Writing the book, THE MINDSET OF NETWORKING, was quite the journey in itself. It’s not over yet either. Once I turn the manuscript over to the editor, it’s still not over. I’ve already experienced this process on the first chapter. I think correcting all my mistakes takes longer than writing the bloody thing.
One of the biggest differences between writing this book and the travel book is that the networking book didn’t involve any research. It was basically free form and pulling stuff out of my head. I tried to keep the content to around 2,000 words per chapter (there are ten chapters). One thing I’ve learned in constructing our SEBF web site is that the style of writing I was “trained” in no longer exists. Writing in paragraphs doesn’t work any longer. When you get a copy of the book, you’ll see what I mean.
Another thing I had to do early on was determine the structure and format of the book. In other words, how did I want it to look, chapter order, content structure, etc. If you decide to write a book, here’s a piece of advice. You should hire your book editor right up front. Don’t wait until the end. Their advice in the beginning will be invaluable. Once I finished a couple of chapters, I gave them to my editor. I wanted to know if I was on the right track. I didn’t want to wait to the end and turn in the manuscript and THEN find out that I should have formatted or structured the content in a different way. You know what that means don’t you? REWRITE.
Like I said earlier, writing the book is probably the easiest part of this journey. In my next blog, let me tell you about the things I’ve learned on the publishing side.
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Good luck and good networking.