5 Reasons You Should Seriously Consider Writing a Book

Have you ever thought about writing a book? If you are like 61.5 percent of my readers, you probably have. But even if you haven’t, I urge you to consider it.

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Being a published author has done more for my career—and my income—than I could have ever imagined. It has opened doors of opportunity I couldn’t have dreamed were possible. And, it can happen for you, too.

Here are five good reasons why you should consider writing a book:

  1. It provides an opportunity to share your expertise. Whether you realize it or not, you are an expert. The problem is you take your knowledge, experience, or skill for granted. Because it is familiar, you assume everyone has it. They don’t. And people will pay to know what you know or learn how to do what you do.
  2. It provides an opportunity to establish your authority. People work for years to land an important job or get a graduate degree. Both of these can be important steps in your career path, but neither provide the level of credibility that comes with having a book with your name on it. In our culture, this is still regarded as the ultimate proof of your mastery.
  3. It provides an opportunity to differentiate yourself. Whatever your profession, you probably have lots of competition. But I’d be willing to bet only a handful of your competitors have a book to their credit. This is one way—perhaps the most important way—to set yourself apart and get noticed. It provides an unfair advantage in today’s dog-eat-dog world.
  4. It provides an opportunity to expand your market. A book is the best marketing tool you could ever have. It makes an introduction. It opens doors. It prepares the market for the other products and services you offer. It goes where you can’t go and does what you can’t do. It positions you as someone with something important to offer.
  5. It provides an opportunity to launch a business. A book is but one expression of your message. Once you have published it, you can introduce an assortment of ancillary products. For example, my Platform book led to an audio book, a video series, and a conference. Soon we will be launching an exclusive membership site and a premium WordPress theme.

Granted, writing a book is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work and, most of all, perseverance. But that’s where I can help.

I’ve spent the last 30-plus years in the publishing industry, most recently as the Chairman & CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. I am also a New York Times bestselling author myself and former literary agent. I have seen the business from every side.

Today, I am releasing a brand new course called, Everything You Need to Know to Get Published. This 21-session audio system provides the information and tools you need to:

  • Navigate today’s publishing world
  • Evaluate your publishing options
  • Gain the attention of agents and publishers
  • Negotiate the best book contract possible
  • Write your book fast without getting overwhelmed
  • Maximize your publicity opportunities
  • Hit the bestsellers list
  • Launch a viable, long-term business

In short, it will provide the information and confidence you need to launch your writing career and succeed as an author. It is the most comprehensive publishing resource available anywhere. And, by the way, this isn’t just for unpublished authors. There’s a full section for those who are already published but want to know how to become a bestselling author.

As a reader of my blog, I am making this program available at a special, deep discount through the end of the week. In addition, I am offering four free bonuses worth $150.97. But you must buy now. This offer expires at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 30th.

Click here to learn more. The short video will provide an overview. You owe it to yourself to consider how writing a book could benefit you.

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  • Tracey L. Moore

    It would allow me to get my message out to the world that through an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, becoming a whole  person is completely possible.
    Tracey L. Moore
    Author
    Oasis for My Soul

  • Drwillmoreland

    Great post, thank

  • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com/ Bud Brown

     You’ve helped me focus my ideas and energy productively. Thank you!

    I’ve been working on a book for about nine months, but your advice to develop an Elevator Pitch has clarified my thinking. It’s going to be a better product. Here’s the pitch:

    I am writing a book called “Navigating from the Pulpit”. It is written for pastors who want to excel at casting vision, generating congregational passion and developing ministry momentum in their preaching. I teach my reader how to tell the Bible’s “big story” and show their listeners how to connect their daily lives with the grand story of what God is doing in the world. I help preaching pastors develop these skills by providing detailed expository sermon outlines from Acts 1-15 that connect preaching with God’s mission in the world.

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  • Vincent casale

    Publishing a book has been a dream of mine since very young. The process includes self-marketing which is interesting but extremely daunting. However I did self-publish even after I was accepted by a small publisher. The residuals with the publisher and the amount of inventory I would have had to purchase was alot. Still, I dont know now if self publishing was the best idea. Many doors will not open for this reason, including reads at bookstores and libraries. I even hired  a PR man and the venues were not pleantiful because of the wa y I was published. But It was an education even as many say it’s a different industry now and the stigma of self pub. is different now!

  • TROLL

    You ask for a lot of money =,=

  • http://www.blendon-group.com/ Don Beery

    Michael, I am 20,000 words into my non-fiction manuscript on technology commercialization; and my book proposal is nearly complete (thanks to Get Published!). What’s your take on using a small independent publishers as an entree point to build a platform before going to traditional agents/publishers?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      By “small independent publisher” I assume you mean assisted self-publishing. If so, I think that is a fine option.

      • http://www.blendon-group.com/ Don Beery

        If an author begins with “assisted self-publishing” (in support of building a platform, for example), how might the traditional publishing industry view this if the author pursued an agent/publisher for the same work later?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          They would view it very differently today than they would have five years ago. Self-publishing is a perfectly-acceptable, legitimate alternative.

  • http://desummarize.com Kevin Scott

    Will a publishing company take a relatively unknown, 22 year old’s manuscript, seriously? I’m beginning my Platform building but I know I am years away from being where I need to be, I think.

    Do you have any advice for me? I haven’t finished my book yet as I have finally just graduated college and now my work will take me overseas. But during that time I should finish my manuscript.

    Please let me know Michael. I think I’m a good writer. And I see my age with a benefit. But I just worry I will get the “how can a twenty-something write a book about life.”

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, they will—if the content is compelling enough. It really begins with a great book proposal.