It takes anywhere from 100 to 1,000 hours to write a book, depending on your writing speed, preparation, length, skill and numerous other factors. Of course, some books will take longer than 1,000 hours and some will take less than 100, but let’s just go with 500 hours for an average.

I’ve seen some children’s book authors crank out a book in a day and I’ve seen some novelists who took 500 hours or more to finish a book. So 500 is probably more time than most authors will need, but I like to be conservative so let’s go with that.

What if I could show you how to write a book without spending 1 extra minute of your time?

Well here’s how!

Time is Money

First, Save 500 Hours of Wasted Time

If it’s going to take you 500 hours to write a book, all you have to do is save 500 hours of time and then you’ll have a “free” book. It won’t take you any extra time to write it because you’ll have saved 500 hours of wasted time on other activities.

How To Save 500 Hours a Year (aka How to Write a Book Without Spending a Minute)

1. Shave in the Shower

For women, that’s pretty easy. For men, it’s a bit more difficult. You’re going to need a fogless shower mirror that you can stick to the wall. About 75% of men shave every day so if that’s you, you could easily save 30 minutes a week by shaving in the shower. That’s 26 hours a year!

You’re already 5% on your way to writing a book in no time in just one year. If this is the only change you made, you’d have a free book written in 20 years or less!

Time saved: 26 hours a year

Free Books: .052 books a year

2. Kill the Television

Americans spend an average of 34 hours a week watching TV according to a Nielsen report! That’s almost a full-time job. If you make this one simple change and turn off your TV for good, you can easily earn a full-time income as an author (or in any other career).

Imagine what you could accomplish with an extra 34 hours a week! At a book every 500 hours, that’s more than three and a half books a year!

Time saved: 1768 hours a year

Free Books: 3.536 books a year

3. Create Email Efficiency

The average worker spends 28% of their time reading and writing emails according to McKinsey Global Institute and International Data Corp. If we assume a 40 hour work week, that’s 11.2 hours a week spent on email. I’ve reduced my email time by over 50%, saving me 6 hours a week or 312 hours a year. Here’s how:


This amazing free service will help you batch unimportant emails into one daily “rollup” instead of cluttering your inbox with unimportant stuff. Even better, you can unsubscribe from any newsletters with one click! In 5 minutes, I unsubscribed from over 180 newsletters, many of which were just plain spam.

Create a 5-Minute Rule

Never spend more than 5-minutes on a single email. Keep your responses to about 5 sentences maximum. If you need to talk more, do it on the phone instead. You’ll save yourself a lot of time in the process and you’ll avoid incredibly long email responses that just suck up everyone’s time.

Time Saved: 312 hours a year

Free Books: 0.624 books a year

What To Do With All Your Bestselling Books

If you just apply these three simple strategies, you’ll be saving 2106 hours a year. That’s four free books a year plus an extra week of vacation!

Of course, just reading about saving time won’t do you any good. You have to take action. So start shaving in the shower. Sell your TV on eBay or just donate it to charity. And create email efficiency.

That, my friends, is how you too can write several books a year and have extra time left over for that vacation you always wanted but never had the time for.

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Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.

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