During my weight loss and ever since I hit the 100 pounds down, several people have told me to write a book. Sure – no problem I thought. I am a writer, so I can write anything. I mean – how hard can it be? I have a story…but what will I say? Who really cares? Is it really worth it?
My Writing Background
Have you ever thought about writing a book? Do you know what goes into a book? My writing background is mainly tech. Over the past few years I have added health-related blogging, but my structured reading content has always been technical. Writing a technical book is easy. You have concepts you must cover, with a particular flow.
Google my name and you will find my published technical book that I co-authored with my husband and another guy. Any other writing content of mine is proprietary with the company I worked for and you have to pay for training to consume it.
What Happened to Get Me Writing
The first weekend of June this year, I went to GRRRL Live in Las Vegas. This was my second year attending and I loved it, yet again. On the second day, Caterina Rando spoke on stage for all of 10 minutes and gave me the missing pieces to write my book. In a nutshell, she helped me come up with the missing structure. Unfortunately, I never connected with Caterina before leaving. But here are pictures from the event 🙂
Fast forward to June 4th – I was jet lagged on June 3rd – I sat down to put my ideas together. Taking the concepts from Caterina, I developed my outline – which actually came from I presentation I have now given twice.
The Tools I Used for the Book
I started scripting in Google Docs and when I was 90% done, I Googled self publishing tools. I found the following article and hit up each page. Ultimately, I decided to use Kindle Create.
The app was fairly easy and is very simplistic. I downloaded the app on June 12th and published the book the same day. Yep. Nine days after sitting down to write, I was publishing to Amazon Kindle.
What the Book Is About
As mentioned, the book structure came from a presentation I have given before. While the presentation is titled Working for a Living, the talk centers around the various excuses I have heard over the years around weight loss. Using this structure, I challenge the reader around the excuse and then share information about me. The information is in relation to the topic and split between my childhood and adult life. Since the structure came from the excuses, the book is titled No Excuses and is available in eBook or hard copy on Amazon.
I hope you enjoy it. This has sparked other ideas for books…
Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.