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7 Reasons You May Fail to Finish Your Book This Year and How to Finish Your Book Strong

Aug 3, 2008
Have you finished your book yet? No. Don't beat yourself up any more. Keep reading this article; you may be making the same mistakes a friend of mine was making when it took years to finish. Now she knows what to do to finish strong and sell her book sooner. You can do the same. I'm ready to show you how. With the right focus and information, you can jumpstart; complete and even publish YOUR book within a few months this year.

More and more people are successfully completing their books in less time. Even your rivals are finishing fast. Don't let them leave you on the sidelines this year. Why not join them? First read the seven reasons below many aspiring authors may fail to finish this year. Then correct them to complete your book fast and sell sooner:

1. Failure to gain confidence in your book through knowledge.

Many aspiring authors shake like leaves in a tree trying to figure out if their book will sell. Others give up before they even start. Even so, it's an important question that deserves an answer. No one wants to invest time or money into a house built on sand? Don't be afraid; here's how to know if your book is significant.

First of all, if it presents useful information, solves a problem, answers a pressing reader's question, or impacts people for the good its worth writing. If it's entertaining or makes us laugh it could go further than you dreamed.

It's significant, if it creates a deeper understanding of humanity or even animals. People love their pets and consider them a part of the family. With one to three of these elements your book is worth writing.

More than three, it has potential of making excellent sales and even to top seller status. Now, get started; write your book and make the world a better place. Your readers will love you for it.

2. Failure to pinpoint who will buy your book.

Make it your goal to find out who will buy your book and sell it to them. Like an expert bow man taking aim at his target, give your book a specific audience and it will hit the mark of good sales. Best seller books focus on a single topic per book.

When you target one audience at a time, each tip, each story or how-to will be more effective. Many novice authors just shoot their book out to the world without aim. Furthermore, write your message to someone specific and you gain an extra competitive edge on less informed book writers.

It would be helpful to create an audience profile. Are your potential readers' men, women or young adults? How old are they? Are they interested in your topic? What problems do they face?

Are they business owners, entrepreneurs or professionals? Are they techies or non-techies? Are they willing to spend $15-20 on a book like yours? Do this and you're on your way to selling more books than you imagined.

3. Failure to write your book's thesis.

Perhaps, the word thesis brought back memories of English class. No worries, remember a thesis simply means the main central thought of a subject. Make sure your main central thought includes the greatest benefit to your book reader and you're done.

In other words, it should answer your audiences' question, "How will this book help, encourage or solve my problem for me?" Write the thesis before you write the book and stay on the path of focused, powerful yet easy to read content.

All chapters should support your book's main concept. For the book "Write Your Best Book Now," the thesis is "How to write, complete, and publish your best book fast." Give your book a competitive edge by putting the main thought in the title or sub-title.

4. Failure to make an inspiration cover early to encourage yourself.

Keep it nearby to inspire you. Remember, book covers are the number one selling point of a book. Of course, in the beginning this is only a working cover. Nevertheless it will help crystallize your thoughts and propel you toward the fulfillment of your dream. You have 10 seconds or less to impress your potential readers to buy.

Look around the bookstores and the internet to get a few ideas. Look for the covers most suited for your audience. Choose colors that attract them. For instance, consider red and blue for business books; aqua, yellow, and shades of red work for personal growth books. Even so, avoid too much red; it makes some feel suspicious.

5. Failure to develop the back cover as a sales message before you write chapter one.

This benefit driven outline helps give your book direction and helps you focus on what's really important to your readers. Most books will only allow for 50-75 words. That gives you less than 20 seconds to impress your prospective reader.

Make this message passionate. Focus only what sells: testimonials (reader, expert and famous), a benefit driven headline to hook the reader to open the book and read the table of contents, and bulleted benefits.

6. Failure to compose your book's 60 second "mini billboard" before you begin writing.

Have you noticed a highway billboard lately? You only have a few seconds to get it as you drive by. So, the information is distilled into sound bytes to be effective. Make your 2-3 sentence book blurbs into sound bytes. Like a billboard where you only have a few seconds to get your message across, condense your sound byte into a 60 second tell and sell.

Use your mini billboard at networking meetings, in the elevator, in the grocery line, anywhere you only have a few seconds to tell about your book. Composing your ad should include your title and 3 top benefits.

7. Failure to write your publishing goals down for your book.

Will you self-publish or shop for a traditional publish? There are serious pros and cons for either method. Find out the differences so you can make an educated choice that suits you. If you are self-publishing, consider the POD technology for your book. There are lots of good choices that will publish your book for you at an affordable price.

If you are opting for a traditional publisher, get an agent and a contract before writing the book. Then shop agents and publishers with 2 chapters and a knock-out book proposal. Invest in one of the current market guides and research the best fit for your work. It raises your chances considerably if you know what kind of manuscripts a particular company is looking for.

I admit it; getting started writing a book can be challenging to most. Even so, it doesn't have to stay that way. You can do like the author did; use the tips above and kick start writing your book. Start today; complete and release your significant message to the world. Then jump around, get excited for it won't be long before we see your name in print!
About the Author
Earma Brown, 13 year author and book writing coach
Get a free Book Writing Course when you sign-up for iScribe newsletter on book writing, publishing and marketing. Send any email to iscribe@bookwritinghelp.com or visit her at How to Write a Book for more writing resources and tips.
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