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Six tips on how to write a thought leader book

Yasmin Walter von KMD books is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, international best-selling author and modern publisher based in Australia.

Are you a seasoned professional ready to share your knowledge with the world? Writing a book is an ideal way to bring your expert thoughts to a wider audience. And imagine: writing a book doesn’t have to be complicated!

It’s common for professionals just beginning a book to have questions like, “Will I have enough content to fill a book?” or “Will anyone even want to read this?” But if you’re good at what you do and lead by example, people will want to read how you did it. Size doesn’t matter; Whether your book is 1,000 pages or 100, the main goal of writing a thought book is to open and explore a known problem or situation and close it in a meaningful way, whether you’re offering solutions or new perspectives Offer. And if you feel like you don’t have enough content, you can even invite guest writers to share their knowledge.

With that in mind, here’s my six-step secure process to help you get from idea to printed copy.

1. Create the storyboard.

Decide what angle you’re going with. Will your book become an I-biography? A step-by-step technical guide? An anthology of shared opinions? A workbook with actionable lessons? Think about your audience and what format they want to consume their content in. Then create a draft content page, outline your chapters, and provide a brief description of what each chapter entails. I like to call this a “messy draft”.

2. Write your book.

Now that you are clear about the inclusion of each chapter, let’s go into detail. Don’t get too pedantic with spelling or grammar – just let the literature flow. Keep the language appropriate to the topic and don’t overwrite. People usually want to read about your expert advice without too much extra rambling, so get straight to the point.

If you’re having trouble getting your thoughts down on paper (or on a computer), a great tip my mentor gave me when dealing with writer’s block is to record yourself speaking about the topic as if you in a conversation with him would be someone, and then transcribe it.

3. Edit.

It’s often best to leave this to fresh-eyed professionals. By this point, you’ve probably read your book over a hundred times, so you’ll be reading what you expect from the words. Appointing a copywriter to your project can provide more opportunities for troubleshooting.

It is crucial to be Patiently; this is a long process. Rushing this part may result in misprints. Trust me, this is not a pleasant experience for anyone.

4. Time to format your book.

It’s time to bring everything together. Create a draft layout for text, images, and pagination. Make sure the content flow remains consistent. Remember to make it easy to consume, visually appealing and not too cluttered – space is good! Focus on the readers’ experience.

5. Find your style.

Decide on a style that fits your story and audience. Create a mood board as inspiration for your graphic designer to create your book cover options. It’s always a good idea to have alternative covers to choose from. Your graphic designer is also responsible for compiling the chapters with your draft format to prepare your book for printing.

6. Ok, you can print now.

Do a model print before signing off your bulk print. This is your last chance to make changes. I like to read mine out loud very slowly, word by word. You can also send it to a few people to see it with fresh eyes.

Tips for productive writing

You embark on an exciting but challenging journey to share your business knowledge with other professionals. Take responsibility and create a writing plan. Unless you’re in hibernation or indulging in a writing retreat, the best way to set realistic goals and nurture a relationship with writing on a day-to-day basis is to accommodate your pre-existing schedule.

I recommend you create word count goals based on weekly or monthly sessions. Your word count is determined by deadlines, your authorship, and your lifestyle. It’s also important to create a distraction-free writing space, meaning no social media, phones, email, or even people (especially if you have kids).

Rewarding yourself for meeting goals is a great way to keep you interested in the project. And don’t be too hard on yourself; It’s okay if you miss a session or two here or there because life got in the way. But don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal.

The beauty of creating a book (and a thought I often share with authors) is that writing experience is not essential. Many established authors started out with no writing experience. Unlike an academic university essay, you write in your tone, style, and opinion. If writing a book was on your wish list but you’re hesitant or don’t know where to start, I encourage you to just start! Write as if you are talking to someone. You’ll be amazed as the words just start to flow.


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