What prompted you to write your book in the first place?
Initially I was asked if I wanted to contribute to Nikki Pilkington’s 30 Day Challenge series. The intention at first was simply to write a sales challenge e-book for Nikki’s series. Whilst in the process of writing this I was speaking to my VA Helen Stothard about how we might turn it into both a physical book and a Kindle book. One of my key goals this year was to publish a book so it also ticked off that ambition for me. It all slotted into place and went on from there.
Give us a brief synopsis of your book?
The book is called ’30 Day Sales Challenge’ and it’s a set of 30 daily challenges or tasks designed to take a new salesperson from being understandably nervous about selling through to becoming someone who is a confident, persuasive and engaging customer focused salesperson. I help them along that journey by sharing a daily piece of advice and then setting them a task related to that days insight. It works by getting the next task to build upon what has been learnt on previous days. I’ve been really pleased to hear that lots of my readers have improved so much over the course of the book.
Why did you decide to go down the self publishing route?
Because Helen told me it was the way to go! No, seriously, I knew Helen had lots of practical experience around self publishing so that definitely influenced my decision. I also felt I would have more control over the end product from self publishing and that has proven to be the case. Certainly with the growth of Kindle and e-books it’s never been easier to self publish.
What has been the best part of your publishing journey?
Opening the parcel containing the first copy of my printed book definitely. It is a moment I will never forget and made all the hours spent on the book worthwhile.
What has been the worst part of your publishing journey?
Waiting for the parcel to arrive was the worst part. I guess it’s like a child waiting for Christmas….it seems to take ages to arrive. It was worth the wait in the end though.
Would you consider writing another book?
Yes and in fact I have my second book coming out later in the year called ‘Inside The Entrepreneur’s Mind’ where I’m exploring what makes 21 real life business owners want to risk it all to grow their own business when they could settle for an easier life.
What would you have done differently in hindsight?
Nothing particularly other than I wish I’d have written my own book earlier. It has been a great thrill that I wish I’d have experienced sooner. I’d be on my tenth book by now!
What advice would you give a budding author?
Set yourself a clear date to finish the writing otherwise it just drifts and other things get in the way. Draft a basic plan of your content and chapter headings to provide a basic structure and try to have a distinct beginning, middle and end both to the book overall and to each individual chapter. Then break it down into so many words per day and make sure you churn those words out. They don’t have to be particularly polished (that can come later) but just the sheer discipline of doing a set number of words each day creates forward momentum. I’d also suggest they work with someone who has done it before and can help to get the book published.
Do you feel different in any way now you are an author?
Well my family hasn’t treated me any differently anyway J I feel proud that I have something out there in the world….a legacy I guess…..that can never be taken away from me. I feel pleased also that the book has enabled me to help far more people become more confident sales people than I possibly could have done face to face.
Where can readers purchase your book?
’30 Day Sales Challenge’ is available to buy on Amazon and Kindle and also via my website at www.GaryGorman.co.uk