How to Write a New York Times Best Selling Book (from a Guy that Has Never Done it…Yet)

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I’m writing a book. It’s going to be a really good book. In fact, you’ll be able to find it on the New York Times Best Sellers list sometime in the next year or so. That’s how good it will be. It’s going to be published by Wiley in their New Rules for Social Media Series. Neither Wiley nor David Meerman Scott actually know this yet, although I suppose if they are reading this, they do now…they just don’t know it, know it if you know what I mean.

Anyway, being that I technically have not written a New York Times Best Selling Book yet, how am I supposed to teach you how to do it? It’s simple. I can’t. Not really, anyway. I mean, I guess I could do some research and throw together something pretty obvious or be vaguely profound by telling you to keep writing until it’s done and then send you packing, but I’m guessing that’s not what you are really looking for. And to be honest, that’s really not what this post is even about anyway.

Heads Up, Here Comes the Bait and Switch

What this post is really about is making a declaration. Stepping up to the plate, pointing towards left field and then smacking the snot out of the ball with everything you have and knocking it right over the left field wall with pinpoint accuracy. A declaration is a statement of fact even if there is no evidence of truth to it yet. It is the commitment to a future that is so powerful that it changes who you are right now and every single action you take from this point on. A declaration means telling the world without hesitation who you are and what you were meant for. And then doing it.

I am a New York Times Best Selling Author.

Whether I have finished writing the book yet is irrelevant. Whether The New York Times has awarded me that honor at this moment doesn’t matter. Whether Wiley has chosen to pick up my book right now doesn’t change anything. To me, deep down inside that statement is a fact. It changes who I have to be right now in order to live into it. I make different decisions because of it. I think differently because of it. I look at things differently because of it. I write differently because of it.

I am a different person because of it. The type of person that will someday soon be a New York Times Best Selling Author.

This is not some egotistical attempt to further my career. It has nothing to do with seeing my name in print. To me, it means being one of the best writers in the world. Proof that I have changed someone for the better with nothing more than the ideas in my head. It’s what keeps me awake at night.

This is Not a Goal

Don’t confuse this declaration with accomplishing your goals or receiving some gift from “the universe.” Those are all things you want whereas a declaration is who you are. Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France long before he ever won the Tour de France. It’s not because it was on his todo list. It’s because he bleeds bicycle grease. It’s who he is. If someone were to cut you open (not recommended), aside from all of the biological goo and perhaps what you ate for breakfast this morning, what would they find at your core?

Dig deep. It’s in there.

You have to look past your goals. Forget that long list of adjectives you have been using to describe yourself all of these years. Stop blaming others for your current lot in life. Disregard your limitations, you don’t have any. If you think you’ve dug deep enough, keep going. Eventually you will find it. And when you do, you will know.

And when you know, don’t keep it to yourself. Finish writing your story even if it hasn’t happened yet. Put it out there. Declare it! You can start right now in the comments below…

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  • Mighty Renegade

    Marc,
    I look forward to reading the book.  I’m not promoting this, but just because I saw it the other day, have you thought about pubslush.com?  You could let people buy an advanced copy (I would be one of those people).  If not, I’ll still buy an advanced copy.  What’s the quote on setting your sights on the stars and even if you don’t get there, you still may end up getting to the moon?  Okay, maybe I just made that up, but regardless, nice read.

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      You were close!  It’s “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” I’ll check out pubslush.com and get back to you on it. Might be useful if not for this project, for something else. This one is going to Wiley! :)

      • Katherine Bull

        Wiley, huh? :-)

        • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

          I’m not saying I couldn’t be talked out of it…uh oh, here comes the wink smiley face ;) – told ya.

  • Mighty Renegade

    Marc,
    I look forward to reading the book.  I’m not promoting this, but just because I saw it the other day, have you thought about pubslush.com?  You could let people buy an advanced copy (I would be one of those people).  If not, I’ll still buy an advanced copy.  What’s the quote on setting your sights on the stars and even if you don’t get there, you still may end up getting to the moon?  Okay, maybe I just made that up, but regardless, nice read.

  • Eimi Hall Middlekauff

    Free to Live: Life After Abuse by Eimi Middlekauff…. There ya go! One of the most successful self-help books out there! Coming soon!!!! Www eimihall com

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Love it! When is it coming out? Make sure you come back to announce it here when it does and include a link, OK? I checked out some of your music…sounds great. Love singer songwriters!

  • Eimi Hall Middlekauff

    Free to Live: Life After Abuse by Eimi Middlekauff…. There ya go! One of the most successful self-help books out there! Coming soon!!!! Www eimihall com

  • http://pinkdryerlint.blogspot.com/ Pink Dryer Lint

    Awesome post.  I’m learning to bravely declare that I’m a writer, rather than to meekly mention that I’m working on this book idea.  My declaration is this: my first book (Then I Became a Mother) will be published with Byrne Publishing this fall.  I’m anticipating a great beginning!

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      That’s awesome! Please come back and keep me posted on how it’s going and make sure to tell Byrne Publishing that you have already pre-sold one book!  :)

      • http://pinkdryerlint.blogspot.com/ Pink Dryer Lint

        Thanks, Marc!  I’ll certainly keep you posted.

        Sorry to hear about your, ahem, encounter with your siding, but glad that you took it in stride.  If you get a scar — which I hope you don’t — you’ll always have a good story about how you nearly lost your life.  Or bumped your head while getting your dog.  One of the two.  ;)

  • http://www.pinkdryerlint.com/ Robin Kramer @ Pink Dryer Lint

    Awesome post.  I’m learning to bravely declare that I’m a writer, rather than to meekly mention that I’m working on this book idea.  My declaration is this: my first book (Then I Became a Mother) will be published with Byrne Publishing this fall.  I’m anticipating a great beginning!

  • staci b

    Awesome reminder about owning who you are. I had a publisher for my newest book, Out Your ego!, and terminated the contract for many reasons. I’m looking for a publisher, one that can get the book to the NYT bestseller list. This is my eighth book – it’s time :) thanks again!

  • TomBMartin

    Marc – I’m a “New York Times best selling author” too. I’ve written a manuscript for a book titled “Wisdom All Around Us” – and it WILL be a best seller! I like your post. My friend David Schirmer (from “The Secret”) agrees with this concept too. A declaration & setting an intention are very different from “wishing & hoping!” David Schirmer says “Don’t have a ‘Plan B!'”

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