You’d love to begin a self-publishing career, but you have no time. What if you could turn a few minutes every day into a stream of books you write and publish?
Self-publishing when you have zero time
When book coaching students approach me, they say something like: “I’d like to write, but I have no time. How long does it take to write a book?”
Unless they’re full-time authors, few writers have a couple of hours a day to write, but you don’t need long stretches of time. You can write and publish a book in your spare time, even if you’re working two day jobs and can’t manage more than ten minutes once or twice a day.
Got ten minutes a day?
When I’m coaching students who want to write a book, I start them off slowly. I ask them to devote just ten minutes a day to their book.
Everyone can find ten minutes a day, somewhere, somehow.
- Write in your car, before work;
- Write while watching Netflix or a DVD;
- Write during boring meetings (everyone will think you’re taking notes);
- Dictate for ten minutes while you’re waiting for your kids…
Ten minutes a day isn’t a big deal. Everyone can find ten minutes a day.
Once the students are writing for ten minutes a day, I ask them to find another ten minutes… and they do.
Ten minutes becomes 20 minutes—and a self-publishing career
In 20 minutes, I can write 500 words, which is around two pages. Maybe you can only write a page in 20 minutes… Or just 100 words.
It doesn’t matter how much or how little you can write in 20 minutes because every word you write is one step forward in your self-publishing career.
Self-publish now: make your dreams happen
Over the years, many writers have approached me because they put off their dreams of writing a book until they had “more time.”
One now-successful author said to me: “I told myself for years that I needed time to write a book. So, I waited until I retired, but even with all that time, I couldn’t write a word.”
This author found that time wasn’t the answer. Writing in small snippets of time was the answer to making a self-publishing career happen.
When she became a book coaching student, this author was shocked when I placed a ten-minute daily limit on her writing. She couldn’t believe it at first, but it’s essential you build your writing muscles. You do that in minutes, not hours.
Writing a book: build your writing muscles first
You wouldn’t run a marathon without training for months beforehand to build up your muscles and stamina. Similarly, writing a book is hard unless you build your writing muscles first.
Take your first steps into self-publishing now, in your spare time
It takes time to build your writing muscles. So spare-time writing is perfect for you if you’re starting out in self-publishing.
You can turn your spare minutes into profit. Start today.
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Copywriter and marketing pro Angela Booth maintains a busy copywriting and ghostwriting practice. Fascinated by online marketing, she wrote one of the first business books for internet marketing, published by Allen & Unwin. She’s been an enthusiastic blogger since the late 1990s.