How to write a business book – an uncommon guide

If you’re an entrepreneur, one of the best ways to build your profile is to showcase your expertise in your very own book. I can show you everything you need to know about the writing, editing and publishing side of this process in my seminar “How to write a business book”. However, here are some uncommon tips that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere!

Regular readers will know that I’ve recently submitted the manuscript for my own business book to my publisher. Writing a book is a bit like giving birth and you need support every step of the way. These tips may not suit everyone but here is what kept me sane during the process.

1.  Get divorced
No, just kidding. Think of it more like a temporary separation. My partner was very understanding when I suggested that he stay away (far away) during the final stages of writing my book. I was so fully focused on the process that I didn’t have time for any distractions, let alone having to deal with another person in the house.

Fortunately, we have a rural property in a whole other state. So my partner kindly ensured he stayed there. This give me the opportunity to dedicate all my time and energy to making the book the best it could be. He flew back the day I submitted it to the publisher.

2. Frozen food
In the final two weeks, I’ll admit that I was a bit of a hermit. I did make a point of getting dressed properly everyday, including doing my hair and makeup because it put me into “professional mode”. But the grocery shopping sure as hell went out the window.

I know that nutritonists around the world will let out a collective scream at this – but the only thing that got me through the final period was frozen food. I had no time or inclination to buy groceries or cook – so this is what kept me fed during this period. Alas, until I have the luxury of a personal chef, this is my only workable option.

Thankfully, I’m back on the fresh stuff!

3. I bought a new chair
I was shocked at what a difference this made. When you’re writing a book, you’re sitting down for long periods of time. And I was starting to get back pain. I told myself that I would buy a fancy chair when the project was over – as a reward for my effort. Then I realised this was totally arse-about.

My fancy new Aeron Chair, saviour of my back

So I splurged on a fancy ergonomically designed chair and guess what? The back pain went away. The chair might have cost a small fortune but I think it’s saved thousands in chiropractic bills!

So there you go. Three little secrets that underpinned my book writing process. If you want to learn the nuts and bolts of “How to write a business book”, see you at the seminar.

About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.
  • Al Mckillop

    Love you tell it like it really was…wheres the romance in writing a book? It’s bloody hard work!

    • Valerie Khoo

      Heheh. And thanks for getting me on the track to finding the fancy chair!

      • Al McKillop

        I now have chair envy…might need to get one to finish the various books and stories I have started. I’m sure that’s the missing piece of the jigsaw and will boost my creativity and productivity, but does it come with a built-in procrastination busting button? :)

  • Wordonomics

    Totally agree on the chair! I have one very similar, and while I almost fell off it when I saw the invoice it has been worth the investment many times over as I can now stay still longer!

    • Valerie Khoo

      Good on you for investing in it. You deserve it!