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8 Inspired Tips for Writing a Fresh, Stand-Out Book

Book-Writing Expert Lisa Tener came up with 8 new reasons to write a book, along with the briefest of case studies.

March 28, 2024

(Republished, in honor of our upcoming Writers Conference for Healthcare Professionals, a virtual LIVE conference with an outstanding lineup of speakers and topics. Join us LIVE, for this event, with 6 months access to all lectures after the event ends, or catch the footage anytime after.)

A couple of years ago, I came up with 40 Reasons to Write a Book,

including brief case studies of obvious and not so obvious reasons to write a nonfiction book:

  • To be acknowledged as a thought leader
  • To help a wider group of people
  • To launch a new company or support an existing one
  • To uplevel your speaking gigs
  • To make a career pivot

 

and some surprising—and even quirky—benefits, as well.

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8 More Reasons to Write a Book this Year

I came up with 8 new reasons to write a book, along with the briefest of case studies. Each example includes a way your book can break through a crowded marketplace and finds its way onto bookshelves.

 

The Tips

I hope these reasons (and subsequent tips) inspire you.

    1. Get in touch with the essence of your mission and message: There’s nothing like writing a book to help you get clear about why you’re here and how to share your wisdom in your truest voice. I’m living that lesson right now as I work on my favorite book yet. The project has event prompted a partial rebranding (which I hadn’t anticipated). If you’re not 100% clear about your direction, working on your book concept can provide clarity.
    2. Help people navigate uncertain or scary times: As a career/success coach, Tama Kieves noted the theme of fear coming up more regularly as clients grappled with greater uncertainty in our culture, environment, politics, work and social milieu, and, of course, their personal lives. Her antidote? Thriving Through Uncertainty, an invitation for readers to “walk through this doorway” into “the life you didn’t plan.” Her goal was to give her readers “the right support” for stepping out into uncertainty, to help people realize that what’s in their way, is their way, and to help them discover their most extraordinary answers, even in times of stress. What challenges do your readers need help to navigate?
    3. Innovate: In the Stevie Award-winning book, Feedback First, Huibert Evekink provides the framework for giving and receiving feedback, in multinational, intergenerational teams. The book served to launch his company, FutureTeaming, which uses innovative simulation software to teach this crucial leadership skill.
    4. Empower Leaders: Walking in nature is one of the most restorative things you can do for yourself as a leader. Craig Seyfried wrote Dad’s Journal: a Naturalist’s Guide to a Wonderful Life to honor his father and help others discover the adventures awaiting in deep connection with nature. How can your book empower leaders and leadership in today’s hectic world?
    5. “Change the trajectory of someone’s life”: Kristin Meekof, Author of A Widow’s Guide to Healing spent three years traveling the world (Kenya, United Kingdom, USA) interviewing over 100 widows for her book. “My hope is that someone who reads it will be able to connect with another widow’s story and feel less alone. I also included practical advice from experts who work with widows because loss has some very real challenges. I wanted to be able to guide widows through them.” Can your book connect people? Solve their biggest current problem in a transforming way?
    6. Revitalize Readers: Leena St. Michael saw how burned out many of her fellow activists were becoming. She wrote The Happy Activist to give them creative tools to nurture and recharge in order to be effective and sustain their work long term. Burnout is rampant in many fields from healthcare to finance. Can your book help your audience stay engaged and vitalized, perhaps in creative ways?
    7. Support an under-served group of people: Unlike sleep books for parents of babies and toddlers, Lynelle Schneeberg’s Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach offers a solution to parents of school-aged children. If you’re looking to write about a topic in a particularly glutted area, consider writing for an under-served audience, or find another fresh angle.
    8. Bring in new income streams: I recently heard from someone who just signed a book contract. Among several reasons, she envisions her book as a way to boost a new program she’s developing. Can you write your book and develop your program at the same time?

Catch Lisa Tener’s lecture, Writing For Healthcare Leaders: Strategies and Tips to Establish Authority and Leadership, as part of our unique Even Doctors Need Life Lessons series, now available inside our SERIES section.

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