This book consists of 5 parts containing lessons in each area.
The Writing Journey – 29 lessons The Publishing Process – 17 lessons Distribution – 3 lessons Promoting Your Books – 27 lessons Words of Encouragement – 12 lessons
You may read the book cover to cover or reference lessons as needed.
Let this book be your lantern. May it guide you along your author path. When I was a new author, I felt like I was walking my path alone in the dark. I needed someone to guide me. I needed a light to show me which steps to take. I needed to know what my options were. I’ve written the lessons in this book as if each lesson were a letter to each reader. It is my prayer that the lessons I’ve learned in my journey as an author serve as a guide for others with a passion for writing.
Table of contents
The Writing Journey Lesson 1: You want to write a book? Lesson 2: What it takes to be an author Lesson 3: What led you to this path? Lesson 4: Types of nonfiction writing Lesson 5: How to start a nonfiction book Lesson 6: Dealing with writer’s block Lesson 7: Finding the time to write Lesson 8: Your writing goals Lesson 9: Your writing style Lesson 10: Role model writers Lesson 11: Detailing your descriptions Lesson 12: Enhancing reader applicability Lesson 13: Resources for proper English and grammar Lesson 14: Formatting your book and choosing a font Lesson 15: How to copyright your book and do the copyright page Lesson 16: Legalities to consider Lesson 17: Publishing under your name, a variation of your name, or a pen name Lesson 18: How to actually finish that book you’re writing Lesson 19: How to edit and proofread Lesson 20: Designing your book cover Lesson 21: Graphic designers and illustrators Lesson 22: Editors Lesson 23: Writing coaches and book coaches Lesson 24: Classes and workshops Lesson 25: Writers groups Lesson 26: Beta readers Lesson 27: How do you know when you are ready to publish your book? Lesson 28: Personal growth as an author and an artist Lesson 29: Writing new editions
The Publishing Process Lesson 1: From hobby to small business Lesson 2: Types of publishing and what each pathway involves Lesson 3: Pros and cons of all your publishing options Lesson 4: Why I love being an indie author Lesson 5: Choosing a printing company for independent publishing Lesson 6: Types of books to create Lesson 7: Should you release all formats of your book at the same time? Lesson 8: How long does the publishing process take? Lesson 9: How much does it cost to publish a book? Lesson 10: Pre-publishing prep Lesson 11: Doing pre-orders Lesson 12: How much does it cost to order a book for the author? Lesson 13: What should you price your books at? Lesson 14: How to indie publish Lesson 15: Post-publishing to-dos Lesson 16: Minor revisions are possible Lesson 17: Do what is right for you
Distribution Lesson 1: Distribution of your book in all formats Lesson 2: How many books should you order? Lesson 3: How to get your books in stores
Promoting Your Books Lesson 1: You need a website Lesson 2: About promotional images Lesson 3: Blogging Lesson 4: Social media for authors Lesson 5: Email marketing Lesson 6: Building your brand & growing your platform Lesson 7: Networking with other authors Lesson 8: Book review kits Lesson 9: Press kits Lesson 10: Book launches Lesson 11: Sales expectations Lesson 12: What makes books sell well? Lesson 13: Doing author events Lesson 14: Integrated methods of promotion Lesson 15: Finding local and relevant resources to target Lesson 16: Marketing options in different budget abilities Lesson 17: Make a marketing action plan Lesson 18: Book awards and writing contests Lesson 19: For educational books: creating workbooks, teaching classes, and having programs Lesson 20: Seeking book reviews Lesson 21: What does it mean to be a best-selling author? Lesson 22: Hollywood dreams – getting a book made into film Lesson 23: Chasing status Lesson 24: How to be a successful author Lesson 25: What if books don’t sell enough to live the dream? Lesson 26: It’s okay to take breaks from promoting your books Lesson 27: How long and how hard do you have to promote your books?
Words of Encouragement Lesson 1: Should you even write that book? Lesson 2: Persevere on your project Lesson 3: Publish anyway Lesson 4: Do things your way Lesson 5: Handling rejection and criticism Lesson 6: When competition replaces the comradery that we should have Lesson 7: When money doesn’t come like you’d hoped it would Lesson 8: Publishing more books despite _________ Lesson 9: We all make mistakes Lesson 10: Know that growth is a process Lesson 11: In Need Of: time and patience — the cream always rises Lesson 12: Love writing and love your books so much that nothing can dim your passion
Suggested reading plan
This book has 88 lessons. I suggest reading one lesson per day. In 3 months, you will have more than a decade's worth of an author's knowledge.
Why do a reading plan? Nonfiction is a different breed of books. You aren't simply reading. You are learning. It's helpful to take in smaller bites of knowledge to better absorb the information. Doing a reading plan allows time to read, reflect on each day's lesson, think about what you want to do, and begin to apply what you've learned.
Let's be honest. This is a big book. It is packed full of information. Reading cover to cover as quickly as possible would be info dumping. It's too much to take in over a weekend. You need to be applying what you learn here. Look at this workbook like a class you can work at your own pace. You don't take a one semester class in one week. Neither should you rush this journey. Take your time. Read each lesson. Think about how it's relevant to you and your writing. Try some things. Don't only read this workbook; UTILIZE it. Get the most out of your workbook by working one lesson at a time. Read. Learn. Reflect. Think. Plan. Apply. Practice. Grow.