Please don’t tell me that you do not have the time to write a book for SAS Press. I already know that. You have a lot of things to attend to: a demanding job, family responsibilities, housework, yard work, shopping, cooking, eating, reading, favorite TV shows, commuting, sports to play, a pet to care for, exercise classes to attend, and a significant other to keep reasonably happy. And, somewhere between all of those responsibilities you need to sleep too, right? So, where would you find the time to write a book?
The good news is that the 282 SAS Press authors who wrote a total of 200 SAS books weren’t that much different than you are. They had work responsibilities, domestic obligations, and personal tasks that kept them busy. And, they did get some sleep too. Yet, they did manage to find the time to squeeze writing into their busy lives and become published authors. So, it obviously can be done.
I juggled my own real life and writing when I wrote my first book, the second edition of that book, my second book, and now when I am writing my third book. I rearranged my impossibly busy schedule so that I would have the time to realize my ambition of presenting written technical material to other SAS professionals. It can be done. Believe me; when you sign a book contract with SAS Press, you find the time.
Maybe you can go to work a bit earlier so that you can come home earlier and write. Perhaps you don’t need to sleep so late on the weekends. Maybe you can switch off child care or pet care activities with your significant other. Try skipping a few parties for a while; you will earn brownie points when people find out you are home working on your book. Do you really need to catch those TV shows now when you can watch them as reruns in the summer? If you really put your mind to it, then by bits and pieces you can reclaim parts of your busy week to write.
Don’t have the time to write a book for SAS Press? Think again!
You can learn more about Michael Raithel and his work by visiting his author page.