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The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively

The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively

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by Nina Amir, James Scott Bell

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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


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.

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"In The Author's Training Manual, Amir offers aspiring authors a sure-fire way to evaluate themselves and their book ideas to increase their odds of producing books that attract both publishers and readers. She offers them a process by which they can tell if they have an idea that will stand up against the thousands of other books published every year--and if they, as authors, can stand up against the other authors willing to do whatever it takes to get their books out in front of readers in their market. In the competitive publishing world, aspiring authors need an edge. This book and the process it offers, provide just that." - Dan Poynter, author of The Self-Publishing Manual and 132 other books

"If you're aspiring to success in writing and publishing, Nina's guide should help hugely in developing an approach that's both realistic and professional." - Aaron Shepard, author of The Business of Writing for Children and From Word to Kindle

The Author Training Manual lifts the fog of confusion around getting published and illuminates every nonfiction and fiction writer's need to create a plan, keep on track, navigate all publishing options, tackle promotion, open possibilities for sales and, plain and simple, succeed as an author. This is the book I've been waiting for to recommend to all editing clients and writers." - Elizabeth Lyon, author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and Crafting Titles

"An extraordinarily helpful guide for writers who want to take control of their own career and destiny. This book is full of simple tips everyone writing a book can use." - Chuck Sambuchino, author, and editor of Guide To Literary Agents

Becoming a successfully published author requires a lot more than simply writing a book. The Author Training Manual provides the specific steps necessary for both fiction and non-fiction writers alike in an upbeat and empowering style." - Martha Alderson, author of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master

"If you are serious about getting published, you will stand out from your competition by using all of the resources at your disposal to set yourself apart in the most positive way. Nina Amir's approach taps into your natural creativity and applies it to the important business considerations that will help get your book in the marketplace." - Sheree Bykofsky, Literary Agent and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, 5th Edition

"Finally a book that offers indie publishers a tool for becoming savvy business people. Fiction and nonfiction authors alike will benefit from The Author Training Manual, which shows them how to create a business plan for a book that can succeed in the marketplace. A good idea is great; a marketable one is better." - Jim Kukral, author of Attention! This Book Will Make You Money and founder of The Author Marketing Club

"One of the most important things an author can do for themselves is to prepare to become published and to succeed in this role, which takes more than just writing a good book. It takes a solid plan. If you want the tools to succeed no matter what or how you plan to publish, this is the book you want to read." - Penny C Sansevieri, CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., adjunct professor NYU and author of Red Hot Internet Publicity

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Meet 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.

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The Author Training Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Books That Sell 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Last week my husband painted our living room with nary a grumble. How did I manage this miraculous feat? Well, I promised to go through my bookshelves and weed out some of the books. Like most writers I am slightly addicted to writer how-to books. Reading them, jotting notes in the margins, marking pages with Post-It notes. Because one of those books will contain the magical advice that makes me an award-winning author. Due to the deal I made with my husband I did donate a few of my writer books to a used book sale. But I couldn't part with Nina Amir's How to Blog a Book and her latest The Author Training Manual. One of the best things about The Author Training Manual is that Nina manages to be both friend and teacher. One the one hand she'll telling you "here are the things I did wrong," "here are the things I thought" and most importantly, "here are the changes I made." As I read I'm saying, "OMG, I felt that same way! I did that same thing!" So you look at Nina, now a successful author, and say "Hey, if I do what Nina did I could become a successful author too!" But Nina isn't all about being a friend. She's a tough teacher too (reminds me of a few nuns I had in years past). Happily, The Author Training Manual is very specific. She doesn't just tell you to check out the competition. She tells you step by step how to do it. Nina doesn't leave you to your own devices (writers do tend to procrastinate). Set deadlines! Answer these survey questions! Follow this book planning outline. It's like writer boot camp! Perhaps it is more accurate to call it an author boot camp. The Author Training Manual helps you to plan both how to create the best book possible and how to become the most effective author. It helps you plan in an orderly way while your book is still just an idea. In fact, it way help you decide which of your ideas should become a book. The Author Training Manual is crammed with extras: planning exercises, sample book proposals, questionaires, and additional reading lists for each chapter. Trust me, The Author Training Manual is one book I will never get rid of--even if my husband promises to paint the entire house!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ehat the headline said
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Since I’m an author, I had to pick up The Author Training Manual for review. Even if one is already published, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to learn. The Author Training Manual helps authors come up with book proposals (which was useful since I had to write one for a publisher, and I’d never done that before) and uses the book proposal as a starting point to determine whether your manuscript is saleable or not, and if so, how you must market it. The book is filled with solid tips and tricks, about how to get the right motivation of writing, how to market your book, and how to turn yourself from a writer into an author and launch your career. Nina Amir’s knowledge about the subject is substantial, and she brings it in a structured, well-researched way. The worksheets were my favorites – they were like some “call to action”, a reason not to just read the book, but to start implementing its advice. While the advice in the book is great, the writing itself was a little dry at times. I struggled through the first chapters, because it took a while to get used to the writing style, which didn’t really lure me in. The interesting facts and pieces of advice make up for most of that though, but I felt the writing itself could’ve been better. If you’re an author, or aspiring author, you should give this book a shot. It taught me a great deal, and I’m confident other authors will learn from it as well.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In The Author Training Manual, author and expert editor and book coach Nina Amir provides aspiring writers with a clear step-by-step guide loaded with important tools and practical techniques that will guide them to achieve their goal of becoming a successfully published author. Nina stresses that in order to succeed, the author has to view their book as a business, not just a creative endeavor, and as such it is important to create a business plan and proposals for their books that will get them out of the slush file, noticed by literary agents and acquisition editors, and on the bookstore shelf.  The Author Training Manual is the ultimate reference guide with sample business plans, nine important steps to create, publish, market, and promote your book, evaluations and training activities, current publishing trends, and in-depth editor and agent feedback. The author stresses that the author has to develop an author attitude with essential characteristics: WOOT! * Willingness * Optimism * Objectivity * Tenacity Finally, if the author follows the nine steps on their journey, they'll be on their way to becoming a successfully published author! * Develop Author Attitude and Plan for Success. * Know Your Book and Why Someone Would Want To Buy It. * Analyze How Many People Really Might Buy Your Book. * Compare the Competition and Discover If Your Idea is Unique. * Examine the Structure of the Book. * Decide if Your Book's Content Matches Your Initial Vision. * Discover Ways to Brand Yourself and Earn More Money. * Weigh Whether You are the Best Person to Write This Book * Gauge If You Make a Good Publishing Partner or Indie Publisher. The Author Training Manual is a must have reference guide for all aspiring and established authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, I am in an akward place. I don't like to write bad reviews. There are enough people in the world who do it with joy without adding my voice to the nasty dinn. This book is NOT for Fiction writers. Or for writers who have already banged out those first couple manuscripts that will never, and should never see the light of day. This book may be for people who need to learn how to get through the day to day habit of writing. Or for people who don't already know that this business is terribly competitive. Or for people who don't know that not all readers will like your book. Or for Non-Fiction writers who are just beginning...because this book was really slanted in that direction. I wanted practical advice on the business of writing. Synopsis, book proposals, query letters, how to find a good agent, how to find a good publisher, the best way to talk to an editor, skills and suggestions about self publishing, how to prepare for a writing conference, networking advice, how to promote yourself, how to analyze the market...or a thousand other things a writer who is serious about publishing needs to know. It had none of that. Instead, this book gave a ton of suggestions about other books to read, stories about her students and cutesy little sayings...like WOOT. I wish to GOD I could get my money back.