3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Have Your Book Ghostwritten
Statistics show that 81% of Americans want to write a book.
But that doesn’t mean 81% should write a book.
And the sad part is that a lot of the people who really should write a book are too busy changing lives to put everything on pause to write one.
If you’re wondering whether you should write (or ghostwrite) a book, ask yourself a few questions first:
1. WILL YOUR BOOK HELP SOMEONE?
The most important question to ask about your ideas is, are they helping someone?
For example, if you are having a great conversation with someone in a coffee shop, is that person leaning forward as you speak? Are their eyes big? Does it seem like you’ve opened a new world to them and they are encouraged with the possibilities and excited about it?
These are all indicators that your ideas, story, or knowledge is really touching someone.
They’re a good sign that yes, those ideas or stories need to go into a book.
Because the big reason people purchase books is because they believe it will change their lives. It all boils down to how you can help them.
And if there’s a way you can help others solve their biggest problems, you don’t just want to write a book, you need to write one.
2. WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION?
If you’re going to impact people, if you’re going to have drive, and if you want your book to have passion, you have to know what your ultimate motivation is.
It might be that you want to help others avoid the mistakes you’ve made, help them launch their businesses into success, or find confidence in themselves. Whatever it may be, it has to be at the forefront of your mind from the beginning.
Howard Thurmon once wrote, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Because if you’re simply writing a book to add “author” to your resume, chances are, people won’t be interested in what you have to say. You need to have a passion behind why you’re writing. And it usually stems from where your strengths are—where you’ll provide the most value.
Start there, and you’ll be off to a great start.
3. WHAT ARE YOUR BIG-PICTURE GOALS?
If your number-one goal is simply to sell your book to make money, you’re headed in the wrong direction.
One of the worst ways to make money from a book is to sell it. Instead, think of a book as a handshake and business card exchange at a networking event. A book buys you possibilities.
You’ll only limit those possibilities by trying to sell your book to complete strangers (at least until you grow into a household name).
So, instead of thinking about your goals in dollar signs, get creative. Think of all the possible ways a book could benefit you: creating valuable relationships, leading people to your website, selling them your product or service—the possibilities are endless.
Think of how you could make a book work for you.
If you’re part of the 81% who wants to write a book, but you are not sure where to start (or whether or not you should even write one), start with these questions to decide if it’s in your best interest, and from there, form a vision for your book.
Because writing a book is a lot of work, and you don’t want to move full-speed ahead in the wrong direction. You need a firm foundation, a strong vision, and concrete goals.
If the thought of all of this overwhelms you and you’re looking for a team of professionals to come around you and handle getting your book written and published, hybrid ghostwriting and publishing is probably the path for you.
Instead of just handing some ideas over to a ghostwriter, a team of professionals comes around you to draw out your book contents, publish your book, and get it into the hands of those who need it most.
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