How’s your book going? Are you writing away steadily or have other demands pushed it onto the backburner? Does the question make you grimace with guilt; has it turned out a bigger challenge than you thought? Do you have a draft outline and notes or heaps of pages? Do you know what to do next?
Don’t put a black line through “Write a book” just yet: get yourself a review. This will clear the ground and give you a clear plan of what to do next. And you’ll keep your promise to yourself.
A review looks at everything you’ve got so far and gives you clear measurable steps of what to do next, so you can map it into your calendar. You can get a review at any stage of your book, from a rough outline to a complete draft. You might send in…
- everything you’ve written so far
- a rough outline and any notes you’ve collected
- an ebook or white paper and notes on how you want to expand it
- a batch of your blog posts on the ground you want to cover
Based on that, you’ll get a written report (2-3 pages) plus a half-hour Skype meeting to discuss your book. This is what a review gives you:
- a clear assessment of what you’ve got so far
- help planning the structure and shape of your book
- a clear plan of what to do next