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You probably wouldn’t jump into your car and embark on a road trip without at least a rough road map of where you plan to go.
Similarly, writing a nonfiction book is a long journey for an author. And starting that journey without a road map will cost you time in the long run.
Why? Authoring a book is a huge endeavour and, unless you’ve written many books or are just plain lucky or gifted, your book project needs a road map.
In the publishing industry a book road map is called an outline. It’s essentially a blueprint, laying out the direction of your book, along with detailed notes on sections, chapters, and content.
An outline helps you organize your thoughts and create...
“There's the saying that knowledge is power, but it's not true. You can know everything but without influence, you can't do anything. For example, you can read all the business books, you can know everything about how to run a business, but if you can't lead people and get them to do what you want them to do, then all that knowledge is worthless. You have to know how to influence other people, you have to know how to influence yourself. Without influence, nothing gets done.”
- Josh Steimle
By Josh Steimle
Normally this blog focuses on providing you with information on writing, books, thought leadership, publishing, and more.
So forgive me if I turn the spotlight toward me...
Don’t doubt yourself, but if you doubt yourself then don’t doubt me when I tell you—you can do this, and you can do a great job. Yes, writing a book is hard, but you can do hard things. When something is hard, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
However, if it’s going to get done, it’s up to you. Nobody is going to write this book for you or force you to write it.
If you want to be successful, you have to take 100% responsibility for everything that you experience in your life. – Jack Canfield
You already took responsibility when you opened this workbook. You’ll continue to take responsibility every...
There’s no such thing as a perfect book, and if you try and write one you will never finish it. – David Gaughran
I’m not sure there is all that much more to be said on this topic at this point, but this relevant Churchill quote is also good for a chuckle:
Writing a book is an adventure to begin with, it is a toy and an amusement, then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public. – Winston Churchill
You’ll never be perfectly satisfied with your book, so spend your efforts on the 20% that will...
What do you do when your 14-year-old, 5’2” daughter, tells you she wants to play professional basketball? Of course, you don’t want to crush her dreams (after all, Spud Webb made it to the NBA and won a professional slam dunk contest, and he was only 5’7”), but at the same time, you’d feel some responsibility to wake her up to how hard it will be because it’s hard enough to make it at professional basketball even if you win the genetic lottery.
Likewise, if you believe your book is going to sell a million copies or skyrocket to the top of The New York Times Best Seller list then we need to have a little heart-to-heart because, in all likelihood,...