How to Write a New Book in 72 Hours

So you’ve probably heard the expression, “Ideas are a dime-a-dozen.” That’s certainly true, but it doesn’t mean that your ideas aren’t valuable. “Greatness is achieved by refining simplicity”, Leonardo Da Vinci once said. Your goal in this article is to refine your ideas until they become sellable books.

Book
Book

1) Identify an Opportunity

The first thing you need to do is identify an opportunity; something that has the potential to turn into profit if someone were to put some work into it. Think about how many times you found yourself saying one of the following phrases:

“I can’t believe no one has written a book about this yet!”

“I wish I had the time to write a book about this!”

“I have a lot of ideas for a book, but I don’t know where to start.”

If any of those sound familiar, then you’ve identified an opportunity. The key is to take that opportunity and turn it into a book.

Identify an Opportunity
Identify an Opportunity

2) Refine the Idea

Now that you’ve identified an opportunity, it’s time to refine the idea. This means taking your general idea and turning it into a specific, actionable plan. What will the book be about? What are the main points you want to cover? How do you want to structure the book? These are all questions you need to answer before moving on to the next step.

Refine the Idea
Refine the Idea

3) Plan Out the Structure of the Book

The next step is to plan out the structure of the book. This includes figuring out what each chapter will be about, what the main points are for each chapter, and how you want to order the chapters. Remember, your goal is to make it as easy as possible for the reader to follow along.

Plan Out the Structure of the Book
Plan Out the Structure of the Book

4) Write a Synopsis

This is where you sum up the entire book in a couple of paragraphs. What is the main idea behind the book? What are some of the key points you want to cover? This is your chance to sell the idea to potential publishers or agents.

Write a Synopsis
Write a Synopsis

5) Write a Sample Chapter

This is your chance to show off your writing skills and prove that you can actually write a book. Publishers and agents want to see that you have the writing chops to actually write a book. This is not the time to half-ass it!

Write a Sample Chapter
Write a Sample Chapter

6) Create a Table of Contents

This part is where you lay out how each chapter will be structured and what points you want to cover in each one. As with your synopsis, this is another chance for you to sell people your idea.

Create a Table of Contents
Create a Table of Contents

7) Write Your First Draft and Edit It

Now that everything else has been planned out, it’s time to get down to business and start writing! There’s no need for perfection at this stage; just spew whatever comes off the top of your head. Take some time after each chapter to go back and edit what you’ve written so far (you don’t want to end up with a lot of mistakes at the end).

Write Your First Draft and Edit It
Write Your First Draft and Edit It

8) Get Feedback from Other People

One of your goals is to create something that has tremendous value for the reader, so why not get some feedback on how you can improve? A good way to do this is to ask a trusted friend or colleague to read over what you’ve written so far and provide any suggestions on how they think it could be improved.

Get Feedback from Other People
Get Feedback from Other People

9) Set a Deadline and Stick to It!

If there’s one commonality between projects that go wrong, it’s that deadlines are usually missed. There are countless projects out there that have been delayed years after their initial release date. Don’t let this happen to you! Set a deadline for yourself and stick with it!

Set a Deadline and Stick to It!
Set a Deadline and Stick to It!

10) Start Looking for a Publisher or Agent

The next step is to start looking for a publisher or agent. Keep in mind that even if you plan on self-publishing, it doesn’t hurt to find someone who can help you self-publish (if they’re reputable). You want to make sure that your book has the best chance at success, right?

Start Looking for a Publisher or Agent
Start Looking for a Publisher or Agent

Now, this article is all about how to create non-fiction books quickly that has tremendous value for the reader. And although the title of this article says 72 hours, those 72 hours don’t need to be consecutive!

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