So what’s your excuse for not getting your book done? Is it not having enough time? Money? A general fear people won’t like it? It’s time to defeat each one of these issues stopping you from finishing your book!
I Don’t Have Enough Time!
Making time to write can be a challenge. For some, focusing without outside influences (aka: internet or family interruptions) for 30 minutes each day can help get that book cranked out in no time. For others, getting away for a writing-intensive weekend with hours to focus on the book works best. Whatever works for you – just do it.
Self-Publishing is Expensive!
Money can be a huge hindrance to getting your project completed, especially if you want a quality that will compete with the big traditional publishers who invest tens of thousands of dollars in a single book. However, there are tools and resources at your disposal you may not know about. You can use crowd funding to raise money on sites such as Kickstarter.com or IndieGoGo.com from your friends and fans, get a corporate sponsorship for your project, pick up a part-time job, or simply give up a non-necessity like Starbucks. In my experience, if someone really wants something and the passion and drive is there, they find a way to get it. For example, I know people who ate out four times per week and complained they couldn’t pay their electric bill. Somehow they found the money to spend on what they wanted—food. Money is a legitimate issue, but if you want to produce a high quality book badly enough, you’ll find a way to get funding for it. Check out the resources above and get your project funded!
What if People Don’t Like It?
Many times in a client conference call, I’ll determine the author’s root reason why they can’t finish their book is actually fear. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear that it’s been done before, fear of being judged, fear of not being good enough—it’s all the same, it’s all fear. There’s no easy way to get past debilitating fear. Counseling, life coaching, mindset exercises—they can all help to a degree. If you talk to me, I’ll tell you what my first business coach told me that changed my life. If you know someone has a problem, and you have the solution (your book), by not having it out there and not telling them about it (aka: selling), you are literally talking them out of their dream. And who do you think you are, talking someone else out of their dream? This perspective-changing thought took me to an entirely new level in my business and helped me publish three books in less than two years.
It’s time for you to stop making excuses and finish your book!
Kristen Eckstein is a highly sought-after publishing authority, two time best-selling author and award winning international speaker who has started 45 publishing companies and published 133 books and eBooks. She is founder of the “I am Published!” Ghost Publishing program, the Self-Publish On Demand training program and the “21 Ways” book series.