I made three big mistakes when I was writing my book, Dust to Dust. I thought I’d share them with you in case you ever want to do it yourself. They are:
- Only writing one book
- Failing to plan properly
- Not researching the title
Let’s look at each of them in turn:
Only writing one book
I wish I’d read this post by Mike Cernovich earlier in the process. A best-selling author himself (whose book on mindset I am applying to my own life), he suggests writing two books at the same time, and give one away via your blog. That way, you’re already adding value to people’s lives without sticking your hand out asking for money. It also tests the water for your book idea. If it’s solid, you are already on the way to building an audience via your blog posts.
Failing to plan properly
I’ve already written about this before. Essentially, a book is a big commitment. You are investing a lot of time to write thousands of words before you ask for any money from anyone, which you may or may not get. You don’t want it to take any longer than it otherwise will.
Not researching the title
I put this one last because I think it’s the least important of these three. That doesn’t make it unimportant however. Google your title and search Amazon, iBooks or whichever platforms on which you want to sell eventually. If you can get a unique or nearly original title, it will help your SEO (search engine optimization) immensely. As you can see, there are a lot of Dust to Dusts.
If I could do it all again, and I might some day, I will be sure to avoid making these mistakes again.