Writing a book is hard. Even if you work with a writing partner, like me, it will disrupt your normal pattern of life for months, if not years. That’s why nobody does it as a lark. The people who talk to me about writing books always have a reason they want to do a book. Here are some of them.
Some People Write a Book to Boost Their Career or Business
I specialize in writing business books, so most of the people that I work with are people who want to write a book to demonstrate their expertise and help advance their career or business. That’s what Rod Santomassimo had in mind for all the books that we’ve worked on. Rod felt that demonstrating his expertise would help build his coaching business. The best-selling Brokers Who DOMINATE was the first book he wrote.
The business is thriving, in part, because of the books Rod has written. Books aren’t magic business boosters, but they can be an important part of a complete business building strategy.
Some People Write a Book to Share What They’ve Learned
Some of the people I work with have had intense learning from a single incident or over the course of their lifetime. They want to write a book to share what they’ve learned. Bonnie Hathcock wanted to share the things she learned growing up that equipped her for success in business and life. The result was Lilac Dreams.
Mark Deterding spent his lifetime learning about servant leadership and how it connected to his Christian faith. The result was Leading Jesus’ Way.
Have you learned things you want to share with others?
Some People Write a Book to Check Something Off Their Bucket List
Some people want to write a book just to prove they can do it. Most of the time, the bucket list reason is paired with another reason.
Stephen Lynch always wanted to write a book and he set a goal to do it. I got the privilege of helping him achieve his goal and check that item off his list. The result was the award-winning Business Execution for Results. Is “writing a book” on your bucket list?
Some People Write a Book to Tell a Story
For years, one of my clients (who prefers to remain anonymous) has been answering questions from his children and grandchildren about his experiences in the Vietnam War. He decided to write a book to help them understand what he did and what the times were like. He hasn’t decided yet if he’s going to publish the book or if he will just produce it for family members. Do you have a story you want to tell the public or your family?
There are lots of reasons to write a book. What’s your’s?