Simon Kolz

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No Time to Finish your Book?

This number one complaint keeps many a professional from expanding their business through a book. As a book-writing coach, the Number One Question I get is, “How can I find time to write?” Here’s encouragement and how to’s to get your book finished.

1. Write a short book for your first effort.

Expand an article, talk, or report by adding a few stories, anecdotes, quotes, tips, or how-to’s. This book may even be just one chapter idea you have for your longer book. Focused writing sells well too. People Online and off want easy-to-read short information because they are so busy. They don’t want to spend a lot of time reading. Make your first book 10-50 pages.

2. Write your print book and eBook at the same time. It’s like cooking–you create a dish that you can serve twice for a one-time effort.

Make two word files, one for each format.

As you lay out your chapter titles and their theses, decide what components to leave out in your eBook version. You don’t need long stories or a lot of quotes. Give your potential buyers the meat they want. Short, but useful information!

In your print version that you may want to publish via Print on Demand for much less cash outlay, offer more client examples or other stories to illustrate your point. Add extra, useful information in tips, sidebars, charts or graphs. Make your perfect bound print book from 100-120 pages. That’s substantial enough for traditional minds, yet financially fruitful and time saving for the busy entrepreneur. Now, you have two products for the time price of one.

3. Check your daily calendar. What do you spend the most time on? How is that working for you?

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