If you want to know how to write a book, this is the episode for you.
Many in the Happy Black Woman community have been interested in writing a book for some time but simply haven’t known how to get started. That excuse is gone with this episode. Today Nikki Woods, a black woman who specializes in helping authors get their book written, published, and out into the world with a BANG is on the episode with Rosetta. She going to share the basics approach she uses to help many authors write best-sellers and make that book an integral part of their brand and expertise. You’re going to gain a lot of insight about writing and publishing a book on this episode.
How to write a book: Nikki unpacks her process.
There’s a lot more that goes into writing a book than you might realize. It’s not only about sitting in a chair and pounding away on a keyboard. You’ve got to know how to organize your thoughts, how to plan the book out in a logical way, how to build a following BEFORE you write the book, and how to publish and promote it once it’s written. Nikki Woods is here to help. Her generous sharing on this episode will help you get oriented in the right direction to get that book out of you and into the world!
After you’ve written a book, what do you do with it then?
It’s a monumental task to write a book that’s worth reading. Even if you haven’t gotten over that hurdle yet, you will if you keep working at it. But once it’s written – then what? You can’t expect to announce it on your Facebook feed and sell thousands of copies. It simply doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to know how to promote a book the right way – the way that gets people’s eyes on it and their wallets out to purchase it. Nikki Wood has that part of the process wired and will be sharing aspects of it with you on this episode, so be sure you listen to what she’s got to share.
Why writing a book is a great opportunity for you as an entrepreneur.
When you put your knowledge and experience between the covers of a book something amazing happens. People almost instantly view you as an expert, a person who knows the details and specifics of how to do what it is you do. That’s when people start contacting you to find out how you can help them with their dreams. It’s when you begin coaching, building courses, speaking at events. The book is the key that opens many doors of opportunity. Today Nikki Woods is going to share how that happens and why you need to get started writing your book right away.
Build your platform and tribe before you write the book.
Many entrepreneurs who become authors make a fatal mistake at the beginning of their publishing journey. They forget to build an audience before the book is even written. It may sound counterintuitive but think about it: When you’re able to begin the conversation about the topic of your book far in advance of writing the book, people begin to see you as the person who knows about and is interested in that topic. They begin to see you as the go-to person for all things related to the topic. When you begin to talk about writing a book on the subject you’ll get all kinds of enthusiasm, feedback, and insight into what your book should be about and the momentum will start to build. Find out how Nikki Woods her students to build their tribe first, on this episode.
Outline of this great episode
- [0:30] Rosetta’s introduction to this episode and her guest, Nikki Woods.
- [1:15] How Rosetta connected with Nikki in the first place.
- [2:27] How Nikki got to where she is and what her goals are today.
- [4:03] What was it that prompted Nikki to pivot to help women entrepreneurs.
- [5:22] The focus Nikki offers authors and entrepreneurs.
- [7:03] What Nikki had to overcome in order to step into her own thing.
- [9:35] How you can get started on the journey to publishing a book.
- [13:04] How you can leverage existing content into a book.
- [18:10] Why you need to build a platform and tribe before you write the book.
- [19:29] Understand the difference between traditional and self publishing of your book.
- [23:32] How Nikki stays focused and productive.
- [25:53] Managing business and career with kids in tow.
- [29:46] What makes Nikki happy?
- [33:54] One piece of advice from Nikki.
- [35:07] How to connect with Nikki and receive her free book planner.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode
About Nikki Woods
NIKKI WOODS is the senior producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the most successful syndicated urban radio show in history reaching more than 8 million people on a daily basis. Born in Rock Hill, Missouri, Woods studied education at Howard University in Washington D.C. and journalism at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.