Learn a 12-step, repeatable process to write a nonfiction book quickly and well. No more procrastinating, dealing with interruptions, staring at the screen blankly wondering where to start, trying to pull together disjointed sections and ideas as you attempt to plan, organize, draft, and edit your book.
Master the Manuscript Writing Process from A-Z
Adopt writing routines and habits that make you more productive
Learn the best time to do background versus "fact" research
Outline your information and ideas in hours rather than days using idea wheels
Identify 5 "quick edits" and which to do when
Use a checklist to polish your prose and rid your writing of the most common weaknesses
Make Quality and Productivity Your Mantra
Many people who would like to make a living as a writer feel that they cannot do so because they hear sad stories of people who've worked on a single book for months or often for a couple of years. So naturally, their "hourly rate" makes a living wage impossible unless they sell millions of copies. Many good writers struggle not so much with their book's content, but with the time it takes them to finish a book.
But what if that same book could be written in 2-3 weeks? The payoff sounds much better. That's exactly the point of this course. To reduce the writing time, reduce the frustration, and increase the payoff!
You will no longer approach each new book as if it were a completely new project. Instead, you'll be able to tackle the book writing just as simply as you fill out a form, Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, and so forth.
And if you have the desire to write a book in your area of expertise, but don't exactly know how to shape that experience, you'll also learn 12 ways to shape that expertise into a publishable book concept.
You'll also have a short opportunity to test your actual writing skills briefly. And if you decide you may need help in the form of a freelance editor, collaborator, or ghostwriter, you'll discover the different roles these people play and what to expect from each.
The course has 8 video-recorded lectures--from 5 - 19 minutes each in length.
This overview of the course dispels some common myths about how real authors work. Here's one: Waiting for inspiration to strike is NOT the game they play. Writing when you're "in the mood" is for amateurs who don't take their passion, talent, or work seriously. Like any other project you intend to complete, you need a plan or a process to get you to the goal line quickly.
This lecture identifies major pitfalls that you'll want to discard from your thinking immediately. Then it outlines how the rest of the course is organized.
Before plunging into the 12-step process for getting your book from idea to print or screen, you first need to understand the overall big-picture publishing timeline so that the order of the 12 steps for writing your manuscript (presented later in the course) will make sense to you.
This lecture briefly overviews the typical timeline involved if you intend to find an agent, sell your book to a major publisher, and get paid an advance. But even if you intend to self-publish your book, you STILL have to write the book!
So in either case--whether you sell to a major publisher or self-publish--the 12-step process to complete your manuscript still applies.
This lecture provides answers to the "why" questions that the 12-step process will no doubt raise. (Like: "Why should I get an editor's approval before I start writing?" or "Why not send off a finished chapter at a time to my editor?")
You can also download the big-picture timeline and develop your own project plan provided in this lecture.
Find out what agents and editors say is by far the biggest reason book ideas get rejected. In my experience speaking to writer groups and coaching clients, I agree with their assessment: Would-be authors have identified a topic, but not an angle. This lecture will help you clearly pinpoint the difference so that you can re-think your expertise, background, experience, or information and turn it into a winning book contract.
What are the traits, habits, and routines that differentiate those authors who write a high-quality, full-length nonfiction book every three years and those who write a high-quality, nonfiction book every 6 months?
This lecture identifies those productivity routines that lead to results--the habits that lead to writing quality books quickly.
This lengthy lecture presents the 12 steps to help you get your book from brain to final copy.
Although if you've done any writing at all, you will know the general steps involved (research, outline, draft, edit), the key questions you'll find yourself asking throughout this lecture will be these: 1) "Why complete the steps in this order?" and 2) "How exactly do I accomplish this?"
The answers to those two questions are the secret sauce in why this 12-step process works so well. Students who have tried to finish their book for years (trying the methods discussed in the introductory chapter) have had tremendous results in doing things fast rather than slow.
(It's much like weight loss. Someone tries diet, after diet, after diet, for years without losing weight. Then they latch onto a particular diet, lifestyle change, or attitude that works for them and, bingo, they lose 100 pounds!)
Similarly, this 12-step guide lays out very specific "whys" and "hows" to accomplish each step of the plan as you outline, draft, and complete the various phases of your book.
Our writing is always clear to us--or we wouldn't have written it that way.
If you're waiting for an editor or an agent to point out a problem with "writing style," it won't happen. If you're hoping to sell your book to a major publisher, weak writing simply means rejection. If you're self-publishing, you'll need to hire a great editor to clean up your manuscript before readers find the problems.
Either way, writing style matters. It either "costs" or it "pays."
This lecture presents 12 principles to improve your writing. Using these as reminders when you draft and edit will help you overcome common writing flaws and turn out polished prose that encourage readers to buy your next book and the next!
For any number of reasons, authors may decide they do not want to "go it alone." That is, they may decide they want a coauthor, a collaborator or ghostwriter. What's the difference?
This lecture explores these roles in great detail: What functions does a coauthor, a collaborator, or a ghostwriter play in the complete writing and publishing process? Where do you find these people?
How much credit do each of these people typically expect after a finished book project? What are the benefits to each person in such arrangements? What are the pitfalls--what can go wrong? What issues should the two people work out at the beginning of the relationship to minimize the chance of problems and disruptions during the writing, publishing, and marketing phases?
What are the typical financial arrangements? How and when does the publisher get involved? What about reprints? What about pseudonyms?
This lecture addresses all these issues and questions.
Do you think of writing as something that you do solo--separate and apart from your friends and family?
If so, this lecture will encourage you to "think again." It suggests reasons that you may want to include your family and friends in your writing projects.
Just as large organizations sponsor "Take Your Daughter to Work" days and such, this lecture outlines several ways that you can make your friends, family, and social media followers part of your ongoing support system.
Dianna Booher, MA, CSP, CPAE is the bestselling author of 46 books, published in 60 foreign language editions, with nearly 4 million copies sold. She has published with Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, Warner Books, McGraw-Hill, HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson, and Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Her most popular books include Communicate With Confidence; Speak With Confidence; Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader; and What MORE Can I Say?
Several have been major book club selections. Her work has also won an American Library Association’s Best Nonfiction of the Year award and has appeared on Executive Soundview Summaries list of “25 Best Business Books of the Decade.”
Dianna and her work have been featured in the national media such as on Good Morning America, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, FOX, CNN, National Public Radio, Forbes.com, Bloomberg, Fast Company, The New York Times, Washington Post, Boardroom Reports, Investor’s Business Daily, Industry Week, Reader's Digest, Success, Entrepreneur, and Glamour. Leadership Excellence has named her as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders” and one of the “Top 100 Minds on Personal Development.”
She has also won the highest awards in the speaking profession, having been inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame (awarded by the National Speakers Association of the United States).
Dianna and her training company have received vendor-of-the-year awards from clients such as IBM and Frito-Lay for overall impact on the organization. She is founder and CEO of Booher Research Institute. Other clients for her communication training and coaching include Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Pepsico, Bank of America, Alcatel-Lucent, BP, Shell Oil, ExxonMobil, Chevron, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Bell Helicopter, Hallmark Cards, American Airlines, DFW Airport.