I am in the early stages of writing my own book, and it is quite an adventure. I have put off writing this for so long because of all the worries I had around what had to be in place before I could write. When I started looking into where to start, I got one piece of advice: “Start by talking to Richelle Fredson.” We made a connection, and now she’s my writing coach and consultant on this project. Richelle’s going to share all the information I wish I had known before. If you have ever wanted to tell your story but you don’t know where to start, we’re going to guide you through the mucky misinformation out there, tell you what a book coach is, what they do, and the three different types of book publishing. She also offers three things that you want to do now if you know you want to write a book someday.
In this episode, you’ll hear…
- 09:24 – What Richelle did before book coaching
- 14:23 – What distinguishes a book that has long-term sales
- 18:15 – How Purposeful Platforms was born
- 24:42 – What is a book consultant or book coach?
- 29:13 – The three publishing options and how they are different
- 37:18 – How to know which publishing model is right for you
- 45:00 – Teaching what you’re writing about
- 48:27 – Three things to do now if you want to write a book
- 53:10 – The way the industry has changed and predictions for the future
- 57:32 – When to start writing your book
What does a book need in order to be successful?
One thing that people get caught up on when trying to publish a book is wondering “How do I make this a bestseller right away?” The truth is that’s a short-sighted approach to publishing when what you actually want is a book that is going to have sustained sales long-term. If you can resonate with a problem that many people share, you’re well on your way to making a connection with people that lasts.
What are my publishing options?
There are three publishing options: self-publishing, traditional publishing, and hybrid. Traditional is what most people are familiar with. This requires building out a proposal, a platform, and finding an agent. Hybrid publishing is more of a middle-ground option meant to give more power to the author. This comes with more risk to the author, including no advance payments – and even paying out of pocket for any services used. Self-publishing means that everything relies on the author. Doing this will often mean hiring support to make a really professional end product. It’s important to know your options, and to understand their pros and cons.
What can I do now if I know I want to write a book someday?
If you know you want to write a book eventually – and most people know a long time before they actually feel ready – there are three things you can start doing right now to help prep you for success:
- Read more books
- Experiment with topics on your platform
- Read negative reviews on comparable books in your industry or topic and gather intel
It is still possible to write a book on your terms and get it published and put out into the world. There are so many options, and the publishing industry is only skewing more in favor of the author as time goes on. You get to choose the route that fits your life, your business, and the experience that you want to have. Publishing is more empowering now than ever before.
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Resources Discussed in This Episode
- Richelle’s Website: purposefulplatforms.com
- Follow Richelle on Instagram: @richellefredson
- Listen to: Bound + Determined
- Apply for Richelle’s group program: Book Proposal Blueprint
- Listen to Episode 5 of On Your Terms: What to Do When a Client is a Pain in the Tush
- Read: Dying to Be a Good Mother by Heather Chauvin
- Read: Untamed by Glennon Doyle
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