Most of you know I often ghostwrite books for people. I also coach writers (you can find out about both services at AnneWayman.com), many of whom contact me saying, at least in the beginning, that they want to write a book.
I ask them to tell me more about that and at least 60 percent of them tell me that “everyone” they tell their story too says they “should” write a book.
They get in touch with me or another ghostwriter or writing coach in hopes we can help them finally get the book so many people have told them they should write written.
I used to take projects like this until I had several of them fail.
That is, one way or another the client quit communicating with me and quit doing the reading and updates that are necessary if a ghostwritten book is to be completed.
Interestingly only a few of them ever picked up the phone or sent an email saying they were quitting the project. Apparently writing a big often digs deeper than most people realize.
Now potential ghostwriting clients have to convince me that they really want to write the book, regardless of who tells them they should or shouldn’t.
Writing a book is hard work. Even if you hire a ghostwriter there’s still a ton you have to do. For example:
You have to get the information to the ghost so the ghost can get it on the page. Or, if you’re writing your own book, you have to get the words on the page.
You have to read what the ghost has written and make comments and edits – often, in fact always, more than once.
It all takes serious time, and even more time if you’re doing the writing yourself.
Oh sure, there are people who will tell you you can write a book in a weekend or in a month.
From my point of view you can probably get a book outlined in a weekend and if you have a short, simple book you can get it out in a month if you approach it full time. But most books, in my experience, take six months to a year and even more to complete.
And, if you want your book to be a success, you have to market it, even if you get a trade publisher. As a general rule you’ll have to market it pretty much full time for about a year… talk shows, press releases, interviews, blog interviews, blog updates, etc. etc. etc.
Not surprisingly many of the people who think they ‘should’ write a book aren’t up for this kind of intensive work, and that’s okay. Although writing a book, actually getting it finished and published, either through a trade publisher or by self-publishing, is tremendously satisfying, it’s okay not to write a book too.
If you’re thinking about writing a book I encourage you to examine your motives and your willingness – if, after doing so you’re still determined it will probably work out. Anything less and you might want to rethink the whole project.
What’s your sense of getting a whole book written?