The First Steps in Writing a Book
December 2, 2016
So you are interested in writing a book but don’t know where to start? Well, the first step is figuring out what exactly you want to write about. This may seem like an easy step, but a lot of times, it’s now. The key is to realize what it is that you are meant to write, as in something that you only you could do.
Several years ago, I was approached by a friend that wanted to hire me to write a manual on how to best wash windows. The company, www.windowwashingmn.com, wanted to have something in print for their employees to read in order to get better quality work that was across the board. Did I have experience with washing window professionally? Yes. Was it something that I would want to write about and then potentially tour the country to discuss? Well, not really. Washing windows wasn’t a topic that was interesting enough for me to write about. They found someone else to do it and he has sold quite a few books. I had to find what was best for me, though, not just take the first paid job that came my way. There have been other book ideas that have been presented to me that I have had to turn down for the same reason over the past few years.
Once you have figured out what you want to write about, you need to determine what will make your book unique and fulfill a need in the market. You will likely discover that the topic of your book has already been written about many times. Your job is to discover what will make yours different and stand out from the competition. A catchy title is nice, but you will need a lot more than that. You will have to find some sort of hook that will draw readers into your book and say, “I have got to read that!” For example, you may be interested in writing a book on how to build a website. Well, a great hook for you would be having free resources within the book to help others with building their own website. That would bring a lot of value to your readers.