Writing content has been a passion of mine for a few years now. I have written over 1 million words that have been published on the web as blog posts, tweets, product descriptions, and books. To think less than 10 years ago, I would have never considered writing as a career path. Now, I write thousands of words every day.
The strategy many Kindle authors take is they write books in bulk so they need fewer sales per book to make a certain income. It is mathematically easier to make $1,000 per month with 16 books than it is to make $1,000 per month with one book (assuming these books are all at the same prices).
However, I have another goal as well: become a New York Times bestseller. I knew that the approach I was taking was a good strategy for mathematically making it easier for me to reach certain income goals, but I knew this path would make it more difficult for me to become a New York Times bestselling author. I wanted to get the best out of both worlds, so what I decided to do is write as many books as I could in one month. That way, I would still publish books at a frequent rate even though I was focusing most of my attention on one book.
The result was writing five short books in one month. The shortest one was 7,000 words while the longest one was over 25,000 words. Some of these books have already been published while other ones are in the process, and in other months, I wrote anywhere from 2-3 books. All of this effort was designed to carve out a giant chunk of time working on a book that I aspire to see on the New York Times Bestsellers List. The rest of this blog post will be about the methods that worked for me, and by implementing these methods, you may end up writing five short books in one month too.
The most important way to write five short books in one month (one book every six days) is to have a passion for what you write about. The amount of passion is the making or breaking point of your journey. That sounds dramatic, and it should sound that way. All of my books cover some area of digital marketing because that is one of my top passions. In fact, most of the time I spend writing, I spend writing about Twitter, Pinterest, blogging, YouTube, or any other area of digital marketing.
Once you know what your passion is, the next thing you need to do is write a list of ideas. The longer this list of ideas is, the better. At one point, my list of ideas exceeded 50 books. However, after a closer examination of your ideas days later, you will realize that some of your ideas are good while others are duds. Some ideas that I was previously excited for look ridiculous a few days later while other ideas continue to have a place in my realm of excitement. Many of those ideas turn into my books.
Once you write down the ideas, you need to choose the top five and write about them. However, you never want to write multiple books at the same time because main points can be confused amongst your works, and there may be overlap in the content (two books essentially saying the same thing). Choose the order in which you will write your books. Know your first book, second book, third book, fourth book, and fifth book. The most successful businesses have marketing strategies and product launches planned years in advance. You should take considerable time planning out when you will publish your books.
The rest of the process can only be taken one book at a time. If you apply this process to all five of your books at the same time, then you risk overlap and lower quality content. It is great to publish books at a great frequency, but if they are all duds, then there is no point.
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Once you identify your book idea, create an outline for that book. In this outline, identify the chapters and the key concepts you want to write about in each chapter. Take considerable time planning your outline because it a good outline makes writing the book easier. One of the most common reasons authors take a long time to write a book is because their minds wander, trying to think of ideas, while trying to write content. Human beings are horrible at multitasking. Plan out your book first so that when you write it, you are not trying to think of ideas to write about. Writing the outline first will allow you to write about ideas that you have already come up with in advance. That’s much easier.
Having an outline for your book is a great start, but some writers with outlines still take a long time to write their books. The reason it takes most writers a long period of time to write books is because they never have a sense of urgency to finish their books. The publication date is simply left as, “One day.” The problem is that there is no deadline.
When I write a book, I always give myself a deadline to finish that book. When I wrote five books every 30 days, I gave myself a six day deadline to complete my books. Naturally, some got finished quicker than others. One book took me eight days while another book took me four days. However, the average comes out to the desired deadline: one book every six days.
The only thing you have to do at that point is write more words when you are actually writing. My book How To Publish More Kindle eBooks Faster will show you how you can write more words every day. Time management has one of the biggest factor towards how many words you write in a given day.
With the right mindset and planning, it is possible to write five books in one month. You cannot simply rush into writing without thinking of the content in advance. When you write, you are in the flow. It is important for you to stay in that flow for as long as possible. If you are struggling to think of ideas as you write the content, then it will be difficult for you to write at the necessary pace to finish five books in one month.
Which of these tips did you like the most? Do you have any other tips to write more books? Please share your thoughts below.