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My friend Shannon had written hundreds of blog posts, so it caught me off guard when she begged me, “You have to help me write a book.” She was so serious I couldn’t help laughing.
“I’m sorry, Shannon, but did you hear what you just said?” She wondered if she had said something wrong.
“You asked me to help you write a book,” I continued. “You’re a blogger, remember? Don’t worry about writing a book. Instead, just write a 1- or 2-page table of contents for the book you want to write. Then figure out which blog posts you’ve written that fit under each chapter.”
Shannon sat stone-faced for a couple of seconds. Then the epiphany hit her. She beamed. “Yes! I’ll have that table of contents to you before the end of the day.”
Shortly after 5:00 p.m. I received an email from Shannon. True to her word, she had written the table of contents for her dream book. Better yet? She had attached a finished 275-page manuscript for that book!
Best of all? Her book was published 100 days later.
My friend Bob met me at Starbucks. Right after I finished my drink, Bob looked at me seriously. “I need your help, David. I’ve been working on my book for two years and have run out of steam.”
I didn’t say anything. I just looked in Bob’s eyes. When I knew I had his full attention, I said: “If I promised you that your book would be published this year, do you think you could write faster?”
Bob laughed. “Okay, I see the problem. I was worried whether my book would actually be published. I see your point. Yes, I’ll finish it this winter. I promise.”
Like Shannon, he kept his word. He published his book by early summer, went on a three-week speaking tour, and made more money selling books than he had ever made in a year.
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David Sanford is both a published author and speaker. His book projects have been published by Zondervan, Tyndale House, Thomas Nelson, Doubleday, and Amazon. He's been a featured speaker for events at the Billy Graham Center at the Cove, the University of California Berkeley, and more.MORE ARTICLES