The Author Training Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Books That Sell

The Author Training Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Books That Sell

The Author Training Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Books That Sell

The Author Training Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Books That Sell


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If you want to write a book that's going to sell to both publishers and readers, you need to know how to produce a marketable work and help it become successful. It starts the moment you have an idea. That's when you begin thinking about the first elements of the business plan that will make your project the best it can be.

The reality is that you don't want to spend time and energy writing a book that will never get read. The way to avoid that is to create a business plan for your book, and evaluate it (and yourself) through the same lens that an agent or acquisitions editor would. The Author Training Manual will show you how to get more creative and start looking at your work with those high standards in mind.

Whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction, or intend to publish traditionally or self-publish, author Nina Amir will teach you how to conduct an effective competitive analysis for your work and do a better job at delivering the goods to readers than similar books that are already on the shelf.

Packed with step-by-step instructions, idea evaluations, sample business plans, editor and agent commentaries, and much more, The Author Training Manual provides the information you need to transform from aspiring writer to career author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599631455
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nina Amir is the author of the best-selling How to Blog a Book: How to Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time, as well as a nonfiction developmental editor, proposal consultant, and author/book coach with more than thirty-five years of experience in the publishing field. Amir lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Los Gatos, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword James Scott Bell 1

Introduction 3


Author Attitude: The Essential Characteristic Necessary for Publishing Success 5

How to Begin: Evaluate Yourself and Your Book for Success 15

Step #1 Develop an "Author Attitude" and Plan Your Success 24

Step #2 Know What Your Book Is About and Why Someone Would Want to Read (Buy) It 40

Step #3 Analyze How Many People Really Might Buy Your Book 59

Step #4 Compare the Competition and Discover If Your Idea Is Unique and Necessary 72

Step #5 Examine the Structure of Your Book 85

Step #6 Decide If Your Book's Content Matches Your Initial Vision 95

Step #7 Discover Ways to Brand Yourself and Earn More Money 106

Step #8 Weigh Whether You Are the Best Person to Write This Book … Now 121

Step #9 Gauge If You Make a Good Publishing Partner or Indie Publisher 133

The Final Steps: From Aspiring to Published Author 146


Sample #1 168

Sample #2 175

Sample #3 183

Sample #4 189

Training Exercises

Step #1 197

Step #2 207

Step #3 213

Step #4 216

Step #5 221

Step #6 225

Step #7 229

Step #8 232

Step #9 238

Index 243

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