Yesterday, The Better Business Book, Volume 2 officially launched! With 12,000 downloads and hitting #1 in the overall nonfiction category, I wanted to keep talking to the writers about how they approached writing their individual chapters.
1000 words is not very long, so the way you write and what you want to say has to be done in a concise manner and you really learn to edit yourself! And when you have 100 people each writing from different perspectives and experiences, you will definitely be getting some new information!
Here is what five best-selling authors had to say:
“I have one thought in mind when writing: How can I improve the way we all use our time? If someone is kind enough to let us in their office or to take a part of their day to have a conversation, then the connection should enhance both parties. That is the essence of “Staying out of the mud,” my chapter.”
- Colin Lake is the CEO of 4URTIME, a company that helps busy families and small business owners connect to fully vetted & insured Personal Assistants on demand. He is also a highly sought-after mentor for leaders in the financial services industry.
“When given the challenge of writing something that would benefit other business professionals, I just thought about what I wish I knew 15 years ago to be more successful. Then the words started to flow…”
- Melody Rider is the Campus President at Virginia College and has an impressive career as an Academic Dean and College President at other universities. She also holds two Master’s degrees, in Compliance & Ethics and Organizational Psychology. Melody is passionate about giving back and is on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Worldwide and is a member of the Military Relations Committee.
“Even if we know what to do, we often don’t do it. It’s a commitment thing, and something I struggle with, and most of the people I work with also struggle with it. When I wrote my chapter I started by asking myself, ‘What is the most common problem that stops people succeeding?’ Then I worked on providing a practical solution. I know that’s what I want when I read!”
- Rosemary Shapiro-Liu is the author of The Mentor Within and Director at Triple Win Enterprises. She started her career working in the ganglands and prisons of Cape Town, South Africa, and now lives in Australia, where she offers facilitation and coaching based on people’s own best wisdom for better decisions and powerful action. She is also a founding contributor to Smallville.com.au, a forum for small business owners who think big.
“I wanted to tell my story of opportunity, and share my different paths to success and the mistakes I’ve made along the way. Many writers will take jobs doing anything except writing in order to pay the bills, and it’s easy to get stuck in that rut instead of pursuing their passion. In the end, I wanted to emphasize that being a successful writer doesn’t always mean writing the next great American novel. There are many other ways writers can be employed so that you can get paid to do what you love! Getting there may not look how you first imagined in your head (I know it didn’t for me), but the destination can be just as rewarding.”
- Kimberly Allen is the Owner of K. Allen Communications, LLC. She is a seasoned writer and editorial consultant with extensive experience creating print and digital media content. She started as a freelance writer for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, where she authored Clayton.Talk, a weekly blog column, for over five years. She then began work as a freelance writer with We Are Clayton Magazine, and was quickly tapped to serve as editor, and within just one year, Kim worked her way up to managing editor.
“I approached my chapter from the basis that while being an entrepreneur is great, how do you act and respond when things don’t go so great? What is your attitude when things are sucky.? ‘Quit Isn’t in Your Vocabulary’ just naturally flowed from there.”
- Rev. Dr. K. Bill Dost is the President of D&D Leasing, a multi-national equipment leasing and finance company to small businesses and entrepreneurial companies. He works in both the United Kingdom and Canada, where Bill is also active in philanthropy through the European Leasing Foundation and several other organizations. He is praised for having a high level of integrity and being incredibly focused on client service.