Writers' Preparation Handbook
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Writers' Preparation Handbook

Ditch your intimidation -- start writing your book with confidence -- any book -- fiction or non-fiction.
3.9 (24 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,157 students enrolled
Last updated 12/2016
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 39 mins on-demand video
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • This course will prepare you so you can sit down and begin the organization of your book and start writing.
  • First and foremost, you should have the desire to write a book. While you can use a pen and paper, it is highly advisable to use a computer with a word processing program because writing the book is only the first part of your journey.

You want to write a book, but you don't know the first thing about getting started. Will it cost you money to create a book? How should you begin? Maybe you're not that computer savvy. This course helps you get everything organized so when you sit down in front of that computer you will not be intimidated by the setup and mechanics of getting started. You will be able to dive into writing your book content and, you will make great progress as you challenge yourself to write more and more each time you sit down at your computer. The great thing is, you will learn some neat tips and tricks along the way to make your book dream come true.

Some of the things you will learn are:

  • Why you should test the waters with an eBook
  • Organize your new writing business
  • Make project folders and subfolders
  • Protect your work and your computer equipment
  • Research characters professions
  • Know your locations
  • Setting up your working file
  • Learn and use Styles
  • Don't do that manually!
  • Where is that thing?
  • Critique Groups
Who this course is for:
  • This course if for anyone who has an idea for a book, or someone who has already written a book but it has been sitting in a drawer on hold because they didn't know what they were doing. And someone who has written a book and needs a refresher course.
Course content
Expand 7 lectures 39:21
+ In the beginning, man had a stick and dirt. Now we have tools for our writing!
7 lectures 39:21

Welcome to the Writers’ Preparation Handbook. This course is backed by a 100% refund guarantee. If you do request a refund, please explain why so I can improve this course for others.

Preview 01:51

Lesson 1 – Do not skip over this lesson – Before You Leap. This will help you get your ducks in a row and all quacking to the same tune. This lesson is all about the decision between an eBook and a printed book. I put this up front so you will understand that when you finish with the writing, there are decisions to make about the next step, and you will have expenses with either choice (eBook or printed).

Preview 05:00

Lesson 2, The Fundamentals of Preparedness will get you ready for your big step forward. You will find a lot of help here in setting up files and folders to get your project so organized you will never lose anything -- something that happens to a lot of unorganized writers. You will have a smooth project when you know where your research materials, artwork, interviews and everything else is stored. And you will find out how to do all of these things if you have minimum computer experience.

Preview 06:11

In Lesson 3, You’re the Writer, I’m going to talk more about your job and what is expected of a writer. You can't really call yourself a writer unless you do the work. When you publish, you will be an author. This lesson will help you with research, interviews with subject matter experts (SMEs), keeping track of your characters (fiction) and a lot more.

You're the Writer

Lesson 4 is about the Mechanics of your Manuscript. Do not snooze through this lesson. It is critical to understand how your manuscript should be created so you don’t have a headache trying to get it out the door. It is all about the setup. When you start off with the correct format it will be smooth sailing through the entire writing process all the way to THE END. This is for fiction, nonfiction, memoirs -- you name it. Format is king!

Mechanics of your Manuscript

Start Writing – Lesson 5 – while you are creating your book, or reviewing your book, this lesson is very important. You want to make sure what you produce is the very best you can get it. If you are not computer savvy, you will learn some new tricks that will make all of your writing end results look great. And if you didn't know how to do some of these things, who knows? It may help you in your day job as well. I talk about headings and styles, page numbering, table of contents, spelling and grammar checking, autosaving, tracking your progress and a whole lot more.

Start Writing!

Lesson 6, Conclusion is a good wrap-up. Don’t miss it. Short and sweet, but important.