$14.99 - Paperback
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$14.99 - Paperback
$ 5.99 - ebook
The opportunities that writing a book can provide is endless, it doesn't just stop at sales! It's time for a shift in thinking, it's time for a new way of looking at book writing. It's time to adopt the perspective that Writing a Book is the New Business Card! We take a practical approach to the many ways a book can boost your personal and professional life as well as show you how to develop the technical prowess to make your dream a reality! Everyone has a story to tell and it's about time that you get to share yours with the world!
Build a Book, Build Credibility
Oftentimes when we refer to someone as having expertise, we use the phrase “they wrote the book on blank,” meaning they are such an authority on the subject matter, that they might as well have written a book about it.
This phrase changes meaning significantly when we actually ponder what the effects of writing a book would have on your own credibility. Quite simply, the energy and effort that it takes to write a book means that just the mere act of making a book gives you far more credibility than someone who doesn’t have one.
Now of course, anyone can just fill a book with pages upon pages of ramblings and nonsense. I’m not advocating just slapping a few thousand words on a document and calling yourself an expert. I’m suggesting that putting the time into writing a book will boost your credibility in the professional world.
The keyword here is “boost” not “give”! In order for your work to add to your credibility, you must be a credible individual and likewise the book you write must be credible. If it’s a non-fiction, it must be factual. If it’s autobiographical, it can’t have embellishments or exaggerations that make you seem greater than you actually are. If it’s a how-to guide, it must have some level of methodology that goes beyond theory.
A simple truth to keep in mind is that a book can only add to your credibility if your work is credible! There are no bonus points for sloppy, error riddled and factually incorrect work! It might seem impressive that you have a book available on the market, but a quick ten minute read through will call your bluff.
With that in mind, if you are seeking to write a book for business enhancing purposes, you can greatly benefit from sharing your story in a unique way. If you have an expertise, share your methods. If you have experiences that you learned a great deal from, you can share those stories, too. You don’t have to be some kind of guru to add to your credibility. All you need is relevant experiences, stories or concepts written in such a way that it will capture imagination, give practical advice or simply help others whose life path is similar to yours!
Hopefully at this point you’re a bit intrigued on how using a tool like book writing can boost your credentials in your professional field. If so, let’s take a look at a few different options that you have in terms of what kind of book to consider writing!
Option 1: Expertise
Do you have some expertise in your relevant field? Have you spent a long time working on a special technique in whatever work you do? Maybe you’ve pioneered some new technique that is groundbreaking. This would fit perfectly in a book and the very fact that you’re willing to share what you’ve discovered with the world at large is a very good indicator of a humble, generous character.
But wait, you say, my work is proprietary! I spent years of hard work making this idea/technique/concept, why should I share it with the world? Why should I share my secrets with people who are just going to use it for their own gain? Well, as the book of Proverbs says “He who waters will himself be watered,” meaning that those who are generous and giving of their kindness will in turn be rewarded for such giving. This isn’t speaking about doing good things in order to get good things back, rather it’s a concept of when you do something generous such as share a trade secret or leadership technique, others will see you as a good and generous individual. This in turn will add more to your character than if you were to quietly hoard all of your knowledge for only you to use.
Think about it like this, a rising tide lifts all boats. If what knowledge, expertise or techniques you have could potentially change even one life for the better, wouldn’t it be worth it? I can only imagine what my life would be like if the inspirational writers and leaders that I love to read would have decided to hoard their secrets. I know one thing; I definitely wouldn’t be here to share these ideas with you!
Option 2: Experience
Maybe you’re not in a professional area to where it would be credible to publish a book based off of your accomplishments. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have something valuable to write! Rather, you have your experiences in life to share and those experiences could mean the world to those who are going through your same situation.
Never underestimate the power of the story that God has uniquely given to you! Telling your story can have a cathartic experience on your own life as well as give others a chance to see what obstacles you have overcome. Even if your experiences were relatively tame, don’t underestimate what you have to tell.
If you’re not sure what experiences are worth sharing, consider one of those options:
- Your overcoming a serious disability or health challenge
- Your experiences and struggles in school
- Your upbringing and how it affected you
- Your faith experience and why you believe what you believe
- Your encounter with adversity
- Your travels
- Your work history
- Your emotional experiences (grief, anger, fear)
I hope that one of the above will inspire you to write out the awesome and beautiful story that I know God has given you!
Option 3: Research
An easy way to get credibility in a field which you are working is to do sufficient research and release a book on the subject. Of course, when I say easy, I mean accessible. There’s nothing out there stopping you from working to become an authority on a subject matter. This means you’re going to have to put a lot of work into the book. You will have to check sources, research, study relentlessly and come up with different concepts then what are available on the current market. This is could be a very good way to get ahead in the workplace.
Research papers and eBooks on subjects aren’t hard to make. Sure they can be hard to write, but the process of creating them isn’t terribly difficult. The easily accessible nature of eBooks means that you don’t have to be working with a publisher to get an expert book out on the subject.
So if you don’t really want to write a story and don’t feel like you have anything worthwhile in the expertise area, you have the option to become an expert in whatever field you choose! It’s just going to take time, energy and effort. Remember, when it comes to gaining credibility in a field you really have to put your best into that work. Don’t just throw a few pages of Wikipedia based facts onto a Word document and call it day. Give it your all and write a book that you know you will be proud of! Try to imagine your dream employer giving it a quick read through and think about their reaction. Will they be impressed by your work? Will it get you the job?
If you’re stuck for ideas on what kind of field you could write for, I have a few suggestions for you:
- A history of a field appropriate to your career
- A niche topic that very few people know about
- A topic dispelling myths in that specific field
- Translating heady subjects into plain English for regular folks to understand
- A survey of a very large topic
You don’t need to be an expert already to write a research book! While this might seem counter-intuitive, track with me for a minute. The entire point of writing a research book is being able to inform other people about the subject matter. Why do people read books about research topics? Well, it’s because they don’t have the time, energy or know-how to thoroughly research the topic themselves. You, as a writer, do have that kind of time.
Think of it like this, let’s say you were to write a research paper on Antarctica. You spend hours upon hours studying the subject, checking out ancient tomes in the library, opening at least 30 tabs of different websites discussing Antarctica and maybe even calling a few researchers on the subject. The average book reader isn’t interested in doing all of that work to learn about Antarctica, but they’re willing to read the work of someone who is. When you realize that writing research books isn’t about being an expert yourself but rather it’s about being the surrogate researcher for your consumers, it will give you more freedom to write on whatever topic strikes your interest. When a person reads your book, it is because they want to read all of the hard work you put into learning about the subject in a quick and easy to digest manner. Your primary job is to shepherd knowledge to the reader, not to have been born an expert on the subject matter.
Of course, just because you aren’t an expert when you start doesn’t mean that you won’t be an expert when you finish. If your readers are looking for valuable information from your work, you should do everything in your power to make your book worthy of their time. They’re looking to you to guide them through the research topic at hand and you don’t want to sound like everyone else. By having tremendous respect for the readers who are looking at your book, you will find in turn that it will give you far more credibility than by just clicking the first few links on a Google search and stretching it into a one-hundred-page book.
I hope after you’ve spent a little bit of time considering all of the different options, you realize just how many choices you have if you want to build up your professional credibility!
There are so many different benefits that come from doing such a thing. The biggest reward is the sense of satisfaction you receive from having your name attached to something that you are proud of! Now let’s go onto the next reason to write a book, finding your way into the Public Speaking Circuit!
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Hailing from Chicago, Michelle D. Johnson is a freelance writer with one single desire: to assist people in writing out the book that they were always meant to write. Her vision has led her to jump into the world of book writing and self-help in the hopes that she can bring her unique vision to enrich other people's lives so they are able to live to the fullest. When she isn't working on bringing her vision, she's often involved with writing, real estate, photography and spending time with her 3 children.