Writing a book is definitely not for everyone. It’s a time-consuming process that requires a lot of dedication and stamina – not to mention the content that will keep readers interested. Take this quiz to determine if authorship is in your future:

Do you agree, disagree or neither agree nor disagree with these statements?solving problem diagram


  1. You find yourself explaining your ideas repeatedly to employees, colleagues… or anyone within earshot.

  2. The books you’ve read on your area of expertise are either outdated or you find yourself wanting to add to them.

  3. You always have to cut your blog posts down and feel like you could have written a lot more.

  4. You’ve already started compiling some notes, and they are really starting to stack up.

  5. Your friends and colleagues constantly tell you that you should write a book.

  6. People tend to come to you for advice in one specific field or on one particular topic.

  7. You’re at a point in your life and career where you’ve got the expertise AND some spare time that could be devoted to book-writing.

  8. You relish a challenge and have no problem putting in the time and effort to create something that will inform others.

  9. You’re passionate about something and want to share that passion with others.

  10. You are willing to put in the time and energy to promote a book once it’s finished.


If you AGREED with most of these statements, congratulations, you may be a prime candidate for the authors’ club!


If your responses were mostly NEUTRAL, you may want to take on something a little less involved than a book. An e-book or user manual may be more your style. It’s important for people to have one easily accessible go-to place for information, and you could be just the person to provide it to them!


If you DISAGREED with most of the statements above, you may want to consider blogging instead. An entire book may not be quite right for you, but perhaps publishing a series of shorter, more concise pieces will be the perfect fit.

About the author

Rachel Rachel Brownlow is founder and CEO of Your Written Word LLC, a ghostwriting company that helps successful and aspiring business leaders take their ideas from conception to publication. She has written, edited, proofread, consulted and/or created publishing proposals for more than a dozen nonfiction books. She also contributes to a variety of magazines and publications, including the Austin Business Journal, Austin Monthly, NSIDE Magazine and Georgetown View Magazine. You can find more of her work at rachelbrownlow.com/portfolio.