#1 Bestseller for Nonfiction Publishing & Editing
Do you have something important to say? By combining his experience as an educator and entrepreneur, author Gregory V. Diehl teaches passionate thinkers how to turn unique messages into profitable books—without sacrificing royalties or creative control to a publisher.
With in-depth advice about all stages of book creation, publication, and marketing, The Influential Author takes a uniquely grounded and intellectual approach to nonfiction self-publishing. Unlike self-publishing guides that promise to teach you how to write a bestselling book quickly and easily, Diehl’s book actually walks you through the complex details of planning, writing, editing, and promoting your work at the standards of traditional publishing.
Whether you are an experienced writer or have just started thinking about how to write a nonfiction book, The Influential Author will teach you about:
• Combining your passions and experience with reader demand to decide what book to write.
• Organizing your knowledge into sections and chapters for maximum comprehension and flow.
• Refining your book with feedback from editors, proofreaders, beta readers, and market testing.
• Choosing a title, subtitle, description, and cover design that capture your message and create sales.
• Pricing and promoting each format of your book (digital, print, and audio) for maximum readership and revenue.
• Enjoying lifelong passive income, influence, and meaning from your book’s success.
Publishing a book could be one of the most important things you ever do. Read The Influential Author to begin your path to writing nonfiction books that matter.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Questions to Help You Get the Most from This Book
Introduction to This Book’s Structure and Purpose
Part 1 - Philosophy
Chapter 1: The Historical Influence of Writing
Chapter 2: Introspecting What to Write About
Part 2 - Strategy
Chapter 3: The Market Ecosystem around Your Book
Chapter 4: Designing the Meaning of Your Message
Part 3 - Creation
Chapter 5: The Qualities and Conditions of a Writer
Chapter 6: Writing Your First Draft
Part 4 - Refinement
Chapter 7: Effectively Editing Your Message
Chapter 8: Proofreading, Pedantry, and Punctuation
Part 5 - Presentation
Chapter 9: Book Appearance and First Impressions
Chapter 10: Preparing Each Format of Your Book
Part 6 - Promotion
Chapter 11: Setting Your Book for Launch
Chapter 12: Maintaining Book Traffic and Exposure
Part 7 - Reward
Chapter 13: What Happens When You Publish a Book
Chapter 14: Your Destiny as Author and Publisher for Life
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Self-publishing isn’t just about books being sold; it’s also about words and writing. In The Influential Author, author Gregory Diehl, who may well be influential, draws readers in quickly with an overview of the history, importance, power and social dangers of words. As a Cambridge mathematician, I particularly love the reminder of the importance of, for examples, Newton’s Principia Mathematica, but readers from other fields will find much to intrigue them too, as the author explores censorship, science and even common sense in an overview of history and philosophy… in a book about writing! Of course, by modern times the philosophical questions just might devolve into self-publish or persist in seeking a publisher, and the author deals quickly and clearly with the timeline, royalty and creative control reasons for self-publishing. Then there are the reasons for writing. Writing a book is hard. It’s not for everyone. It will take lots of thought and lots of time. Gregory Diehl’s The Influential Author starts with philosophy, communication and purpose; moving on to the structures of a book’s communication—scope, length and focus—and what makes it unique; then there are the tasks of creation, word counts, outlines and other practicalities; followed by editing in all its various forms; the format and presentation of your book (helpfully including audio-narration); and finally how to promote and sell so as to feel you’ve achieved something at the end. It’s a huge scope for a book about writing, and there’s a lot to read. But the book presents a pleasingly different approach from the usual self-help, anyone-can-do-it approach. What matters more, the outcome (book) or the journey (writing the book); the focused thought or the rambling implication; who we are or who we’re seen to be? Such questions arise right at the start of this book, and the answers are argued eloquently and cogently, each chapter ending with a simple, straight-forward summary for those whose first inclination is to skim. But… do you write what you love or follow the author’s direction to find what will sell, and will Amazon’s ecosystem ever work in your favor. “By sticking to the book categories… and results will be more relevant to your goals as a bookseller…” but this reader’s losing sight of being a book-writer as she reads. “Sometimes an idea’s time just comes…” The author’s fascinating philosophical start devolves into lists and numbers and personal examples as the book progresses – more like what the reader expects from the title perhaps. The book covers everything from writing style to editing to marketing to fame (or influence). The structure of a non-fiction book is nicely described, including explanations of copyright pages and glossaries. The writing process includes outlining, perspective, self-plagiarism (e.g. from your blog), punctuation, and even “cognitive stress load.” Much of the information might be available elsewhere, but this book collects it all together in one large volume, illustrating, perhaps, the art of adding wordcount to your book. Trying to choose a title? Designing a cover? Formatting a hardback copy? Recording your own audio-book? Wondering how much your book will sell for? Yes, all these are covered too. The Influential Author collects lots of information on lots of topics into one large volume. A great resource for finding answers, a book that reads like listening to a series of lectures (and gives you the lecture notes in the chapter
Great educational approach to creating a non-fiction book. Way more comprehensive and complete than most of the other options.