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Five Reasons to Write a Book ASAP

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Five reasons to write a book ASAP
Beth Ann Erickson

If you’ve freelanced for any period of time, you likely have a book idea (or two, or three) swimming around your head. Here are five reasons (some not so obvious) to jump on that project:

Establish yourself as an expert

If you want to be viewed as an expert, write a book. If you’re trawling for clients, they’ll often hire the expert rather than a newbie on the subject. Just saying, “I wrote the book about this,” will often open more doors than if you hadn’t published the manuscript.

It’s one heck of a resume and/or business card

Whenever I’ve got a prospective client on the line, I offer to mail them one of my books. Whenever someone asks for my resume, I send it… along with one of my books.

Doing this not only boosts your credibility, but it shows you know how to tackle large projects, illustrates your tenacity, and highlights your eye for detail. All these are traits your clients generally admire.

It creates a nice additional income stream

Imagine awakening each morning, logging onto your computer, and checking how many books sold while you slept. That’s exactly what you get to do when you’ve got a book on the market. It’s an amazing feeling because you can literally make a living 24 hours a day. Plus, with more than one book in various online bookstores, you can multiply sales.

Start a sales funnel

You need a high volume of books selling to make a living wage. However, you use those lower priced items as a gateway to offering other products. This is called, “creating a sales funnel.” You sell your original book, the reader likes what they see, so they hire you to write ad copy, to coach them, for a consulting gig, the options are only limited by your imagination.

Free advertising

You can use your book to gain wonderful public relations. I recall when my first novel hit the shelves, I sent a press release to the largest newspaper in Central Minnesota. They sent a reporter to my office, interviewed me, and I received a half page, front page article! Plus, I landed a full hour interview at the largest AM station in the region. Of course, I mentioned my copywriting services in each piece.

I’d never would have been able to afford that kind of advertising.

Bonus benefit: It’s a perfect way to turn spare time into a profitable project that will follow you the rest of your life.

If you’re like me, you find yourself with a bit of time each day when you wonder what project you should tackle next. When you’ve got a spare five, ten, fifteen minutes, why not take that otherwise wasted time to build your future? (Sometimes I ding around with my latest book when I’m “watching” Netflix!)

Book writing takes far less time than you may think. Plus, it’s amazingly fun and can give you a huge edge as you pursue freelance projects. Give it a whirl.


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