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Why you should write a book

This why you should write a book post is like a follow-up post to the 5 lessons I learned from writing a book post. There are so many people out there who want to write a book some day. Sadly very few follow through with their aspirations to have their book published. The main reason why not many people meet their dream of writing a book is because they get overwhelmed by the thought of it.

I felt this way when I started writing my first book. But my motives were simple: I wanted to write a book that will help people. Making money from book sales was never the primary goal. I just wanted to help and impact people. I also wanted the credibility I knew the book would give me, so I went for it, and How to Cash In as a Blogger was born.

 

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But as good as my intentions were there were moments when I got frustrated along the way. Thankfully these moments didn’t stop me. I kept writing my book.  Little did I know that my perseverance will open doors to opportunities for me in the future. So, if you are thinking of writing a book or if you started and gave up along the way, here are some reasons why you should keep going and write a book.

 

It will increase your business and personal credibility

When you write and publish your book, it gives you a lot of credibility as an expert in your niche. It is well-known that writing a book takes a lot of time and work. People also believe that only those who know a lot about their niche are the only ones who are able to write books. This makes people trust you and your business even if they haven’t read your book before.

 

Writing a book elevates you to expert status

While I was writing my book, I was writing a lot about my experiences on the topic. Writing my book gave me the opportunity to share my knowledge with others.

There is this belief that authors are experts as it is only those who know their craft that are able to pass down knowledge and expertise. This is really good as it increases the trust people have in you. People will start looking out for you as someone who knows a lot in your field.

 

Brings you consulting opportunities

Since being an author requires you to share your knowledge and expertise by writing your book, more people tend to reach out to you for consultation. Your book let’s people know that you are a go-to resource. This makes them see you as someone who is in a better position to advice them anytime they are faced with a problem that is within your niche.

 

Creates opportunities for speaking engagements

Writing a book could create opportunities for speaking engagements, if you are interested in that sort of attention. Your new status as an authority figure can bring you the attention you need to land speaking gigs.

 

Helps you sell your other products and services

A good number of people say that selling books is not a profitable venture. The truth is that the real value is not really in how many books you sell, but in how your book markets your other products and services. Those who read your book get to know what business you’re into and consequently would be more willing to buy from you. Your book acts as an avenue to showcase your other work and draw in patronage.

 

These are just a few reasons why you should write a book. Have you written a book? If yes, please share the title in the comments section.

 

 

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22 responses

  1. I am in the process of writing a book now Stella and these tips have encouraged me even more. Writing a book is both easier than I thought and harder. I bought your book a little while ago and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It gave me a lot of new blogging tips for making money that I now apply all the time. x

  2. This is really interesting. I’m currently trying to find an agent for my first children’s book. I would like to write a novel, but will definitely leave that until the new year.

  3. I did write up my personal memoirs in 2011. They were turned into a book. It is not available in the public arena. I use it in the private arena with my personal experiences. It was a very cathartic experience.

    I have started a second book that I will probably have published. It won’t be as personal as the first book though will be around my life, therapy and recovery. It will contain less personal identifiable of my story.

    My story is extreme and even changing names it would be recognisable as it is not a general story of survival. Its far more extreme than that.

    The things that have happened in my life would make me a a fortune in the media however I will not put my family through that, meaning my adult children in the main or myself.

    Thank you for this post Stella. I haven’t touched the second book for too long so this has given me a kick start to get on with it again

  4. Great post Stella.
    Being positioned as an expert is a good reason and it opens opportunities especially for speaking as you said.
    When you organise an event or invited to speak in one, you could sell tonnes of books. On the day we live launch my book, we sold 230 books out of the 250 books I brought along. I tis a good feeling.
    Most importantly, your book helps people be better..
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