Step 1 – Determine Your Role
Last week I started the intro to this series. Plan With Me. So let’s get right to it.
You can be the author, you can be the writer, or you can be both.
Before answering consider the following:
- Do you have any experience writing a full-length novel? An answer of no does not mean that you can’t do something new.
- Do you have the time to write a manuscript? Most of us are pressed for time already and the additional demands of writing would increase our stress levels.
- Do you have the money to pay a writer? Don’t laugh at this. There is nothing wrong with writing an outline and then paying a ghostwriter for their time and efforts. Some of the big names have done this. James Patterson has made no bones about the fact that he hires ghost writers to write his stories. As a creative, I wouldn’t feel right putting my name on something that someone else actually wrote, but that’s just me.
If you are interested in hiring a ghostwriter, you can Google ‘help writing a book’. Fivver has a place to hire ghost writers as well.
Some people are more interested in having their name on a book than in the actual process of writing the book. There is no shame in either way.
As the writer, you are exchanging time for money eventually. As the author, you are exchanging money for someone else’s time. As both author and writer, you are spending your time and money to write a book.
Are you OK with spending your time isolated and focused on writing? We each have the same 24 hours a day. Decide what you want to spend your time doing and own it.
Consider the avenues that are available to you and the end goal that you are shooting for. Once you have decided what your role is, then the next steps will fall into place.
‘Til next time