Most full-time self published authors have dozens of books published under their names and pen names. It’s no secret that you have to keep cranking them out in order to build your income and influence.
However, writing these books is easier said than done. Each one is a big project that will require weeks of your time in the best case scenario. It’s considerable time to pour into a product that may flop.
That’s why it’s important for you to conduct some research before you start writing your next book. That way, you give yourself a better chance of writing a book that will perform well on the Amazon algorithm. Publisher Rocket is by far the best resource to do keyword research to ensure your book topic is a potential winner.
But if you don’t find the time to write your potential winner, then what’s the point? You have a bunch of great topics but no books to show for your research. To publish books at a faster pace, incorporate these three strategies into your work routine.
#1: Repurpose Your Existing Content
For nonfiction authors, it makes sense to repurpose your existing content into your book. Most people will forget about your blog post days after they’ve read it. And if you’ve published many blog posts over the years, most of your readers will never get the chance to read those older blog posts.
You can breathe new life into those blog posts by incorporating them into your book. Why write about a bunch of strategies to boost happiness when you can copy and paste a prior blog post of yours on the same topic. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
This will allow you quickly move forward with your book. Some authors write articles with the intention of adding them to their upcoming books. If you can think that far ahead, each blog post will help you grow your author platform while providing additional content for one of your books.
#2: Establish A Daily Writing Routine
If you want to see a goal to completion, work on it every day. That’s how you see continuous progress. My daily writing routine involves 1 Medium article, 1 blog post, and some words for my book.
I write at least 2,000 words each day which is enough to further build out my writing career without it taking up my entire day. I start writing first thing in the morning and continue writing when opportunities present themselves in the afternoon and evening.
You can’t only write content because you have to build out your platform. This is how you actually sell books rather than just being the world’s greatest secret. Writing 1K-2K words per day is enough to make considerable progress with your book but also enough to address the other parts of your brand.
#3: Set A Word Count Target
For each book you write, set a word count target. The word count target helps you stay focused rather than hit on tangents and make your book longer than it should be. The quicker you complete your current the book, the quicker you can start your next book.
I go for 15k-20k words per book. Your word count goal may look different, especially if you’re writing novels. However, a word count goal gives you an idea of when you’re approaching the end of your book.
You can go a little under or above your word count range depending on how you feel about your book. However, this range will give you a target to shoot for which is essential for transitioning from one book to the next.
The name of the game is publishing as many high quality books as you can. Growing your platform will help you get the initial sales and then the Amazon algorithm will take over from there. You can also run Amazon Ads to stimulate the Amazon algorithm to give your books a higher sales rank (i.e. the ads drive sales which helps in those areas).
Write each day, keep the long-term in mind, and someday you may get the results you seek.