So, you’ve been approached to write a chapter for a group book. Should you contribute, or spend your time and energy writing your own book?
First, let’s explore what an anthology, or group book, is about. It’s a book with a collection of chapters written by different people on a common topic, such as healing stories, coaching practices, or business advice. One person is in charge of compiling all the stories, editing, and publishing the book.
Anthology vs. your own book? Shared below are some considerations.
Anthology – Pros:
- You get your name in a book more quickly and easily than writing a full book on your own and feel the pride of accomplishment.
- Someone else takes charge of structuring the book, editing, and publishing saving you lots of work.
- You’ll be part of a group, which may lead to valuable connections for future collaborations.
- You may get some experience in the book publishing process.
- You gain confidence in writing.
- You save money by not taking on the whole burden of cover design, editing, and formatting.
- The book has a high chance of being a bestseller if each contributor gets several of their own contacts to buy copies. This is a much easier task than if you are responsible for selling your book on your own.
Anthology – Cons:
- You don’t actually feel like a published author if you are one of 15 or 25 other contributors to the book. Many people say they only feel that sense of accomplishment as when they write and publish their own books.
- Your name will likely not appear on the front cover of the book. It may be listed on the back, or just in the table of contents, so people will never associate you with that book.
- You will probably be asked to contribute money to the editing and publishing process which you could instead use to publish your own book.
- You may be restricted as to the type of content or length of your chapter. If you have a burning desire to write about a specific topic, you may not be able to in this book, or you will have a limited amount of space.
- You are unlikely to be discovered by the media or asked to speak at events.
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Writing Your Own Book – Pros:
- You choose the topic you want to write about and write as much as you want.
- You are considered the authority in your topic. This opens up many new opportunities, such as being featured in the media or asked to speak at events.
- You experience the pride and accomplishment of finally being a published author, and the joy of seeing your name on a book.
- You can put in links to your website, offer special gifts to your readers, or do whatever you want in your book.
- Your book will be an awesome tool for gaining credibility, educating your readers, and attracting your ideal clients.
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Writing Your Own Book – Cons:
- You have to do the work: actually, write the book on your own, or get someone to help you.
- You are responsible for all the content, as well as publishing and promoting your book.
- You need to invest time in learning how to publish successfully, so your book makes you money and brings you all the benefits it can.
So, what should you do?
Personally, I think that being part of anthology can be fun and exciting as a first venture or side project. But most people who come to me tell me that it’s not as satisfying as writing your own book, and it doesn’t give you the same benefits of being considered an authority. If you want to share your wisdom and expertise, you need to write your own book.
Which will you choose? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!