UPDATED 12/26/2017-ABSOLUTELY! If you are looking for a quick and helpful list building incentive to offer to website visitors, then a book you write in three hours can work well. However, you may want to spend more time than that to allow yourself to either partner with professionals to make a great quality book or take the time to learn how to publish a great quality book on your own.
The video below shares an enthusiastic solopreneur’s process for writing his book in 3 hours.
The real question is: should you publish the version of the book you write within those three hours?
The video above describes how the author chose his topic, recorded the content of his book with a microphone attached to his computer, outsourced the audio transcription and then formatted it into a book using Microsoft Word. It is a very simple and straightforward process. Once it is complete, you can simply create a cover and save it as a PDF e-book and give the book out to potential clients.
Technically, this is part of the same process that every book ghostwriter uses-notice that I said “part” of the process. If you use this process, you will not get the same results that you would get if you worked with a ghostwriter or editor who understands how to publish successful titles. The reason is that there is no quality control in this process.
If you simply dictate your book and use Microsoft Word spell check and grammar check to help you organize your transcript into a book, how will you know:
- what your target audience expects from a book like yours,
- how you compete with similar books that are available on the market,
- best-practices for layout and cover design within your book genre,
- where to find the best publishing partners (printers & distributors) to reach your specific publishing goals, or
- how to effectively and efficiently promote your book?
The radio announcer’s strategy does produce a book, but it is not until you partner with a ghostwriter or editor that has knowledge about the publishing industry that you will be able to learn how to produce a book with the best chances of selling and spreading your message to people beyond your immediate circle of family, friends and clients.
Question: Have you ever used a shortcut that only helped you get halfway to your destination?