Writing any book can be a daunting task; book printing is often the least of your worries but writing a business book is even more challenging. A business book isn’t just about telling your story or sharing your knowledge; it’s about providing readers with valuable information and helping them to think differently about the topics you’re discussing.
To achieve this, there are a few key considerations that you’ll need to keep in mind.
Pick an Angle
Think of an angle as the main idea or approach you’ll be taking in your book. It should be specific enough to capture readers’ interest and make them want to keep reading, but broad enough to allow for the exploration of several ideas.
For example, if your book is about leadership, an angle could be focusing on developing effective communication skills and the strategies used to do so.
Create an Outline
Once you’ve chosen an angle, start creating an outline. An outline will provide structure to your book and give you a roadmap for writing it. For example, it can be used as a reference, so you don’t have to keep rereading each time you want to make sure you haven’t missed any important details.
It should include the main points, sections, and chapters of your book as well as any supporting stories or examples that are relevant to those topics.
To illustrate, say you’re writing a book about marketing, your outline might look like this:
- Introduction to marketing
- Types of marketing
- Strategies for effective marketing
- Case studies/examples
Once you’ve created your outline, it’s time to start researching. Depending on the topic of your book, this could include reading other books in your field, conducting interviews with experts or experienced professionals, or doing online research.
The goal of research is to gain a deeper understanding of the topics you’re discussing so that the information you include in your book is accurate and up-to-date. You want to be thorough when researching so that you’re not just regurgitating what others have said, but rather providing your own unique perspective on the topic.
Now it’s time to start writing! Writing can be a daunting task, but if you focus on one chapter at a time, it’s much easier.
Start by being organized and taking notes while writing so that you don’t forget any key points or ideas. It also helps to set deadlines so that you’re not tempted to procrastinate. Then, try to make your writing as clear and concise as possible. Drawn-out sentences are difficult for readers to follow, so keep it simple and focus on getting your ideas across.
No first draft is perfect. On the contrary, it’s likely to need quite a bit of revision and editing before you’re ready to publish or submit your book. So take some time to go through your draft and make any necessary changes.
Ideally, you should hire an editor, or at the very least hand out copies to a few trusted people to read through and give feedback. This is how you’ll identify problem areas like topics not explained clearly enough, arguments that aren’t as persuasive as they could be, or even grammatical errors.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to start writing your business book! With dedication and hard work, you’ll have a great book that provides valuable information to readers.