When I first started writing my own books basically after someone told me that I should consider writing a book to help promote my business – and now I have 4 published books. That is just insane to me to wrap my head around. I always knew I loved to write but I often hit writer’s block in trying to create fiction, which is what I focused on trying to do for the first 30+ years’ of my writing life.
Once I started blogging and identifying my “voice” which is that of my role as a Professor – for the past 13 years’, I have been teaching at multiple local universities for over 120+ hours a semester talking about yes, the content the course covered but also weaving in real life stories and how to’s to help my students take their next steps. So blogging and sharing these lessons and more had been a natural outlet for me – as I type this, I picture myself speaking to you in a classroom setting and covering this content and the words just flow.
When I began writing my book, I started with 2 books at the same time. I know this seems insane but it worked for me. I was able to balance the writing by identifying my map of chapters and content I wanted to create and most importantly knowing my total word count goals for the books.
This helped me stay on “track” and I found doing the same process the second time was even smoother except I had a real block with completing the second book in the Entrepreneur-ING series because it was so structured and based off of a real course I provide through my partnership with Wagner College Department for Lifelong Learning (register today to learn with me based off of this book).
This book, The Prof’s Guide to Going from Zero to Launch – Everything You Need to Know to be an Entrepreneur Starting Today is a real life guide with real actionable lessons on how to move forward with your own business. I will be using this book with the certificate course and in many other ways.
I am working on creating multiple press releases to go out over the next few months with a unique package from PRWeb that allows me to get a discount by contracting for 6 press releases so once the summer months pass, I will be working on announcing lots of exciting stuff, including this book as a formal way to get my company and my publications out into the world.
Also, I redesigned my web site navigation to better condense the things I work on and do - so instead of having multiple pages for my books, I created a higher level nav of The Next Step Publications and then sub pages for the series and books - check it out and let me know what you think: The Next Step Publishing
I hope you learn with me by reading my books and maybe even partnering with me to get to your Next Step. I offer training and courses on everything from College and Career Readiness to small business training.
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Lisa Vento Nielsen