Last year at the 2012 Problogger Training Event in Melbourne, I set a goal of writing an eBook before I came back to this year’s training event.
It seemed like a very achievable goal- 12 months to write an eBook.
Well somehow the year flew by, and before I knew it, I had 6 weeks before this year’s Problogger Training Event, but the problem was 4 of those weeks I was heading overseas on a holiday.
So I returned from my holiday with 10 days to go and just had to write this eBook. I refused to not achieve this goal!
There were a few very important factors that have really helped me achieve this.
I had accountability partners to inspire me into action
Luckily, I am part of a Mastermind group with 5 other very talented and successful business owners that were willing to support me.
So I put the word out there and told my accountability team I needed help. I decided I needed to check in with our private Facebook group everyday and let them know my progress. I didn’t need them to comment, but I wanted to know they were watching me and I was accountable.
This was incredibly motivating as I could feel their eyes on me as I started writing. I knew I had to answer to the group each day and log my progress, and I didn’t want to let them down.
As I got to chapter 27, I only 4 more chapters to go and was overwhelmed by other work. I was unable to post my progress in the group for 2 days and felt terrible! This then motivated me to rise at 4am on the final day to complete the last 4 chapters.
Needless to say, my colleagues cheered me on and totally supported me every step of the way. It was such a great feeling- like I was running in a marathon and they were on the sidelines barracking for me to cross the finish line!
So the power of a group or accountability partner is not to be underestimated. I have no doubt I would still not have an eBook finished with the support of my group.
I used effective time management
I started by setting myself a word limit for each day, which was 1,500 or more if I was in the groove.
I then did something I’ve never done before.
I made myself a rule that I was not allowed to check my email or go on social media before I completed my required word count for each day.
I was completely amazed at how much more I was able to do because of this one simple time management trick.
One day I didn’t check my email until 1pm (unheard of!) because I had not finished my word count and I was struggling with my writing.
I now plan to implement this on a regular basis so I can work on the most important things in my business before I respond to other people’s wants.
I repurposed content
I started writing my eBook with gusto without considering that perhaps what I was writing I had already said before.
Somewhere between chapter 5 and 7 I had the realisation that I had already written something similar to what I was writing now.
It was at this point it struck me that I probably already had a lot of the content of my eBook in my blog.
Once I was able to recognise this, I literally had almost half the book written already.
I took the blog posts that I written before and started to edit them to fit into the format of my eBook.
I just didn’t slap in any old blog post, but chose those that specifically worked with the theme and purpose of my book.
This one thing saved me about 10 days of work alone.
The other great thing is these chapters were already edited, proofread and of high quality content, because I only publish my best writing on my blog. So again, another huge time saver.
I got the support of other professionals
I had a graphic designer create an eBook cover that was striking and attention-grabbing for my ideal audience.
I also employed a copy editor as I was coming to the end of the writing process, so she could edit and proofread my content.
This was enormously helpful as she was able to give me objective feedback and help me with the order of the chapters and the flow of my writing.
Writing in isolation is challenging and I think it’s essential you get a team onboard to help you complete the project.
The cost of this outsourcing was very reasonable as I used oDesk to find these professionals.
I am able to set up my own shopping cart on my website, but this might be something that you need to outsource as well if it’s beyond your technical skills.
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