- Posted by Jeff Vacek
- On February 19, 2016
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- How to, Jeff Vacek
In my opinion, one of the most valuable credibility pieces you can create for yourself, your brand or your business is writing a book.
As you may know, I’m a best-selling author of a book entitled, “The New Masters of Online Marketing”.
I’ve also been featured in other best-selling books like Steve Olsher’s “Internet Prophets”.
My book and being featured in other books has brought me great notoriety and more importantly great credibility.
This has been priceless to me and my career.
Now, here’s the interesting thing. I didn’t write a single word in my book. Nor did I write a word in the books that I’ve been featured in, collaborated in, etc.
Frankly, I’m not a big fan of writing. In fact, I didn’t even write this blog post!
And if you’re really honest with yourself. Unless you are already an avid writer and maybe have even been published, you probably are overwhelmed by writing a book your self.
That is why, with the help of some peers, I came up with a simple process for writing and publishing a book without EVER writing a single word.
I used to offer this process as a course, accompanied by coaching and all the resources you would need to publish your book.
It was called, “Author Authority Blueprint”. I collaborated with the folks over at The Seminar Solution to help me fulfill on the book publishing side and “Author Authority Blueprint” was a follow-on or complementary program to my award-winning, flagship program called “Info Renegades”.
I had an absolute blast facilitating that program and we created A LOT of best-selling authors out of it.
I still help people write and publish best-sellers, but as I’ve evolved, so has how I fulfill on certain products, services and programs in my business and I’ve partnered with a gentleman named Ian Houghton, who is a best-selling author himself to help my clients write and publish their books. He’s brilliant at it. Let me know if you’d like more information on writing and publishing your own book.
Alright, so how do you write a book without EVER writing a word?
It’s simple really… You speak it! (FYI – I spoke this blog post)
Here’s the process:
Step 1 – Figure out what your book is going to be about. What are you most passionate about helping other people with? What information is stored in your brain that you are dying to get out? Those would be good places to start. Once you’ve figured that piece out, see what other similar books have been written related to your topic and create a title that is relevant to the market for your book.
Step 2 – Create the chapters of your book. Okay, so there is a tiny bit of writing. But the point is that you’re not sitting down ‘writing’ an entire book. For this step, just write 10-15 chapter names related to your topic. Don’t worry yet about the order or making them cohesive, that’s for the editor to do later.
Step 3 – Okay, a tiny bit more writing, but this part is fun. Under each one of those chapter headings write key bullet points that support the chapter title and the content that should go under that title.
Step 4 – Okay, now you’re done writing. So, all you had to do was write down the names of a couple of chapters and some bullet points. Not hard. But now you’re done writing! Now, get out a voice recorder. Hit record… Say the first chapter’s title, then just start brain dumping into the voice recorder from your bullet points. Do that for each chapter.
Step 5 – Once you’ve done your voice recordings for each chapter, find a transcriber on Fiverr.com or some other freelance site and get all of the voice recordings transcribed into text. Make sure the transcriber breaks them up by the chapter titles.
Step 6 – Once you get the transcribed recordings back, read through them and have 2-3 other people read through them. Make sure it all makes sense (FYI – in all my years of helping people write a book, if you follow this process, I’ve never had someone’s transcriptions be total nonsense). While reading them, make corrections where necessary. Ask your friends who read the transcriptions for any feedback they might have and incorporate those into the final transcriptions (whoops – a tiny bit more writing).
Step 7 – Now, go find an editor. This is where you might want my help. You can find editors on your own, but I can help you streamline that process and can probably get them cheaper. Whether you use one of my editors or not, you’re going to send your transcriptions to the editor and they will collaborate with you to create the final manuscript that will be published as your book.
Step 7a – While you’re working with the editor, go ahead on Fiverr.com or some other freelance site and get your book cover made.
Step 8 – After you get the final manuscript from the editor, read through it and make sure its good to go. If not, have them make corrections. Once it is you’re ready to publish.
Step 9 – Publish your book. This is where you may also need my help. But if you hired an editor yourself, they can probably help you publish it as well.
Step 10 – Make sure you get it published digitally as well (Kindle, iBooks, etc.)
Now, as far as becoming a best-seller, that’s a whole other process that will take another blog post or perhaps a mini-course within itself to walk you through.
Main point of this post is in the title.
As you can see, writing your own book doesn’t really take any real, intensive writing at all.
So, any feelings of overwhelm you may have had can now be overcome by using my simple process for writing and publishing your book.
Here’s to you being the next best-seller in your niche!