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Ultimate 10-step guide to planning and writing your book
It'?s not always simple to write a book. But one book can make a difference. Maybe your book will be adding an additional revenue stream to your freelance shop and bring in donations so that you are no longer merely linked to by the work of the day. Maybe your book is an important asset for your expert knowledge in your area, impresses your customers.... and brings you new ones.
Maybe your book gives you the opportunity to get a whole new audience: you don't do it for book sale cash, but for the new leaders who may buy much more expensive goods or service from you. Or, perhaps your book reaches tens or even tens of tens of millions who have a true influence on their life.
This way you can design and compose your book in ten easy stages. Wait 60 min for research. That is a preliminary stage to any real design! When you are writing a book, you (probably) want everyone to finally do it. This means you need to make sure there is an audiences for your work before you waste a metric tons of them.
Although it may seem ridiculous to you that your book is needed, it doesn't necessarily mean that they do. Here is how to get an impression of what they want: Inquire about your possible book ideas: Which ones would you like to see? Consider issues you often get from newcomers.
Would this book be something that would respond to them? And if you don't have an initial concept, all of these can be great ways to find out what your audiences want so you can do just that. Don't try to get everything covered by a wide subject - it's way too much to deal with, and what will you be writing next?
Key-action: Make sure there's an audiences for your book. Do not jump into the world of writing and designing without taking this action. 15-60 min to think about, according to how clear you already are. We' ve already taken a brief look at some of the great advantages of a book.
It' bout to make it clear what you want. It' ll be your book: Is it a book you are selling at an event to make a little more cash, but also to give your work and yourself a permanent memory? You have to make a decision in advance as to what kind of book you write.
KYKE-ACTION: Come up with a number of keywords for your book: To help you do this, you might want to look at similar titles and find out about how long they are. Fifteen-minute to work out a reasonable timeline. Can I tell you a sorry reality about writing a book: if you are waiting for a piece of free day to appear in your calendar.... it will never be.
All you have to do is choose when to put "write my book" into the remainder of your lifetime. They may not have much felxibility over time: maybe you have a daily work or a state of mind, or (like me) you need to find space to type while you raise youngsters.
You should be able to do at least one of them: 1. 15 min in the mornings, seven nights a week or so ("As Darren Rowse, of ProBlogger Glory, mentioned here, that's exactly how he wrote his first eBook). 30-minute writing, Monday through Friday, during midday at work.
10-minute writing twice a DAILY while your infant sleeps. Every Saturday and Sunday mornings for an entire lesson. Any of these will give you two lessons or more per week on your e-book. That' s enough timeframe to type 2,000 words, which means that for a 40,000 words e-book (which would definitely be long enough to be counted as full-length), you will be finished with your design in 20 or about four and a half month.
However, rely on me when you are waiting to all of a sudden a whole free weeks to type like the breeze.... You will still not be ready month later. If you have more free space, of course, make sure you use it! Bonuses Tip: If you plan to promote your e-book in advance (e.g. post messages to guests), don't miss to allow enough free space for processing and post.
As a general guideline, allow for about 2/3 of the design timeframe for this stage - so if it took you 20 weeks to design your e-book, allow about 13 for proofreading and posting. KEY-ACTION: Sign up at a certain "book writing time": Note it down and divide it with at least one individual (enter them in a comments to this article if you wish).
Wait 10 - 20 min. for your first mind map. Maybe you already have a good feel for what is in your book, or you just have a cover or theme concept and don't know what to use. Type the theme of your book in the middle of a piece of hard copy, then note down related thoughts around the margin.
Here is my very fast mind map for a book concept I've been thinking about: Although you are going to turn this into a conventional straight line contour soon, it is important to begin with a nonlinear approach: it will help you get all the ideas out of your mind and onto pencil without having to worry about what order they have to go in, and it can free you up to be more imaginative.
To do this, I note on my mind map which idea is of central importance and which will probably - after careful consideration - not even suit this book. The most important ones are in a meaningful order and this is the beginning of my sketch - often the headlines of the chapters.
When guiding people through a creative lifecycle, such as posting their eBooks on Amazon, it makes good business to begin with what they need to do first (e.g. order a book jacket design). Begin with simple, fast winnings and move on to more complicated hints. If your e-book is more of a resource index (e.g. a review of 100 novels on writing) and you don't want to implicate some kind of "best" to "worst" order, then an alphabetic listing can work well.
You may be writing about a historic occasion or motion; often it makes good business to organize at least some of your sections in chronological order, beginning with the Earliest Point and ending with the Last Point (which may correspond to the present). At the beginning of the book, however, you may have a larger view and at the end a summary.
I wrote a complete schematic for Part One, then the other parts have some approximate hints as to what will be included: To me, this is one of the most thrilling phases of writing a book: with a checklist of sections, this book is much nearer to becoming reality. Next stage is just to fill in the detail.
MEASURES: Make at least one summary of your book. Describe all the important areas you will cover in writing - and preferably you have working title for each one. Take 1 - 2 hrs time to review your entire lesson plans. You will probably need between three and five points for each of your sections (if you have more than five, think about dividing it into two sections; if you have two or only one point, you may want to combine it with another section).
Scroll through your mind map and drag all subitems to the corresponding sections. You can also launch new mind maps for each part or section to collect your own thoughts. Any of them have a new plan? KEY IMPACT: Fill in at least the first three sections of your book.
When you really want to get started writing, you don't necessarily have to do the whole schedule at this point - you can schedule a few sections at once. Take 15 - 30 min to create a powerful tutorial. It' not something you have to do to compose a book - but it will make your job a lot simpler, and it will guarantee a well-structured, easy-to-understand book for your readers.
So, if you are a blogsger, you should find this a simple and hopefully quite simple way to organize your book. It is possible to choose to use a default tree for your keyboard points, e.g. by beginning each point with a quotation, example or screen shot. You' re done with your plans!
There are of course other scheduling assignments (you may need to research for certain chapters) - but you have a powerful, sound view of your whole book and can begin writing. Be free to use the five-point example above, or come with one of your own - maybe you want to see how the sections are organized in a book similar to yours.
Take 15-minute time to determine how best to write your book. Whilst nothing prevents you from piecing your sections together by putting them in bit and piece into your detail until it finally becomes a complete book, I favour a more organized way of working. Design each section alternately, start with section 1 and work forward.
Usually it is best to work sequential, because then you can readily access things you have already dealt with - and you can get a feeling of fluidity and progress in your book. Design the intro after you have written the body of the book. Be sure you don't miss this: it's simple to stop with the last section, but it's usually a good way to have some kind of general follow-up that will give the readers some useful next moves.
They may also involve checkout of another book you have posted or subscription to your blogs or newsletters. This includes a "About the Author" section, a dedicated page, a page where you can thank those who wrote, and so on. Perhaps you would like to start by writing the simplest chapter to get over your early opposition.
Or, perhaps you want to tackle the most research-intensive chapter so you know that some of the most difficult work is done quickly. It is important that you have a sensible schedule so that you don't keep asking yourself what to work on next.
Key-action: Choose how you want to get closer to writing your book: note down your schedule so you can use it. Leave 5 - 10 min to determine what you will do to enhance your focusing. It is a big, tough job to make a book - and many of us have problems remaining prolific.
After you have defined the writing timings (see steps 2), you can overcome some of the early opposition to sit down - it's book writing timing- so you will open the paper and move - but you may still be diverted. Being a procrastination can become a habit: if you spent your writing meetings reviewing Facebook or watchin' nice feline video, it will just seem like a part of writing that is naturally straight.
You can do many different little things to increase your focusing, but these are the three that probably make the greatest and most immediate difference: 2. Just tell yourself that you only have to spend time writing for a few seconds and then you can take a pause.
Perhaps you would like to start by writing the simplest chapter to get over your early opposition. Or, perhaps you want to tackle the most research-intensive chapter so you know that some of the most difficult work is done quickly. It is important that you have a sensible schedule so that you don't keep asking yourself what to work on next.
Key-action: Choose one thing you will do to strengthen your perspective as you work on your book. Attempt to make it very fast and easy so that you can do it right at the beginning of each writing sessions - so it quickly becomes a custom.
As an example, "turn off wifi" or "set a 15-minute timer" or "turn on my music". Take 15-minute time to write down important information about your "typical" readers. Though your blogs may seem to be flowing lightly onto the display, you may feel pompous and uneasy when writing your book.
Maybe writing seems clumsy or concerned; maybe you' re veering between going into too much detail on every point and blading over important information. Often it's just a matter of driving the writing forward until you find a naturally occurring sound and river - it can take some while.
In order to accelerate the book publishing experience, it may be helpful to concentrate on a particular "typical" readership (perhaps someone you know in reality, perhaps someone who has been featured in your blog). Perhaps you are hearing this as "ideal reader", "reader avatar" or "reader personality". If you could explain it to them in an e-mail, how would you do it?
Also, keep in mind that you can come back and make edits - even if your writing is a little harsh at the moment, keep going! Keys Action: Make a note of some important information about your "typical" readers. Take 10 mins. to determine how to handle your problem.
To start a new book can be a little like a new diet: you go at it enthusiastic for a few nights.... only to then slip back into poor customs. You' re bound to have some awful writing time. It is important that you write again after a poor start or a poor one.
Identify ways to save your writing timestamps. When you are continuously intermittent, can you go somewhere else (café, libary, park) to quietly work? Take advantage of the available to you. If you find only 30 min. this workweek. Specify periods for "catch-up" writing meetings if required.
Maybe you usually work from 6:00 to 6:00. 30 o'clock after work, but if for some damn thing that doesn't happened, the first thing you have to do is start writing on a Saturday forenoon. Have a real rest from writing. You start burning out, you'll have a whole free day. Completing your book a full book a full month later than scheduled won't make much of a difference (unless you have a deadline); you give up your book altogether!
If you have a poor weeks and are trying to give up, make a decision now. Have you taken some sabbatical? Are you reconnecting with the reasons why you wanted to even start writing the book? Following these instructions you will soon have a complete first sketch of your book.
So if you're only doing one thing from this book slate this weekend, make it this week: give a lot of work on your book. When you can do that, everything else will be fine: you can go over the schedule during your first working session and then start writing.
There are 5 ways to find the right freelance book editor (Stacey Ennis, JaneFriedman.com) - edit is not easy, and you want to make sure you're working with the right people. Self-Publish A Printed Book (Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn) - again a lot of great information and a good look whether it is worthwhile for you or not.
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