With over a dozen introvert, and a few extrovert, communication skills specialists to interview, my book writing is taking on a broader and deeper meaning. This means that one of my goals for taking the publisher’s offer to write the book is going to be met.
Thank you for all your questions to allow me to more easily share what is important about the process with you. Here are this week’s top questions about my relationship with the publisher and the process.
How did you build a tribe?
The short answer is, consistently, through networking online and in real life, and over time.
The broader answer starts with when I stepped up to blogging almost everything introvert in 2006 or 2007 there were actually about a handful of authors who had pave the way about introversion, but no coaches or corporate trainers or speakers. With blogging and social media, and claiming the niche, created an immense advantage. I am still grateful to one of my early coaches for helping me discover my value in this niche.
There were Twitter groups, not lists, and I found clients there from the get go. I started a Facebook profile, because at the time there were no fanpages. But Facebook just is too noisy for me, and apparently others. LinkedIn is better for networking.
Today, only about six years later from when originally started to serve the niche, there are over three dozen introvert specialists with online visibility that I know about. Most of us follow each other.
Have they (the publisher) given you a timeline?
The publisher has a thorough timeline. In total this experience will be about a six-month process. With every chapter there is my first draft that goes to the editorial team. Inevitably it comes back with recommended tweaks and some minor grammar corrections. Usually a tweak will be to expand upon an idea, or create a better transition from theory to practicality. Within that monthly timeline are due dates for each chapter, the preface and the Title Information Sheet (TIS.) The TIS describes the book for marketing purposes and will come at the end of the writing.
How do you, and are you, disciplining yourself to write a certain amount each day? What is your process?
Almost writing daily to be sure! My process started with writing the preface. The preface content was only about 30% in length of what all other chapters will be. It allowed me to gauge the amount of time to think, research and write, as well as to factor in the editorial timeframe.
With this known amount of hours and time, I could extrapolate to the longer page chapters, a chapter at a time. Some months the delivery is for one chapter, but most months is two chapters. From chapter 3 forward I factor in time for interviews. Allowing people to select email or Skype or in-person interviews, takes scheduling too. Once I have my month in view, I back in the required days I want to block off time for researching and writing the chapter, allowing for my prime creative time, mornings.
Before I go on to a new chapter, with the approval of the current chapter, I take a day to three not to write anything! I want to go into the next chapter with a revitalized mind.
Next up in your questions:
- What is the goal with this book?
- What is going to make your book unique from other books?
- How many pages will your book be?