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All good books start with a plan. If you want to write a book - plan it first!
This course takes you from no idea to the right idea, to creating an outline, a chapter framework, and on to writing your first draft.
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Having a book is one of THE best statements you can possibly make about your expertise and your knowledge.
You open the door to speaking opportunities, potential clients will seek out your expertise, you can run coaching, training and workshops based around the principles in your book, and your personal story can be shared to help others.
In this course, I am going to teach you how to plan your non-fiction book in a weekend. You will go from no idea to THE best idea for your book, right now. You will have a plan, outline, chapter framework, your first chapter written and your book proposal completed. This will pull all of the planning pieces together. You will be ready to write to your book to first draft.
If you have ever wondered how to get started on becoming a published author and writing a non-fiction book, then this course is for you. If you have been writing your book for a while and it is now in a mess, this course is also for you.
The BEST way to write a book is to plan it out first. Plan your non fiction book provides you with videos, worksheets and a process to help you kick start your book project and help you to become a published author.Is this the year you are finally going to get your book finished?
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|Section 1: Welcome and getting started|
Is this the year you are finally going to get your book finished?
I want to make this happen for you!
In this course, I am going to teach you how to plan your non-fiction book in a weekend. You will go from no idea to THE idea, have your first chapter written and your book proposal completed. This will pull all of the planning pieces together.
I would like to inspire you to trust that you have something valuable to share and to trust the process. If you have ever wondered how to get started on becoming a published author and writing a non-fiction book, then this book is for you. If you have been writing your book for a while and it is now in a mess, this book is also for you. It will help you to get back to basics, untangle what you have already written and put you on the right track.
To help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-
The BEST way to write a book is to plan it out first. This course provides you with the tools and a process to do that.
Plan your non-fiction book in a weekend takes you on a reflective journey, which aims to help you grow as a writer. You will not just be going through the mechanics of planning a book. You will additionally be provided with practical suggestions to help you generate ideas and help you to create your unique planning process or methodology.
A brief introduction to myself.
This lecture provides you with a quick tour of your Udemy interface and the resources available to you.
Make sure you familiarise yourself with how the platform works so that you get the most enjoyment from your course.
Please do start discussions and if you need to ask the instructor anything you can send a private message.
|Lecture 4||6 pages|
An overview of how to get the most out of your Udemy course
Let’s get the book inside of you, out
Becoming a published author is life changing. A book gives you the opportunity to share your message in a way that is unlike any other. Not only will you go through a personal transformation as you transition from writer to author. You will gain all the business benefits from showcasing your values, passion, vision, skills, knowledge, experiences and purpose. As a published author, you will be seen in a different light, and your sense of purpose will be cemented. As the subject matter expert, you will become the go to person for insights about your area of expertise.
Let’s start by creating your first or next book.
|Quiz 1||4 questions|
Quick quiz to set the scene and for you to be honest with yourself
|Section 2: About you as the planner|
It is vital that when you begin to write your book you understand your preferences, as this will help you not only get started, but actually finish and get published.
Aspects of planning, writing and editing your book will be easier for some than others, because each of us have preferences for the way in which we think, learn and do. In this lecture we are looking at what kind of a planner you are, so that you can plan this book in the best way for you.
Download the worksheet, work through the types, decide which you are and work out how you will flex your style.
Our ways of thinking feel a ‘natural’ part of us. You may be unaware of these non-conscious patterns until you learn to recognise them. You can learn to recognise them through your language and behaviours. Having a preference for a particular pattern of can be very beneficial when that pattern is useful in a particular context. On the other hand, you might find it difficult to adapt your behaviour.
Consider how being more flexible with your thinking and behaviour may lead to more productive outcomes. This is often why book projects fail – people simply do not know why they get into overwhelm or lose the motivation to write. It is all down to your preferences…
Think about your planning and learning styles and what strategies you could put in place and see how these might help you further.
Remember it is so important that you create the best way of working for you. Have fun!
What to do next
|Section 3: Writing tools|
In this module we look at all of the items you will need for your planning weekend. Grab a pen and paper and make a list.
In this module we look at some useful software.
In this module we consider what are the other things that we need to think about that will make our planning weekend a success.
Actions and check lists - tools
|Section 4: Your book plan|
In this introductory module you start to get a sense of what is involved and what the steps are.
Preview the plan for the first time to get an understanding of what is entailed.
|Section 5: How long will it take to write your book|
If you want to publish your book by a set date, you have to first to set your outcome to get it done and then plan your time effectively.
Once you have looked at your timings, I want you to consider this outline planner. Yes you can write and publish a book in 90-120 days. It may also take you longer – life has a habit of getting in the way. Take a look and use this as a guide to help you with your overall project plan.
Actions and check lists - timings
|Section 6: The process and the cost|
Like all products, a book goes through a process to bring it to market. We need to understand what that process is and what the associated costs might be.
Consider the hours of research, writing and editing to get it polished, add on design, photography, marketing and printing costs. How do you plan to recoup all of that?
Remember, it is a rare author who makes a mint from books alone. The key is to see your book as a product and not a creative outlet. You need to use your entrepreneurial mind-set to visualise it as a product, which you have designed to open up other opportunities. If one of your business objectives is to become an after dinner speaker, your book could lead the way to your first engagement. That speaking opportunity will recoup the cost of writing your book.
Now is the time to consider how your project will work for you, what the costs are and which elements you can outsource.
Actions and check lists - process and cost
|Section 7: How will you publish?|
Thousands of authors self-publish every year. The key is to understand what your ultimate goal is and what your plan for this book is.
The publishing landscape has changed and now more than ever is the best time in history to be an author. In the past there was only one way to get published – find an agent; hope he or she would represent you; keep your fingers crossed that they would sell your book proposal to a publisher; trust the publisher to support your book and believe in the project; and hope that readers would go and buy your book.
Today there are many more options, which may seem confusing, but in reality, you are very lucky, because with the many choices you have available, you have the power to control your publishing destiny.
Actions and check lists - how will you publish
|Section 8: Getting ideas|
In this lecture we look at how you get ideas and what to do for your week of observation. The week before is all about getting your creative juices flowing so that once you start planning you will get clarity on which book quickly
Actions and check lists - ideas
|Section 9: Getting clarity - you, your book & your brand|
Let’s begin by examining where you are today and what you perceive your brand to be. This set’s the scene for exploring what it is and what you want it to be and how you book fits your vision for your brand.
Values are ways of being that mean something important to you. Your values are the qualities that you want to present to the world. They are what you believe are important, and they are the foundations of who you are.
Values are those things that you come back to, which tell you that your life is going in the right direction. The number that you have is not important (although I have asked for 8…). What is important is that you know what they are. They may change as your life changes; this is not a one-off exercise, rather a checkpoint, which you can come back to every once in a while. Cast your mind back over your life and career, when you started were you motivated by money and success, then did you find that as your life changed, perhaps you valued more time with your family?
How do your values impact your brand and your book?
How does what you are passionate about help you to create the right book for you and your brand?
Consider this dictionary definition: –
On the surface, it would seem like something you would not want, but consider this, if there were something you were so passionate about that you would not be able to live your life without sharing it. Would that hurt? How does that make you feel? What if you felt compelled to go through life sharing your passion to the point that you would be willing to endure suffering? Who comes to mind?
Martin Luther King? He found something he believed in and created meaningful connections based on that. A quote from him says ‘if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he is not fit to live.’
Consider also Mother Theresa overcoming countless obstacles to follow her calling. Through her love and passion she helped millions of lives. What about artists who suffer for their art, writers that need to be heard, fighters for human rights or changes in the law?
I am not saying that you need to be a saint, only that you need to have a connection to something that you believe you are called to do and that your feel passionate about the subject you are going to write about.
Why you need a vision for your life, your business and your book
Vision drives your direction; it is future based and relies on you taking action to get you there. Your vision plus your purposeful actions will propel you towards living your life on purpose. Many people write vision statements only to forget them when everyday life surrounds them. How many people do you know who write a vision statement or create a vision board and then simply no longer see what is in front of them? A true, heart centred vision statement is powerful when it is aligned with your values, passion and purpose. Your book and how you will use it is driven from here.
Creating a vision for your book exercise
This is a fun exercise that really works and gets you out of the house and walking.
How to discover what the real purpose of your book is
Purpose like passion is something that many people feel eludes them. The big question of why am I here, what is this life all about is on many people’s minds. I believe that when you connect your values, passion and vision, purpose starts to become apparent.
Of course, no one knows what the purpose of humans is. There is no manual for Earth that explains how we were created and why we are here. There is much speculation, many people have different theories and beliefs, but the bottom line is, there is no real evidence… yet.
Just as you might question life’s purpose your book also has a purpose to fulfil. This is what you are now aiming to discover.
How to use your brilliant manifesto to create a statement for your personal brand and your book
A manifesto is a written statement, which publicly declares your intentions, motives, or beliefs. It comes from the Latin manifestus – to manifest, to clearly reveal, to make real.
Having a manifesto crystallises what you believe in and stand for, and it is from here that you can create a statement for your personal brand and your book.
I see it as the foundation from which you can build a platform where you can connect the pieces of who you are, what you do, why you do what you do, what you have to say and how you do it – values, passion, vision, purpose and message.
As the word suggests you are using your manifesto to cement your vision, purpose and message (your book) and bringing about the manifestation of what you want.
Are you ready to make a statement to the world?
Actions and check lists - you, you book and your brand
|Section 10: Market research|
How does a competitors analysis help me write and publish a book?
We will be covering: -
Not many people think about competitors when they write a book, yet it provides some fantastic insight into not only THE book that you will end up writing, but also for your business and brand.
How do I pinpoint who my ONE reader is?
Think about how well you know the ideal reader for your book. People buy books because of some sort of outcome, solution or result that it gives them. In this topic, you explore what makes an ideal reader for you and how to find yours.
We will be covering: -
What is my strategy for this book?
Book sales are just one small piece of your marketing armory. If you spend your energy in marketing your higher priced products and services, which are based around your book, you will bring in more income and build greater influence. It is worth remembering that the sales of products and services, including speaking and workshops, will impact your bottom line more than what you will make from direct sales of books (unless you are very lucky).
This topic brings together your market research and helps you to focus on where you are heading with your book.
We will be covering: -
Actions and check lists - market research
|Section 11: Your one big book idea|
Help, how do I bring vision, business strategy, reader and content together so that I write, the right book?
Bringing these four strands together will give you clarity and make the rest of the process easier.
We will be covering: -
|Quiz 2||2 questions|
Quick in to make sure you have nailed the ONE big idea
We use timelines and turning points to help us examine the past and present. We are looking for clues and connecting to possibilities and opportunities that might not otherwise seem obvious.
Timelines help us to discover locked away thoughts, memories, skills, talents, and experiences, which go to make up your stories. Their value comes from observing and reflecting on what you have captured on the paper, your visual storyboard. When you stand back and observe your life you gain a lot of clarity. You also need to be prepared to keep walking away to reflect, coming back and trying to see what is missing or what needs moving around You are looking for patterns, connections, and themes.
Why timelines are so powerful
Timelines are powerful because they are a storyboard; a pictorial representation and humans see things in patterns. It is as simple as that. The powerful part comes in taking time to stand back and reflect. Let your non conscious mind make the connections. When you do this using post it’s and / or coloured pens the story comes alive. Even if you are a person who says I am a logical left brainer, let me stop you. You have two sides of your brain and regardless of how you want to pigeon hole yourself as a ‘list kind of person’, Your brain will do what it wants and it will use all of its processing power, Right side – big picture, left side – detail and then look for connections as your whole brain brings it all together.
|Section 12: Outline and chapter framework|
Making outlining simple and stress free
Outlining your book will give you a clear structure. A pathway from one chapter to the next, helps you to connect each chapter to the overall theme and helps you to answer questions that your reader may have.
Use this exercise to tease out your outline
This is a walking, using your intuition and making sense process, which will really help cement your chapter outlines.
Get a number of A4 sheets of paper (10 to 12 will be perfect), post-it’s, coloured pens ad a voice recorder (use the one on your phone). If you have a friend or partner, use them to ask you questions about each chapter
and to do the writing for you. The writing helps you and your partner to remember key points. Otherwise, ask yourself these questions.
Use the voice recorder; it is invaluable for remembering everything you say. Find somewhere quiet to work and some floor space.
Use this exercise to make sense of your outline after ‘step it out.’
Mind mapping is a great way to make sense of your walk the line exercise or to create an outline from scratch. I use iMindMap, however; there are lots of products on the market, and you could use paper (a roll of brown wrapping paper is brilliant for this) and coloured pens.
If you used the chapter outline planner, this adds an extra dimension to it, as you are viewing your outline in another way. It additionally gives you the chance to reflect and start making more sense of it.
How to tighten the outline
Once you have your mindmap and have sorted your notes from your walk the line exercise, the next steps include sorting out chapter titles, questions, key messages, and call to actions.
Developing chapter titles starts your creative juices flowing and engages your brain to start making connections between chapters and considering how they flow into each other. They can be serious or funny, and where possible contain action words like changing, controlling, improving, motivating, achieving.
Questions, key messages, and call to actions bring structure and clarity to your outline.
How to give your chapter structure, so that becomes (almost) effortless to write and more relaxing for your reader to read
When you read other authors books, you may have noticed that they were writing to a framework. Which did you like? You may not have decided you if you are taking a step-by-step approach, a list approach, interviews, Q&A’s, or sharing your life story. There are many excellent ways to present your content. You can use a single framework or in combination with another.
How to create content from what you have and what you know
Knowing what we know can be a challenge. For your book, you may be thinking of leveraging existing articulated content, existing un-articulated content and formulating new content from your thinking and research. All of which needs documenting, mapping out and aligning to the relevant chapter(s).
To make sense of your knowledge you need to locate it and create a map of where it is, how to access it and where to use it.
How to clarify each chapter
Once you have your mind map (or chapter planner) and have sorted your notes from your walk the line exercise, chapter titles, questions, key messages, and call to actions, open up a WORD document (or word processor of your choice) and write it up, in detail. You are going to use a simple framework to clarify what each chapter is about.
|Lecture 45||8 pages|
Bringing your book together in a proposal format is a powerful way to gain clarity
If you are in business, you will recognise that this has similarities to a traditional marketing plan. For the moment think of your book as a business and not a piece of art. This is often the hardest part, and I would suggest treating each section as a mini project. Use all of the tools available to you, such as mind maps and post it notes.
Actions and check lists - your outline
|Section 13: Getting to First Draft|
What things ‘get in the way’ of your writing?
To be able to get a book written and published requires a lot of hard work. In order to complete what you set out to finish requires a writers mindset. A writer’s mindset is not just attitude; it is about the right emotional state and taking action to fix your mindset on success.
Getting to know first draft rules and then writing your first draft
Once you know the rules, the rest, as they say, will follow. Rules for getting from the first draft to publication is a game you have to play with yourself. A game that makes it easier to get to the part where you write – ‘the end’.
|Section 14: Formatting your book - Things to think about before you start|
Thinking about your book and page size before you start writingPreview
Things to think about - Using WORD and style sheets
Formatting your book
|Section 15: Editing for success|
Creating and using your editing plan and style guide
First drafts are, usually, rubbish; the words were after all a download. We write every day, blogs, emails, Twitter and Facebook, but how many people read what they have written before pressing send? Writing is a skill that we get better at, because we pause, reflect and edit before pressing send.
What if there was a way to make editing easier for you? An editing plan enables you to create a methodology (a way of working) which makes the whole editing process easy, which means you can get to second and final draft with ease.
The plan makes sure you do not miss any editing steps out and will provide you with the way to have a polished manuscript to either self-publish or to pass onto a professional editor (different to a proof reader) for the finishing touches. Editing also gives you a chance to rethink your content, how it flows and fits together. You are reminded of its purpose and how it connects to your reader.
Your style guide will remind you of any nuances of style that need to be accounted for by you as an editor and your proof reader.
How to make more sense of what you have written
Now it's time to start sifting through your writing and starting to ensure that it flows. You will be looking at:-
Making sure it's checked and proofed
Next it's the nitty gritty and checking for punctuation and grammar. It is very important that you do not skip this stage. Your proof-reader will do the final check, however, it is a great step in improving readability.
In this video I share a brilliant WORD add in called Grammarly. This tool helps you to not only focus your writing, but it tells you about poor grammar and offers suggestions about how to improve what you have written. It is available as a subscription.
Working with a copy editor
At this stage some writers may want to give their work to a copy editor, who will work with you in a variety of ways to help you get to final proof.
Working with a copy editor
A copy editor will take your raw text and:-
Where to find one
Find one through your network. Go into forums and ask for a recommendation.
How to make sure you get the right one for you
They will look at your book and quality and then give you a price. A copy editor will charge more then a proof reader. Your copy editor and proof reader are different. Your proof read will go through the final copy of your book.
Decide if you want one and then ask for recommendations. Budget it in. Create a plan for working together.
|Section 16: Engaging with your reader|
Flexing your style so that you can communicate more effectively and engage with your reader
Rapport is the unconscious “connection” you establish with another person, which we also describe as being “on the same wavelength” We are all unique, and so are your readers. Some will like the big picture and some lots of detail. Some like to get a visual and other will want to get a feel for your work. Some want steps to follow; others want to try a what-if?
No matter how wonderful your insights and information are, if it is not written or presented in a way that engages your reader, what you are trying to say may be completely lost on them.
This guides you through some helpful communication pointers.
What else can I do to make my book more engaging?
It is important that you make your book as inviting as possible. These final aspects will invite your reader in and help you to connect to them from the word go.
Making sure you create a cover that sells
It is important that you make your book as sexy as possible so that it will sell. If your book were on a shelf with many others what would make it stand out? If someone were surfing the internet what would make them choose your book and buy it? Why would they buy it from you? What do you notice about how you select books to read? These are things that you need to pay attention to so that you can learn how to make your book stand out from the crowd.
The cover is one of the most important parts of your book. It along with the blurb is what creates the invitation to treat. So it is important to spend some time and cash on getting it right. Your cover doesn’t need to cost a lot. If you are not a designer, please make sure you use an expert.
|Section 17: Your proof book|
The final steps to final proof
These last few steps are critical. Holding a proof book in your hand is evidence that you are indeed a short way from becoming a published author. Once you have proofed your book, and your beta readers have given you feedback you can hand it onto your proofreader who will check that it is ready for publishing. There are some final checks for you to make, but for now you are on the home run.
In this video I run through some of the final checks I make before heading over to Amazons CreateSpace and creating a proof book. In the video I do not cover everything you need to check as I want to consider what you think you should be checking and making your own check list. The document in the resources does cover a few more items and can be used as part of your check list.
To upload your book onto CreateSpace go to the next section where there is a document that will guide you through the process.
In this lecture, I talk about how you use the proof book that you now have back from the printer.
My process is:-
Printed proof books are a fantastic way to read your book as if you were your reader.
|Section 18: Bonus 1|
If you are going to chase agents and publishers you will need your book proposal, a target list and a strategy. It is a long and often arduous process. Ask yourself for this book, do you really need one. I am not trying to put you off – what I want for you is to have a successful self-published book.
Thank you for coming this far. I hope that you have enjoyed the course. If you have and would like to leave a review, I would be very grateful.
This short video is about congratulating you and giving you just a few final tips
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I will take you from idea (or no idea) to outline, from planning it out to make writing easier, first draft to really enabling you to engage with your reader, and helping you to create something bigger than your book. My book 'Plan Your Non Fiction Book in a Weekend', really helps writers to find their idea and get it planned so that writing and publishing becomes easy.
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