It’s the first week in August, so it must be Book Review Tuesday! And yes, I know it’s Wednesday but it’s also the school holidays and if you missed it, my last post might explain why I’m 24 hours late in posting this.
This week, I’m reviewing Cathy Presland’s book, Write!. (I have the Kindle version, but it’s available in paperback too if you prefer flicking through actual pages).
Cathy is a consultant and coach who helps people to write non-fiction books – to help them to reach a wider audience and promote their businesses.
I came across her a few years ago now when I first decided to write my own ebook but wasn’t really sure how to go about it. You can find more about Cathy here.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Write! is a guide to help you to develop and write your own e-book. Taking you from finding an initial idea, right through to launching your book onto the market, this is a step by step guide that will walk you through the entire process.
What I particularly like about Cathy’s writing is that she has a very practical writing style.
Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of writing an e-book – from brainstorming your original idea to the structuring your chapters to launching your book onto the market.
There are action points for you to carry out at the end of each section – so you can literally progress through your own writing as you read the book.
The main premise of this book is that, if you’re a consultant, coach, or if you run a small business or freelance, writing a book is a good way of promoting your business, getting your name out there and reaching a new audience. And of course, it’s a good way of earning a passive income rather than selling your skills and knowledge in return for your own time.
At the start of Write!, there’s a section dedicated to brainstorming your book idea, so even if you like the idea of writing a book but have no inclination of what you might write about, you will get help in generating a few ideas.
Even if you already know what you’d like to write about, it’s worth reading this section to make sure that your idea has an audience. Writing an entire book only to discover no-one will actually buy it should be avoided at all costs!
Each section deals with the practical elements of writing a book. You will gain more of an insight into how to structure your book, different chapter styles you can use, and how to structure your book, as well as advice on how to launch your book and finding the time to write in the first place. There are examples of styles you can use, as well as practical exercises for you to work through.
In short, this is a workbook for anyone in the process of developing and writing a non-fiction book.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
As you’ve probably noticed from the other books that I’ve reviewed so far, I like a book with a bit of a practical element to it – and Write! is bursting with practicality when it comes to writing an book. If you’ve never written a book before, and like to have some structure to follow, then you will love this too.
Like Ann Wilson and Marianne Cantwell, Cathy has also walked the talk, having written several non-fiction books – Write! obviously being one of these. And, as I said earlier, she runs a few courses on Udemy too. Cathy’s advice comes from someone who has learned themself through trial and error.
Hopefully, the main takeaway that you will gain from Write! is a finished non-fiction book of your own.
Even if you don’t work through the exercises as you’re reading the book, at the very least, you will come away with a strong idea of how to create your own book – and reasons as to why you should. I felt motivated to write another ebook by the time I’d got to the end of Write! (watch this space…)
WHO SHOULD READ THIS
Even if you haven’t considered writing a non-fiction book before now, I’d recommend this book to anyone who runs their own business, freelances, or simply has knowledge or skills that they can pass on to others.
A book can put you in front of a whole new audience – as well as creating a passive income stream for your business. If you decide to go down the route of writing a book then this will help you to navigate the process easily.
Of course, there’s the whole area of which passive income stream is best for your business – ebooks, ecourses and so on – but that’s for another post.
Cathy’s courses and books helped me to create my own ebook. I went from having a million and one ideas that I couldn’t tie down, to a finished product that has made – and continues to make – money for my business.
I’m not going to retire on the earnings any time soon, but it has made me far more than it cost to create – even with the cost of professional editing – and has brought me in front of an entirely new international audience.
If you’re interested in creating your own ebook, you can find Write! here.
And if you’re really serious about creating an ebook that will deliver an income for your business, then you should read this post from Boost Blog Traffic on 21 Dumb Mistakes to Avoid When Writing an Ebook. I definitely fell into a few of these on the way!Want to write a non-fiction book? Read my review of Cathy Presland's Write! Click To Tweet
Have you written your own non-fiction book – or are you tempted to? I’d love to hear from you about your experiences of writing a book – why you did it and if you found it worthwhile. Or if you’ve any questions about creating an ebook, pop them in the comments below.