gets to the next station—rarely do I start a chapter without finishing it in a first draft format—bathroom breaks are allowed and fresh tea, but that’s just about it. And my spot usually has to have water around it–oceans, lakes, streams, ponds… water that I can see and hear. It’s my muse.

2    The Second Step   Just do it … even if what you get down looks like gibberish. It’s a start. You can’t move forward to publication until you’ve got some words. So dump them out. The more you organize them, the better it is when it comes to the first dump. The general topic, sub-topics, stories/facts/stats to support the topic all go into magic piles.excuses2 Where you choose to “dump” is your choice. Some still write all by hand … if you having been procrastinating or dragging your feet—best to bypass this method and either pick up a speaking program like Dragon’s Naturally Speaking where you can literally put on a headset with a mic and start talking. Your works get transcribed to your computer, and then you clean up spellings and missed words after your dictation is done. Easy, very easy. Or, if you can pound it out on the computer, each document is a major theme/chapter and you start pulling it together in bits and chunks. It won’t be perfect … it’s a START.

3   The Third Step  Get help … this is where a book shepherd or book coach can come into play. You will need an editor. All authors need editors who edit (this is not your friend or sister, although they can be readers) … all authors no exceptions. Do you have a book in you? Most likely, yes. Could a book help your professional career? help-150x150No question. Don’t do it cheaply–what does that say about you and the quality of your work? It’s a new year … changes are everywhere. Get professional help–meaning interior designers, REAL cover designers, book sheperding, editing. Your book can do amazing things … you need to bring the amazing you to the party and invite the pros in for the journey.

Caution: be careful and very wary of what I call the Publishing Predators. Please, Please read the blog that references them and the class action lawsuit posted against a few.  The blog that was loaded with 17 Gems for Authors –newbies and advanced is a must read as well.Author's Ark

4    The Fourth Step  Join The Author’s Ark–I will coach you through in a monthly group session, webinars and laser one-on-one coaching. Here’s the info: http://thebookshepherd.com/calendar/judith-briles-ark.html

  The Fifth Step  Join AuthorU.org and attend the annual Extravaganza in Mayauthoru every author I work with, this is a must do. The major players are there to help guide and educate you without you feeling that you are getting pitched to death. Nuff said. Here’s the link for getting involved with AuthorU.org: http://authoru.org/

JB_pic_2013-2 Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd a book publishing expert and coach. She is the Founder of Author U,  a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 31 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers  and a speaker at publishing conferences.

Become part of her inner circle by joining the Author’s Ark and exclusive monthly webinar and coaching event. Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing on the Toginet Network at http://tinyurl.com/AuthorURadio . Follow @AuthorU and @MyBookShepherd on Twitter and do a “Like” at AuthorU and TheBookShepherd on Facebook.  If you want to create a book that has no regrets, contact Judith at Judith@Briles.com.

10 Comments on No More Wannabe … Become An Author and Publish!

  1. Judith, your post is so tried and true. For many, their talent is waiting for their courage to catch up. With you in their corner, it makes it a whole lot easier. Great post. Hope it gets read…and read…and read again.

  2. The Book Shepherds says:

    Taint that the truth … it’s all about committing to get “it” … whatever “it” looks like done. Just started, and finished, the first installment of the Publishing Siren series. Audio plus Guidebook–Creating and Developing the Author and Book Platforms–tis at the core of it all. The Passion thing; the Vision thing; the Commitment thing … then the People thing will happen–without the first three … the wannabe doesn’t have a chance. Love WittyWomanWriting!

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  6. The Book Shepherd says:

    Ideas are always worth sharing … that’s why they are posted. Enjoy. Judith

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