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You’ve got a great idea, and you’ve always wanted to write a book but how do you do it?
We’ve talked to some of the heavy hitting writers in the pole industry to learn how to get your book out of your head and on to paper.
Why write a book?
There are currently still very few books that focus on the pole industry. More books mean more sharing and more knowledge to go around which enriches our community! Your story and experiences are unique and worth sharing, despite what “imposter syndrome” might say in your head and your heart. There are also practical reasons to write a book. Writing a book can be a marketing tool that helps people learn about your business and it can even be a stream of passive income, once you’ve done all the work of publishing it, of course!
How to write a book?
Our experts all agree that for your first book, focus on something you really know well. Do you have a specific methodology for how you teach? Do you have a specific way that talk to customers in the club that has brought you success? Maybe you’ve got a great story about how pole has helped you in your “regular” life. Whatever it is, start with writing what you know. It’ll be easier and faster than trying to write something you need to spend a lot of time researching. You are also typically more passionate about something you know which can help you write faster and stay committed to finishing your book.
Ok, but how do you really write a book?
Like most big endeavors, it’s important that you start with first organizing your thoughts. While it is tempting to just start writing, that is often not the best way. Think about the key points of what you want to say in a brainstorm session. Once you have those thoughts all out of your head and onto paper, see what connections you can find. Is there an organization that naturally comes out of all your thoughts? Maybe some ideas can be combined, or some pieces just don’t seem to fit and can be discarded. Use this information to create your overall outline for your book.
How do you actually finish writing a book?
Starting a brainstorm session is only the first step! Now you have to actually write! Most writers we talked to have multiple jobs and family responsibilities that limit the time they have available to write. What works for someone, like getting up super early, won’t be the best option for someone that typically works at night. Figure out when you can fit writing into your schedule and then commit to it! Maybe you can only write 30 minutes a day and that’s ok! Starting with a realistic plan will help you chip away at your book until it’s done.
What happens next?
After you’ve got a solid draft, you’ll probably need a second set of eyes. Find an editor who can help you refine your book. If you choose to self-publish, you’ll also need to start researching how to format your book for print and/or electronic distribution. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! One of our favorite books on getting your book from idea to published is a book called “Published!” It has tons of great templates and info to help you on your journey and even offers a service to help get you all the way to published author. This is not the only path, so once you’re ready with your draft, spend some time researching what works best for your budget and your goals with your book. Self-publishing isn’t the only option but many authors in the pole industry have cited issues working with larger publishers who aren’t yet “sold” on our market. Self-publishing allows you complete control over your book and you get to keep all the profits too!
So, what’s the verdict? Well, writing a book is hard! It can also be super rewarding on a personal level as well as being an important business tool for providing income and marketing support.
What are you waiting for? Start brainstorming your pole-focused book today!