Can you really write a successful book so quickly?
I’m an avid reader and often read books that the author claims to have been writing for the last year or two.
But does writing a book really need to take that long?
I know that some books need a ton of research, but it still seems like a pretty long time to me. Maybe it’s mostly research and not writing. Or maybe they don’t write very often. I don’t know what the answer is.
Earlier in life, I was always put off the idea of writing a book, simply because it seemed to take so long.
But then I decided to give it a go.
I decided on the title and the general layout of the book. It was to have an intro and 10 chapters. It was about eating a healthy diet.
The same day, I also wrote the intro and first three chapters.
At the end of the day I ordered a book cover from someone on Fiverr.
I wrote another four chapters. This was easier than I thought it would. Surely a book couldn’t be written this quickly.
On day 3 I wrote the final three chapters, and also wrote a short conclusion.
The cover was also finished on day 3. It wasn’t the best, but I was so eager to get the book published that I decided to use it. I could always change it later if needed. Maybe not the best decision, but that’s what I did.
I spend most of the day reading and editing the book. I was pretty exhausted at the end of it. But it was worth the effort to get it finished quickly.
I know that if I had written more slowly I’d probably have given up halfway. Once I start something, I need to get it finished as soon as possible.
If I don’t, I just start procrastinating. It’s one of my specialties. Even this post was meant to be written a few hours ago.
At the end of the day, I uploaded it to Amazon Kindle.
I woke up the next day to find that the book was live.
I’d read in a few places that offering the book for free for a few days would boost sales, so that’s what I did.
I offered the book for free for the next 5 days. Those were days 6–10. It didn’t sell any copies on the first day it was live.
During those five days, thousands of copies were downloaded. So many that I didn’t think there would be anyone left to buy it. I thought I might have made a big mistake.
The first day that it was back on sale at full price, it sold around 10 copies. I wasn’t even expecting it to sell that many in an entire month. I thought it must be beginner’s luck.
But as the days went by, it kept selling.
By the end of the first month, it had sold around 150 copies. The profit was $500. I was blown away.
I planned to write ten books and make $5,000 a month.
It was all so easy. Write a book in 4 days. Make $500 a month.
Sales kept up for a few months, but then started to dwindle.
I eventually made around $4,500 from this book.
All of this was quite a few years ago. It’s not so easy these days.
Read my previous story below to find out about the other 7 books.