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No time to write a book

I don’t have time to write a book

I get it. You’re busy. Client calls must be made. Marketing has to happen (or you won’t have any clients to worry about). And then there’s bookkeeping, website maintenance, …the list goes on. Add in family commitments and clearly, finding the time to write a book is a struggle.

But given how important a published book is to your overall business growth, it’s time to take a look at what you can do to make that happen—even if you have no time to spare.

No time to write a book? Outsource It

Who says you have to write your book yourself? In the world of publishing, hiring a ghostwriter is a tried and true method for getting a book written for those who:

  • Have no time
  • Don’t have a “feel” for writing
  • Simply don’t want to

Whichever camp you belong to, working with a ghostwriter can make it easy to achieve your publication goals.

Ghostwriters are available in any budget, but be aware that you get what you pay for. While you may not want to (or be able to) shell out several thousand dollars to hire top talent, you shouldn’t settle for the lowest cost providers either. Interview several writers, look at samples of their work and choose the best you can afford. Try Fiverr or Freelancer

Update: After reading this post Lewis Parrott from thefreelanceeffect.com wrote a guide about how to make money on Fiverr 

Remember, you can always edit their work, but if you have to edit too much, what have you saved?

No time to write a book? Repurpose It

If you’ve been marketing your business for a while, chances are good you have a wealth of content that might be turned into a book.

  • Your blog
  • Free opt-in gifts e.g. reports, articles, ebooks
  • Training webinars

All of these and more can be edited to fit within the covers of a book, so don’t be afraid to reach into the archives to get your book published. If you missed my post about turning your content into a book you can check it out here.

No time to write a book? Transcribe It

If you love to talk (I’m Irish – we all do!) then speaking your book just might be the trick that works for you. In fact, a cell phone is all you need to write your book on the go. Simply speak your book while waiting in line to pick up the kids after school, while you’re out for your morning walk, or between client calls.

Send your audio files to be transcribed, and all that remains is to edit the transcription. No matter how disjointed or awful it looks, it’s much easier to edit bad content than to start from scratch.

Don’t let a lack of time hold you back from finishing your book. There’s no better way to build your audience and establish your expert status than to publish a book, and you owe it to yourself—and your business—to get your book out there.