The Book You Were Born to Write: Everything You Need to (Finally) Get Your Wisdom onto the Page and into the World

The Book You Were Born to Write: Everything You Need to (Finally) Get Your Wisdom onto the Page and into the World

by Kelly Notaras


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A guide to writing a full-length transformational nonfiction book, from an editor with two decades' experience working with authors from all walks of life.

"I know I have a book in me."

"I've always wanted to be an author."

"People always ask me when I'm going to write my book."

"I have a story to tell, but I never seem to make time to write."

These are just a sampling of the messages Kelly Notaras hears every day from would-be authors around the globe. Life coaches with new methodologies for living on purpose . . . energy workers who've discovered new ways to prevent disease and teach self-healing . . . everyday heroes and heroines who have made it through difficult circumstances and want to inspire others to do the same. In today's tumultuous world, we need these voices in the marketplace. Moreover, publishing a book has never been so simple, accessible, or affordable as it is today. So why are so many thought leaders, healers, and change-agents stuck at the starting line?

This book will light the way—offering a simple, step-by-step path that takes authors from concept to finished book. In it, publishing veteran Kelly Notaras demystifies the publishing process and gives writers the tools, insider information, and inspiration to start strong, keep going, and get across the finish line as quickly as possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401955601
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 310,522
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kelly Notaras is the founder of kn literary arts, an editorial book studio specializing in self-help, personal growth, and spirituality. Kelly started her career working as an editor for HarperCollins, Penguin USA, and Hyperion Books. Most recently she was the VP and editorial director at Sounds True, a multimedia spirituality publishing company in Boulder, Colorado. Since starting kn literary arts, she has been honored to edit a wide variety of personal-growth books including New York Times bestseller The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner, Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena Thomashauer, and Jump...and Your Life Will Appear by Nancy Levin.

Table of Contents

Foreword Reid Tracy xi

Introduction: Welcome to Your Book Journey xv

Part I Before You Start Writing

Chapter 1 Understand What You're Getting Yourself Into 3

Chapter 2 Get Clear on Your Motivation 23

Chapter 3 Craft Your Hook 43

Chapter 4 Build Your Outline 67

Part II The Writing Process

Chapter 5 Just Start Writing 83

Chapter 6 Handle Your Resistance 99

Chapter 7 Work with an Editor 117

Part III The Path to Publication

Chapter 8 Build Your Platform 143

Chapter 9 Find an Agent and Write a Proposal 165

Chapter 10 Publish Traditionally 189

Chapter 11 Publish Yourself 203

Epilogue: Your Book Will Change the World 225

Appendix A Sample Book Outline 227

Appendix B Outline Templates for Teaching Memoir and Narrative Memoir 231

Resources 239

Index 243

Acknowledgments 255

About the Author 259

The Prisoners Literature Project 261

About kn literary arts 263


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