Two years ago I packed up, drove down to Sedona, and wrote a book in one weekend.
The FSD version anyway (FSD stands for ‘first shitty draft’).
Then I spent another 3 days editing it, and hired a coach to help me promote it and help it rank as #1 best seller on Amazon.
Since then, a lot of people have asked me about my experience, so here is some Q&A to help you decide whether this is the path for you:
Certainly. There’s no downside to writing a book. There are so many benefits to writing one.
In my case, it helped me complete my past and solidify what I had learned and created a new opening for more spiritual growth.
It helped me learn A LOT about social media marketing, working with a phenomenal coach who made sure we got #1 Amazon ranking during the first week.
It helped me schedule many speaking engagement. ‘I am a #1 best selling author on Amazon’ does give you credibility.
It gave me A LOT of content to work with. Guess what, you can cut up your book into 40 different blog posts to begin with..
Now, this is important. I did not make much money (barely anything) from the book. The cut you get from Amazon is so tiny, and I spent so much money on the editing and proofing process. Think of your book not as your end product, but more of a nurture that is going to help you get closer to people.
There are as many ways to write a book as there are writers, here is what I did. I went down to Sedona, did one of Tom Bird’s weekend retreats, and got it done.
If I had to spend more than a week total writing and editing it, I would not have done it. I don’t have the patience for that kind of thing, I am an entrepreneur, not a writer.
I strongly suggest you get your book done fast.
Why? We change so quickly. If you write an hour every day, by the time you get to the end of your book, you are going to be a different person.
The person who wrote Dust Off & Rise is no longer me. I have grown so so much since then, a reason I don’t promote my book much at all.
For that reason, it makes sense to get it done very, very quickly, before you change your mind :)
In terms of where, find a retreat. Tom Bird’s, or another retreat.
I personally loved the process with Tom. Writing 10 hours a day wasn’t easy, but in a room full of writers typing away, taking word count every 15 minutes, great music on, and a flow state..the time flew by.
No room for excuses, no room for procrastination. Just write.
Honestly, even driving to Sedona I had zero clue what I was going to write about. I let my spiritual Self guide me through the process and I didn’t know what it was about till I began writing.
You can do what I did.
Or, you might have a very clear idea about what you want to share with the world, and that’s great too.
Or, you want to give people an insight into your formula and how you work with people. That totally works too.