Be on the lookout for stories!

Analogies and allegories are great tools to help bring nonfiction your work to life. Too often, however, the same stories are repeated from book to book.

Break the trend by thinking beyond what you’ve read in a book or heard in a speech from others, and share what you have personally seen, felt or experienced.

Make note of everyday and unusual situations that could serve as illustrations for your message. The highlights and low points of your day can provide you with unique content to help make your book meaningful and original.

Take a moment right now to jot down something that’s happened to you recently and how it might relate to learning a lesson you want to share with others. Don’t have anything to write on? Get the Evernote app for your phone (I use the free version), and it will be waiting for you on your computer when you’re ready to turn those thoughts into a blog post or book chapter.

What did you do or see or hear this weekend that could inspire a story?

Start Writing. Now.

“How long does it take to write a book?”

That’s the most common question I hear at author visits. And the answer is: “It depends.” It depends on how much focus goes into the project and how much time is devoted to it. It can take a few weeks or a few years.

Here’s what I’ve learned firsthand and seen my clients realize, as well: Thinking and talking about writing a book is harder than actually writing a book.

How many times have you said, “I’m working on a book,” knowing full well that you haven’t put pen to paper in weeks? The phrase “a little less talk and a a lot more action” aptly applies to would-be authors. Don’t put it off any longer. Start writing. Now.

Set a timer.

“Time stays long enough for those who use it.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci

If you find yourself watching the clock during your dedicated writing time for fear of missing other appointments, set a timer. Let that little time tracker free your mind from worrying about when you need to come out of hiding.

Keep writing!

Where’s Your Cover?

Make it easy for the press to promote your book! Include a print-quality image of your book’s cover on its media page for magazines and newspapers to download.

(Yes, your book should have a media page!)

Here are a few more tips on how to work with reviewers.