Having been an editor for seven years, I like to share tips and findings on my two blogs with all the new book authors. But I never realised that there was a need for fast-start author training days. When there was the 48-hour Author weekend workshop for planning your book, I poo-poohed the idea that anyone can successfully plan and write a book this quick. Now I know more of the barriers to people writing their first book, I get it. If support is needed, I still think it best to spend the money on writing coaching over 3-6 months and learn writing techniques and marketing tips every day, but I understand. People want to deep dive, and avoid their own procrastination, deliberation…
A lot of people right now want an escape from reality. The stop-gap income of Federal government support is finishing, the economy is not so grand, and many are looking for a new job. Writing a book which fulfils several goals and triggers our own creative genius… is the best escape ever invented! So let’s focus on how to turn some spare time into a book.(more…)
Many people in business want to write a simple ebook, but when they sit down to write it, all that comes out is fluff… They may think, ‘I haven’t got a single original idea!’
Others fall into the endless loop of writing and re-writing. The real problem with both these writerly types is that they have not planned. They have not spent any real time organising their thoughts and ideas around a central theme.(more…)
Previously I wrote about the steps of outlining and planning, but here I want to discuss my favourite book outlining methods, among other tips.
If new to book writing, you may be unaware that structuring an outline can help you step through the writing process without so much stress and strain.
I admit to being ‘seat of my pants’ style writer, as I had lots of time to let ideas bubble to the surface. But for most business-oriented writers, a timeline and deadline is needed—and so an outline can help you keep on track… and unscramble your brain.
Writing an outline is super-important for ambitious projects with many moving parts. The simple making of a table of contents is a good start, but we are talking more about WRITING TO A MAP.
Mind Mapping (bubble chart or the original one-word-per-strand map) is the start of a writing outline process. We may also use AnswerthePublic.com to find reader questions (the faster way to survey) if you have no idea what they want.
Then, we can move on to answering the questions and sub-topics that popped up. This doesn’t work with fiction; only with factual topics.
On the new book Outline document, fill out the case study ideas, the general points, perhaps the comparisons, in a paragraph underneath the topical chapter headings. Some will come to you later, so don’t worry, fill that in then.(more…)
Even though I’ve been writing books for 12 years, a distinct lack of planning has held me back. What about you? Can you discipline yourself to research, plan and write a nonfiction book series?
I’m a non-expert who writes—and self-publishes—how-to books on money, freelancing, and marketing. So, if I can have a minor success in these varying topics, you experts out there can definitely write on your key topics and achieve a lifelong ambition.
When planning, don’t stop at just one book. Plan for example a trio on varied angles FOR THE SAME AUDIENCE. The titles don’t have to be set in stone, but it’s good if they follow the same vein… like:
How to Start… or Create your… or
XXX Marketing for XXXX Business or Savvy Secrets for…..
Always research thoroughly (using Amazon and Goodreads) on the preferred book title. You don’t want to compete with a bestseller of the same title (but don’t worry about a nondescript one).
Sometimes you learn from the first book that, say, the practical approach doesn’t work and you need to get to the emotional side and write a self-help book. No problem, you can still change tack, as long as you are uncovering your readers’ needs and desires and writing for that.
The first thing a new book writer does within my world is lean heavily on my editing skills. But unless I have explanatory comments, this is not helpful to their progress because learning key writing techniques must come from other places too.
Some learning may come from reading great writing. Some books hit you like a brick with the emotion, while others leave you cold. What are the differences? Read on and find out.(more…)
I know it’s common to think of book writing as some kind of artisan thing, a Jack Kerouac at his writing desk, typing away his creative best.
But that just ain’t reality, kid.
In the real world, we must find a rising trend and a unique angle for our book. Not only for it to be looked at in the first place, but because if you don’t, you’re really only writing books for you.
That’s nice, but it doesn’t pay any bills, even the ones for your book.(more…)
There is a chasm between how novice and expert authors outline and write their book. Now, a lot of people writing a non-fiction book approach their writing like this:
Have an idea, start brainstorming, attack it with gusto, have too much content, rearrange it, find an angle, hire an editor, editor does a review and two rounds of changes, mould a final book, write blurb, hope it sells.
I used to be one of those people, so hey, I get it. But then I thought, what if I put some planning and research into those steps… would that help?(more…)
Here I want to uncover some of the fallacies around book publishing and how it is possible to turn something you love into a nice income stream.
Many of the authors I hear from have said, ‘It’s okay, I’m happy to publish my book and see, it doesn’t have to make a steady income’. Okay… but isn’t that fear talking? Wouldn’t you rather make a regular income?(more…)
I know all too well the feeling that everyone should be interested in my latest book’s content. I mean, who doesn’t want to manage their money better… or as with the Simple Drive to a Healthier Life book, who wouldn’t be interested in better health? Well, the fact is, some of us are cuckoo for money advice (and some are spenders)… and others are nuts on health (while some like to eat anything tasty). (more…)
Today I'm exploring whether it's possible to write a non-fiction book in one month and what other steps you will do in following months. So, can you write a book in a month? The answer is: well, I think that depends on what you classify as writing. Yes, you can outline, arrange your sticky notes (manual chapter structuring), and type like the clappers to get a draft of about 30,000 words for example. You will also need to write a full target audience description, check the blurbs of successful competing titles, and draft a book summary. Getting tired yet? Actually, you might want a writing coach before you complete the first draft, particularly if your background is academic or corporate and you can't…
Have the desire to create and share your ideas but not the know-how of writing a book? Then take a peek at the process of choosing a type (or model) of book to write. Starting out, mulling over ideas There are already millions of books published and available on Amazon, so here's a question: what is the one thing that none of them already have? Choosing the Best Book Model Breaking down complex and dry topics, a good writer draws out the ideas for their reader to digest. This is best done with a particular model. If you don't choose a good model to begin with, your book will wander. It can possibly annoy a reader who likes one type of books, and…