3 Ways To Write The Manuscript For Your Book

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3 Ways To Write The Manuscript For Your Book

Many people have a story to tell, but often they don’t know how to get it out of their head and onto paper. Here are three ways how you can write the manuscript for your book!

1) Typing The Manuscript Manually (The Most Difficult)

This is how I wrote my book. It’s how many people write a manuscript for their book, and it may be the most straightforward way to get your story out of your head into an organized format you can edit.

It takes time – probably at least six months or more than that, depending on how much writing you do every day. If you’re in any of the author groups on Facebook or anywhere else, you will hear the age-old advice of setting goals and writing them piece by piece. This makes sense when writing fiction where you might get writer’s block.

Ideally, when you’re writing a non-fiction book related to your business, you should already be the expert. Many first-time authors struggle with trying to be perfect rather than just writing something. The secret to writing a bestselling book in nonfiction is to write something that provides value to the reader. This is accomplished in the pre-writing research.

You have to type everything manually as if you’re taking down notes from someone talking, so there are no spaces in-between each sentence and paragraph break (unless they make sense).

If this doesn’t sound like something you want to commit the next few years of your life doing, then read on!

2) Use Voice – To – Type To Write The Manuscript FAST

It’s how I wrote my first book and how the majority of people have written their books.

Google Docs and Microsoft Word have a great tool called Voice To Type, which allows you to talk into Google Docs on a computer or mobile device, and then boom – everything appears! It can be done anywhere with an internet connection as long as there is audio input somewhere.

The last book I wrote and will be launching soon, The DASH Equation, was written in a few hours using Otter AI. The process that took the longest was the pre-writing research. Once I had my outline finalized, I went through it chapter by chapter and talked everything out.

Next, I copied and pasted the written words into the Google Doc outline and then cleaned up the grammar.

If you’re already a speaker or have your own e-course, you already have the manuscript. You can upload the audio into Otter AI or send it to REV and transcribe it into written format. Then just copy and paste it into a Google Doc or MS Word Document and get it edited. The editing process should take longer than writing the first draft of the manuscript.

3) Hire A Ghostwriter

If you’re not great at writing and just want to focus on your content, then hiring a ghostwriter is how you get the manuscript done!

In my case, I worked with an author who has over 20 years of experience in getting manuscripts out. He helped me through some edits that needed tweaking and got it ready for publication.

It would be ideal if you hired someone local – they can come into your office or do things remotely during business hours, but this isn’t always possible. Hiring online through a service like Reedsy can get expensive. (ghostwriters are paid by page). But if you have the budget for it, then, by all means, go ahead and write it. You will still want to consider the editing process, which can cost quite a bit when you go through the correct editing process.

Overall, there’s no wrong way to write a book so find what works best for YOU.

If you’d like to download the free workbook I put together for nonfiction authors to write and publish their bestselling book, click here.

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