Well, I think now is a fine time to write my way into fortune, fame, and fantabulousity!
Notice all of those F-words? As members of team #fbomb, we get the attraction to those beautiful words. There is little better feeling than effing your way through life, with your own book in hand, free to frolic among the fore-authors that inspired you to that point of factual or fairy tale greatness!
Other than that scene, can you think of any other reasons you may want to write your book? Need a list? You’re in the right place! We have scoured the planet looking for just the right reasons to get anyone to see how important it is to have at least one book under their frock. Because not only are books fabulous in their own space, they bring a lot to our lives on personal and professional levels. Books are cool, man. Super cool.
That being said, here’s a short list of reasons to write your book:
- E-mail list building: for any business or brand, you can easily build your e-mail list by “selling” your book for the low cost of an opt-in e-mail address. In exchange, you get to impart a small amount of information via eBook downloads, drip campaigns, and other publishing mechanisms that ensure your place in inboxes across the world.
- Passive income: even a $.99 book can bring you a decent amount of passive income from sales through online booksellers. Many of these books are “set it and forget it” books that require little-to-no upkeep or revisions.
- Authorship. If you have always wanted to be an author, this is probably your best way of getting that done. Not that you cannot query publishing houses or call yourself an author without being published. But… well, it just makes things easier and you get to brag that you’re an author!
- Speakers sell books. It is funny how once you are done speaking to a room filled with people, they often ask how to learn more about what it was you were speaking about. That is where your book comes in, and even if your book only has 10 pages, it becomes a credential for your speaking, as well as a marketing tool.
- Branding you. There may not be any better way to get your brand together than to write a book about you, your life, your business, and/or your vision. Coaches, consultants, speakers, and authors can all benefit from a little book that showcases their style, their professional insights, and story.
- Product promotion. Maybe instead of selling you (your brand), you are trying to sell a certain product or service. If there is a book, there is a good chance that people will understand what you are selling, and be able to pass along the information (literally) to others who may be interested. We are often so dedicated to online and digital marketing, we forget the impact a beautiful piece of printed material can have on our product or service sales.
- NO. ONE. HAS. YOUR. VOICE. Your experience, your perspective, your circumstances, your reaction, your life. All of that brings a different flavor to any subject, whether you are discussing homemade bath bombs or the history of Cajon drums. I cannot stress this point enough because it is the number one reason I believe anyone should write a book – the world needs your voice.
To make things a little more clear (and, please, read the full report on authorearnings.com), now is a great time to write your book:
Self-published indie authors are verifiably capturing at least 24% – 34% of all ebook sales in each of the five English-language markets; it’s not just a US-only phenomenon. When you also include the uncategorized authors, the vast majority of whom are also self-published, the true indie share in each market lies somewhere between 30% – 40%.