Most are astonished when I tell them I wrote this book in less than 90 days of beginning the project.
I officially started the project in early July and had the book done and sent to the publisher in early September.
However, I had an advantage. The advantage was that I had been writing and producing content in my genre - success for solo and small business owners - for ten years or more.
So writing the book was more a search, organize, fill in the gaps, and edit project as opposed to a writing from scratch project.
If this hadn’t been the case I would’ve allowed myself at least 6 months if not a full year to write the book.
The other advantage I created for myself required an investment.
I was one of those people who had been meaning to write a book for quite a few years. I’d start a book, stop, start, stop, start, stop. Maybe you know the experience.
Then I watched as my old methods of generating leads for my coaching and mentoring business started to fail me. It was anxiety producing.
(An example of how anxiety isn’t all bad and can be a helpful motivator.)
At first I didn’t know quite what to do. Then I went out and started talking to my peers.
What I found was that all of my peers who had written books claimed the book was a real game changer in their business careers.
After some deliberation I decided ok I’m going to do this. However, I didn’t want to leave to chance whether or not I’d follow through this time.
So I put my money where my mouth is and looked into the various coaching and mentoring options specific to writing and publishing.
Today there are at least two or three dozen, if not more, effective coaching and mentoring programs in the area of publishing and marketing books when you want to be recognized as an authority in your field.
Some of these options are hundreds of dollars, some are thousands of dollars, some are tens of thousands of dollars. It depends on what level of service you desire and have the budget for.
If you desire to have your book completely ghost written and published for you, you’re looking at the higher-end range.
If you’re willing to do most of the work and you want to have some curriculum and a support system then you’re looking at something in the mid-range.
If you have prior publishing and marketing knowledge and experience you can probably get by at the lower-end.
I chose John Eggen’s Mission Publishing Leading Mentors Publishing and Marketing Program. It includes curriculum, coaching, and a community of peers to support you. It fit my budget at the time.
Upon joining I was immediately impressed with the curriculum and how it was organized. I was also impressed with how the coaching was structured and conducted.
Leading Mentors takes the guesswork out of the process for you, which is what you really pay for when you enroll in a program like Mission Publishing’s or like mine.
It's basically buying clarity, confidence, resources at your fingertips, and proven step-by-step plans.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Leading Mentors program, then sign up for this free mini-course.
(The link above is an affiliate link, which means my company will be compensated if you enroll in the Leading Mentors program. I don’t hide this from you because #1 it’s illegal to do so and #2 I invested in the program, I believe in the program, it worked for me, and am confident recommending it to you.)
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