One book doesn’t make a career. Telling yourself that “I’m writing a book” may even stifle your career.
As an author, you have no control over the fate of an individual book
From idea to print is a long road, usually around three years, and once you’ve answered your final author queries from your editor and the book is into the publication process, you have no control.
Much hinges on pre-publication orders, for example, because if there are no copies of your book in the bookstores, people can’t buy it.
Publishing is a slow business
Everything in publishing takes time. Your editor and agent can take months to respond to proposals you send them.
Acquisition editors need to present your proposal to their colleagues before you’re offered a contract…
I could give you a dozen more reasons telling yourself that “I’m writing a book” may stifle your career, but I hope you get the idea.
Since everything in publishing moves at a glacial pace, you need to write – not wonder about the fate of any particular project. Your goal should be to write several proposals each year, and at least a couple of books.
When you do this, you’ll be less stressed, and you’ll get multi-book contracts, because you’ve got other books you’re writing.
So rather than focus on a single book project as if it’s your entire career, think in terms of writing several books each year. The more you write, the more you’ll make a career of writing.
Write more – the key to your writing success
Yes, you can write more – even if you’re a world-class procrastinator.
Did you know that when you write more, your writing improves? Many of my writing students experience this. They find that when they write more, writing is easier for them – they’re not dominated by their inner editor.
My new writing class, “Write More And Make More Money From Your Writing: Develop A Fast, Fun Productive Writing Process” is based on lessons I developed for my private coaching students to help them to write more, improve their writing, and make more money writing.
If you’re struggling with your writing, the class will help. The techniques you’ll learn in class with help you write fiction, nonfiction, and copy for business.
Discover how you can write more, improve your writing, and sell more of your writing to higher-paying markets.