For those coming out of a corporate career or professional life, writing a business book can be an exciting and high-yield way to leverage your career experience and expertise. With the newfound time afforded by retirement, authoring a book becomes a realistic possibility. And the benefits are many: It can open a range of new professional opportunities while providing a platform through which you can reflect on your career experiences and insights. A business book can show your talents, ways of thinking, and unique experiences that shaped your career and life, while creating a legacy that can be shared with family, colleagues, friends, and others. It can focus on your entire career, or a particular period. Writing can be hard work. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone—there are many resources and professionals who can help you. Whether you have decided to write a business book, or are considering it, the information on these pages will help provide insight and clarity.
10 yes/no questions to help you determine if this is a good direction for you
Do I have a career-related story or angle that would be compelling and engaging to others?
Have others ever encouraged me to write a book?
Is leaving a legacy important to me?
Do I enjoy writing or telling stories?
Do I think I have enough material for a book?
Is it easy for me to be transparent about my professional experiences?
Have I overcome challenges during my career that I am willing to share?
Am I willing to dig deep into my experiences and share them in ways that would be interesting to others?
Am I willing to invest the time, money, energy and effort required to author a book?
Do I have, or can I create, a workspace where I can be uninterrupted, inspired and productive?
Here are questions and answers that address common issues and concerns for those interested in becoming an author.
Assess this option against the following eight criteria: