Starting to write a book #4 | What’s your deadline?

Posted July 12th @ 5:32 am by Roger C. ParkerPrint

Before starting to write a book, ask yourself, What’s my deadline for writing a book?

This is the 4th in a series of questions to ask before you start writing and self-publishing a book to build your personal brand.

Why ask questions?

Asking questions is the best way to ensure your book’s success. Questions force you to re-examine your assumptions. They help you clarify your goals, opening the door to fresh ideas and options.

Asking questions helps you save time, avoiding avoid false starts and wasted effort.

Why are deadline important?

Here’s why it’s important to identify your book’s publication date as early as possible:

  1. Commitment. A deadline is a tangible expression of your commitment to write and publish your book. Without a deadline, your book is only a vague goal, or wish. Creating a deadline symbolizes your intention to get published, taking your book out of the “wish” category and into the “action” category.
  2. Catalyst. Deadlines are catalysts for action. All types of tasks are easier to start and finish when you have deadlines. This is especially true of writing.
  3. Timeline. Creating a deadline for publishing a book makes it easier to identify and plan the various tasks that need to be completed in order for your book to appear. Working backwards from your book’s publication date helps you create a timeline describing the what need to be done, including starting dates and completion dates for the various tasks associated with writing and marketing your book and creating a business plan for profiting from your book.
  4. Tracking. Once you have scheduled the various tasks involved in writing and marketing your book, you’ll find it easier to track your progress as you move forward. Each time you complete a task, you’ll be motivated by your progress, smoothing the way towards completing the next step.

Get help starting to write a book

Start your journey to writing and publishing success by downloading my free workbook, 99 Questions to Ask Before You Write and Self-Publish a Brand-Building Book.

It’s a workbook that provides a structure for writing and publishing success that asks the questions that must be answered if you want to save time and avoid wasted time. It’s intended to be printed and filled out by hand, providing space for you to enter your responses.

It’s based on my experiences writing over 40 books sold around the world, plus the questions my students and book coaching clients have asked over and over again.

Short on words and long on space, 99 Questions to Ask makes it easy for you to make informed decisions to guide you on your journey to writing and publishing success.

Download it now! Commit to a deadline for writing and self-publishing your book. Share your comments about writing and deadlines below. If you have any questions, please use my confidential online form.

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