He sold top business minds on a TV show that promised to save the world – and make them famous. They handed over thousands. Then reality set in. The show didn’t work, the network gave up, the show’s star left. But then it happened again.
This is the story of how you can be famous for only a few days, and how you can be a bestselling author and multimillionaire in just a few weeks.
The “how to” begins with a simple question: “Should I write this book and get it to this publisher by the end of next week?”
The key, experts agree, is to write the book and publish it before you get a single email asking for a contract or a royalty statement.
After the initial excitement subsides, the first stage becomes a challenge. “The book must be better from the first draft,” says one author.
“It is more challenging than you think,” says another. And the hardest part is “getting a publisher to take a risk on you,” says one.
But in the next 24 to 48 hours, things become almost as simple as pie.
First, as the author gets an idea for what’s on his or her mind and what she or he wants to write, the first thing to do is to determine an audience.
“You have to ask yourself: How can I get an audience to care?” says one writer of a bestselling book.
“What are the types of people who will be eager to buy it? If you had a large audience and no one bought it, then that’s a problem,” says another.
And then you “have to make sure every aspect of it has just the right amount of depth,” says another.
So one goes back to the beginning and gets an outline. Another uses “a lightbulb” to create a detailed