If you read a lot of books about personal development and entrepreneurship, you might start considering writing your own book.
When you begin researching the various book publishing options, you’ll come across companies stating that “everyone has something to say,” “everyone should write a book,” and “everyone has a book in them!”
But do they?
That’s what I’m going to discuss in today’s post.
I want to write a book!
This topic came about because I have been thinking about writing my own book for a very long time, and due to the audience that I am building through my YouTube channel, Instagram account, and blog, I’m frequently contacted by small book publishers and marketing companies asking if I would like to write a book.
These companies offer to help me write, publish, and promote the book. Obviously, that’s for a fee, but I am still offered those opportunities.
But the problem is, if I wrote a book, I want that book to add value to someone’s bookshelf. What I don’t want to do is create a book that’s essentially the same as ten or 15 other books.
In other words, I don’t want to write a book just for the sake of being able to say that I’ve written a book!
A lot of personal development books are the same
Interestingly, all of these people that state “everyone has something important to say” are book publishers, ghostwriters, and marketers who all profit from the people who write books! So, of course, they’re going to encourage every Tom, Dick, and Harry to become an author.
Once these books have been published, I am frequently contacted and offered free copies of new releases in exchange for a review.
I now turn down all of these offers!
Although in the past I use to accept them, what I’ve learned is that, essentially, most of these books say the same thing, albeit in a slightly different way!
It’s like they’ve got a conveyor belt going that prints the same book but with a different font and cover design.
Do you have a book in you?
Sadly, I don’t agree that everybody should write a book or that everyone has a book in them.
I’m not saying that the topic has to be ground-breaking or something that nobody has ever heard of, but please don’t write a book just so you can add “author” to your LinkedIn profile.
So, in my personal case, even though I do really want to write my own book (and I probably will do one day), I’m going to hold off for the time being until I know I can produce something that’s different from the generic personal development information that we’ve all read about hundreds of times.
What do you think?
This post is simply my own personal opinion and I’d love to know your thoughts on this topic.
Do you think that everyone has a book in them? Have you written a book yourself? Do you think that a lot of the personal development books out there are the same?
Please share your thoughts in the comments box below.