Dave Rave – 5 Reasons You Should Write a Book


The numbers are out.  There were over 200,000 new books published in the United States in 2010.  This is by traditional, old world media publishers.  The real blow-your-mind statistic is that an additional 700,000 books were self-published by authors.  What does this tell you?  One, it’s a lot easier to get a book published and a lot less expensive than it has ever been.  The only reason you’d need a publisher anyway, is for their ability to get dead-tree books into big-box stores.  And now that both of those are going away, publishing is open to everyone.

You know you have a book in you, and you know you should probably write a book.  So let me give you five reasons, hopefully to push you into action:

  1. You should write a book to contribute your insights to an area of expertise or interest that you have a particular, singular, interesting passion for.
  2. You should write a book to force yourself to grow intellectually by reading, researching, putting your thoughts on paper and making them make sense.
  3. You should write a book to find your own voice. One of the hardest things to do as a first-time writer is to trust that you have something to say and that your voice is as legitimate as anyone else’s out there.
  4. You should write a book to be taken seriously.  Let’s be honest.  We take people who write books – serious books, interesting books, well-researched and well-written books – more seriously than we do people who write two or three-paragraph blogs.  Yes, I know there are exceptions.  But trust, me.  They are the exception.
  5. You should write a book to leave a legacy of thought and insight that will continue to live on long after you pass off the scene.  You talk about passive income or passive influence; I’ve been in ball games, concerts, even sleeping, to wake up and get a voice mail, email, or tweet from someone halfway around the world who has read one of my books.

I hope these are enough to get you into the game and get you started.

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