Sharing your life with someone else is the greatest value of writing a book. If you want to leave a legacy, consider writing a book that will stay around long after you’re gone. Life Legacy Books can share family history, teach moral values, or spread an idea to influence a generation. It can communicate your heart, and share the essence of who you are.
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Where do I start?
First of all, define your vision. What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Is the legacy you want to leave spiritual, emotional, or financial?
Secondly, identify your audience. Will you write primarily for your family, your community, or a particular group of people?
The third step is to make a list or an outline of the topics you want to address. Do you have special stories from your life you want to share, particular beliefs to emphasize, or a desire to create a product that is sellable on a large-scale?
The next step is to set a goal. When do you want to start writing? When do you want to finish writing? How much will you write per week? Where will you write?
How do I move forward?
Many people have a vision for their book and can answer all of the questions I’ve asked above, but they just don’t know how to move forward to make it happen. There are many things you can do to motivate yourself to follow through and put in the hard work it takes to write a manuscript. Here are a couple of suggestions:
- Read! Read the kind of books you want to write. Find inspiration. Feed your mind.
- Join a writing group, or take a writing class. Taking a class is of particular importance if you lack grammar and creative writing skills. Participating in a writing group is essential to produce accountability and motivation. It is much easier to stay committed to the long haul when you are a part of a community of creative people.
Where do I find help to make my book sellable?
- If you lack confidence in writing your manuscript, or maybe you’re too busy, or can’t stay focused, consider hiring a ghostwriter. Many authors hire a writer to assist them. Taking this route, you would: provide the information, work in close collaboration with the writer, have the final say, make any changes you want, own the copyright, and have your name on the cover of the book. Think about it like building a house. If you’re building a house, you may hire a contractor to do the actual work. It’s your plan, your vision, your product, but the builder brings expertise and artistry.
- Find an author coach or editor. Working with an author coach or editor is less expensive than hiring a ghostwriter. An author coach or editor can provide accountability, deadlines and professional feedback. As a result, they assist you in producing sellable products and life legacy books.
For more on this idea of books as a legacy, read Brian Feinblum’s post on BookMarketingBuzzBlog.
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