Any writer who has ever set out to write a book has found themselves questioning their ability to hunker down and do what needs to be done in order to get the book written and distributed. If you’ve found yourself wondering whether or not you’re cut out for writing in the long haul, you’re definitely not alone. There are often more questions about writing a book than answers, and to begin is a massive leap of faith.
Writing a book is a huge undertaking. It’s a lot of work, takes an amazing amount of time, and it requires discipline and dedication. Writing has somehow become glamourized in today’s world, and yet to actually do it, you need to be realistic about what to expect. If you’re hoping to breeze through writing and get rich quick by releasing a book, maybe writing isn’t your best career plan. If, however, you see your book as a partner to the work that you’re already doing, you may be on the right track to become successful as a writer.
It is so easy for would-be writers to publish their work these days, it makes the market a little more tricky than ever before. A book is an amazing way to add to your reputation as an expert. If you’re a public speaker or a marketer, writing a book is an amazing way to give your fans a little piece of your success to learn from. In this competitive market, one of the best ways to become a successful writer is to establish yourself as an expert in the field you’re writing in. This works in two ways; it makes people curious as to what you have to offer which piques interest in your subject matter. Once you’ve got your core audience hooked, they’re more likely to show an interest in any of the other things that you write.
Writing isn’t as it once was; the most successful way to be a writer now is by creating a personal brand and sharing expertise. You need to see yourself and your knowledge as a marketable skill, not dissimilar to a product. If you’re willing to do the work that comes with this approach, you’ve got what it takes to become a successful writer.