For the longest time, I’ve been dreaming of getting myself published. I know that I can reduce my insights and knowledge into written articles. However, I’ve been setting this aside because of one thing — my fear of anything English.
English was (probably still is) my Waterloo. I try to veer away from engagements where I will be required to say or write something in English. However, upon reflection, I thought that I was not getting any younger. The gap, however, between where I was and what I want to materialize was widening. So I made that bold decision to finally write.
However, my fear of anything English went banging every time I tried writing. Then suddenly, it dawned on me that I can tap friends to help me. I don’t need to do all alone. And as I expected, a friend gamely assisted me — giving a quick glance at what I write before I post these.
Thus, the birth of this blog.
She would sometimes insinuate that I don’t need her help for my English. But, at the hindsight, it was not really the English I was bothered about. I just need an extra eye to quickly pore over my articles that will give an assurance that all will be okay before I hit the release button.
Now, I tried not to bother her anymore. Confidence is gradually sinking in. I believe that I am getting better in working my way towards that dream of getting published.
Gerry Robert’s talk about Entrepreneurial Book Publishing in the recently held NATIONAL ACHIEVERS CONGRESS PHILIPPINES (NACPH) 2016 strengthened my resolve about getting published. In that event, Robert cited many reasons why writing a book is important. Let me mention some that I noted:
- Pulls business prospects to you
- Provides you with phenomenal opportunity leads
- Makes you an instant authority
- Helps you get speaking engagements
- Makes closing sales easier
- Provides you with enabler to get more business
Robert repeatedly clarified to the attendees that all can get themselves published. And I do agree with him. That was why I took the extra step of attending his book-writing boot camp. It better equipped me in inching my way to that dream.
Let me share with you my take-away during the NACPH. There were a lot but I would like to focus on one. Let me share his “8 Steps to Publishing Success”.
- Know your primary objective — Simply ask yourselves what will the book do for you (not the reader).
- Write the right content — You can use the “Be a Reporter” strategy.
- Design an awesome cover — Even if we don’t want to judge a book by its cover, how the book looks outside matter to a lot of our target readers.
- Capture leads — Meaning use it to create a database of your potential business partners.
- Differentiate yourself — You can leverage on the book to set you apart from other professionals or business.
- Global publicity — Books can be used as your business card in the global marketplace.
- Get other people to pay the cost — You don’t need to cover all printing cost for you to get published.
- Make it a must — Don’t set book-writing as your goal but your must.
There were so many things I got from listening to Robert. What I have here is just teaser on what you can get by attending the NACPH and his boot camp. So I am abetting all of you to not miss the next run of these events. Go ahead and Google the next schedule.
One final thing that I got from Robert that I am bearing in mind now is this:
Make your dreams your MUST, not your GOALS.
He said that in life we don’t usually get our goals but our must. So never forget this.
Note: NATIONAL ACHIEVERS CONGRESS PHILIPPINES (NACPH) 2016, “The Pursuit of Wealth and Happyness” with Mr. Chris Gardner as Keynote Speaker was held at SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia. The event was brought to us by Laurus Enterprises (LAURUS) and Success Resources Pte. Ltd. (SRPL) with Light Network Channel 33 as the official media partner.
PS: Get Gerry Robert’s book The Millionaire Mindset.