Can Writing a Book Help Your Career?

Writing a book is on the bucket list of many people. Some, like myself, just want to see their name on the spine of a novel. Have you ever put thought into how writing could help your career? While it may not grant you instant success, there may be some validity into how being an author can enhance your regular daily job.




How Writing Can Help Your Career

Writing has potential to boost how you perform in your particular career. Of course, this may also be dependent on how well you write in the first place. Even if you don’t have excessive skills when it comes to grammar, it still may be a great way to enhance yourself professionally.

Increasing Your Knowledge
When you research a novel, you will undoubtedly collect a great deal of information related to your industry. As a result, you make yourself more valuable to those who hire you. It’s much like getting an education. The more you learn, the more attractive you are to potential employers or clients.

Denotes Expertise
Nothing says professionalism like a book written on the topic. Writing a book demonstrates your expertise within the content. In effect, you’ll create a tangible asset that can be used to market yourself as an expert.

Pads a Resume
Writing a book regarding your preferred industry can be used to pad the resume. It can tell a lot about your persona when you take the time to create something meaningful. At the same time, simply writing a book may have potential to inspire employers or clients to hire you.

Online Self Publishing is an Easy Choice

In the past, it was quite a painstaking process to get a book published. Thanks to the evolution of technology, it’s easier than ever to have a novel ready to go in very little time. As soon as you submit the manuscript, your book may be ready to go. Services such as CreateSpace.com and others can help with this process. Since publishing a book is basically free in many instances, the only thing you’re out of is time.

Writing the Manuscript
Developing the manuscript is perhaps the most difficult part of the publishing process. It will take time to read and re-read your material in order to make sure it’s relevant, informative and legible. It may be a good idea to look at a few books related to your industry. It can help you get a feel for how others approached certain topics.

Not every professional has a solid grasp of proper grammar. You don’t want to publish something difficult for people to read. It may be in your best interest to co-author a book. In other words, you develop the content while someone else writes the words. This is actually more common than what you might realize. You may even find a ghostwriter who could do a majority of the work for you – at a price.

Submitting Your Novel
Submitting your novel for publication is relatively simply. Of course, this is dependent on the system you decide to go with. I haven’t had a chance to delve too deep into other systems, but CreateSpace.com has an easy platform to use. Essentially, you upload your manuscript and cover art. Once you enter your pertinent author information, everything else is automatic.

Share the Link
Once your professional book is published, you want to make sure people know about it. A lot of free self-publishing sites don’t offer marketing without adding a price to it. While investing in marketing could be worth while, you can do a lot of it yourself. Share the link to your book in social media, emails, blog posts and anywhere else it may be worthwhile. Don’t forget to immediately add your book to your resume.

Possibility for Income

When you write a book for the sole purpose of boosting your career, you’re not overly concerned about royalties. The book has served it’s purpose as a marketing tool for you as a professional. However, a well-written book may just pull in a second income. Since you already have a regular job, the royalties can be nothing more than fun money. Plus, it’s the sense of pride I suspect you’ll feel if you have something on your bookshelf written by you.

What this all boils down to is using the manuscript to increase marketing yourself as a professional. A lot of corporate experts put pen to paper for just that very reason. It can be a boon to your career as well as the bank account. Although you don’t have to achieve perfection in order for the volume to work as a professional enhancement, you may still want to deliver the best quality possible. It could very well be the starting point of being world-renowned in your industry.

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Michael

Michael has been a freelance writer since January of 2012. He has completed more than 5,000 jobs for a variety of clients ranging from animals to travel.

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