Many people think about writing a book someday, but they don't. I self-published my first book early last year. Written for job hunters and career changers, it's called To Your Success, and is available at this link:
For anyone thinking that they have a book inside them, here are three tips:
Number One: The key thing, as I have advised other book writers, is to write, write, write. Quantity is important. That way, you have a lot of raw material to choose from. As a suggestion, do what I do. By writing an examiner column about job search on a regular basis, I am generating a steady stream of content that can be re-purposed into a book:
Second: As the great writing coach William Zinsser once said, Write what you know. Ask yourself, What do I know a lot about? What is your knowledge base that you are dying to share with others? Go with that!
Third: Plan the book out. Do it in your head, on paper, or in a spreadsheet. See it from start to finish. This helped me to see how the many pieces interconnect, and where I had holes in my content.
Another recommendation is to ask others to read what you are writing and give you honest and constructive feedback. A friend of mine has asked to read my next book draft when it's ready. i am looking forward to sending it to him for his review and comments.
Media maven Guy Kawasaki recently gave ten reasons to self-publish. You can read them here: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130118081409-2484700-the-to...
The main point is, If you are thinking of doing it, stop thinking. Do it.
Note: Here is a detailed article on how to self-publish: http://psgcnjnewsletter.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/tips-how-to-self-publis...
Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at email@example.com and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon