You’ve entertained the thought of becoming an author, but you haven’t had the time or patience to begin creating a manuscript. Why not start, right now? First, step? Write. Now.

Unsure about how to begin the book writing process? Follow these foolproof tips to get your creative juices flowing. We can’t guarantee that they will help you craft an instant New York Times best-seller, but they will give you an idea of how to set up a successful book plan.

1. Identify the “Ideal:” Before you develop a voice for your book, be sure to establish your target audience. Determine the type of people that your book would serve. Who would benefit from your book? How will you reach them with your message? Already an active blogger? Social media guru? Try marketing your content in segments to the online audience before compiling it into a physical, published piece.

2. Envision the End: Why do you want to write a book? What is the end goal? The harsh reality is, most books don’t make a lot of money. But being the author of a book does provide high return in other areas. Authority, credibility and expertise are all notable characteristics that are effortlessly achieved when you become an author.

3. Publicize and Promote: Your success as an author is determined by your passion. The responsibility of publicizing and promoting your work lies in your hands. Don’t let all of your hard work slip through your fingertips! Develop a strategy to get your content in front of that “ideal” audience. Tap into your network of fellow content producers. Create a mailing list. Send your contacts free copies in return for a brief book review. Leave no stone unturned.

The fact that your book might not bring you instant fame can be tough to swallow, but becoming an author will gain you invaluable recognition from fellow professionals. Being seen as an expert can only add to your credibility. After all, you did write the book on it.

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