Matt Rudy is a Golf Digest Senior Writer and co-author of over 22 books, so he is the perfect guy to talk about writing your first book. We dive into everything from the idea to the most common mistakes people make when thinking about writing a book.
You have to have a good idea and you have to have a concept that you want to push forward that’s different than anybody else’s.
Because of self-publishing, there are a lot of half-baked ideas out there and things that aren’t executed particularly well.
If you want to separate yourselves from those ideas then you have to put a little more polish to it than just dashing something off. But if you have the time commitment (it takes around three months to do it right) it doesn’t take much technical expertise, anybody can upload a file and have something ready to go and put in a short order in.
Now if you are a teacher who has the germ of an idea that’s maybe a four-chapter idea or a serial idea that you want to do in parts, you can do something very inexpensively and get that idea across in a $6.99 golf book or $9.99 golf book that doesn’t cost a huge amount to produce and it doesn’t cost a huge amount to buy and get your name out there,
There’s a great market for teachers to do this who have great ideas to share.
About Matt Rudy
Matthew Rudy is a Golf Digest Senior Writer, professional ghostwriter and creative project developer. For Golf Digest, he collaborates with prominent players and teachers like Phil Mickelson and Hank Haney on instruction stories and also oversees the magazine’s ranking of “America’s 50 Best Teachers.”
In addition to producing more than 25 Golf Digest cover stories, he has written a monthly car column for Golf Digest called “Long Drives,” and has won multiple awards for his investigative and travel stories for Golf Digest, Golf World and GolfDigest.com.
Matt is the author or co-author of 23 golf, business and travel books, including best-selling golf instruction titles with Dave Stockton, Stan Utley and Hank Haney. Current titles include three that will be published in 2015 – Organize Tomorrow Today with Dr. Jason Selk and Tom Bartow, The Wedge Book with Brandon Stooksbury, and The History of the Swing with Michael Jacobs and Shaun Webb.
Links to Check Out
Joe Bosco’s Book – Real Golf: Taking Your Best Game to the Course
Brandon Stooksbury Book – The Wedge Book: An Owner’s Manual for Your Short Game
Michael Jacob’s Book – Swing Tips You Should Forget
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