How to Write a Book Step by Step: Essentials for a Good Book [Video]

Writing a book is hard without the right help. Without someone who’s done it before, you can end up making crucial mistakes.

Anyone who says learning how to write a book is easy has never actually tried. If they did, they’d know writing a book takes a lot more than a helpful piece of grammar software.

It takes help from someone who’s done it before.

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If you’ve ever tried to write a book, you know how it goes…

You stare at a blank page for 5 minutes, but it feels like hours. To combat the boredom, you stand, stretch, and brew yet another pot of coffee.

And…a week later someone asks how your book is coming, and you think, “Book? What book? I haven’t even come up with a book idea yet!”

But now you’re ready to start writing a book—and we’re going to help make sure you do.

Here’s how to write a book step by step:

  1. Prevent procrastination when writing a book
  2. Adopt the Mentality of a Writer
  3. Preparing to Write a Book
  4. Schedule writing time
  5. Get book writing tools
  6. Writing Your Book
  7. Avoid Book Writing Mistakes
  8. Launching After Writing Your Book

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How to Write a Book Despite Procrastination

There are plenty of reasons why writing a book, whether you’re writing a fiction novel or nonfiction, puts most writers directly into procrastination mode.

These are some common reasons you procrastinate when writing a book:

  • You’re not sure how to get started
  • It’s terrifying to spill your guts to the world in a book
  • You’re insecure about your writing and have writer’s block before you’ve even started
  • You’re afraid of getting negative book reviews when you do eventually publish
  • You’re worried that even if you do write your book, nobody will buy it and you’ll end up with low book sales for life
  • You’re not sure how to take your idea and turn it into an actual book

Take a deep breath (but no more coffee, you’ve had enough). Remember that all authors have been exactly where you are right now. Every successful writer—from William Shakespeare to Walt Whitman to Stephen King—began by staring at a blank page.

You’re in illustrious company!

Ready to learn how to write your first book and go from blank page to published author in just 90 days? Then let’s get started!

 

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How to Write a Book Step 1: Think Like a Writer

Before you sit down and type a single word, it will pay off if you take some time to address a few attitude questions and adopt the right mindset.

This is one of the most frequently overlooked steps in becoming a published author, which is a big reason why so many people fail to finish their book.

Take it from me—it’s worth your time to complete these steps. They will make the rest of your book-writing experience much, much easier and more satisfying.

#1 – Find Your “Why” for Writing a Book

Before you open your laptop and start daydreaming about which photographer should take your best-selling author headshot, or about getting interviewed on Oprah, you need to answer one question:

What’s your reason for writing a book?

It’s not enough to have an inspiring book idea. Before you put pen to paper, you need to know your purpose.

I won’t lie. Writing a book is rewarding, but it requires hard work. It requires emotional labor, long nights (or early mornings), extended weekends, and facing a constant self-critical process that is unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

Solidifying the purpose fueling your book will carry you through this difficult process.

Ok, you’re thinking—“Don’t worry, I know why I want to write a book. I want to write to feel important!” That’s an interesting thought, and feeling important may be a byproduct of becoming a self-published author.

However, feeling important isn’t the same as your purpose—your WHY. Feelings are fleeting, whereas a purpose is a deeper, intrinsic motivator which will keep you burning the midnight oil to power through Chapter 23 when the rush of feelings have long dissipated.

These are some popular reasons for authors to write a book:

  • Authority: To build credibility.
  • Money: For financial gain, business success, or to make a living writing.
  • Grow a network: To meet and connect with others in the industry.
  • Passion project: To share an empowering story for the greater good.
  • To have an escape: A mental escape can help you deal with real-world problems.
  • To give others an escape: If you write fiction, you might want to give others struggling a safe place to go.
  • To change lives: Books change lives and your message could empower others to make a change in their life.

There are no wrong or right purposes for writing a book.

Your WHY will be unique to you.

Once you’ve honed in on your WHY, let that purpose help focus your writing. By keeping your purpose at the forefront of your creative process, you’ll make the writing process quicker and smoother than you thought possible.

#2 – Get Rid of Your Excuses for Not Writing the Book

You’ve figured out your WHY and articulated your unique purpose for writing a book. And right on cue, something is going to try to derail your progress already: your writing excuses.

When there’s nothing standing in your way, it’s sadly typical to start letting excuses for not writing your book become the obstacle to your success.

But you can overcome it.

It’s worthwhile to spend a little time addressing some common excuses many of us make to prevent us from writing.

Once you’ve cleared out the cobwebs and smashed those mental roadblocks, you’ll be better prepared for the writing process ahead. Getting your mind ready is one of the first steps to producing valuable work, whether than a publishing an ebook, the next great American novel, or a passion project.

Excuse #1 – You don’t know what to write.

You may not realize it, but you have a story worth telling.

In fact, you may be pleasantly surprised to find as you write that you have more than one story and you’re having a tough time narrowing down the content.

The easiest way to start writing your first book is to choose a topic you’re comfortable with. You can literally write a book about anything, so go with what you know.

Here’s how you can figure out what to write about:

  • Look at a list of writing prompts or story ideas and choose an idea
  • Write a list of all the things you’re most passionate about
  • Write down a list of everything you’re very knowledgeable about
  • Write a list of areas you want to be seen as credible in
  • Compile all of these lists and rank your ideas in order of what you’re most passionate about
  • Imagine which idea you’d be most proud to have your name on
  • Choose the idea you know the most about and are the most passionate about

Once you have an idea narrowed down, you can go ahead and start your mindmap and outline.

Excuse #2 –  You don’t have enough time.

Today, we’re all busy. I get it.

Plus, how long does writing a book take in the first place?

But I have some good news: Writing a book takes less time than you think.

Find an hour a day you devote to something mindless—social media, video games, internet, or TV—and start writing instead.

And if you don’t have an hour, try 30 minutes. Even 5 minutes 3 times a day can be a source of massive writing productivity. Think about it.

The average person can type 60 words a minute. 60 words x 5 minutes = 300 words. Do that 3 times a day and you’ll produce close to 1,000 words a day.

You’ll amaze yourself at how an hour per day adds up to something productive!

Excuse #3 – Good writers spend all their free time reading. 

Think you need to read all day long to be a writer? Think again.

In fact, many prolific writers cut down on their reading—at least temporarily—in order to give themselves enough time to write.

Besides, you don’t need to be a literary connoisseur to write a great book. Your writing style and voice is your own.

And the best way to discover your own natural writing voice is by sitting down and writing (not reading what others have written).

Here are some tips to use reading to help you write a book while reading less:

  • Only read a chapter or two at night
  • Read in a genre different than your own (this helps avoid being influenced too heavily by another book)
  • Be intentional about what you read
  • Have designated reading time that doesn’t interfere with writing time
  • Stop reading for a while if you have very little spare time

Excuse #4 – You’re “not an expert.”

A lot of people get tripped up on this. They think, “Oh, I’m not really an expert on ___. I can’t write about that.”

The truth is that the whole concept of “expert” is very subjective. An amateur astronomer wouldn’t seem like an expert to Stephen Hawking…but to 99% of the rest of the world, they would be an expert.

You don’t need to know everything about your topic. As long as there’s a knowledge gap between you and the reader—and as long as you’re helping to fill that gap by teaching them the things they don’t know—then you’re expert enough to write a book.

So stop worrying about “not being an expert!” If you’re passionate and knowledgeable about a topic, then you are 100% qualified to write a book about it.

Excuse #5 – Your first draft must be flawless.

A draft is a work-in-progress, and the goal is simply to get it on paper. A draft will have mistakes and that’s okay—that’s what the self-editing process is for.

Even experienced professional writers who finished a book that ended up covered in the red pen of an editor or numerous red changes in a document, just like the one pictured below.

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As Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said, “Done is better than perfect.”

If it works for a multi-billion-dollar company, it should work for your first self-published book.

Don’t get me wrong, as I’ve already said, writing is hard work. But shedding these excuses should help get you into a positive frame of mind for the writing process.

#3 – Realize You Don’t Need to Be Perfect

The thought of writing a book causes many people to think, “I’m not a good enough writer. I need to do _____ before I start writing.”

Well, I’m here to tell you that:

  1. You don’t need a creative writing class.
  2. You don’t need a writing mentor or coach (though it does help).
  3. You don’t need to read thousands of good books.

You only need one thing: a system for finishing your book.

There’s no such thing as a perfect book or a perfect writer. When you get down to it, the most important distinction is between authors who finish their books and authors who don’t.

Don’t worry about being perfect. Just focus on your book, and your writing will get better and better over time.

As with anything we learn, writing is a skill. It requires practice to hone over time. So let go of the idea that you’re not good enough and work to improve by reading expert writing tips and practicing daily.

This will help you make the mindset switch from “I can’t” to “Let’s get this done!”

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How to Write a Book Step 2: Pepare to Write a Book

Now it’s time to start your prep work. Before you start putting any words onto the page, you need to focus on a few important preparations.

Take the time to complete these steps and you’ll be setting yourself—and your new book—up for success.

#1 – Schedule Your Book Writing Time

Here are 3 things you can do to create your own customized book writing plan.

Without a plan, it’s too easy to let your book writing goals get pushed to the background, eventually fading into the soft mist of “someday.”

Step 1 – Develop a writing habit and plan it out

Don’t let your book end up in the graveyard of dreams. In order to realize your end goal, you need actionable steps to follow.

Assess what’s going on in your life in the next 30 days, then block out when you can write, and when you can’t. It’s common for new writers to set unrealistic time goals, which in turn generates stress when it’s impossible to meet those arbitrary deadlines.

Avoid this and stay realistic, since developing a writing habit is most important at this stage in learning how to write a book.

Thirty minutes (or even 5 minutes) spent writing is better than nothing, so resolve to make it happen and find the time.

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Look at Laura Bennett, a Self-Publishing School student. She was working full-time, running a business, and working on her Master’s degree—busier than most people—yet she found the time to write her book Live Your Dream: How to Cut the Crap and Prioritize Your Purpose in 2 months!

If Laura could make it happen, then writing your book is certainly an attainable dream.

Step 2 – Choose the time of day you plan to write

You might decide to get up early and write before the obligations of your day crowd out your writing time. But if you’d win the gold medal in the Olympic sport of snooze-button slapping, then choose a different time or make sure you get to bed earlier so you’re fresh in the morning.

If your evenings are free, but your brain is mush and you’re only good for sinking deep into the couch cushions, then choose a different time or rearrange your schedule so you aren’t so burnt out in the evenings.

Alternatively, you can grab some time on your lunch break, or sneak small blocks of time into your workday, such as when you’re transitioning between activities, or waiting for a meeting to start.

Whatever time of day is convenient for you, stick with it so that it becomes a predictable part of your day. This will establish a writing habit.

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Step 3 – Set a deadline for writing your book

Setting an end date forces you to stay on schedule and keeps the forward momentum going. So consider giving yourself a deadline for your book.

You may be wondering: How do you choose a deadline when you have no idea how long the book-writing process will take?

One month is a good benchmark to start with. Self-Publishing School recommends writing until you hit a daily word count of 500-1,000 words, but this ultimately depends on how many words are in your book. If you can commit to an hour a day, you should be able to reach that goal. After 30 days of daily writing sessions, you will have completed a 30,000-word draft.

If you’re not sure how many words you should be aiming for, fill out the calculator below so you’re shooting for the right word count for your audience and genre based on industry standards.

Choose your book type, genre, and audience for a word count and page number total.

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*These results are based on industry standards. The total word and page count will vary from book to book and is dependent on your writing and overall book formatting*

Average Time to Write This Book: 60 days

Consistency is key. Small, consistent actions toward writing your book is how it comes to life.

If that schedule doesn’t work, then commit to a time period and a daily word count that does. It’s okay if that’s 15 minutes per day.

The ultimate goal is your rear end in the writing seat for that allocated period of time each day.

Share the end date of your first completed draft with others so you have extrinsic motivation to keep moving toward that finish line.

It’s a good idea to choose an editor for your book (before you finish your first draft) and schedule when you’ll have the completed first draft of the manuscript in that person’s hands.

That way, if you’re tempted to flake out and put off a writing session, that looming deadline can help keep you going.

#2 – Create Your Writing Space

The physical space where you write your book is important. If you try to write in an environment that’s too loud, too busy, or too cluttered, and you’ll find yourself getting frequently distracted.

True, some authors can write in a disheveled environment…

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…but I suspect that most of these authors would become even more focused and productive if they cleaned up their writing space to make it easier to focus on their writing.

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However, that’s just my opinion. The truth is that the “best” writing environment is going to be personal to you. We all work well in different settings, so with that in mind, consider these general guidelines to boost your productivity:

How to Start Writing TipExecution
Minimize Distractions
- isolate yourself from family/friends/even the family dog
- remind everyone it's YOUR time
- Turn your phone off
- Close ALL web browsers
- Close your email
Get Comfortable- invest in a GOOD chair
- or resort to using a stand-up desk for more energy
- fill the area with motivational quotes
- make sure you're physically comfortable for the next 30 minutes or an hour
Choose Beneficial Background Noise- turn off all sounds if it distracts you
- turn on lyric-less music to help you concentrate
- choose energizing music to help you focus

(To get the sound of a cafe from the comfort of home, check out Coffitivity.)

You might need to experiment to find the writing environment that allows you to focus and write freely.

Bottom line: Find the writing environment that makes you comfortable and go with it. Once you find the best creative process for you, you’ll even look forward to writing!

#3 – Equip Yourself with the Right Writing Tools

Would you try to construct a piece of furniture without a hammer, nails, or wood?

Of course not! You need the right tools for the job.

Well, the same principle applies when writing a book. And when it comes to writing, your most important tool is your choice of writing software.

Unfortunately, most people don’t really put much thought into which program they use to write their book. They just use whatever word processor they’re most familiar with.

But doing this can cause you to really miss out—especially if there’s another program out there that would work much better for you.

There are countless options out there, but most people end up using one of the “big 3” word processors:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Scrivener
  • Google Docs

We’ll cover all of them for you below.

Microsoft Word

If you just want a time-tested program that works, Word might be the program for you. It’s the most widely used word processor in the world, which means it’s highly reliable and consistent. It also provides a lot of formatting options and even has a navigation pane you can use to easily find the chapter you’re looking for.

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One of the biggest downsides to Word is that it’s fairly expensive as far as word processors go.

Scrivener

If you like advanced features, definitely check out Scrivener. It was created specifically for authors, and it contains all sorts of tools that are really helpful for both fiction and nonfiction authors.

For example, you can use the corkboard view to organize how you’ll write your book using virtual notecards:

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The biggest downside to Scrivener? Because of all the advanced features, it has a steeper learning curve than other word processors.

If you do decide to go with Scrivener, here’s a Scrivener tutorial for you to learn how to use it best:

Google Docs

You can think of Google Docs as sort of a “Word Lite” program that you can access online, for free. While it doesn’t boast as many features as Word or Scrivener, it’s the hands-down most convenient program out there for sharing and collaboration.

Because everything is stored online, you can access your work from anywhere. And it’s easy to share your work with others and collaborate by leaving comments in the margins:

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The big downside to Google Docs? It lacks the more sophisticated features of Word and Scrivener.

Of course, these are only 3 options—there are many more great writing tools out there.

How to Write a Book Step 3: Actually Write Your Book

OK, we’ve got the preliminary stuff out of the way—time to sit down and actually write this thing!

This is an exciting part of the process…unfortunately, it’s also the part where many people get overwhelmed and give up.

But there’s good news: actually writing a book can be a lot easier than you think—if you have the right system. A system that guides you from your idea through your outline and all the way up to your final, polished, publication-ready draft.

Here are the most important things you need to do when writing your book.

#1 – Come Up With Your Book Idea

Before you can start typing, you need to have a topic. That might seem obvious, but it can still be a stumbling block if you don’t know what to write about.

Fortunately, there are countless book ideas that could turn into bestselling books.

I recommend brainstorming a long list of book ideas. This way you’ll have a lot of options—giving you the freedom to choose the best possible book topic.

You can even utilize lists of writing prompts to get your mind moving in the right direction.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to come up with a book idea:

  • What are you passionate about?
  • What’s your favorite hobby?
  • What do you get paid for? What’s your expertise?
  • What are people coming to you for advice on?
  • What’s a topic you know a lot about or can’t stop talking about?

These are all great ways to come up with bestselling book ideas. In a nutshell, you’re trying to find topics that you’re knowledgeable or passionate about. Because these are the topics that you’re going to do a great job writing about!

Notice that I highlighted the question, “What do you get paid for? What’s your expertise?”

That’s because this is a particularly useful question for coming up with book ideas. A lot of people seem to forget that there is usually at least one topic on which they are a bona fide expert—and that’s their job!

It might not seem that exciting or special to you, because you’re so used to it, but to someone else who’s trying to learn what you already know…your job-related knowledge can seem very valuable indeed.

#2 – Don’t Censor Yourself

When you’re brainstorming ideas, don’t censor yourself. Just let the ideas flow. Realize that there is no such thing as a crazy idea. Anything can make a great book topic.

So don’t ever let yourself feel silly or start to judge yourself—doing so is a surefire way to stop your creativity in its tracks.

On the other hand, don’t feel bad if your topic sounds too commonplace either. Even if you’re writing about an age-old topic—like a weight loss book or a romance novel—that’s OK!

The truth is that there are no “new” ideas. Everything has been written about before.

But it hasn’t been written from your unique perspective. And that’s what really matters.

Realize that a writer’s job isn’t to come up with never-before-seen ideas. Doing that is pretty much impossible in this day and age.

Instead, a writer’s job is to explore topics from their own point of view. To lend their unique spin on them.

#3 – Take a Reader-Centric Perspective

While thinking of your book topic, here’s a piece of advice that I strongly recommend you follow:

Think from your reader’s perspective (not your own).

Many people are too self-centered when they write. When I say “self-centered,” I mean that they’re thinking only of themselves: their interests, their hobbies, their passions.

Yes, it’s true that those are great topics to explore when coming up with your book topic. But during this process, you’ll need to switch from a self-centered perspective to a reader-centered perspective.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • What would my reader be most interested in?
  • What would my reader most like to learn?
  • What are my reader’s biggest problems?
  • What’s the biggest question my readers are asking?

When you start to think this way, it becomes much easier to write your book in a way that provides immense value for the people who matter most—your readers.

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#4 – Figure Out Which Book You Should Write First

By now you should have a long list of book topics. And you might be wondering, which topic should I write about first?

Here are a few tips to help you choose the best starting project:

  • Which one can you finish the fastest? Usually, this is the topic where you have the most experience. This is a good thing to keep in mind because the faster you can finish your book, the faster you can get it out in the world where it can earn you money and help people. (And the faster you can get started on your second book!)
  • Which one are you most likely to finish? Usually, these are the topics you are more passionate about. For your first book, I highly recommend choosing a topic that you’re really passionate about to help make sure that you’ll remain interested throughout the entire process.
  • Which one is going to make you happy? This is a little harder to define, but it might be something that strikes a chord with you. Maybe there’s a certain book topic that stands out for one reason or another. If that’s the case, then go for it! Remember, writing should make you

Now with these tips in mind, choose the topic for your very first book before proceeding to the next step.

#5 – Come Up With a Title

The most important words of your book are the ones that appear on the outside cover:

Your book title.

You don’t have to decide on your final title at this point, but your title is so important that it’s worth thinking about up-front. But knowing how to write a book title can be tricky.

Here are a few tips on creating standout, marketable titles.

For a nonfiction book, your title should…

  • Include the solution to the reader’s problem
  • Use a subtitle for clarity
  • Be unforgettable

And for a fiction book, your title should…

  • Be appropriate to your genre
  • Pique the reader’s interest
  • Take its inspiration from your characters

It always helps to do a little research on Amazon. To do that, just head here and select your book genre on the left-hand side of the page:

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Then you can take a look at some of the best-selling titles in your genre. You can even sub-niche down several times:

“History > Ancient Civilizations > Mesopotamia.”

Now pay attention to the titles and look for common themes or trends to use for your own book.

Remember that you’re just starting, so you can always change the title later. But for the time being it can help to have a “working title” (a temporary title that you may change before publication).

#6 – Fill Out The BookMap

The BookMap is a free downloadable book outlining template you can use to quickly gather all the important information you’ll need for your book — fiction or nonfiction.

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Essentially, the way it works is you’ll create a mind map—sort of a brain dump with a line connecting related ideas together—on your book’s topic.

Start your BookMap by writing your intended topic in the center. From there, answer the questions and add as many related ideas as you can think of. (Again, connect related ideas with a line.) The BookMap gives you the benefits of writing in free-form and creating structure from all the connections you make.

Click here to learn more about the BookMap and download a free PDF template.

#7 – Turn Your BookMap Into an Outline

Once you’ve completely filled out your BookMap, the next step is to group all the related ideas into categories. There’s no hard and fast rule for how to do this; just combine your ideas in the way that makes the most sense to you.

One way to do this is to rewrite each idea on a fresh piece of paper, this time grouped together in related topics. Or, you could simply use different-colored highlighters to categorize your ideas with different colors.

Either way, the result is the same: when you’re done grouping your ideas, those categories will form the outline for your book—each category is a new chapter. So now you know exactly which topics to write about, and you know which points to cover in every chapter of your book.

#8 – Capture More Notes with The Sticky Note Method

You can use this method instead of the BookMap, or as a supplement to it.

For about a week, carry around sticky notes and write down anything and everything that crosses your mind regarding your possible book topics.

When the week is up, organize all your sticky notes into sections and themes. Then, organize these themes into the patterns that would make sense in the context of chapters of your book. You can then elaborate in areas where you notice missing pieces to the puzzle, and use all of the material you’ve gathered and organized to create an outline.

This method may be helpful if you’re struggling with the notion of committing to writing a whole book since it lets you break down the process into manageable pieces. The ultimate outcome of using this method is deeper thinking, clarity, and concise organization of thoughts and patterns.

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#9 – Now Write Your Book…One Chapter at a Time

You now have a chapter-by-chapter outline for your book. The only thing left to do…is to actually sit down and write it!

There’s not necessarily a right or wrong way to write your book. But there are some ways that are easier, faster, and more successful than others.

And in my experience, there’s one writing method that works better than any other. Here’s how it works:

  • Complete a mini-BookMap for that chapter, brainstorming everything you know about this topic. (10 minutes.)
  • Organize your ideas and turn that BookMap into an outline. (10 minutes.)
  • Write or speak the chapter by following the outline you just created. (45-60 minutes.)
  • Repeat this process, chapter by chapter, until your book is completed.

Steps 1 & 2 should be familiar by now—they’re the same steps you followed to create your overall book outline. You just repeat those steps on a smaller scale for each chapter.

Then in step 3, you have a choice: you can type out your chapter on a computer, or you can use a recording device & transcription service to dictate your chapter.

If you like the idea of dictating your book, rather than typing it out, here’s how to do it.

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#10 – Speak Your Book

This method works well if you’re a strong speaker and you prefer speaking to writing. The ultimate outcome is that you can create your book draft as quickly as possible, with no actual “writing” on your part. Cool, huh?

Once your chapter outline is complete, the next steps are:

  • Speak your first draft aloud into a recording app or device such as Voice Memos or Audacity.
  • Get that audio file transcribed using a transcription service like Rev.
  • Read through the transcription and revise/polish it up.

As I mentioned, one of the benefits of this method is its speed. Just how fast can you write a first draft using speech dictation?

If you’re writing a nonfiction book specifically, this method will work great for you.

Well, if the average book is 15,000-25,000 words long, and if the average person speaks at about 150 words/minute, then you can easily speak your entire book in approximately 2-3 hours.

Of course, your spoken & transcribed book will need some polishing and revision to get it publication-ready. But it’s still the fastest way of writing a book I’ve ever come across.

#11 – Speed Up Your Writing

Writing faster means getting to publication—and to profits—that much sooner.

Try these pro tips to maximize your daily word count:

  • Flex your writing muscles each day. The more you work, the more efficient you’ll get. Create your writing routine and stick to it.
  • If you get stuck on a particular section and stop making progress, find a different part of the book that appeals to you today and write that section instead.
  • Planning and research can be necessary—or a method of procrastination. Limit your prep work to a reasonable timeframe so it won’t stop you from writing. Use a timer if it helps you stay on track.
  • An accountability partner can keep you on track. Set up weekly meetings to review work and cheer each other on.

How to Write a Book Step 4: Avoid Potholes Along the Way

If you’ve been following along with steps 1-3, then you’re in the process of writing your book. You’re working from a solid outline, which means you know exactly what to write in every single chapter.

So nothing could possibly go wrong…right?

Unfortunately, no. Even when you have a solid plan, a proven system, and a detailed outline, you can still get tripped up by some of these sneaky book writing roadblocks.

Luckily, I’ve got some tips to help you overcome the most common book writing problems.

#1 – Beat Writer’s Block

Writer’s block can rear its ugly head in many ways. For some, being blocked means no words at all, while for others, it means trying to nail down a functional draft in the midst of a tornado of swirling ideas.

Most of the time, writer’s block is a symptom of a paralyzing fear of others’ opinions.

The harsh reality is, if you write, at some point you’ll be on a first-name basis with a bout of the block. The only way to deal with it is to beat it.

Here are 8 methods I’ve found personally useful when fighting writer’s block:

  1. Circle back to your BookMap or outline and see if there’s useful info that sparks fresh inspiration. Sometimes it just takes looking back at the bigger picture to remind you where you’re going with your draft.
  2. Change up the physical way you’re writing; sometimes a simple shift can boost creativity. If you use a laptop, put pen to pad. Try some new music, a new location, or new beverage to sip at your desk.
  3. If you find you start writing slowly and warm up as time goes on, allow adequate time during your writing sessions to get the creative juices flowing.
  4. Review what you wrote yesterday to refresh your memory.
  5. Talk it out. Sometimes a quick conversation with yourself is enough to work through writer’s block. Or call a friend and bounce some ideas off them if you’re truly stuck.
  6. Remember that what you’re writing doesn’t need to be perfect—you’re writing a first draft. If you have a case of perfectionist syndrome, tell yourself it’s okay to write something you’ll think is terrible. Making something good is what second drafts and the editing process is for. Always remember: Done is better than perfect.
  7. Go for a walk. You might be surprised at how a walk outside, or a brief bit of exercise, helps refresh and recharge your creative juices.
  8. Read another author who has a style you like. Read their book for 10 minutes and then start typing, holding their voice in your head.

#2 – Don’t Edit While You Write

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

You sit down to write and you bang out a page or two. Then you stop and reread what you just wrote. And instead of continuing, you go back and start editing those first few pages of writing. 

In your mind, you’re just fixing up your work. You want everything to be just right before you continue on ahead.

But in reality, you’ve just stopped all your forward progress. You spend the next hour trying to make those pages PERFECT…and when perfect doesn’t happen, you get frustrated and stop writing.

Usually, when this sort of thing happens, it becomes very difficult to do any more writing. Why? Because writing and editing use different parts of your brains—and when you allow yourself to slip into a more critical/judgmental frame of mind, it becomes almost impossible to start creating again.

That’s why, even though editing is an important skill, you need to resist the urge to edit your work while you’re still writing.

Don’t start editing your book until AFTER you’ve already created the entire first draft.

#3 – Format Your Book Properly

Few things are more irritating than having to go back through your entire book to fix the formatting.

The take-home lesson? Think about how you want to format your book before you write it, and then be consistent. It’ll save you a lot of time in the long run.

And take the time to figure out how to format your book for publication. For example, did you realize that fiction and nonfiction books typically use different indentation styles?

Nonfiction books tend to use block paragraphs, like this:

how to write a look nonfiction format

Whereas fiction books, like The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci below, use indentation instead:

how to write a book fiction format

Here are a few more book formatting tips:

  • Avoid using hard indents. (Don’t hit “tab” at the beginning of a new paragraph; instead, change the paragraph settings to automatically give each paragraph the indentation you want.)
  • Only use one space after a period. (Using 2 spaces was necessary with typewriters, but not with computers.)
  • If you want to create a page break, do not hit “Enter” repeatedly until you reach the next page. Instead, use the “Page break” function. This is the only way to ensure that your page break will work even after people resize your book on their Kindle.

#4 – Keep Going, & Don’t Stop—You’re Almost There!

Now you know not only how to get started writing your book, but how to complete your book project in a mere 90 days!

Remember to keep your WHY at the forefront of your mind, and you’ll be able to crush any and all obstacles that get in your way. If any of the common challenges or obstacles we’ve mentioned rear their ugly head, you’ll know how to deal with them.

With just a little bit of time and a lot of determination, you are on your way to officially calling yourself an author.

How to Write a Book Step 5: Launch Your Book Successfully

By this point, your book is completed—congratulations! You’ve done something that most people will never do.

You’ve written a book.

But you’re not done yet. Not quite. Because you still need to launch your book in a way that sets it up for success; in a way that maximizes your readers, your income, and your influence.

Unfortunately, most people who succeed in writing a book never get this whole “launch” thing figured out. They throw their book up on Amazon without really having a plan, and as a result, they get very few sales, make almost no money, and are frustrated at the lack of response to their work.

It’s true that self-publishing your book on Amazon is a great way to go. But you can’t simply publish your book and expect people to find it. Instead, you need to dedicate some time to mastering the publishing and marketing processes on Amazon to sell more books. This is the only way to make sure that your book makes its way into the hands of the people who will benefit from reading your words.

If you follow this simple launch plan, you can rest assured that your book will come out with a bang and will generate steady sales right out of the gate and for years to come.

#1 – Get a Good Cover

We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But in reality, people do exactly that—all the time. And that’s why, if you want your book to sell, having a powerful book cover design is important.

Really, really important.

And a good book cover does 2 things:

  • It grabs people’s attention.
  • It instantly tells people what the book is about.

Here are a few examples from some of my own books:

how to write a book cover design

Notice a couple things. First of all, it’s orange—which helps it to stand out and grab attention. Second, it’s super-clear what the book is about. The title is in the upper third of the book in large print, so you can read it even in a thumbnail.

Both covers were designed using the same basic principles. They’re simple, bold covers that stand out. They also have subtitles that clarify exactly what the book is about.

Now this style of cover works great for my niche, but it won’t necessarily work for every type of book.

For example, it would make a terrible cover for a romance novel!

Why? Well, in short, it doesn’t look like a romance novel. Remember that part of a cover’s job is to tell people what the book is about. And in many genres of fiction and nonfiction, readers have come to expect a certain type of book cover.

In order to clearly communicate what your book is about to your ideal readers, you need it to fit in with their expectations—while also standing out enough to grab their attention. This is another reason why it pays to head over to the Amazon bestselling books list and study some of the most successful books in your genre.

What do those covers look like? Do they share a similar layout? Color scheme? Font style?

For example, if you were writing a romance novel, you would want to study these covers:

how to write a book choosing a title

Find out what the most successful books in your genre look like, then imitate that look—but change it up just enough so that it stands out and grabs your readers’ attention.

#2 – Build a Launch Team

Once you’ve chosen whether to go with self-publishing versus traditional publishing, the real key to a successful book launch is building and leveraging a launch team.

So what is a launch team?

In a nutshell, your launch team is a small team of people who are supporting your book. They could be friends, family, associates, online affiliates—anyone.

At first, your launch team might be limited to your immediate friends & family. That’s OK! Launch your book with their help, and work on continually building your launch team every chance you get.

When you build a launch team, you need to make 2 things clear for everyone:

  • What are they agreeing to do for you?
  • What are they getting in return?

Step 1 is pretty simple: you want them to read your book, leave a review, and share it with their own friends and family.

This is how you spread the word about a brand-new book when you don’t have an email list or a social media following.

Step 2 can vary from person to person. What do your friends & family get in return for helping you? In many cases, they get things like:

  • A free copy of your book
  • Their name mentioned in the “Acknowledgements” part of your book
  • The chance to be part of something inspiring
  • The personal satisfaction of helping to create something meaningful

As your launch team grows bigger, you might need to offer more than that. For example, maybe another person in your niche agrees to promote your new book to their email list—but in exchange, they want a percentage of your profit.

(This is called affiliate marketing, and it’s a great way to grow your audience and your revenue while letting somebody else do the marketing for you.)

But don’t worry about that for now. Just reach out to anyone you know who would be willing to support your first book launch and ask for their help.

#3 – Get Ongoing Reviews

If there’s one thing we know about the Amazon algorithm, it’s this:

It loves reviews.

One of the biggest indicators of success with self-publishing is getting Amazon reviews.

If you want your book to show up in search results and as a “Recommended” book when people are looking at similar products, you need to continue generating ongoing reviews to keep the algorithm happy.

When you do, your book will start to show up at the top of Amazon results:

how to write a book with reviews

Reviews are a fantastic form of social proof. They’re a credibility sign that lots of people have read your book and loved it—and that makes other people more likely to want to read it, too.

But you have to be careful about how you go about trying to get Amazon reviews. For example, you can get in big trouble if you try to pay for reviews, swap reviews with other authors, or offer free gifts in exchange for reviews.

You can solicit reviews, but they cannot be “incentivized” reviews.

So how can you generate more reviews without offering people something in return? Well, I’ve discovered a few tips that work incredibly well. Click here to learn my 8-step process for generating more Amazon reviews.

#4 – Get Help From a Mentor Who’s Done It Before

I’d like to leave you with one final message:

The best way to learn how to write a bestselling book is to get help from somebody who’s been there before.

People often ask me how I was able to make so much money and sell so many copies of my very first book. And I always tell them the same thing:

Because I sought out a mentor. Someone to teach me a proven book-writing process that had been tried and tested. A book-writing system that was almost guaranteed to work, as long as I followed it properly.

Well, that’s the real secret to my success as an author. I sought out the help I needed to give my very first book a major head-start.

writing a book purpose

My Final Tip for Learning How to Write a Book

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Chandler is the host of the Self Publishing School podcast & the author of 6 bestselling books including his most recent book titled “Published.”. He’s also the founder & CEO of Self-Publishing School, the #1 online resource for writing your first book. Self Publishing School made the INC 5000 in 2018 (#2,699) as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the US. Through his books, podcast, training videos, and Self-Publishing School, he’s helped thousands of people on their journey to writing their first book.

Comments From The Community


151 thoughts on “How to Write a Book Step by Step: Essentials for a Good Book [Video]”

    • Hi. These ideas and concepts are used for both fiction and non-fiction writing. We have groups of fiction writers who have enrolled with us or followd our advice and were able to make a good book.
      Just keep on writing and don’t stop, you’ll be surprised at how much you have written. We’ll be looking forward to reading your work!

  • This is epic content! High quality and high value all around. I’m pumped about the blog and look forward to what’s to come.

  • Whoa. This is IT. There is SO MUCH great content here! Love the sticky note method idea. I’m definitely going to refer back to this when I start my next book. Thank you, Chandler!

  • Chandler played a big role in my own process of writing and publishing my first book (now two!) I’m so glad to see this new blog and way of inspiring even more soon-to-be-authors. Thanks Chandler!

  • Gbenga Akinwole says:

    This is great post, I have bookmarked this blog so that I can come often to consume your new post. The Book Launch Audio opened my eyes to the world of self publishing. Thanks Chandler for the great work. Cant wait to see how to promote your books to get them to hit bestseller list.

  • Molly Harris says:

    Chandler offers truly sound advice! His methods for writing are proven effective – even for me, who is a writer by nature! The pressure I felt to write to perfection was whisked away with his simple, yet EFFECTIVE methods! I can proudly say I am on my way to completing my first book thanks to Chandler!

  • Wendy Van de Poll says:

    This article sums up The SPS method of writing a book really well. I am a student of this program and published my #1 best seller and Hot New Release in 2 months. I am already writing my second book NOW. Chandler and his crew are the best. This article generously gives you the information needed to get going but if you want to learn more check out his free video training and then sign up with SPS.

  • I love this process so much! I have fallen victim to all of these excuses but with this framework I am finally plugging away at my first book!

    I try to get 500-1000 words the first thing I do every day. I’ll keep coming back to this post when I need inspiration to beat “the resistance” as Steven Pressfield calls it.

    No excuses!

  • Great start to the new blog and the content that springs forth from it and the community, let’s all get climbing that summit 🙂

  • I’ve been stuck in the trap, I created a world before I ever had the story, I’ve written to much but almost nothing at all but I know I need to begin. Fiction is a beast of story structure, character, POV and rising action that I struggle with but in the best possible way. I am staking everything on it, there is no round 2, one way or the the other I have to finish this be it in the form of a book, short story or something else completely. Thanks for the post, thanks for helping those that fear to get started and to the beginning, not because it is easy but because it is hard, because it is a struggle, because you can’t not begin to tell your story whether it is to impart emotion, knowledge or wisdom I want the very act of writing it no matter if it is read to be something that will change your life by the simple fact that is was done. Let’s get it started.

  • Thanks Chandler, this was just the inspiration I needed to get me going again. I must admit I have been procrastinating over research. This has been a real trap and I have found myself looking for more and more material, which has really been me lacking the confidence to move foreword. I have to keep in mind Mark Zuckerburg’s advice ” Done is better than perfect.”

  • Would add two “tricks” that I use all of the time:

    1) I have a 30 minute old fashioned hourglass sitting on my desk (was a gift from a very well known company founder but that’s a story for another time). I set a goal of how much writing to get done: finish a chapter, flesh out an idea, start a new section (I never use word count as a goal). Then I turn over the hourglass and start writing. Since all i see is sand falling, I do not know if I have 10 minutes left or 15 or 5 I just know there is time left, so I keep writing.

    2) Lost, not sure what to write about? I go to a photo site (https://www.morguefile.com/archive) pick an image and then write a short story about the image. Ideas flow quickly when I have a visual to look at. And more often than not, after I have managed to get a few paragraphs out of me, I now have the words that eluded me a few minutes earlier. I set the image and short story aside and get back to writing I needed to be doing but could not find the words.

    • Hi. There are countless ways to help you get inspired to write. Yours is very useful. I know some writers who have done something similar. Keep it up!

  • Yes! Thank you, Chandler, for this new blog! Yours is always great stuff! SO glad you’ve a new forum! Keep it up and thanks again!

  • Calcasieu Parish says:

    Thank you for doing this. It is going to be very helpful for a number of people. Wonderful idea and excellent execution. 🙂

  • About a month ago my mom sent me Hal Elrod’s podcast where you talked about writing, publishing and promoting a book because I have been “working” on one for the past two years. After that podcast and reading Start by Jon Acuff, I set a deadline for finishing it by April 2nd, started getting up at 5 am to write after my prayer time and am finally looking like I’m going to get it finished. I’m excited to keep up with your blog! Thanks!

  • Great first post and I look forward to many more. Wish I’d found out about SPS sooner, I would’ve been in the current class. Working on my book now.

  • I’ll be watching this blog for sure. Always looking to glean new info to help me with writing. Thanks for sharing!

  • ruth ann hansen says:

    You said that you wanted your free content to be better than their paid content; for me, you have far surpassed anything I’ve seen or paid for! Your information is so practical and helpful that I feel ready to write the book(s) that I’ve been thinking about for a very, very long time. I’m looking forward to your next blog! Thank you!

  • Great to read this content about writing your first book! I’ve been exposed to the same information from the videos and webinars, but maybe this time it will stick.

  • Ray McCarthy says:

    Chandler, Thanks for sharing the information. Lots of good and beneficial tips. Like the presentation of strategies and action steps to get my butt in gear! Thanks again.

  • Thank you lots of good sense. I am a published writer with my book long since out ot print and I’ve just finished another book.

  • Rajaratnam Abel says:

    Thanks for the valuable encouraging information. I hope to apply them in different phases of my writing. Thanks

  • Gloria Jennings says:

    Thank you for this first blog post Chandler! Great information and ideas. I’ve done a version of Mind map using 3 by 5 cards. I need to organize them. I love the idea of ‘The Speaker Method’ as a way to get started. I think this might help me to get going i look forward to more blog posts and am enjoying reading other comments!!

  • Recently published my first book, ‘DON’T SAVE THE MANNA’, on Amazon. Wish I had this info prior. Using your strategies I am working towards a relaunch. Trying to build a launch team, as you suggest, to help with that.

    Your ‘mind mapping’, is also great for pulling together my next book. If I had used that with the first book it probably would not have taken nearly as long to write it. It was however a wonderful learning process.

    Latly thank you for setting up this blog, I believe it will be a very valuable tool for myself and many others.

  • its very helpful insights sir Chandler, 🙂 it gives me courage to continue the book i am writing, hopefully to finish soon., Thank you, God bless!

  • This is a killer post with tons of content that’s enough to get anyone pumped up to write! A great start to what is destined to be a great BLOG!

  • I love the sticky note strategy. I use index cards because they are thicker. I travel a ton for work and I need something that will hold up. Best part is that I can grab a few cards from my plot outline for a weeklong trip and write about what’s on the cards without having to think too much. They have a lot of plot description, but also the freedom of those one liners we used to get in high school. Remember? Had she known blowing out the candle would lead to prison, she would have…

    Love the advice and am looking forward to reading more. Very happy to have found you just the other day.

    Cheers!

  • A great blog. Thanks Chandler! I have lots to write and plenty of reasons not to. Your words are helping me get back on the writing train.

  • thanks to your book “Book Launch” i have write my first book “Yo, el titiritero de mis estados de ánimo” that is already at Amazon Kindle store in spanish, but know I dont know how to promote it and make people get to know it. Do you have any ideas?

  • Thanks Chandler
    This BLOG has amazing contents. Shall have to come back here often when I start working on my next book.

  • Bob Speakman says:

    Chandler,

    You’ve clearly broken into my brain… Now you are exposing all of my fears and obstacles I’ve created in regards to writing… I don’t appreciate that you have not only identified them, but given us practical ways to overcome… Please exit my brain so I can return to hiding behind my “someday soons” and completely unreasonable excuses. I really am too busy… My TV won’t watch itself.

  • Bogyó Péter says:

    Hi Chandler,
    Thanks man!!! For sharing your experience and knowledge with us.
    I just started to write me first book 1 week ago when I finished your book. You handled all my barriers which stopped me to start to write a book. Finally I just started and forget I am not a native english guy….wow. Thats amazing!!!
    I would like to announce that my first book will be released in early June. Let’s rock & roll!!!

  • Thanks Chandler for sharing! You are so kind, continue to be bless and the blessing that you are. I have to push pass this writers block.

  • Thanks for sharing this information! I certainly appreciate it and found it very useful! It is my dream to write a book and you encouraged me. Looking forward to getting started soon!

  • Cindy Alvey Stagg says:

    Awesome stuff, Chandler! As an SPS grad with a #1 best seller, I highly recommend following this process. If you’re thinking about writing a book, STOP thinking and START writing! It can be done, and it can be done really well!

  • Laurie Zolas says:

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging and helpful blog. I’m most interested in fiction writing, but there is much here that is useful to me.

  • I self-published two books recently but I am finding it hard selling them. almost giving me cold feet. Well, I think you are yet to talk on that.

  • Great job on the Launch Article post Chandler!

    I can honestly say that I have incorporated many of your suggested writing methods (my favorites being Speaker & Transcription) and I was able to not only get my 2nd book out quickly, but make it #1 and a bestseller for months!

    This is a much welcomed Blog for Aspiring Writers and those who love inspirational communities.

    Thanks for making SPS happen.

  • Julien Breteau says:

    This is great Chandler! I’m currently working on an outline for my first book and this definitely helps a lot! Especially this “Flex your writing muscles each day. The more you work, the more efficient you’ll get. Create your writing routine and stick to it!” So simple but incredibly effective.

  • Christof Hertkorn says:

    Chandler, thank you for all your mails, posts and updates! Really great stuff, that seems really honest and convincing to me!
    I like your sticky notes proposal as an alternative to mind mapping and outlining. I personally had big problems to map from the mind map to the outline. it just didn´t work out.
    So I developed (well: that´s exaggerated; I tried out) my own “strategy” by writing down what I thought might be worth being written down, and produced a heap of loosely coupled chapters which were intended to serve as a storage for ideas, which I might use later just “copy&pasting” them into later versions of my manuscripts. Basically, this is similar to your sticky notes method, which is of course, much better and more effective.. because the best thoughts and ideas come to your mind in moments when you are not sitting at your desk and having nothing else to do than writing down your ideas. But, collecting your ideas on sticky notes and placing them, possibly discussing them with a trustful person, and such creating a mind map or an outline is just a phantastic idea!
    Also, speaker and transcription method have got their charm.

    In my business practice (as IT consultant, btw), I became familiar with lots of product development models. The classic “waterfall model” is still widely spread, though everyone should know, it can´t work for creative tasks. The -I think, especially in Europe- popular “V model” is nothing else than waterfall, just added a pseudo-symmetric opposite-of-waterfall on the right side, which doesn’t change the basically wrong idea of the waterfall. Newer approaches are XP (Extreme Programming/Prototyping), Scrum etc. I observe many times, that engineers tend to over… (missing the right word for it, what I mean is: to think too much in betonized strict rules that have to be obeyed and followed, instead of focussing on the output, and not on the (academic) rules…

    I personally prefer the XP idea to check every day, every week, every month, well, basically all the time: is that, what I am doing the right way to do it? is my approach, I´ve followed till now, worth to be continued? or did I work in too many adaptations/optimizations/corrections that lead to, what programmers call “spaghetti code”, that nobody -including myself- understands anymore? Don´t I have to wipe anything, I´ve done until now, and rework everything right from the start again? As architects oder industrial designers do so often… they paved all walls and floors with sketches, outlines, drawings.. and then pack everything away, because all hitherto results were not satisfying enough.. and reworked EVERYTHING, from A to Z, restarting on blank paper in record time again, because they NOW found out in their minds how the solution has to be!

  • Timothy church says:

    Thank you Chandler!
    Your tips and strategies have inspired me to write my first book and will be published at the end of this month.
    With your guidance I was able to go from idea to publishing in 4 months!

  • Timothy church says:

    Thank you Chandler!
    Your tips and strategies have inspired me to write my first book! With your guidance I was able to go from idea to publishing in 4 month!

  • Hello!! Loved your book! It has helped and guided me in the right direction while I am writing my first book. Hoping to have it out this summer! THANK YOU

  • Chandler I will forever be grateful to you for motivating me with your free video training and book, unfortunately I did not have the funds to attend Self Publishing School. I would have signed up in a minute. I have used the information provided and put it to good use. I have been keeping track of you and am very happy you will be blogging.
    I have purchased How to Launch Your E-Book Easy Peasy by Mimi Emmanuel a graduate of Self Publishing School and really sings your praises. I found out the idiom “writing the book is the easy part”. Your book helped start the process, my own research and about a thousand books later, Mimi’s book helped put all the pieces together.
    My book, WAKE UP CALL is about a health emergency that occurred on a day I will never forget, February 19, 2016. It required a Flight for Life. It also records my life before and after. It will also have a workbook to assist others. My obsession with the book is to give hope and help to others so they will not have to take a Flight for Life. I am the living proof that a person can beat the health problems for their poor decisions and enjoy watching their loved ones grow old.
    The security of having a passive income is appealing as well.

    Thanks for making a difference in the world.

    • Man! it’s so great to hear that we have helped be apart of your success.You have written quite an interesting book. Keep it up!

  • Chandler, I love your blog! So much information and help here, you may really make an author of me after all! XXXXOOOO

  • Hi Chandler, this is a really good piece. Packed with words of wisdom for how to get going. I’m already working on my first book for over two years now 😉 Yours tips will speed things up for me.

  • Beverly Kimball, Inc. says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. I have been listening to you podcast. I just finished writing and sent it off for the final edit. Now to market. Any insight would be great. I am working on my webpage now and hope that is done this week.

  • Joel W. Hawbaker says:

    THANKS for the great info, and I’m hoping to get my book (first draft) finished by the end of 2017, so I can launch it in the spring. THANKS again for your help!

  • Robbie Samuels says:

    This is a really helpful blog post and gives all the steps you need to get a book written. I joined SPS in February 2017 and the book was written by Memorial Day 2017! I had attempted to write a book so many times before this, but this time I followed through. My book became a #1 best-seller in 3 categories and I had 100 reviews the day that I launched. Now I share this blog post with my clients who want to write a book.

  • Cloris Kylie says:

    What an epic post, Chandler! It’s informative, but most importantly, it’s inspiring. Let’s get this done!

  • Jenn Mitchell says:

    Great post. SPS is hands down the best investment I’ve ever made in myself as a writer. After struggling for more than a decade to churn out a book I enrolled in SPS and using the tools you share in this post I’ve written 2 books in less than a year and will be launching both soon.

  • Jaime De La Torre says:

    Thamks Chandler Bolt…for not giving up on us that can’t start as easy as we would like…and in your honor I will start… soon?
    Sorry I have no clue when but with these tips I just read it would be silly not to start tomorrow after work. I’ll try to keep you posted. Thanks again Chand.
    ..

  • Randi Marie Owens says:

    Chandler,
    I continue to be blown away by your writing and success. It’s what helped me to start AND finish my first book that will be launch this August. However, it was a very untraditional book so writing it was different, but I have other books I want to write and will be incorporating your methods to those books. My next books I will write… one will be about being single, but still living and loving life. And another book I will write will be co-written with a friend… what we wish we would have known as a teenager. And I’m sure more will follow.

  • I am always moved by your posts Chandler. They inspire me and prove to me that i can also write a book. I began writing my book two days ago. i have planned to write 500-1000 words per day. I AM sure i will complete.I will always be here for your inspiration

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