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From being a book Reader to now a book Author

If you are anything like me, just the thought of learning or reading a book is dreadful let alone authoring one. Well, this was me one year ago. Today, I can proudly say I am an author of an SAP PRESS book – Integrating Sales and Distribution in SAP S/4HANA. Hi, my name is Kartik Dua and in this article I would like to share my experience of how I came about being an author, with the anticipation that I can encourage people like me, who have the hidden talent in them but just need the gentle nudging.

We all know SAP loves acronyms, so let me use an acronym to highlight my incredible journey from being a book Reader to a book Author. The acronym is AUTHOR.

AUTHOR

AUTHOR

A – A is for Aptitude. If you have the aptitude for authoring a book, then I will urge you to just go for it. The initial dive will get you nervous but once you are in, I can almost promise you will swim through to the finishing line like a champion.

U – U is for Unconditional Rewards. I wrote the book out of passion and with the emotion that readers will benefit from my experience (good and bad). There was never a moment where I thought I want to sell my book commercially. I guess that is what kept me motivated throughout the journey – the unconditional reward of helping fellow SAPers become experts in their own domains.

T – T is for Tag Team Partners. If you ask the most successful leaders around you as to what is the secret of their success, they will say it is either the inspiration of a family member, or the motivation of a friend, or the encouragement of a colleague, or the guidance of a mentor/coach or all the above. For me it’s all the above. I had a great co-authoring team. I received all my motivation and inspiration from my wife and my 3-year-old boy. There were many colleagues and friends who encouraged and helped me on the days where I felt dark and drowsy. And I had the best mentoring/coaching team in form of SAP PRESS or Rheinwerk Publishing.

H – H is for Humility. Do not be afraid to ask for help and once you receive the help, do not be shy to express gratitude. This mantra is not just true for aspiring authors, but you can make this an armor in your everyday professional and personal life too. By doing this you are opening many closed doors which will direct you to numerous paths of success and achievements.

O – O is for Open mind. You can not even imagine how many versions of table of content my book went through until I reached my final version. The first step in writing is a book is  to come up with a table of content (TOC) and then have the open mind that the TOC will go through many iterations as you progress along your book journey.

R – R is for Resiliency. Writing a book is not an overnight task, it will take you weeks if not months to write one depending on the scope of your book(it took us roughly 6 months to write a 600ish-page book). So be prepared to fall. A winner is not someone who does not fall, but a winner is the one who is resilient about her/his fall and then stands up with even more confidence to march towards the end goal.

I strongly suggest to develop these qualities of an AUTHOR, and your book will be the next best-seller. If you are looking for any kind of guidance or coaching, feel free to reach out. You can easily find me on SAP Community and/or LinkedIn. Or you can add comments to this blog article.

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      Author's profile photo Ravi Chauhan
      Ravi Chauhan

      Congratulation for your book & Thank you for sharing your experience Kartik.

      Author's profile photo Kartik Dua
      Kartik Dua
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you Ravi. Let me know if you wish to purchase the book. I can offer you a discount code. Thanks!

      Author's profile photo Denys van Kempen
      Denys van Kempen

      Congratulations, Kartik Dua !

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      For the reader, curious about the process?

       

       

      Author's profile photo Kartik Dua
      Kartik Dua
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you Sir!

      Author's profile photo Mynyna Chau
      Mynyna Chau

      Love your AUTHOR advice! I'm fascinated by the fact how you developed in only one year to becoming an SAP PRESS author! Congratulations and thanks for sharing, Kartik Dua !

      Would you mind re-posting this article in the new career corner here in SAP Community? I want to ensure your post gets awareness in that group too as I think you're sharing great advice that influences one's career development. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Kartik Dua
      Kartik Dua
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you Mynra! Sure, I will share it there too. It would be an honor.

      Author's profile photo David Turner
      David Turner
      Interesting theory indeed. At first glance, I wouldn't say that. But when I got into it, I realized that everything is just about right. I'm just writing a paper about it. I just have to ask someone to write my speech, perhaps I use https://edubirdie.com/write-my-speech for this. How cool they deciphered the word "AUTHOR" after all. In fact, every letter fits. This obviously took a lot of time. If they put me in jail with a pen and a piece of paper, I would have been sitting for exactly a few days and it’s not a fact that I would have come up with something. I want to find the person who came up with this.
      Author's profile photo Kartik Dua
      Kartik Dua
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks! What caught your attention the most?

      Author's profile photo Shrikant Metkar
      Shrikant Metkar

      Congratulation Kartik Dua