Who can support and hold you accountable ensuring you get your book written?
Along the way, you may need to outsource some of your activities.
Here are a few of those potential partners that you may need to support you.
- Proof reader – the person who checks for punctuation, spelling and grammar
- Editor – there are levels of editor, they check for consistency, sense and undertake a deeper review
- Designer – the person or team that creates your book cover, images and interior design layout (for both print and digital e.g. Kindle)
- Ghost writer – Someone who writes some or all of your book for you
- Printer – Although you will most likely publish through Amazon’s CreateSpace for your print book, you may also want to undertake a more cost-effective print run with a traditional printer (for use at your launch and speaker events)
- Launch and other marketing – It is important that you consider how you will market your book now and start to get the resources in place
- Website – If you don’t have a website, get one and if you have one, make space for your book and author profile
You can recruit your support crew from one of the many online sites such as Elance, (http://elance.com) or Fiverr (http://fiverr.com) where can choose from a vast selection of freelancers. I have used some fantastic people on Fiverr and some equally useless ones. What I have learnt is that you need to write a great specification and trial their work. My preference is to work with people I can talk to face-to-face, or on Skype or G+.
Get a coach
It’s easy to give up. When we are alone, we listen to our negative thoughts more than our positive ones. It’s not always easy to be our own coach.
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When you are stuck or resistant, fed up, or procrastinating, your coach is by your side or at the end of the phone or email. Your coach has the experience and knowledge to know what needs to be done to help you to reach your book publication date. They will hold you accountable, keep you on track, challenge you, have fun with you, share resources and a whole host of other things, and you would be mad to pay for someone’s time and not maximise it.
If your book raises personal issues and upsets, discuss this with your book coach who may be suitably trained to help you. If not, they can advise you where to go to get professional help for the area that you are struggling with.
Get yourself a planning and writing buddy
Similar to your coach, a planning and writing buddy is someone you trust to read your work without judgment, to challenge you, and to talk through your fears. They may be your best friend, a parent or someone from an online writing community. They don’t have to spend lots of time; it could just be something simple like a weekly phone call to ask “have you written your next 3000 words and what help do you need to get through the next 3000?”
I get that you may not want to share your writing with anyone else, but…. Let me share some great reasons why it does work and will work for you. First of all get rid of your ‘fear,’ remember false evidence appearing real; you do not have a crystal ball and you do not know what someone else will think. AND remember, all feedback is ‘the breakfast of champions.’ Listen to what is being said with an open heart, and you will learn a lot, I promise.
- Having someone to write with can be lots of fun. Mum and I have what we call write-offs. We pick a subject and just write. Usually we do what we laughingly call poetry. We don’t care, we enjoy it
- Having a buddy builds your trust and faith in your writing. Mum and I also chat to each other about our writing, because we have absolute trust in each other. We can discuss our hopes, fears, plot lines and motivation
- Someone else can see the lack of flow and inconsistencies. We get too close to our writing, and it all looks great – get over it, no it doesn’t, because we get word blindness
- Other people can come up with ideas that we never even thought of – thank you so much, this is one of my faves
- You get asked good questions, which gives you the opportunity to reflect – and to improve your copy
- You will get a better idea of what your reader really wants – remember, it’s all about the reader not you
- You get an opportunity to help someone else become a better writer
Finding a writing buddy
- Who do you know that you could share your writing with?
- Ask them to be your writing buddy
- Meet up for coffee
- Pick a subject and write
- Agree how feedback will be given
- Celebrate every success
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