Three Benefits of Writing a Book

file1981289774221If you are an idea entrepreneur, then you have a lot to gain from writing a book:

Clarity. Writing a book allows you to develop, test, and refine your ideas to a level that is not possible with other media. I agree with John Butman, author of Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas, who notes that a book “remains the most powerful, effective, and accepted form for delivering a big and different idea.”

Credibility. Writing a book that creates specific value for specific readers helps you build a reputation as an expert.

Content. As a byproduct of writing a book, many authors get new material to use in their websites, ebooks, articles, newsletters, white papers, social media updates, speaking, consulting, teaching, and other content channels. And as Chris Brogan notes, the latter are your best options for making money from writing.

Some people asked me how much I made from my first book. The answer I gave was $10 million. The book itself only paid $35,000 in royalties, but the speaking engagements, spin-off books, newsletters, columns, boot camps, consulting, and wide-open doors resulted in the remaining $9,965,000.

— Jay Conrad Levinson, author of Guerrilla Marketing quoted here

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  1. […] I am a writer and development editor. I help people assemble content from many sources into a seamless book manuscript. With a published book, my clients gain clarity, credibility, and content to monetize in a variety of ways. […]


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