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Killing the Elephant in the Room

Do you know how to kill an elephant and then eat it?

If you don’t have much experience with killing and eating elephants, then you’ll probably quickly realize this is a huge task. Overwhelming, even. It’s easy to get freaked out and just go running out of the room.

Same is true of creating a product, like a Kindle book. If you’ve never done it before, it may very well seem overwhelming. And yeah, you might be tempted to just go running and screaming out of the room!

But don’t. That’s because “killing the elephant” doesn’t have to be that hard.

In fact, you don’t even have to do it yourself.

As discussed inside “Earn More, Work Less, Get Famous,” you can outsource the whole task of writing the book to someone else. You don’t have to lift a finger. You don’t have to break a sweat. You just let someone else do all the heavy lifting.

But of course that’s not always viable, is it? Because not every has the money set aside to hire a competent ghostwriter to create a product. It’s a great idea, no doubt – but sometimes we need to work within the realms of reality.

Another solution is to get other experts to create your book… FOR FREE. You get great content, your book gets a credibility boost because of all the well-known co-authors, and your co-authors get free publicity. It’s a win-win situation. To find out how to get others to write your book for you, for free, check out the chapter “Sip Margaritas While Experts Do the Work” inside the “Earn More, Work Less, Get Famous” book.

Yet another solution is to do it yourself. This is where that elephant can look awfully intimidating, right? And this is also the point where people will tell you, “The best way to eat an elephant is one small bite at a time.” Or another way to put it, “the journey of 1,000 steps starts with the first.”

Yes, this is a possibility. But even if you’re eating this elephant in bite-sized chunks, you’re STILL eating an elephant. As in, it’s a big task. It’s going to take some time. And you’d probably rather get your project done sooner than later, right?

So let me give you another idea for killing this elephant:

Hire people to HELP you kill it and eat it.

You see, this isn’t an “all or nothing” proposition. In other words, you don’t have to hire someone to do all the work, nor do you have to do all the work yourself. Instead, you can split the work, which saves you both time and money.

Let’s look at the steps involved in creating your book:

1. Research the market. If you have a book idea, then you need to determine if the idea is likely to be good and profitable. Is there a hungry market? Are people already buying similar books? And what are the strengths and weaknesses of these similar books?

2. Research and outline the book. This often includes creating detailed notes about each of the topics on your outline as well as collecting data as needed.

3. Organize these notes and write the book. This is a matter of sitting down and turning the notes into well-formed ideas and a smoothly flowing book. You can learn more about how to do this by reading the “Roll Up Your Sleeves” chapter inside the “Earn More, Work Less and Get Famous” book.

4. Proof and polish the book. This is where you go back over the book, correct your errors and polish it up a bit before releasing it.

Now, you can hire a freelancer to complete any (or all) of these steps. What you hire a freelancer to do depends on your budget, your own skills, and what parts of the project you enjoy and are good at.

For example, maybe you’re more than happy to do the market research and write the book, but you’d really rather have someone else do all the other steps. So here’s how you’d kill this elephant:

Do your market research (searching Amazon.com) to make sure your prospective book topic is in demand (read “Earn More, Work Less, Get Famous” for an exact step-by-step blueprint for doing your market research).

Go to Elance.com, vWorker.com or oDesk.com and search for someone to research the product and create a detailed outline. On Elance.com, you can go to https://www.elance.com/browse-contractors and search using terms like “researcher,” “researcher,” and “book researcher.” Or you can post a project requesting researchers to bid on your job.

Be very clear with your researcher about how much research and data you need. Is an outline sufficient? Or do you need detailed notes about the topic? Do you need any supporting facts, such as statistics? If so, list these requirements.

Once your researcher has completed the job, go to the next step…

Write the book. Now it’s just a matter of taking the notes and structuring them, turning the research into coherent sentences. If you’re not much of a writer or a typist, no worries – just use a software tool like Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS). This virtually ensures you’re creating a book with an easy, conversational tone, because DNS allows you to create your book by talking.

Tip: Discover still more ideas for writing faster, easier and better by reading “Earn More, Work Less, Get Famous.” 🙂

Edit your book. Now take a look at what you created using Dragon Naturally Speaking. You may need to polish the edges a little. Once you’re done, you can publish your book immediately. Or if your book requires a bit more editing and polishing, then simply head back to elance.com and search for “editing” or “editor” or “proofreader.”

Be sure you’re clear about what you need from your editor. That’s because editors charge different rates depending on how extensively they’re editing your book. The lowest rates are for those times when you just need someone to catch the typos and occasional grammar errors. If you need extensive services, like rewriting the book to make it flow better, then you can expect to pay the higher end of the fee scales.

And there you go – a proven way to kill and eat that elephant one bite at a time.

You don’t have to spend gobs of money outsourcing the entire task. Nor do you have to chain yourself to your desk for months at a time, trying to do the whole thing yourself. Instead, do part of it yourself, hire someone else to do the rest, and then read “Earn More, Work Less, Get Famous” to discover how to turn your book into a bestseller!