Today is Wednesday, July 6. Imagine in just 30 days from now, publishing a book and becoming an author in early August.
Don’t think about how it’s going to be done and what that schedule looks like yet. We’ll get to that. Right now, only consider the impact.
How would writing a book add to your credibility, business leads, bank account, or personal sense of accomplishment?
I know for a fact it would make a difference in all of those areas.
Because people trust, respect, and value authors—for good reason. They’re considered an expert on the subject they wrote about. And this clout provides more opportunities than before.
Writing a book in 30 days seems unreasonable, but it’s doable given the right planning and work ethic. It’s by no means easy. I’m not saying that.
But when has there ever been anything worth something that came easy?
So although I don’t recommend it for everyone, at the same time it can be done. And you can get a super high-quality book out of it. I’m talking about a 20,000+ word book—not some trash that receives a mess of 1- and 2-star Amazon book reviews.
Want to know how? Here’s how to write a book in 30 days.
Day 1 to 2: Choose your book idea
I wrote an extremely helpful guide to discovering your book idea here. In this resource, you’ll discover:
- Why looking for the perfect idea is a waste of time
- How to use the Amazon bestseller list to pick your topic
- What topics sell and don’t sell
When choosing a book subject, your main focus is to write a book for a specific audience with a specific benefit for them. If you do that, your book is bound to be desirable for readers.
For example, say you’re writing a book around the topic of healthy eating. A huge mistake is to leave it at that.
A winning strategy is to decide your book is for new moms, for example, who want to get rid of their baby weight. Or get even more specific to write a book for new moms who want to get rid of fat in their stomach.
Thinking in this same mindset will also help you choose a book title.
When you get others involved, they’ll feel more emotionally attached to your book and are more likely to buy it.
Just remember, pick a subject with your audience in mind.
Otherwise nobody will want to read your book if it doesn’t help or entertain them. Only celebrities can get away with writing a book about their favorite movies, journal entries, and personal life for no rhyme or reason.
Day 3 to 5: Make an outline
Creating an outline is the most important step. And the reason why this step gets three precious days before you dig into writing.
Without an outline, you need to structure your book at the same time you’re writing it. That puts too much to risk that you’re going to get it wrong.
In my post How To Write A Book, I detail what to do with your outline. Here’s the gist of it:
- Research other articles, books, podcasts, and video on your subject.
- Write down all the main ideas you want to cover in your book.
- Narrow this work down into a table of contents with each chapter identified.
You can take a step farther to outline each individual chapter with the introduction, supporting sections, and your action steps or take away for the reader.
If you do a lazy job outlining or skip it altogether, you’re going to struggle when it’s time to write the ebook. Without an outline, it’s (nearly) impossible to write a book in a month.
If you outline your book well and have a clear goal in mind for each chapter, you can fill in your book with quick pace.
Day 6 to 26: Write the ebook
You have 21 days, or three weeks, to write the ebook. Right now, that may look like an insurmountable goal.
But, write 1,000 words a day over 21 days and you have a 21,000 word book. At 1,500 words a day, that’s a book of 31,500 words. (Hey, I can do math!)
As I try to always point out, writing a book is all mental. To lessen the intimidation factor, think of it as a big blog post. And instead of writing another blog post each day, you continue on the same post and structure it like a book.
When you take it day by day, you’ll be able to have writing output of 1,000 words per day. Depending on your writing speed, this could take you 45 minutes or two hours each day.
To help you meet this deadline, keep these tips in mind:
- Set aside an hour or two in the morning before your day’s responsibilities. If you do this, I know you can write your ebook in time.
- Don’t self-edit along the way or you’ll fall into the trap of being a perfectionist who takes forever to meet their writing goals. Editing during writing is the number one killer to your writing output.
- Remember the main reason why you wanted to write this book. That why-factor will motivate you when it gets hard.
- Take solace in the fact that if you give your best effort for three weeks, it’ll all be over.
After writing your book, the final four days give you a chance to cut the unnecessary writing and edit your book before publishing.
Day 27 to 28: Edit it yourself
In the normal book writing process, you would hire an editor to spend a few weeks revising your book on content and copy. But there’s no time for that in this advanced schedule.
However, that won’t be a problem if you execute.
When you edit your book, be sure to at least read it out loud once. This will highlight a lot of errors to revise.
The main questions to ask yourself when you edit include:
- Does the overall organization and structure flow from paragraph to paragraph and chapter to chapter?
- Are there any missing information holes that need to be filled for the reader?
- How does your writing voice sound? Is it too boring without enough personality? Or is it too informal when you want to come off as more of an authority?
Do as best as you can to take your eyes out of writer mode, and think of yourself as an outside reader who is checking out your book for the first time.
And while readers will notice horrible typos and grammar, if you cover your tracks during the out loud reading, then they’ll focus more on your content. Meaning you can get by without creating the best written book in the world.
With two days left, the next move is to get a separate set of eyes to review your ebook and make late changes.
Day 29 to 30: Have a trusted peer edit it
Do you know an English teacher, writer, author, or respected peer who could edit your book? They don’t need to be an editor (although it would help). Just find someone you trust, and ask them to edit your book in two days time.
Specifically have them look out for typos, awkward sentences, and other errors during their reading. A fresh set of eyes will do better at finding these than you who has written and read these words many times over.
On day two, do one last read through yourself to scope out any potential writing errors that you want to fix before you publish. You don’t need to overdo it though, because readers will forgive a few errors in a 20,000 word book.
After this step, give yourself props because now you’ve written a book! Congrats!
Depending on what your goal is with this ebook, the next steps vary.
If you want to use it as an email opt-in on your blog for new visitors, then make it as a PDF. You’re finished.
If you want to sell it on the world’s largest bookstore, Amazon, then you’ll need to self publish your book.
Start by hiring a formatter to get it on Amazon Kindle in .epud or .mobi format. (A PDF format won’t work.) You can also use CreateSpace to get it in paperback. It’s truly a rush to hold your own book in your hands. And make it into an audiobook with Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).
You can accomplish all of this in a week or two. Meaning you can add published author to your name in a little over a month total.
How cool is that?
Making an outline not only solves writer’s block but also is the secret to how you write a book in 30 days.
Set aside time each day to fill in your outline as you go from chapter to chapter—starting with the least difficult chapters to write to the most difficult—and I’m confident you’ll have a book manuscript ready to publish after a month.
The reward is, after the book is published, you never need to work on that book again. But it will continue to work for you months and years after you’re done.
Passive income at its finest!
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