Welcome, Future Author!
You are here to do great things. Your story, your lessons, your expertise, that’s your zone of genius. That’s what you do best, and that’s what you should be focusing on.
Why spend hours of your (limited) precious time on Google search, YouTube tutorials, endless blog posts (hello overwhelm!) when you could be gliding through your next moves feeling supported, grounded and confident, like the real superstar that you are?
Imagine having a roadmap, and/or someone (with a whole team!) helping you get to your big goal like a pro.
You won’t just have a heap of words on a word document. You’ll have a piece of YOU, expertly crafted into a piece of work that will be the key to your readers’ heart, and will have them asking for more of you: books, videos, articles, programmes, they’ll want YOU.
Writing a successful book requires more than just writing skills, and we’ve got just what you need.
If you let me, I’ll be honoured to guide you on this beautiful journey of yours.
Writing a Book: Step by Step
Before we discuss how we can work together, it’s important to know what the different steps of the process are. I’ll give you a quick overview of how it usually works (or at least how I work with my clients).
My dedicated team of experts is here to support you through all the stages of the book process, from ideation to publication, and even beyond! We build the whole experience around you:
Focus on what you do best, and we’ll do the rest.
Step one: The Ideation Process
It often starts with you having this niggling feeling that you need to write a book. Friends, clients, family, everyone keeps telling you you need to write a book and you agree, but you don’t know where to begin…
This is where you sit down and decide what you want to write about, who for, and what you want them to get from reading your book.
In other words, what your book is about, who your ideal reader is, and what your message is.
This is a crucial phase of the process. Just like you probably did with your business, this is the part where we get clear on the what, why, and how.
Of course, just like your business, it is not set in stone, and will most probably evolve as you go through the next phase, but it is essential that you start with ideas as clear as possible.
The clearer your ideas, the easier it’ll be to draft your outline. And the clearer your outline, the easier it’ll be for you to write. We want the process to unfold with Ease and Grace.
Get clarity on your book idea and draft your outline with my self-paced workshop series.
Step two: Writing
Once you’re clear on what you want to write, you need to figure out how that’s going to happen. There isn’t one one-size-fits-all way to write and I recommend you explore and find your way.
The sooner that happens, the quicker you’ll get your draft completed.
You can write one or two hours every day or have longer sessions twice a week. You could write for a whole day or two every week, or write non-stop for several weeks.
I say, whatever works. #BeYouDoYou
And together we’ll help you find what works for YOU.
Step three: Editing
Once you’ve got a completed draft, you’ll need to have it edited.
I suggest getting a first round of content editing to make sure that your book flows seamlessly, and that your message is delivered in a cohesive and coherent way.
Once that’s done, have a second round of copy editing, which is about polishing and “prettifying” your words, with extra special care to leave your style and your voice intact so that your edited draft will sound exactly like you, but better!
Add one round of proofreading to make sure your commas and full stops are in the right place, and you’re ready for the production process!
Step four: Production aka (self-)publishing
Once your manuscript is edited, that word file also known as your manuscript is now ready to be turned into a book that you can hold in your hands!
This is the part of the process where writing has little to nothing to do. It’s mostly tech and creative work.
In order for your book to become a book, you’re going to need the “sandwich” parts (copyright page, dedication, acknowledgements, about the author, bonuses, etc) that go inside the book, as well as a gorgeous front cover that makes you proud, and a back cover with your book blurb, and eventually your author bio.
Add to this all the technical stuff like your trim size, the colour of the pages, whether you want your chapters to start on odd or even pages, fonts and chapter headings and all sorts of questions you never thought you’d have to think about. Don’t worry, that’s where you can hire this part out and save yourself a freakout!
Step 5: Launching
Now don’t be over-enthusiastic and just throw it out into the world without any pre-launch work. With all the time and effort (and money!) that you’ve invested so far, it’d be a shame to throw that to the dogs.
Put all the chances on your side, get the visibility your book deserves, the best ranking and all the reviews you can get to launch with a bang, position yourself as an expert, and set the foundation for on-going sales.
And for that you’re going to need a marketing strategy tailored to your business, based on your product, your audience and how you show up best. Remember, aim for Ease and Grace.
Launches are demanding, I won’t lie, but they’re worth it. And so are you, and your book.
Would you like support on your book journey?
There are several ways for us to work together. Whether that’s our Full Service Book Doula Package with all the above services, or on specific parts of your process, we’re happy to meet you where you’re at and pick the formula that works best for you, your timeline and your budget.
While I believe in price transparency, our prices depend on the length and complexity of your manuscript as well as the combination of services you choose to go for. You will see our starting prices when clicking on each individual service in the above sections. Click here for an indicative price list.