3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing a Book
Statistics show that 81% of Americans want to write a book.
And the sad part is that a lot of the people who really should write a book are too busy changing lives to put everything on pause to write one—especially pastors!
If you’re wondering which category you fall into, ask yourself a few questions first:
1. WHO WILL YOUR BOOK HELP THE MOST?The most important question to ask about your book idea is: Will it help someone?
For example: Say you are having a great conversation with someone about your book idea in a coffee shop. Is that person leaning forward as you are telling them about it? Are their eyes big? Does it seem like you’ve opened a new world to them and that they are encouraged with the possibilities and excited to start reading?
These are all indicators that your book idea is really touching someone. They’re a sign that yes—you need to write your book.
Because the big reason people purchase a book is because they believe it can help change their lives. They want to better understand Scripture, apply it to their lives, and deepen their relationship with Christ.
And if there’s a way you can help them do just that? You shouldn’t just want to write a book. You need to write one.
2. WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION?If you’re going to impact people, you have to know what your ultimate motivation.
It might be that you want to help others live out the Gospel, lead people more effectively, or strengthen others’ walk with the Lord. Whatever it may be, it has to be at the forefront of your mind from the beginning.
Because if you’re simply writing a book to add “author” to your title, chances are that people won’t be interested in what you have to say. You need to have a passion behind why you’re writing.
3. WHAT ARE YOUR BIG-PICTURE GOALS?If your number-one goal is simply to sell your book to make money, you’re headed in the wrong direction.
One of the worst ways to make money from a book is to sell it—at least at first. Instead, think of a book as a handshake at a networking event. A book buys you possibilities.
You’ll only limit those possibilities by trying to sell your book to complete strangers.
So, instead of thinking about your goals in dollar signs, get creative. Think of all of the possible ways a book could benefit your ministry: Creating valuable relationships, leading people to your blog, gathering podcast listeners, building an email list, acquiring speaking endorsements, boosting your credibility through endorsements, spreading the word about your church—the possibilities are endless.
If you’re part of the 81% who wants to write a book, but you aren’t sure where to start, begin with the questions above. From there? Form a vision for your book.
Because writing a book is a lot of work, and you don’t want to move full-speed ahead in the wrong direction. You need a firm foundation, a strong vision, and concrete goals.
And if the thought of all of this overwhelms you and you’re looking for a team of professionals to come around you and handle getting your book written and published, Sermon To Book’s hybrid ghostwriting and publishing is the perfect choice.
How does it work?
Instead of starting from scratch, we come around you and handle the work. First, we transcribe your sermon series word for word, arrange it into chapters, and make it read like a book. Then we thoroughly edit, rearrange, and rewrite portions of your sermons so they read like a fluid, concise, powerful book.
And last but not least, we publish and help you market your book—with the end goal of getting it into the hands of those who need it most.
Chances are your sermons are just collecting dust. They’re preached once and forgotten, when they should be touching lives and spreading the gospel. This is why it’s our mission to get pastors’ books into the hands of readers—because we know you have a lot of hidden-away wisdom to offer. And, most likely, you’ve probably put off writing it for far too long.
Want to find out more?
Schedule a strategy session with me below. I'd be honored to show you how easy and possible writing your book really is—along with getting the results you desire.