How to Fast-Write a Book and Get Rich Doing It!

So how can you fast-write a book? The answer is that there are multiple ways. You can write it yourself. You can have it ghostwritten. You can coauthor it. You can dictate it. You can interview your way to a book.

Writing Yourself

Before you write a book, have a soul-storming session with yourself, friends or Mastermind group and write out as many titles as you can. Include areas of interest you’d like to write about. Plan to review and add to this list regularly.

Write what you know. Surely you have a signature story that you frequently tell to the delight of listeners. Use that to get your mental juices flowing. Don’t try to be perfect. Remember, nobody ever publishes their first draft!

You don’t have to sit down and write a book today or tomorrow. Take it one step, or sentence, at a time. Write a little each day and watch your book develop.

Hiring a Ghostwriter

Almost all celebrities and people of fame have ghostwriters who interview them and do the “heavy lifting” for them in writing their books. Inexpensive ghostwriters can be found in a multitude of places. For instance, ask other authors if they know great ghostwriters, every English department head will cheerfully tell you who the students are with great talent and promise, and, in Hollywood, the Screen Writers Guild is loaded and overflowing with talented writers who are hungry for work.

Sample their work before you sign a contract. Many are superb, we are told. You dictate what you want written; and they write it, research it, and finish it for you.

Co-Authorship is Wonderfully Beneficial

Co-authorship is another way to get your book out of you and do it fast! It keeps you dedicated to your writing, publishing, and marketing assignments, because you don’t want to let down your colleagues, friends, co-authors and future readers. As a result of our co-authorship partnership, we wrote 100 books in 95 days, a feat that has never been achieved in the publishing industry anywhere on earth, and we had a tremendous amount of fund doing it!

Dictate Your Book

Many would-be great writers don’t have the desire to physically write, type, or compute, yet they could master the fine art of dictation. Again, you can hire a great assistant to transcribe and perfect your dictation.

The software from Nuance is called Dragon NaturallySpeaking and claims to have 99% accuracy after training. Alternatively, you could use http://www.idictate.com (very inexpensive); and send your dictated files from your computer to theirs in India. Or call your dictation in daily by phone over Skype.com for free.

The possibilities for how to do it obviously keep expanding as an increasingly literate world becomes hungry for information, insight, and wisdom.

You Could Interview Experts and Put Their Thinking into Your Books

Interviewing experts is another way to fast-write a book. This is what Napoleon Hill did to write a book called Think and Grow Rich. It has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. (It is becoming a major motion picture directed by Martin Dunkerton, and it will feature Mark Victor Hansen.)

You can interview the leaders of any field and turn it instantly into money-making books, CDs, videos, movies, documentaries, or whatever. As Hill’s title says, “Think! And grow rich!”

All About Ghostwriters and Ghostwriting

What is a ghostwriter?

It happens almost every week. I’ll be at a social function, at church, or at a business networking meeting, and when I tell someone what I do, I usually get a confused look. So I have to explain, which doesn’t take long, but I do so because in my town ghostwriters don’t exactly grow on trees.

So what is a ghostwriter? Simply put, a ghostwriter writes a book, article, song, play, screenplay, or whatever, for someone else and doesn’t get any named credit. And they do this for pay. Let me repeat that last point: they do this for pay. More on that later.

Who uses a ghostwriter?

Anyone, from Joe average citizen to the President of the US can hire a ghostwriter. And in fact, some US Presidents have. Celebrities, people in the news, busy professionals, politicians, all of them have used ghostwriters. A statistic I like to throw out there is that at least half of all non-fiction books on the New York Times Bestseller list are ghostwritten. And anytime you read a cookbook written by someone slightly famous, you can bet that they didn’t write that cookbook by themselves. In many cases, they didn’t have anything to do with the cookbook other than lend their name to the title.

And plenty of fiction is ghostwritten as well. Novelist James Patterson regularly employs teams of writers to write his books, as does Clive Cussler, among others. Tom Clancy kept churning out novels after he died, as did V.C Andrews. The named authors may outline the plot (as I believe is the case with Patterson) and supervise the writing, but the grunt work is done by ghostwriters.

Again, you don’t have to be a celeb or the President to hire a ghostwriter; you just need to have two things: something to write about, and a budget.

Let’s talk about the ‘something to write about’ first.

If you’re an average person (like most of us are), you have two main things you can write about: your life and your work. Your life is obviously something you’re expert in because you lived it. And the longer you’ve lived and the more interesting a life you’ve lived, the more you have to write about and the more interesting your book will be. You don’t need to be nearing the end of your life to write about it, but that is often when people start writing their life story. And your life story doesn’t have to be written for the world to read. Instead, you can write it for your kids, grandkids, relatives, friends, etc.

Your work is also a great topic. This can include your profession, a business you own, or the trade or craft you pursue. Any of these can be worthy subjects of a book. Let’s say you’re in sales and you feel that you’ve had some great success in selling and it’s time to give back to the world, tell them how you did it. Great. There is always room for one more book on sales, because everybody sells a little differently. Or maybe you’ve built up a successful small company-or large company-and you want to tell people what you did and how you did it. Also a great topic. Or maybe you’re a surgeon or psychologist and you want to tell tales from your profession, which could also be very interesting. Or maybe you run a business and you want to both tell your story and promote what you do. Again, a book about you and your business is a great idea. There are a million stories out there and they all are waiting to be told.

And remember how I said a lot of popular fiction is ghostwritten? Even if you’re an aspiring fiction writer, you can hire a ghostwriter for help. You’ve got some great ideas (well, at least you and your family think they’re great) but writing them all out is tricky. Your friendly neighborhood ghostwriter can help you with that too.

Now let’s talk budget.

So, for celebrities and stars and politicians, the cost to hire a ghostwriter is usually greater because they’re hiring the very best and the writer and publisher know that the celeb can afford it. The fees to write a book for a celebrity usually start in the six figures and can go up. I don’t think they go as high as seven figures ($1 million for those of you who are a little slow), but they are pricey nonetheless. For average citizens, there are a lot of good ghostwriters out there who cater to you and, if you can save up some money, are affordable. Prices can range anywhere from $10,000 up to $100,000 book, with something between $15,000 and $30,000 being the average cost. This is still not cheap but is affordable for many people.

And now a quick word about working for royalties only.

I have had more than one potential client ask if I will help them write a book and sit back and share in the royalties with them. I’d love to, I tell them. But first, pay me to help you write the book, I say. Oh no, they say, I can’t afford to do that. At least not yet. Then you can’t afford a ghostwriter, I tell them, and the conversation ends there. And every so often I check back with one of these people to see if they’ve written their book or hired some ghostwriter on spec (the term for working for royalties only), and the answer is always the same: No, not yet. I can safely bet that none of them will ever get help to write their book, at least not until they agree to pay a ghostwriter up front to do it. No self-respecting ghostwriter I’ve ever known of will work for free on the promise that maybe there will be royalties, so don’t ask us to do it.

That’s all I have for now. There are certainly more details concerning hiring a ghostwriter (contracts, sharing royalties, timeline, how best to work together, etc.), but I’ll save those for a later article.

Keep writing…

The Top Ten Excuses For NOT Writing Your Book and How to Overcome Them!

Most everyone wants to write a book – some day.

But that’s the catch.

Instead of writing it NOW, they plan to write their book some day. Some time in the distant future – because as long as the plan is for the future, it’s a nice, safe PLAN.

The trouble is, it isn’t EVER more than a plan until you start writing.

So, why haven’t you written your book if you’ve been planning to write one for years now?

Well, here are a few possible reasons. See which ones sound familiar to you.

1. You have no idea HOW to get started. You wonder if you even KNOW enough about your subject to write a complete book.

2. You’ve collected all sorts of information for your book – notes you’ve written, quotes from experts, etc. – but now you don’t know what to do with it all.

3. You THINK you don’t have time to write the book right now since you can’t devote large chunks of time to working on it.

4. You’re not sure how to structure your book. Should it have sections or chapters? How many chapters should it be? How many pages? Should it include sidebars of information? Charts? Graphs?

5. You don’t think you can explain things clearly enough to readers. How do you make your message simple and easy to understand?

6. You can’t seem to get motivated to write and then STAY motivated to continue writing. This is particularly true if you’ve started your book but just can’t seem to move forward with it.

7. You have trouble with grammar, punctuation, and maybe even spelling, and you get frustrated when you make so many mistakes.

8. You’re not completely sure what a book would do for you – especially if you have to shell out your own money to get it edited, formatted, and published. Why spend money on all that? Will it be worth it?

9. You can’t figure out whether you need to write a book proposal and try to find a traditional publisher for your book or write the book and then self-publish it.

10. It all seems so overwhelming when you realize you will also have to market the book once it’s written and published. Book signings sound like fun. But you really don’t want to have to CALL bookstores yourself to set up these kinds of things.

Any – or ALL – of this sound familiar?

Don’t worry. Each of these reasons for NOT writing a book is little more than an excuse for not getting the help you need to move forward with your book. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome each of these excuses.

First, look at local bookstores, or online at amazon.com, for books that outline the book writing process. A great how-to book just might be enough to help you overcome your excuses for not writing your own book.

If you need more help overcoming all the excuses for NOT writing your book, sign up for a book writing course or hire a writing coach to help you.

Finally, if you just CAN’T seem to get your book written yourself, hire a ghostwriter to write the book for you.

The point is, you just need to get your book written, no matter what it takes to overcome all the excuses that are keeping you from getting your book out there on the market.