There are generally two reasons why people decide to write a book. Many people decide that a book is a great way to share their wisdom and knowledge.
If you’re an expert in your field, you probably recognise the areas where people often come to you for advice, and this is the perfect place to start if you’re thinking about writing a book!
One great example in this area is Louise Herrington, who started working with myself and the Librotas Team earlier this year.
Louise is The Singing Accountant (she’s also an opera singer!), and she specialises in supporting performers (singers, actors, dancers) with their tax and accountants. Her book admirably supports people in this niche, taking them from ‘Am I self-employed?’ to doing their own tax return, and everything in between.
I recently interviewed Louise about her author journey and I’m delighted to share it with you. You can listen here or watch via YouTube on the link below.
Louise is dyslexic, so this is one of the biggest challenges she faced. In our interview, she explained how this affected her and what she did about it. She also talked about why having a great editor and designer was really important to help her to finish it, and lay it out in a way that will be easy for her readers to read.
Her book, The Singing Accountant’s Guide to Tax and Accounts does exactly what it says on the tin! She’s already finding that it’s opening doors, it’s giving her credibility in the marketplace, and she’s been approached already to co-author another book next year. And there’s a limited company book also on the cards!
Here are Louise’s tips for budding authors:
- Know your material really well as it makes it easier to write.
- Use a dictation service if you prefer to speak your book rather than type (or you speak quicker than you can type!)
- Be patient, as it may take longer than you expect to go from what you feel is a finished book to your first printed copy.
- Play to your strengths and have a team of people to help you.
- It’s important to be memorable and to stand out!
Enjoy the interview and you can find more about Louise’s book and order it here.