Revenue Accelerator with Diana Needham
In this episode of the Revenue Accelerator Podcast, our guest will be Diana Needham, the CEO, and founder of Business Book Partners in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Diana has been making magic happen since 2008 for big business book partners, entrepreneurs, speakers, and business leaders. She has created over 90+ bestselling authors in a row using her proven system. Today, Diana tells us how she approaches her clients and how this system works.
Diana’s Work Background
Project management is in my blood. So, one of the side things that makes me different, I think, from a lot of people that work with authors is that there is a proven process.
I had no time to work with my people. That's what I loved the most about my role: mentoring and working with people.
You need to be clear about some key questions at the very beginning. And the first one is about why am I writing this? What's the big heart story? I have to dig a lot of times to get the heart story behind the book. Why is this so important? Because you don't want to be writing the wrong book. And you don't want to be writing something you don't have passion for.
When I work with people from the beginning, they've got some idea, even if it's vague, which we refine, and we figure out those answers to those key questions. We know who it is, what the problem is that we're solving, what we want to be known for, what's the result that we want from this book.
Knowing your end goal
It goes back to that foundation, those seven questions. And knowing your end goal, that's another thing that people miss is like, okay, at the end of the day, imagine you have this book in your hand. What do you want to have to happen? And they never thought about it. They want to get it out there but haven't thought about what they want.
How changes are made
if you somehow got to the finish line with a book, and you're looking at it now through the lens of how can I use this as a business asset, there are probably some key things we could look at, tweak, rearrange and make it work.
Starting conversations with partners
How do you start the conversation? Just turn the conversation from discussing the weather to whether we should work together. Does the conversation start with what you are reaching out to?
It takes us a while to realize that what makes us different from everybody else who does what we do is our experience and story.
Learn more about Diana Needham by visiting: www.dianamneedham.com