Want to write a transformational nonfiction book? Solve an urgent problem of theirs—not just by giving readers helpful information and strategies but by getting them to FEEL they have to buy your book.
As you structure your transformative nonfiction book, whether it’s a self-help book, business book, life lessons book, or something else, here’s a tip: Don’t forget to keep a list of contents at the beginning of the manuscript in all drafts. The list of contents (no longer called a “table of contents” but just […]
Nonfiction authors typically start writing chapter titles that are as vanilla as can be, but ultimately, you want to consider chapter titles that are engaging for the reader. At the same time, you don't want your chapter titles to be so creative that someone looking at the list of contents (also known as the table of contents or just "Contents") to have no clue what's in your book!
Facebook has millions of followers, but as you've probably noticed, it's hard to get engagement on an author's Facebook page. In fact, in the last 18 months, engagement with Facebook posts are down 18 percent. What's an author to do?
I have some answers for you.
How do you get more speaking engagements? By showing off why you would be an engaging, informative speaker. Have a section on your website that sells you as a speaker. Add a demonstration video that shows that really, no kidding, you are great in front of an audience. However, even if you haven’t put together a demonstration video quite yet, you’ll benefit from these six secrets to getting speaking engagements using your website page.
We all have a book inside us, and we may even have several, but if you want to write a book based on your life, are you clear on the type of book you would like to write? I have seven options for you—six nonfiction and one fiction—that might fit well with your plan to write a book.
Often, aspiring memoir writers ask me how to get started. Do they just hire a ghostwriter and pay for phone time to start telling their stories and getting them into documents? That’s one way, but there are others. I offer some writing prompts for you memoir writers who are trying to figure out how to tell your life story.
What author name do you want to use for your books? You may not have chosen your birth name, but you do have a choice when it comes to choosing your author name. You want to be consistent in how your author name appears.
You need to know how to create a comparative books list. As an in-house acquisitions editor at G. P. Putnam's Sons/Perigee Books and HarperCollins Publishers, I relied on a strong comparative books list to make my case to my colleagues that the book project I was enthusiastic about would be a good investment for the company. When I work with clients to create a vision plan for their book, I find they often get stuck on this crucial piece of their publishing plan. That's why I wanted to offer some advice here on 4 ways to distinguish your book from comparative books.