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.

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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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  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Publishing a book would help get my message out to the world and begin creating the foundation of being an expert in my field.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    Publishing a book would do several things for me:  (1) It would follow in my father’s footsteps, (2) It would continue to enhance my platform, (3) It would stretch me to process things on the next level, (4) It might be the avenue to support additional missions projects.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      This is a great list, Jon.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Jon, that is cool about your dad writing. What did he write? 

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        He (Norman D. Stolpe) writes sermons every week, but he’s also written a few books.  Amazon shows two of them (Coming Attractions…a curriculum for high schoolers and Who’s In Charge?…a parenting book).  He also blogs and he has a work of fiction that he is trying to get published.

    • Jim Martin

      Jon, I find your list to be very helpful.  In fact, as I read through your list, I stopped and really thought about what you were saying.  Helpful.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        Thanks, Jim.  This is part of my own processing as I consider writing a book.

  • http://chrisvonada.info/ chris vonada

    Love your encouragement Michael. I have a book proposal out that I wrote based on your “Writing a winning book proposal” e-book. It has been invaluable to me, and I’m sure course will be the same incredible resource. I believe everyone has at least one book in them. Publishing my book would fulfill a lifelong dream for me :-)

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       If you’re able to share, what’s the subject of your book?

      • http://chrisvonada.info/ chris vonada

        It’s based on Proverbs 4:23… guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life. There is more information here… 

        http://chrisvonada.com/the-wellspring-of-life/

        Trolling for an agent at the moment Michele … :-)

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          And so the adventure begins … :) Stay strong, Chris.

          • http://chrisvonada.info/ chris vonada

            lol… I’m generally up for an adventure, thanks Michele!!

  • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

    Publishing my first eBook changed my platform entirely. 

    (And made it financially stable.)

    I am still trying to decide about publishing a traditional book, or stay the course with ebooks…

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Craig – I am in the same boat. I went the eBook route and found great success. 

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    I wish I would have had this resource when I published my first book. Writing a book is tough, getting it published is even harder, and then you face the battle of getting people to buy it. It can seem impossible at times. Your audio series is a guide through the wilderness. Thanks for putting this together Michael!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, John. I, too, wish I had had a resource like this when I got started.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       I admire your steadfast determination, John.

  • JeremiahZeiset

    Writing a book not only accomplishes all you mention Michael, but it also does something for the writer. Especially if he/she is writing about something life-changing. Writing a book is a great way to tell others your story, and can help the writer realize what they already knew, much better.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      This is a really good point. It has certainly been true for me.

  • Olivtrkds

    It would mean I have accomplished a lifelong goal. It would allow me the accomplishment that I have yearned for. It would be a launching pad for the things my future holds.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Great. Go for it.  

  • http://sparkvoice.wordpress.com/ DS

    I like the intense focus and journey that a writer embarks on when writing.  It can be good for the soul.

    For me, writing a book would help fulfill a life-long dream, potentially impact a wider audience, and be a lasting legacy.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       I agree. The process of writing the book is rich with growth.

  • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

    I have thought a time or two about penning a book, but have not given any serious thought to it.  I tend to hate rejection! 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I have never met anyone yet who enjoyed it. But if you can move past that, oh, the things you can accomplish!

  • http://orgspring.com/ OrgSpring

    Michael writes the best sales copy on the web, hands down. I am powerless against his words. Just bought the publishing course and the timing could not have been better. Looking forward to listening to it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Ha! Thanks for that! Let me know what you think inside the course. You can actually comment on each session. Thanks.

  • http://www.sallyferguson.net/ Sally Ferguson

    The book I ghosted for our local “horse whisperer” would provide a take home application tool for those who attend her workshops and create opportunity for deeper reflections on the skills learned there.

  • http://www.philippknoll.com/ Philipp Knoll

    I’ve just completed the first month of blogging again after a longer period of having it on hold. I have a clear vision on the topics I mean to cover and it will cover the complete spectrum of my niche. Down the road I might be able to re-use most of the posts to form a complete book (with some editing and re-writing involved).

    In addition to the wonderful points you already mentioned writing to me is collecting information for myself. Its building an archive of all the things I know and don’t want to forget, want to be able to go back to, probably expand on in the future AND find relevant for a larger audience.

  • http://www.joshuarivers.net/ Joshua Rivers

    You make several great points! I have always wanted to be a published author, even as a kid. I don’t have them any more, but I probably started 100 short stories (I liked to think of them as novels). I have self-published a book about education, but didn’t have much of a platform to sell to (did this a few months before “Platform” came out).

    In addition to the benefits you mention, being published helps to create a more focused niche. Writing a book causes you to take a bunch of thoughts and ideas, rope them, tie them down, and make them work together. I took over six years to put my book together (doing research and writing in my “free time” between work, church, and family), and I went through several revisions of my outline and purpose of the book.

  • http://www.karyoberbrunner.com/ Kary Oberbrunner

    As someone who just purchased Michael’s new product I am AMAZED. It’s worth every dime and more.  I am on session 6 of 21 already and even though I’ve had 5 books published, I am learning tons. I wish I had this 10 years ago. This resource will help you rediscover your why. As Michael says: “People who lose their way are people who’ve lost their why.”

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kary. I really, really appreciate it.

    • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

       “I’ve had 5 books published, I am learning tons.” Wow, that says a ton.

      • http://www.karyoberbrunner.com/ Kary Oberbrunner

        Blessings to you Aaron. Enjoy your day.

    • Jim Martin

      Kary, coming from someone who has had 5 books published, your comments regarding Michael’s new product are huge!  Thanks so much.

      • http://www.karyoberbrunner.com/ Kary Oberbrunner

        Thanks Jim. Up to session 8 now. Loving it. A tremendous amount of knowledge packed in those sessions. Definitely shortens the learning curve.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       Wow. That’s quite a recommend, Kary!

  • http://www.karyoberbrunner.com/ Kary Oberbrunner

    Great job hosting the training Michele Cushatt! You both are a great team.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Kary, I completely agree – Michele is a emcee rock star!

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

         Thanks, Tor! A privilege.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Thank you, Kary. Very kind. We had a blast recording it. And I learned more than I have in 6 years of studying writing/publishing.

  • Chris McArthur

    Publishing a book would make a dream come true. I have wanted to publish a book for as long as I can remember in my 29 years of life, but I, like many, have a fear of failure. I spend hours on the first page and then become discouraged that it will not be “perfect.” I would love to get this new resource, but on my adjunct teaching salary (and the fact that I have not gotten paid in my first 6 weeks of work) I am not able to purchase it just yet….I know I just need to do it!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Fear of failure is a beast, isn’t it? One thing I’ve learned (the hard way!) is perfection isn’t what people are looking for, nor is it what they need. Just write your message, with as much heart and authenticity you can muster. Editing will take care of the rest.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Publishing a book would allow me to move closer to my dreams of being a full time writer and speaker. Great post.

  • http://www.hope101.net Lori Tracy Boruff

    1)  Publishing a book would make it possible to be a voice of hope around the world  2) It would make possible my dream which is help make my husband’s dream come true – finding time to relax rather than the back-breaking work of construction. My husband has given 100% to me to follow my dreams  and I want to give back to him! My success would bless him :)
    3) It would allow me to give to others in bigger ways.

  • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

    I feel divided on this. Here’s why. I’m working on a short-term project that is non-fiction, a guide of sorts. With that, I’m mercenary; I’m fine with doing it for income, and to be recognized as an expert. But when it comes  to writing fiction (what I get most excited about),  I can’t approach it the same way.

    Here’s why: I listened to Anne Lamont.

    She was speaking to a group of writers in Austin and hit this topic of getting published and said, “I think it’s of no cosmic importance that anyone here get published anymore than I think it’s of any cosmic important that I get published anymore…” She goes on to talk about the things that writing can do for us that getting published can’t: helping us see ourselves, to see others, to get honest with ourselves, to make a difference in the world.

    What’s funny is that I didn’t really start working on my book until I bought in to what she was saying (and I had to listen to her like 10 times to get it). When I gave up the vision that getting published would somehow change everything, when I started to write knowing that it may only be for my kids and grandchildren (forthcoming), when I began to write knowing that it might only be for myself, well, I actually started writing.

    I still would love to have my fiction published. I’d love to work through this course because it’s probably awesome! But, for a while, I think I’m going to have to set the “get published” desire aside; at least until I can honestly write for the reasons I mentioned above.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I think a lot of artists are uneasy about making money from their art. Somehow, they think this corrupts it. Personally, I don’t see a conflict, any more than in any other area of my life. I even wrote on this: How to Monetize Your Blog without Selling Your Soul. The first few paragraphs are the most relevant to your comment.

      • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

        I’m not uneasy about making money from my work.  The issue is more about what I thought getting published would do for me. Many of us think that it will solve a lot of our problems, make us rich and famous; that kind of thing. I’ve had to set that aside in order to really write.

        But, I’m confident that, someday, I’ll be in a place where I’ve written long enough, and for the right reasons, that pursuing a book contract will be simply a new way to share something that I love with others. But I don’t feel the same way about my non-fiction, just the fiction.

        BTW – the blog post is a great 101 on monetizing. We’ve been keeping a Colorado Hiking site for a few years now and I’m blown away by how a few minutes of setting up ads can result in some great passive income.

  • http://www.whiteboardbusiness.com/ Dallon Christensen

    In a crowded field, publishing a book would be a great way for me to demonstrate my expertise and, more importantly in my mind, my personality and “style”. I want to break into the speaking industry along with my coaching and writing, and writing a book is a great way to have the credibility of an expert.

    I’m seriously considering purchasing this product. I already have the proposal e-books after purchasing “Platform”, but I have to think this would be helpful. I’ve already put “write a book” on my 2013 goals list, so anything I can do to come closer to that goal will be time well-spent.

  • Knicole68

    Publishing a book help launch my organization, get me noticed as an expert and get the word out regarding my cause.

  • http://about.me/colinmichael Colin Michael

    My top reason is to help me clarify my own thinking. Writing it out is helpful, but editing and condensing an idea is much more so. Putting together a logical progression to create an argument that is coherent and will persuade others is a process that requires you to test your conclusions.

  • http://twitter.com/CarmeloBryan Carmelo Bryan

    61.5% Now that’s accurate! If it were almost anyone else citing that stat I’d say it was made up. But, I know it absolutely isn’t. ;-)

    You’re course is going to rock!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You can actually click through the link to get to the post and from that see the live stat in SurveyMonkey. Thanks!

  • Bistro1876

    Publishing my book will bring people a new respect for things their great grand mother knew that the world has forgotten. 
    It also would advance my standing in the field as an authority in food history. It would help advance my new company in selling more Catsup of different kinds.
    It would allow me to embrace my platform even more on the personal level.
    Bistro 1876 A Taste of History
    Victorian Catsup

  • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

    I have finally crossed that threshold and an working on my first eBook.  Wish me luck.  :-)

    • http://www.frenchheart.com/ Suzanne

      Luck!! An adventure. You can do it!!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      You can do it Susan – your passion for the topic will help carry you to completion!

  • http://www.frenchheart.com/ Suzanne

    As a single mother I managed over $1B in technically complex design/construction projects nationwide when a TBI accident cost me $1M+ and my career.  

    I was leaving an out-of-state construction project for the airport when out of nowhere my head was struck ferociously hard on the left-side. I was blacking-out thinking, ‘This is it’ when a second thought came unbidden into my brain: ‘You never wrote that book.’

    I’d always been a big reader and religiously dedicated author talk goer. My book collection was holy. But I didn’t believe I could ever write a book—and wouldn’t know how to begin. And especially after the accident when I often couldn’t remember what town I was in, why I was in a market, or how to make a simple dinner—when I’d been a gourmet cook. 

    To this day I have 24/7 symptoms—cognitive problems, vertigo, and an injured #5 cranial nerve which is known as ‘the suicide disease’ because is one of the most painful conditions known to mankind.

    In the meantime, my son completed grad school in Paris, became a citizen and remained.  He loves Europe and I encourage him to do what he loves-much as I miss him. I traveled 150K miles for my work, but after the TBI I only wish to make one more flight—to permanently relocate to France to be near my very beloved son. Flying with a TBI is far too overwhelming, and destabilizes my symptoms so that it would take a week in quiet to be centered again.

    My neuro suggested that a repetitive activity would help rebuild my brain. I wrote a first book when I couldn’t remember the first sentence by the time I penned 4th in any paragraph. It was so frustrating I wanted to fling my laptop into the sea. But that first completed manuscript won me a grant to the UCLA Writing Program with film studies.

    I completed the UCLA program with a 4.2 GPA in half the usual time and completed my first pass at my novel with the benefit of my classmates/instructors as a focus group. I wrote it to a heroic archetype that Disney, Speilberg, and Lucas use for their films. And also watched dozens of films on my laptop to time how the backstory is revealed in the first 5-minutes—and how other elements come in—in the attempt to make the book read like a film.

    My final project for a UCLA film class was selected as an example of student excellence. And as a result I received a commission to write a master story for an Emmy winning writer of scores for films like The Lion in Winter.

    I was beyond ecstatic when I received the novel back from an editor. Days later, my Golden Boy brother died in a horrific, still unbelievable manner. We were brought to our knees. Dad died not long after, and then our mother. I thought I would die too, just stop breathing one day from pain so intense it reignited events surrounding the death of my son’s father in a light plane accident when our son was 14.

    I kept up my blog for the discipline—but the Alexa traffic score fell from a high of 150K to 4M. And I rewrote my novel dozens of time—aiming it at the #1 selling fiction sub-genre in eBooks and print: Romance Suspense. Demographic: women 35-54, 45% college-educated, average income $70k, 60% married or living with a significant other.

    I believe story can be more powerful than non-fiction to make ideas ‘sticky’. My novel I hope will entertain—but it has a purpose.  I believe the remedy to any problem—personal or global is more heart. A simple forgotten truth. Our hearts are the first organ formed and are electromagnetically charged to resonate with all life and in the ionosphere. 

    I’m now writing a funding proposal for the Indigogo platform. I want to relocate permanently to France to be near by beloved son. I have content for 3-ebooks to package, need to re-do my blog, and recently read Michael’s “Platform’. 

    I’m anxious to get working on the second novel in my head–and on the wild Celtic coast of Brittany France after I visit the Merlin Forest…epicenter of the King of Arthur myth. It will be a veiled tribute to my brother. My son and his GF recently made a 3-week road trip on this coastline and checked out some artsy towns for me.

    I frequently work until up to 5-6AM then sleep a couple of hours and get back up and start again. I have no TV, work out every day, eat very healthily, and keep it simple. I didn’t die when I thought I would and am driven to contribute something of value, a legacy for my son who was born when I was 17—a gift that makes me richer than any multi-billionaire ever. 

    A central figure in my novel is Saint Joan of Arc whom Mark Twain said ‘Was the greatest human being that ever lived.’ His book ‘Personal Recollections of Saint Joan of Arc’ was by far his favorite among his writings. In fact, Twain said if he’d just written that–it would have been more than enough. 

    Saint Joan still numbers among the Top 10 Generals in history. I’ve been to many locations in France associated with her—and read all her trial transcripts. When I arrive on French soil to make it my home—the #1 destination I’m aiming for is Saint Joan’s restored childhood cottage in north-eastern France. 

    I want to give thanks to the Patron Saint of France who kept pulling me forward, along with my thoughts of my brother and parents and 911 victims who lost their chance to complete another dream. I may not be the best writer in the world—but I work hard and thank God everyday for the opportunity.

    I’ve learned to define success as the progressive activities toward a worthy dream instead of the realization of it. Then brick by brick, day by day there’s assurance of arriving at your destination. 

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Wow Suzanne! Your passion for writing and your tireless work ethic are inspiring. Since you’ve got 3 e-books plus a 2nd novel in early stages, you would REALLY benefit from Michael’s “Get Published” program. Best of luck on your writing and desire to move closer to your son!

  • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

    Getting published would help me reach more people, strengthen credibility, get my ‘wisdom’ together (it’s currently scattered in many blog posts, unfinished manuscripts and ebooks). It’s something am working on.

    • Jim Martin

      Ngina, I can relate to your comment regarding getting your “wisdom” together.  You not that it is scattered in many blog post, etc.  Lately, I have thought about how much I need to pull together what I’ve written in blog posts, talks, particular sermons, etc.  Good point.

  • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

    All I can say is I just purchased the program and can’t wait to dig in! This is epic content for anyone who produces information products. 

    I used to be an online faculty member for the University of Phoenix, if this were a course offered at a local college or UoP, it would would be 4 credit hours at $495/hour totaling $1,980! 

    I feel a little guilty paying this deep discount price….but only a little ;-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Wow. Thanks, Tor. That puts it into perspective.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    My way-cool moment as an author came a few years ago when I sat with my brother and his NASA colleagues at a restaurant. These guys were talking about developing the capsule for a Mars space journey, what had recently happened at Johnson Space Center, the next space shuttle launch, etc. Then someone asked, “So what do you do?” “I write.” “You write!”  Amazing how, even where “It is rocket science,” the title author carries with it authority.

    Mike, enjoyed hearing your message to authors on Thursday and Friday. Well done.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for coming, Tom. It was great to finally meet you!

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        All I can say is I appreciate the fact you update your photograph. You were the first person I recognized when I stepped into the Hyatt. When I told my wife you were the first person I talked to, she kept saying, “No way.” I had to repeat the message at least 3 times before she believed me (makes you wonder why she wouldn’t believe me in the first place, doesn’t it?).

  • Jess

    Writing a book is something I’ve always wanted to do and am trying to pursue writing right now, but I wonder… in the age of professional blogging and people getting book deals all the time, what can I say that is going to add meaningfully to the conversation? And, more importantly, will enough people listen?

    • Rachel Lance

      Great questions, Jess, I ask them myself all the time. What are you passionate about? That’s what you’ll have the most energy for and that energy will show through in your final product.

  • http://juliesunne.com/ Julie Sunne

    Publishing a book would 1) help me reach hurting mothers stuck in the confusion and isolation of raising a child with disabilities, 2) expand my platform, 3) open up speaking opportunities, 4) contribute to our finances, 5) boost my confidence, and 6) be obedient to God’s calling to reach out to others with His message of grace. 

    • Rachel Lance

      All great points, Julie! What steps are you practicing today that will lead towards becoming a published author?

  • http://www.changevolunteers.org/ Change Volunteer

    This article just reassures me I could be an author someday or write an e-book at least.

    • Rachel Lance

      Of course you can! What are you doing today to get you one step closer to being published someday?

      • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

        I second that motion!!!

      • http://www.changevolunteers.org/ Change Volunteer

        I have my personal blog, I love writing a diary, and I love reading. I think these are the baby steps to be able to write a book someday. 

        • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

          I think that’s correct – practicing the discipline of writing every day will help ensure your future success as an author!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Yes!

  • http://www.AbundantFamilyHealth.com/ Mark Zollitsch

    I guess I should specify that it is currently in a testing sandbox and will be migrated and launched this week.

  • http://www.livebeyondawesome.com/ Jen McDonough

    Michael, 
    How incredibly cool is it that you are offering this learning opportunity for people! What a gift it will be for many!!
    I am not a writer, but I am the author of two great books…if I can do it, anyone can do it IF they take intentional action. 

    Many thanks for your continued awesome resources Michael!
    Jen
    Twitter: @TheIronJen:disqus 

    • Jim Martin

      Jen, great point you make regarding the need to take intentional action.  Far too many of us passively wait for life to come to us.

      • http://www.livebeyondawesome.com/ Jen McDonough

        oh thanks Jim. I use to wait for “life” to fix my problems at one point in my life – it is so empowering to take action to change it. Many thanks.

  • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

    I hate to tell you this, Mark, but I think we had to write some custom code to do that. It might be as simple as modifying the appropriate WordPress template. I can’t recall. I have sent a note to Andrew, my developer, to see if he remembers. Thanks.

    • http://www.stormyfrog.com/ Andrew Buckman

      Yep, it’s not in Disqus, it’s in the WordPress template.  You can add it to single.php and page.php before the comments_template() call in most newer themes.  Note that putting it in comments.php generally won’t work as you might expect.

      • http://www.AbundantFamilyHealth.com/ Mark Zollitsch

        Thank you both Michael & Andrew for your quick and accurate response!
        Mark

  • Jacqui

    Publishing a book leads to other business opportunities. Check out Christian Children’s Empowerment (C.C.E.) at http://www.jacquiwilson.net to see what I mean.

  • Ricardo Williams

     

    I don’t consider myself a gifted writer, but I feel there 

    are times in my quiet times when the inspired word of God speaks to me. Here is an example of my writing.
    “Don’t fight battles with
    your thoughts. Trust in me. I have the answers that you don’t. I’ve been around
    longer than you have, and I’ve seen a lot more than you’ve seen. Thoughts that
    are new to you are everyday occurrences to me. Sin begins in your thoughts and
    it continues when you doubt my capacity, and bypass me and carry those thoughts
    into actions. Bring every painful nagging thought to me and I will replace them
    with my soothing love.

    Bring every joy and every
    sorrow to me and I will exalt your spirit and give you the strength and
    guidance so that you will be strong in my presence.”

    I think getting published will reveal a daily devotion of the voice that inspires me.

    • Rachel Lance

      That’s nice, Ricardo, it reminds me of Sarah Young’s style which is so gentle in these high-pressure days. Are you taking steps towards writing a book?

  • http://www.adsmith.org/ A. D. Smith

    As usual, Great Stuff!  Purchasing “Platform” was a great investment and I’m sure this project is equally great.  Becoming a published author will enable me to give the story that has been living in my head for the last five years, a permanent residence.  Later this year I will be releasing my book, “The Assigned”.  Imagine X-Men meets the Bible.  Three young adults are given extraordinary powers from God after each of their lives is shaken by tragedy.  My trailer was produced by the same great mind that works with Karen Kingsbury, and John Grisham.  You can check it out here.  http://www.adsmith.org.   I plan to use all of your written knowledge, Mr. Hyatt,  to help me take this to the masses! 

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Great premise A.D. – I really liked your book trailer as well, very high production value! For some reason Christian authors usually skimp on that sort of thing, but you didn’t!

      • http://www.adsmith.org/ A. D. Smith

        Wow!  Thanks so much!  Yes, I believe you only get ‘one first chance’ so I’m going all out!  Just signed up for the blog too!

        • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

          I write a regular feature on my blog “7 Questions With an Author…” let me know if you’d be interested in taking part once your book is available on Amazon. Here’s a sample from today || http://bit.ly/NQsCI1

  • Dannykofke

    I completely agree with you Michael.  Five years ago I was a school teacher with a dream of helping others handle their money better.  I wrote my first book – How To Survive (and perhaps thrive) On A Teacher’s Salary – and paid to have it published.  I worked very hard at marketing myself and these efforts enabled me to earn my initial investment back.  I decided to write my second book – A Simple Book Of Financial Wisdom: Teach Yourself (and your kids) How To Live Wealthy With Little Money -last year  and, because of my marketing efforts and results, found a publisher to take this on for free.  I was actually asked by someone I highly respect in the financial industry to write a book with him and am working on my third book now.

    Writing a book does not guarantee you financial success but it opens doors and helps you create a brand.  Like I mentioned, 5 years ago I was a school teacher.  I still teach special needs children now but know that I am making traction on achieving my goal of helping others with money.  Because of my books and marketing efforts, I have appeared on national television over 25 times including shows such as The CBS Early Show, Fox & Friends, The 700 Club and CNN’s Newsroom.  I have also been interviewed on over 340 radio shows and featured in numerous publications including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo.com and Woman’s Day.  In addition, last September, my book actually reached number one on amazon in the personal finance category – ahead of some of my money heros like Dave Ramsey and Clark Howard. 

    I share this to show you that you writing a book is, like Michael says, the best way to establish authority.  Even if you start out with having no platform or even know where to begin marketing, you can become successful.  It usually does not happen overnight and will take a lot of hard work (or, in my case, early mornings) but it can be done.  I have not been able to quit my day job yet but writing books has opened up doors that would have remained shut.  If you have always wanted to write a book, now is the time to do it.  Do not put up roadblocks to prevent this from happening.  Like the old Nike saying goes – “Just Do It!”

    • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

       Danny, your story is really inspiring. I was especially caught by how you’ve kept at it; like Jim Collin’s whole concept of turning the flywheel. It’s got to feel good. Thanks for modeling this for us.

    • Jim Martin

      Danny, you have a great story!  Your words are both inspiring and encouraging.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Well, that is the question of the year for me. :)  What would it make possible? It would finally give me a resource in answer the requests of those I meet at speaking events. Soon … I’m determined. In the meantime, I soaking up a goldmine of experience in the process.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      For what it’s worth I’d buy your book :-)

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Well, then. Consider it done. :)

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    Publishing a book would probably result in my filing for Chapter Seven again, because I’ll have bankrupted myself having taking the time off writing the darn thing, and no one would buy it anyway. Nobody even reads my free blog posts, so I have no reason to believe that anyone would actually pay for anything I might write. 

  • http://twitter.com/thejoshbjones Joshua Brandon Jones

    Michael, you are so helpful with everything you share. Thanks for helping us find our  voices.  Long term one of my goals is to write a book and everything you do is helpful in moving towards that goal.

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  • http://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/ SLIMJIM

    Thanks for the food for thought…anyone knows what the market would be like for a book on how to engage in apologetics dialogue based upon Jesus’ own style?

  • http://www.caitlinmuir.com Caitlin Muir

    Those are all great reasons. But I would add that writing a book allows you to tell your story and help other people in the process. 

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  • Jason

    Your book makes sense Michael. Step by step logic was manifested to me as I read through the first two chapters. I didn’t want to take a break.   Jason

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  • http://twitter.com/timage Tim Milburn

    I just jumped in Get Published Now pool! Can’t wait to implement the ideas and practical advice on my next book. So excited!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great! Thanks, Tim.

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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.