Check this cool title for a book “The Paint – by – Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams – Fast!"
The author Dan Janal gives a nice 'how to' on turning what could be a big task into a possible plan.
Janal says its important to select a type of book that aligns with your preferences and skills and maps out 5 different types of projects to help get you cracking…
1. If you’ve tweeted more than 140 times you might just have enough material to turn it into a book on a particular area
2. Do you blog? Check em? You could consider re-organizing them to position yourself as a ‘thought leader’.
3. Are you involved in speeches, interviews, podcasts, presentations or reports? Could pull the material from these for a book.
Janal says your traditional book is between 160 – 250 pages in length.
Before writing reflect on a genre. This will help you with your content and how you write it up.
Janal presents some nice genre options for you including:
1. Legacy – Write about your odyssey in your field
2. Tools – Write up your vision to persuade others to get interested in your cause
3. Proof – Got a hypothesis you tested? Write up the results and present the stats and/or studies
4. How to – Do you know how to do something that you could write up as guidelines or instructions for your readers?
5. Process – detail a method for a particular process and show the research that backs this.
6. Training – write up a reference guide or resource that helps with a course or class
7. Fictional – use your creativity to elaborate on principles
8. Inspiration – write a book that seeks to inspire and motivate your reader
Anything there trigger?
Which genre would you pick + what type of project best suits you?
“Few things are worse than having a great idea locked inside your head. You need to share your message with the world.” (Janal)