COMPLETION COMPULSION

“When I start a book, I always think it’s patently absurd that I can write one. No one, certainly not me, can write a book 500 pages long. But I know I can write 15 pages, and if I write 15 pages every day, eventually I will have 500 of them.” ~ John Saul

“Completion Compulsion” is not a mental illness designated in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of psychological disorders. Rather, it’s something I have and it’s a reason my calling is to help you complete your goals. If I can publish, so can you. If I can finish what I set out to do, so can you. Just begin.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~ Dale Carnegie

Here are a few tips to help you jumpstart your new habit of sharing your writing in the public domain.

Tip #1 Blog: If you write articles or a blog, you are only a few steps away from a book. In fact, writing a regular newsletter is one of the not-very-secret “secrets” of my publishing success.

It’s no coincidence that my books and newsletters are on the same topics. The reality is that if you write anything regularly, you can use that material in a book.

Tip # 2: Get the “just right” software. People often have NO idea that lots of books were originally articles because the software makes it easy to reorganize information and include transitional text where you need it.

Which software helps you write a book? One of the more advanced options is Adobe InDesign. The feature content of InDesign includes refined typography and images that resize to fit virtually any screen. You can also add video and audio for eBook reader applications. The user-interface is demanding and, for people who are unfamiliar with Adobe products, the learning curve can be a little steep. Still, I don’t know of a better program for Mac users; most are PC dependent.

Another option, which is actually a free download, is a piece of software called Scribus. It is an Open Source Desktop Publishing program that’s supposed to contain most of the necessary features, but some reviewers state that the user interface is not very intuitive. Though it might be worth a try, considering it is free. Whether you have a PC or a Mac product, it works with both.

Another option that is in between these two options, in terms of price, is Print Explosion Deluxe®, which is $49.95. Problem, it works only with Mac products. Of course, the best way short of buying these and trying them out for yourself is to peruse reviews based on consumer satisfaction.

If you have been struggling to figure out how to write a book, but you hate technology, maybe hiring a book coach (like me) is just the “tool” you need to make it happen.

Authorize yourself with my help

Take up my offer to have a complimentary sample session to see what we might create together. Email me at authorizeU@gmail.com or call to set up a 30-minute appointment: 206.617-8832 or pick a package.

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