After producing more than 500 books, I have found that one of the important components to writing your book is your Author’s Identity. What is that?
As I said before, being prepared to work on your book is absolutely critical. The better prepared you are to talk or write your book, the richer your manuscript will be. To start the process of preparing, one of the first things you need to do is to create your Author’s Identity and then take on your Author’s Identity. You may be wondering what your identity has to do with writing a book.
Think for a minute about your professional life. What happens when someone asks you a question about your profession? You take on your professional identity. Everything you know about your profession comes to mind. You answer questions with certainty, and perhaps even offer advice.
It’s the same thing with becoming author. The more you talk about your book, work on your book, and the business of your book, the more powerful your Author’s Identity will become and you will have that same confidence and certainty about your book.
Listed below are the first of a series of questions to help you find your Author’s Identity. Your answers to these questions will help you envision your book, imagine the writing possibilities, get your creative juices flowing and help you determine the outcome and purpose for your book. Take your time, think about these questions, and as you answer them in your head, notice how it feels.
Question #1: What is Your Vision for your book and yourself?
- What is your book about? What is the message you want to convey?
- Who is your audience? Where can you find them?
- Do you want to create Ancillary Products?
- Do you want to speak on stage? Appear on radio and television?
- How do you want to market and promote your book?
I have found in producing more than 500 books that there are 3 components to a bestselling book:
- A best selling book is different and unique;
- A best selling book provides massive value; and
- A best selling book provides a solution.
How do these three important points relate to your book?
- What makes your book different? How is it unique?
- What value does your book give the reader?
- What solutions do you provide? What results will the reader achieve?
Take a moment, close your eyes and answer these questions. Knowing the answers will give you clarity about your book as well as certainty to moving forward.
Now, envision your book. What does the book cover look like? Is it softbound or hardbound? Can you see the title of your book on it? How does it feel to see it?
Imagine yourself at a book signing and handing it to readers who are eager to read your book. See yourself speaking to large audiences, sharing your message and selling your book at the back of the room. Envision yourself holding workshops and helping others. See yourself writing your book. See yourself becoming an author. How does it feel? Enjoy and remember these feelings. That’s the first step to taking on the Author’s Identity.
More about taking on your Author’s Identity in my next blog!
To your Author’s Success!
Ann McIndoo, Your Author’s Coach
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