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.
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.Posted on 3 May 2012