My guest on Indie Business Radio this week was Sophfronia Scott, author of "Doing Business By the Book." In our discussion, Sophfronia reminded us that, no matter who you are or what kind of business you have, there's a market for a book that only you can write about your experiences, ideas and strategies for success. Sophfornia says that one of the biggest things keeping people from birthing their book is that they don't have an organized system to make it happen. As a published author myself, I couldn't agree more.
Sophfronia offered these 4 steps to help you take your book from concept to reality.
First, set goals. Who is your audience? What do you want to share them? What is the problem you would like to help them solve?
Second, organize your thoughts into a series of steps the reader can take to accomplish specific goals. Each step becomes a chapter in the book.
Third, organize each chapter loosely into 3 parts — the what, the why and the how. What is the issue being discussed, why is it important to address it and how should you address it?
And fourth, make notes — use Post It Notes if you have to! Make notes about the main points you will include in each chapter.
Voila! There's the skeletal outline for your book! If you dedicate just a few hours each week to the project, there's no reason why you can't have your book ready for publication in less than a year's time. Make sure you listen to my interview with Sophfronia on Indie Business Radio.com. Just click on the link for the April 6, 2009 show and stream or download it when it's convenient for you!
Question: What do you think of Sophfronia's tips? If you have some ideas and thoughts to add, please share them in the Comments section below.