“I think of myself as a teacher, not an author.”
Source: The Ask Gary Vee Show
Tim Ferriss is one of the most successful nonfiction authors of the last decade. He became the vanguard of a generation freelancers and solopreneurs. His books have sold millions of copies.
Yet, he identifies himself as a teacher more than an author. He teaches through his writing.
In truth, all nonfiction authors are teachers. Their books instruct and empower their readers.
In order to get better at writing nonfiction, one must get better at teaching. All authors need to work on writing as a craft, but nonfiction authors also have to develop their ability to teach well.
A teacher helps the student make connections between something new and something they know. This simple outlook on teaching alone could make a nonfiction author better than before.
How does your nonfiction book connect your new ideas to what they already know?