How to Publish a Best Selling Book

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Bad Day In Exeter.
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Exeter Zombie walk 2012.
A zombie (Haitian Creole: zonbi; North Mbundu: nzumbe) is an animated corpse resurrected by mystical means, such as witchcraft. The term is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli. Since the late 19th century, zombies have acquired notable popularity, especially in North American and European folklore.

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Having a book published is every writers dream. Whether it is a fiction book or a non-fiction or educational book that has been written; most people write a book in order to get it published. So, if you are a writer and you have just written “The End” on your novel or literature, how do you go about getting a book published?

Well, there are a few different methods that you might want to try. The first is self publishing. Self publishing is the process of publishing a book without having an agent, and without using a publisher that will distribute your book into stores. If you choose to self publish a book, you need to find a printer that does specialize in printing books. You also have to be aware that when you self publish a book, you are responsible for promoting and selling the book. You can contact local book stores that are not branded to get your book into shops. You can also sell them on the Internet on your own website, or ask others to sell and promote for you.

Some people believe that self publishing is an easy way to get your book in print it may be easy to get it into print, but it is extremely difficult for an unknown writer to sell their book and get it into stores when it is self published. Some writers are opting for self publishing rather than any other way, as they wish to get rid of the need for an agent or to find a publisher that will publish a book without an agent.

The more traditional way of getting a book published is to find a literary agent first. This stops the writer having to come up with deals with publishers, finding stores to take the book and to eliminate the stress of printing and approving the book. This gives the writer much more time to do what they do best… write.

To find an agent, a writer will normally have to send in a covering letter about themselves, a synopsis of the book they have written, which will detail the basic plot line of the book, and two or three chapters of the book usually the first three. Most agents won’t accept email submissions from writers, particularly new ones, and they will require you to send it through the post in hard copy.

The agents are your direct line to the giant publishers that command the literary world. They have inside contacts usually with the highest person at the publishers and they can discuss and negotiate a deal for you that would be much better if you were to contact the publisher direct. Of course, if you do find an agent to represent you, they will expect a fee for their work. After all, it is the agent that got you to where you are is it not? The fee can vary greatly depending on what agent you choose to go with.

If after sending your work in the agents are really keen on representing you, you could try negotiating the price of their fee down. If they are keen to have you and spot real talent, they will not want you to go to another agent and take your success with you. Having a book published is a wonderful thing for any writer! Choose your agent wisely and keep going.

If you are ready to have your book published you may be interested in our easy to use book template and ebook template.

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The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentary illusion that you are living in the world of the story. But as a writer, how do you suck your readers into your stories in this way? Nalo Hopkinson shares some tips for how to use language to make your fiction really come alive.

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7 Book Writing Mistakes that Short Circuit the Completion of Your Book

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If you are over 16, love reading, thinking, then you should read this:
Manhole – Tsutsui Tetsuya.

I love reading, but I always get too much effected from the novels, fictions, or mangas.

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Did your book writing come to a halt somewhere along the way? No worries. Like many of us, you may be making some simple mistakes that block your book’s progress and completion. Correct the following mistakes; complete your book and prosper:

Mistake 1: Failure to plan your book realistically.

Inexperienced book writers aim too high. Don’t try to fit everything you know or researched into a one big book. Plan too big and you may end up with a monster book that turns your potential readers off. Remember many people in the new millennium are busy and impatient. They look for short, quick easy reads.

Solution: Plan a short book first. If you have loads of interesting information, consider breaking your book into parts. Even a series of books is better than one large volume in the non-fiction genre.

Mistake 2: Failure to write your book’s vision.

Newbie book writers lose focus and determination because their vision is not clear. When it’s not written down distractions easily creep into pull you away your goal of a completed book. You may quickly forget why you are even writing a book.

Solution: Write your book’s vision statement. Write it down and make it plain. Write when you’ll complete it. Name specific outcomes you get after completing your book. For instance, envision yourself watching your bank balance grow from book sales. Write, “I see myself with increased income and more clients.” Anyway you get the idea; create your vision statement including see, hear and feel.

Mistake 3: Failure to envision what your completed book will do for you.

This mistake is similar to writing your book’s vision but different because it focuses on the rewards. Many novice book writers fail to dream about the rewards of a completed book. Is your goal to become an expert and gain visibility in your field? Do you want to launch a new career or go to the next level in your current career?

Solution: Fuel the flame of your book dream again. This time dream a bigger dream. Dream after writing your book, you receive life long income that grows each month. You become a highly visible expert in your field.

You gain added respect of your colleagues and peers because of your book. You receive increased income leveraged from higher fees charged. Your clients gladly pay them with book author as one of your titles.

Mistake 3: Failure to conquer procrastination.

The way to conquer procrastination is to act. No, you don’t have to sell your soul anymore to write a saleable book. Use the cumulative effect of doing a little bit at a time. Even so, unless you want it to take years to write, you must schedule a considerable writing time each week. For example, you could write 2 pages a day and have a short book in weeks. Or you could write 10-15 hours a week to complete your book.

Solution: Do it now! Now is better than later. Remember you become a successful author the minute you start moving toward your worthwhile book goal. I don’t know anyone that regrets they wrote a book. But I know plenty of people that regret they didn’t do it sooner.

Mistake 4: Failure to count your book as significant.

Tons of book writers stall at this one. They don’t realize the significance of their work. Too easily they think who cares anyway. Why should I add one more book to the 100s of thousands of book already in the world?

Solution: Realize your message is significant and deserves your attention, love and time. Consider what your readers need and want. If your book shares something unique, encouraging, useful, entertaining, it is important enough to be written.

Think about your gift? God gave you your gift to share with others. Our gift back to God is what we do with it. The loving care you put into your gift (book) the more rewards await you.

Mistake 5 Failure to keep writing in the midst of everyday life.

Many writers believe you have to get away from everything to write a successful book. No you don’t. I know several novelist and non-fiction book writers who had to write during a long commute to get their best book written and out to the world. They accomplished it because they systematically worked on their book until it was done.

Solution: Avoid marathon writing. In the midst of your busy life, designate your time to write (work on your book) with a goal to completion.

Mistake 6 Failure to keep going after life interrupts.

It is a common challenge to find your place after being interrupted by family, work and daily life. After all that’s why many think you must get away to get it done effectively. Yet, there’s hope for those who can’t get away or choose not to. Successful writers all over the world use the tracking approach. They succeed because they commit to doing a little each day.

Solution: Set yourself up for success; use the tracking approach. The most popular method to use for tracking is time. Time is the method where you commit to a writing a certain amount of time each day. With the cumulative factor involved your commitment doesn’t have to be that much.

For example, to accomplish my book writing goals I commit to writing one hour a day in a.m. (my most productive time.) With this method don’t be overly concerned about how much you write, just keep the time commitment.

Mistake 7 Failure to find writing rhythm.

You don’t have to write each chapter one after the other. If you get stuck on chapter two, you could be stuck a very long time. This type of thinking comes from grade school where we are ritually taught to do everything in order.

If you have been thinking that way stop right now, no need to raise your hand. You have my permission to work on whatever chapter moves you or you feel passion bubbling for at the moment. Feeling stuck on a chapter, try another. There you have it now go with the flow.

Solution: Don’t become chained to writing in order. Jump around and fill in the blanks. Review your chapters and whatever subject or topic you most drawn to, begin there.

You may not be making all of these mistakes. Yet one or two will stop the successful completion of your book. Your audience is waiting. Implement the above solutions, get your book finished, release it to the world and prosper.

Earma Brown, 12 year author and business owner helps small business owners and writers who want to write their best book now! Earma mentors other writers and business professionals through her monthly ezine “iScribe.” Send any email to iscribe@bookwritinghelp.com for free mini-course “Jumpstart Writing Your Book” or visit her at http://www.bookwritinghelp.com

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10 Book Writing Mistakes That Stop Your Dream In Its Tracks

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Some of my books in my library
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I’ve collected a bunch of graphic design & technical books throughout the years. The ones that have good, timeless nuggets of info stay on my bookshelf.

How many books do you have in your library?

Did you start writing your book and quit? Yes, I know you’re not a quitter. Like many of us, you may be making some simple mistakes that block your book’s progress and success. Correct the following mistakes; complete your book and prosper:

Mistake 1 Failure to start small

Inexperienced book writers aim too high. Don’t try to fit everything you know or researched into a one big book. Plan too big and you may end up with a monster book that turns your potential readers off. Remember many people in the new millennium are busy and impatient. They look for short, quick easy reads.

Solution: Plan a short book first. If you have loads of interesting information, consider breaking your book into parts. Even a series of books is better than one large volume in the non-fiction genre.

Mistake 2 Failure to educate oneself about book writing

Many novice book writers fail to educate themselves about book writing. If you’ve never traveled this road before, enroll in a book writing course. If you have little time, sign up for an email course to jumpstart your writing. Invest in your book project by hiring a professional editor to edit your work.

Solution: Invest time to learn about book writing. A client of mine said, “I want to invest in my work but I have no budget to start with.” No worries; more book writers than you know have started with a low to no-string budget. Enroll in free book writing courses. Invest time in learning to self-edit your work until you can afford to hire a professional.

Mistake 3 Failure to target your audience

If you fail to pinpoint who you are writing for, your chapters will lack focus. Your copy will fail to connect with readers. If you do manage to hook your readers, most won’t make it to the end of your book. Beginning writers who make this mistake bore their readers with flat, lack luster writing.

Solution: Target your book audience. Create a profile of your reader. Write down their complaints, their needs and/or problems that your book solves. Write your book to that person. You will have tight focused copy that compels your reader to keep reading to the end.

Mistake 4: Failure to develop a sizzling title and back cover first

Most newbie book writers stall at this one. They don’t realize a hot title helps the author stay motivated. Writing the back cover first helps crystallize your book’s message. With a clear message in front, you can write compelling copy that draws your readers to keep reading.

Solution: Develop a hot title and back cover first to write tight focused copy that sells. A hot title includes the top benefit of the book. It is usually short, clear and/or tells a story.

Mistake 5 Failure to keep writing in the midst of everyday life

Many writers believe you have to get away from everything to write a successful book. No you don’t. I know several novelist and non-fiction book writers who had to write during a long commute to get their best book written and out to the world. They accomplished it because they systematically worked on their book until it was done.

Solution: Avoid marathon writing. In the midst of your busy life, designate your time to write (work on your book) with a goal to completion.

You may not be making all of these mistakes. Yet one or two will stop your book dream in its tracks. Your audience is waiting. Implement the above solutions, get your book written, release it to the world and prosper.

Earma Brown, 11 year author and business owner
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Enter into the world of imagination and extraterrestrial life with science fiction

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2014 – Vancouver – Dreamcatcher
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DREAMCATCHER:
Dreamcatcher (2001) is a science fiction novel. It was adapted into a 2003 movie of the same name. The book, written in cursive, helped the author recuperate from a 1999 car accident, and was completed in half a year. According to the author in his afterword, the working title was "Cancer." His wife, Tabitha King, persuaded him to change the title.

Fictional science is based on the fictitious depiction of extraterrestrial life forms, the world of aliens, extrasensory perception and time travel. Paranormal abilities used by non- or half-human characters, such as aliens, mutants, androids, or humanoid robots, who come from different spaces in different time zones on the subterranean earth, entice the attention of readers and keep them spellbound with their super powers to capture and dominate the universe.

With a superb description of stunning scientific explanations and solutions to various fictional elements, a sci-fi thrills and excites the reader’s mind. Mind-blowing science fiction is presented with a perfect mix of the following elements:A time setting in the future or pastA spatial setting in outer spaceFuturistic characters different from human beingsUse of plausible technologyContradictory scientific principlesPresentation in different political or social systemsParanormal abilitiesTravel to another universe or space in time travelWhen it comes to defining the “Science Fiction Genre,” it is related to use of science and technology, existed in a future time. Time travel, life forms traveling in space, and future worlds with technology are the main attractions of these fictional works. The use of imagined or invented elements with a doubtful probability of existing is the only thing that makes this genre different from others. “Dune,”by Frank Herbert, “Foundation,” by Isaac Asimov, “Ender’s Game,” and “1984,” by George are some examples of the best-selling ebooks in the Science Fiction genre.

Today, hardcover books have been replaced by ebooks as they are easy to find, download, and read instantly anytime, anywhere with much convenience. Reading ebooks is a great way to save more time and money–especially when you can find them for free or discounted prices. If you are interested in downloading science fiction ebooks online, then you can visit robust ebook downloading sites that allow you to read science fiction books free of cost or at a reduced price tag.

Ebook downloading sites customized to your preferences let you satisfy your inner passion for bestselling science fiction. With these sites, you needn’t pay the full amount of the hard copy of any science fiction book. You get science fiction books written by top selling authors in an electronic format. There, you also get ebooks written by new and promising writers who want to put their imagination to the test.

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How To Get Ideas for Writing Your Book

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Getting ideas – where the heck do they come from? And how do you know if they’re any good? These are big questions, but let’s see what we can do to help.

FIRST: You probably already have your idea.
Almost certainly, you have the worm of an idea squirming away somewhere. It’s not a question of forming the idea, but of recognising the one you already have. So do this. Make lists of:

a) things you daydream about
b) your special interests (medieval churches, IT security, tattoos)
c) your areas of expertise (that might be something cool, like internet bank fraud, but it may well not be. Maybe you’re just an expert on swimming lessons for toddlers, social hierarchies at the school gate and how to get baby poo off a new dress. That’s still an expertise.)
d) your current passions – things that get you off on a rant or long-winded explanation
e) things you loved as a child – it’s amazing how often the child seems to predict the adult. Look back and see what you loved in the past.
f) books you loved as a child
g) books you love now.

Write actual lists of these things. Not in one single half hour session, but bit by bit, over time. Let things stew and bubble up. Almost certainly, you’ll find something nagging at you. Something that stays with you after you leave your lists. That right there is your idea.

SECOND: Don’t expect miracles
Trouble with ideas is that they seldom come fully formed. (My first novel was an exception – that did arrive pretty complete. All the rest have had to be hacked out of the rock.) But that’s fine. Development is easy and fun. The first thing to know, then, is that ideas take time. You don’t get from nowhere to perfect in one leap

THIRD: Know the market
For heaven’s sake, don’t try to develop your idea without knowing the relevant bit of the market for fiction. That means you need to read the area you are going to write it. Read widely. Stay current. Know the new names, not just the old ones. It’s a massive mistake not to do this – and most new writers don’t.

FOURTH: Start developing
Get a sheet of paper and write down what you do know about your future book. That might be very little. It might be no more than this:

Antarctic setting
Scientific team
Weird earth tremors, totally unexplained by science
Some ultra-secret weapons testing

That’s not a story. It has no characters, no plot arc, no meaningful line of development. but who cares? It’s a start. So just stay with it. See what comes to you. Try out new things. Add new elements:

ex-SAS man turned seismologist is out there.
Has baggage from the past (a mission gone wrong?)
meets Olga, glamorous Russian geologist

Do these new ideas work for you? How do they feel as you mull them over? I jolly well hope you think they’re crap. The bits we’ve just added feel forced, cliched, bland, generic. So let’s try again. Scratch that last bit and instead add:

Leila is a seismologist & triathlete (British)
Loves extreme adventure
Sampling ice cores to track past earth disturbances
Finds weird, inexplicable traces – far too recent
Multinational team. Hunky Russian and American scientists are there.
The Russian seems spooky somehow (but will be the good guy)

Better? I hope so. Maybe we haven’t yet nailed it, but it’s that forward-back process of development that brings the rewards. The only test of whether something works is whether you have a deepending tickle of excitement about it. If that tickle fades, you’ve gone wrong somewhere. Find out which element isn’t working, delete it, and try again.

FIFTH: Remember to give yourself time!
If all this takes a week, it’s taken you far too little time. Three months would be decent going. If it takes six months, that’s fine too. My most successful novel took two years in development, then was mosty written within two months. Development matters!

SIXTH: Technique matters too
By far the commonest reason why good, passionate amateur writers give up on a project is that they don’t have the technical skills needed to complete it. They start out in a rush, then notice that things aren’t quite working, don’t quite know how to analyse what isn’t working, then give up – probably convinced that they don’t have the talent.

And that’s rubbish. It’s a completely untrue conclusion to draw. Writing books is tough, and you have spent no time learning how to do it. So get the help you need. A course is probably the best way for total beginners, but whichever option you go for, make sure you do it properly.

AND FINALLY: Some tips on how to fail. (And on how to succeed).
And finally – please, please, please don’t read this article and think it doesn’t apply to you. It does. And that means all of it. If you cherry-pick the bits of advice you like and reject the ones you don’t, you will probably fail.

If you rush your idea – you’ll fail.

If you don’t know today’s market for fiction – you’ll fail.

If you don’t have the requisite technical skills – you’ll fail.

If you expect miracles and are ready to give up if you don’t find them – well, guess what, you’ll fail. What’s more, you don’t deserve otherwise.

That’s the bad news. Or rather, it’s the good news: good news, because it doesn’t apply to you. You’re going to take this post seriously. You’re going to do as it says, develop your idea properly, build your skills, know the market – and then, with luck and a following wind, you’ll succeed more than you ever believed possible. Good luck.

Harry Bingham is a bestselling novelist. His firm, The Writers’ Workshop, offers ideas for writing a book, and various online writing courses

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Write Your Non-Fiction Book to Pass or Sell in a Crowded Book Marketplace

Will my book pass or sell in a crowded book market?” Good question. You want to know. I want to know. We all want to know before we invest our time, effort and most of all our money. Here are a few tips to help you know if your book will just pass or sell well before you even write it.

Give your idea or your book manuscript the test of significance. Write your book to meet at least 2-3 of the areas listed below to attain significance in the book market place. To make sure your book passes the test of significance, does it offer:

1. Original, different information. Have you wondered what makes a new diet book sell well even when there are scores of diet books on the market? The author presents their unique set of successful diet rules, their exercise program, their perspective, their testimonials and their credentials. They use original, different information for the same results.

2. Expert advice to a specific group of people. Target a group of people within your broad market. For example, the Chicken Soup series for Teen-Agers, Mothers, even Prisoners sold much better that the original more general Chicken Soup for the Soul.

3. Inspire people to do something good. Weave inspiring stories into your book and sell more. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership spent 18 straight months on the Business Week Business Best Seller List. Dr. Maxwell started each chapter with a short story of a famous person successfully using the chapter’s law of leadership.

4. Solutions to your audience problems. Get this right and you could have a best seller. Do you know the solution to a vexing problem? Write the solution in your book. You might be surprised at who’s searching online for a little relief.

5. Entertainment, humor or fun. Do you have a talent to make people laugh? Use it in your book. Provide a little oasis of escape for your readers. People love it when you entertain them. Intertwine funny stories into your non-fiction manuscript. Entertain them, make them laugh; they’ll love you for it. Best of all, they will have fun telling all their friends about your funny book.

6. Greater understanding of life. Have you been gifted with a deep understanding of life? Put small excerpts of your understanding throughout your book. Sprinkle your quotes along with other famous philosophers or world thinkers within your book.

7. Success experiences that motivate your audience to do more, give more or share more. Share your experiences to motivate your audience. Share how you overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges in your field. It will motivate your audience to think if you did it; they can do it too.

8. Specific skills and information. Thousands of people search for specific information daily. They want simple to read and easy to understand information. Seek to educate your audience; include engagement tools in your book. Help them make more money, cut costs or solve their problems. Examples include: online assessments, how to tips, short reports, resource lists, how-to tutorials, dictionary of terms in your field, etc.

9. Opportunity to learn something new or interesting. Sprinkle your book with little know interesting facts about your topic. Be careful to avoid information overload with pages of detailed statistics. But if you sprinkle them as morsels throughout your book, you create anticipation that will lead your readers through to the end. People love statistics and bite-sized trivia about just about any topic.

10. An easy to read style to learn about something. Take a complex subject in your field and make it simple. Most people enjoy an easy reading language. They will not only reward you by reading to the end but your readers will be happy to tell all their friends about your insightful easy to read book.

Are you ready to start writing your top selling non-fiction book yet? Did your book idea pass the test of significance in at least two areas? Great! Now that you know your book is significant, go ahead dream big. Don’t hesitate any longer. Start today. Your audience is waiting for your unique ideas and viewpoint to help them. Make it different. Make it count. Make it yours.

Earma Brown, 12 year author and business owner helps small business owners and writers who want to write their best book now! Earma mentors other writers and business professionals through her monthly ezine “iScribe.” Send any email to iscribe@writeyourbestbook.com for free mini-course “Jumpstart Writing Your Book” or visit her at http://www.writeyourbestbook.com

5 Ways to Brain Storm Non-Fiction Book Title Ideas for Your Book

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He was born 30 December 1869 at Swanmore, county of Hampshire, England.

In 1876 he emigrated to Canada with his family and settled on a farm near the hamlet of Egypt, south of Sibbald Point on Lake Simcoe.

Leacock was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto. He completed a degree in modern languages at the University of Toronto in 1891.

Inspired by Thorstein Veblen’s The Theory of the Leisure Class, he enrolled at the University of Chicago, receiving a Ph.D. in political economy and political science under Veblen in 1903.

Concurrently he joined the Department of Economics and Political Science at McGill University, Montreal.

In 1906 he published his first and most profitable book: Elements of Political Science, a university textbook. Twenty-seven other books of non-fiction followed.

In 1908 he became head of his department at McGill, helped found the University Club and began developing Old Brewery Bay.

The first of his thirty-five books of humour, Literary Lapses was published in 1910. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town followed in 1912 and in 1914 Arcadian Adventures of the Idle Rich.

Leacock was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1919 and in 1921 made an extensive lecture tour of the United Kingdom. In 1935 he received the Mark Twain Medal. He retired from McGill in 1936.

Stephen Butler Leacock died 28 March 1944 at Toronto from throat cancer and was buried, across the lake from Old Brewery Bay, in the Leacock family plot at St. George’s Church, Sibbald Point.

You have finished your manuscript. Congratulations! Wait; before you take the next step. Is your non-fiction book title a sizzler or a dud? Remember, your title may be 90% of the pulling power for your book. It would be worth your effort to create a sizzling title for your message. Researchers say you have 4 seconds to hook your potential buyer.

An excellent title is short. The top titles are benefit driven. Don’t forget to heat your title up with emotion. Use terms your audience can relate to. Use action words and verbs. Quantify change with ways and time limits. Use one or two word ideas to tell a story. Pledge change. Spark interest.

Instead of choosing to bore her readers with “How to Write an E-book” an author friend after brainstorming chose the title “Seven Secrets to Write Your E-book Like a Winner.” She quantified change, sparked interest and branded her title.

Here are 5 common ways anyone can use to get uncommon book titles:

1. Best Seller List
Use the Best Seller list to brainstorm ideas for your non-fiction book title. Start by looking at the Best Seller list at Barnes and Nobles or Amazon. When Jason Oman and Mike Litman wanted to title their book, they modeled a popular book called “Conversations with God” and came up with “Conversations with Millionaires.” Their book achieved #1 on Amazon. Now it’s your turn; go be inspired by your favorite best sellers list.

2. Tabloids
Have you stood in line at checkout, recently? I know I have. But did you read the tabloid cover pages or picked one up to browse while you waited? The compelling headline on each tabloid is designed to reach out and grab your attention. We all know the tabloid magazines don’t sell because they’re filled with wholesome content. They sell because they’ve mastered the titling aspect of their papers. Next time you’re reading the tabloid cover, examine the titles and begin to brainstorm titles for your non-fiction book.

3. Newspapers
Newspaper headlines are designed to capture your attention. Model and compare your book title with the parts of a newspaper headline. Is your book title short and to the point? Will it capture the attention of your potential reader? When you’re reading your next newspaper, take a look at all the headlines and sub headlines. Notice how the journalist captured your attention or not.

4. Magazines
Magazine cover page article titles are my favorite example of great titles at work. Like newspapers and tabloids they must have titles that entice and pull at your interest to sell magazines. For example, which would capture your attention quicker, “7 Easy Ways to Lose Inches Off Your Waist” or “How to Lose Weight In Your Waist?” Most people are drawn to the specific results in the first title. Go get your favorite magazine and notice the article titles that captivate your attention.

5. Memes
Department stores are great places to visit and brainstorm using memes. Memes are words or visual images that tell a story at a glance. For example, visit Sears and look at the brand names of their proprietary products. The short names of these products are concepts; that tell a story in an instant. At a glance you get it.

You understand the message. Examples include Diehard batteries, Weather-Beater paints and Craftsman tools. Each products name is a concept. Think about it, which product would you be attracted to “Diehard” or “Stop Slow”. Many successful books are based on concepts or memes. For example, “A Happy Pocket Full of Money” by David Cameron tells a story of happiness and money. From the title you know this book is going to be about getting more money in your pocket.

No matter how good your book is, if you don’t title it well you may never sell as many copies as your message deserves. Now go create a book title that stirs your book reader’s interest to read

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Write a Non-Fiction Book First to Sell More Than You Ever Dreamed

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of some of these young ser-vitors was to look after the flowers for the altar; of others, to take care thatthe sacred vases were filled every day with fresh water from the Nile. TIktask of some was to preserve in perfect polish the silver images of the Moonwhich the priests carried in processions, while others were employed in feed-ing the consecrated animals, and in keeping their plumes and scales brightfor the admiring eyes of their worshippers. The office allotted to Alethe—and the most honorable of these minor ministries—was to wait upon thesacred birds of the Moon, to feed them daily with eggs from the Nile, of whichthey were fond, and provide for their use purest water. The delicate birdswill touch no other. This employment was the delight of her childish hours;and that ibis around which Alciphron (the Epicurean) saw her dance in theTemple was, of all the sacred flock, her especial favorite, and had been dailyfondled and fed by her from infancy. Thomas Moores The Epicurean.

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Does your title do its job well? I mean does it help explain what’s in your book? Does it capture the interest, engage, or shock the senses of your potential reader? Expert studies show the title may be responsible for up to 90% of your book’s magnetic pulling power…

Titles are one of the most important aspects of your book. Did you know the average reader, publisher or editor only spends about 6 seconds looking at the front cover of any book. They spend not much longer, about 15 seconds, on the back cover. That leaves an author about 20 seconds to make a good impression on a potential reader. How will your title measure up in those few seconds?

Does your title do its job well? I mean does it help explain what’s in your book? Does it capture the interest, engage, or shock the senses of your potential reader? Expert studies show the title may be responsible for up to 90% of your book’s magnetic pulling power. Some even say at least half of your book’s success can be attributed to its title. Use these top two title sizzlers and sell more books than you ever dreamed.

1. Allow reader benefits to drive your title
A winning non-fiction title immediately communicates the benefit readers will gain after reading your book. Benefit-oriented books often use the problem-solution approach. Master (A) this skill or technique and get (B) this benefit.

Readers buy non-fiction books for a “benefit” for something that will help them, grow them, profit more, less expense, less trouble, gain more time, less stress, better relationships, better health, less drama, less trauma, more energy and vitality and less fatigue.

Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” or Dottie Walter’s “Speak and Grow Rich” both instantly communicate the benefit of reading their book. They used the benefit driven, problem solution approach: Do this and get that. Psychological studies have proven that there are certain words that can help you connect to your potential readers and motivate them to buy from you. Here’s a list of words that can help you connect.

Free Sale How to Healthy
Love Now Discover Guarantee
Safe Value Introduce Natural
New Fun Easy Fast
Benefits Save Your Precious
Right Gain Proven Secret
You Money Penetrate Solution
Alternative Happy Suddenly Magic
Security Advice Proud Comfortable

Use these words to help express your book’s benefits rather than its features. For example, don’t say “This book has x, y, z features”; instead say “This book will save you time and money because it has proven x, y, and z.”

Leave out a benefit in your title and it will not be as effective in hooking your potential reader at first sight. Title your book well to sell well. Offer a solution to your readers. Demonstrate your expertise in your area so that they will move to the next step of buying your product, engaging your services or at least asking for more information.

Notice the two of eight powerful principles we have just covered: “short,” “concept,” “benefit” or “curiosity” tile followed by a longer sub-title that explains. Notice how often “listing steps,” “numbers,” or “time range” appear in the titles.

Make a note of your favorite titles. You can simply write them on a sheet of paper. Take a break, overnight is best, and allow your sub-conscious mind to mull over what you have learned. You’ll be surprised one day soon after, your best title will emerge.

You owe it to yourself and book’s success to develop your best title. After all, the better your title the more people will reach out and grab your book to read. Develop your title to have marketing appeal for the masses.

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An Author’s Guide To Publishing A Book

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this is a quote from a book by orson scott card entitled ‘the memory of earth’. it is part one in the series called ‘homecoming’.

i have read the ender’s game series and the ender’s shadow series and love them. also, the books from the women of genesis series are awesome.

i’m not sure if i’ve nejoyed this book as much as the ones from the other series so far…but this quote really struck home:

"Tears flowed from Nafai’s eyes. I didn’t understand. I never saw the city this way.

That’s because you are your mother’s son, your father’s heir. Like all human beings, you assume that behind the masks of their faces, other people are fundamentally like yourself. But it isn’t always so. Some of them can’t see other people’s happiness without wanting to destroy it, can’t see the bonds of love between friends or mates without wanting to break them. And many others, who aren’t malicious in themselves, become their tools in the hope of some short-term gain. The people have lost their vision…"

My brother, and some others, have often told me that my expectations of people is skewed (well, "too high", but i hate sounding as arrogant as I am)…because I expect them to act I as I would. I’ve accepted that people aren’t me…and I’m not them…but I thought this expressed a similar situation pretty well and it made me smile. This is a one-sided conversation from the ‘oversoul’ (a man-made ‘greater being’ of sorts ) and the protagonist of this book. Good read so far…I’d recommend it.

The little guys in the background…they are a different story. I lent my coat to a friend when he visited the Biltmore House in North Carolina…where I worked my way through college. It was late last spring in one of the last few cold spells and he hadn’t prepared properly…I had a work coat and lent him mine personal one for the day…since I had to wear my work coat anyway. I didn’t see him until a few weeks ago when I was down to NC for Christmas to see see family and friends. He returned my coat and when I wore it this week…I found the two small dinosaurs pictured above. One is orange with a helmet and football…the other purple with a baseball cap and bat. I found them while leaving work on Friday and they amused me greatly. I guess it really is the little things.

This is a long description for me. Hope you weren’t too bored.

Ask any published book author about writing a book, and they will tell you it’s a monumental task. The process is long, drawn out, and grueling. Even if you enjoy writing – and don’t mind writing on the same subject for an extended period — the writing process will, undoubtedly, exhaust you. Getting your book published, however, will take even more time and effort than writing the thing in the first place.

Are you thinking about writing a book? Have you already written one? Do you wonder how to get your book published? If you so, read on. Here are some hand-picked tips on how to publish your book.

WRITING YOUR BOOK

To write a successful book you need to start out with some original thought. You probably have plenty of originality, but you may have trouble creating a coherent flow of ideas and information that the public will digest. The first step is to create the skeleton (or blueprint) of your book. You need to organize your thoughts into a progression of chapters.

If you are writing a non-fiction book, start with a table of contents. Write chapter headings and sub-headings. Organize your chapters so you build each chapter upon one another. If you can brainstorm more chapter headings than you will use, you will find it easier to fill your book with a series of short articles that flow into one another.

If you are writing fiction, you will need more of a storyboard. You will need to create cause and effect as well as character sketches. To make your story coherent your characters will need to react to events. Their reactions should become predictable as your readers get into the story. You may need to create some situations for your characters to introduce their traits to the reader.

These are general guidelines on how to construct your book. The complete process will be much more involved as you move closer to finding out how to get your book published. Even after you are finished with the bulk of the content, your goal to publish your book involves a lot more work.

GETTING YOUR BOOK INTO PRINT

The next step to get your book published is finding a publisher. Both the Internet and your local library have many resources. You can tap into these resources to find the best publisher to publish your book. After a series of queries and correspondence with potential publishers, you may get an invitation to submit your manuscript. Then the work begins.

A publisher is very experienced in finding marketable books. He knows what it will take to get your book to sell. Don’t be offended when a book editor tears your writing apart, as this may be a positive sign that the publisher is interested in your book. Expect to enter into a close relationship of compromise and change with the editor as you rework what you have already painstakingly written. When you are finished, you will have a readable, clean, and correct manuscript, ready for print.

The road to getting a book published is a long one, but it is well worth the effort. Trust yourself, and trust the publisher to create a beautiful masterpiece. Don’t be discouraged if several publishers are not interested in your book. You may have to self-publish your first book, and then again, your book may eventually get accepted right away. Good luck and enjoy the process.

Learn how to become a published book author! Download Brian’s free e-book, Book Writing for Fun and Profit, at www.BookCatcher.com. Visit Brian’s blog, Book Publishing News.

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How to Write and Publish Your Book in 48 Hours or Less

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It’s no question, more books published equals more buy buttons, fans, repeat readers, and sales!

Will you catch more fish with one fishing rod, or 20 fishing rods?

Silly question, right!

Now, this post is all about how to create non-fiction books quickly that have tremendous value for the reader. And although the title of this post says 48 hours, those 48 hours don’t need to be consecutive!

You can spread them out over a week or two. Of course, if you spread them out over too long, it defeats the purpose of writing quickly. So a balance is good.

And even if you’re not a fast typist in the least, there’s solutions for that too.

Let’s get started…

The Kind of Books You Can Write Quickly

As mentioned, non-fiction can often work well for quick publishing because the structure is easier to plan and the content is easier to create. And if you know the subject well already, that greatly helps speed the process along.

However, if it’s a subject you need to research, or in particular if it’s a subject you’re not familiar with at all and that will take you a while to understand, that may not be suitable for a fast writing project. You may need to consider that more of a long-term background project instead.

That said, interviews with experts can be used to get all the information you need to create a non-fiction book on a topic you’re unfamiliar with. With perhaps both of your names on the cover. Such “joint venture” books are common.

Which Topics Work Best for Short Books?

Steve Scott, a hugely successful independent author offers great advice on a wide number of topics. What’s of particular relevance to you at this point in the process is how to choose topics that greatly increase your chances of being successful with short books.

His advice is as follows:

Start with a big, popular topic. If you can’t think of one, then browse Amazon and even book stores for ideas. If you’re already familiar with the subject, all the better. However if you can get up to speed quickly then that can work too.

Remember that people really want things to be quick and easy, so if you’re offering a solution, the quicker and easier it is for the reader (and the more you can broadcast this, even in the title of the book), the better.

Then split this huge topic (in his case: habits) and break it up into micro-topics. Again, trying to offer a quick and easy solution. For example: 10-Minute Digital Declutter: The Simple Habit to Eliminate Technology Overload.

A micro-topic is deep rather than wide. Importantly, if you’re writing multiple books on a related topic, over time you fully cover the subject, and also the more books you publish the more they help promote each other. This helps build up a series and a brand.

If you can be topical, more the better. Let’s say a new type of diet has become popular, if you can ride the coattails of that popularity with your own book (because people are going to be searching for the name of the diet), that can help bring in sales quickly.

If you’re building out an entire information-publishing funnel (courses, consulting…) then think about how your books fit into that, and how they will help to introduce new customers to you.

Don’t just copy what other people are writing about, even if you’re writing on a very similar subject. Put your own unique spin and personality on it. This is easy if you’re already familiar with the topic.

The more you know your audience and your competition, the more likely you are to write something people want to read.

How Long Will the Book be?

A good rule of thumb for shorter books is between 15,000 to 25,000 words, although 10,000 is an option too if you can’t get to 15,000. However, if the word count strays too low (5,000 words for example) it really ends up as more of a blog post than a book, so may not be the right medium for what you’re publishing.

So like the vast majority of non-fiction books, it’s either a reference, or it helps solve a problem. Or, it may even be a crash course in the subject (which is another kind of reference).

Now, the length of the book does depend on how quickly you can write of course, but as you’ll discover there are other ways to create a book quickly if you’re not a fast typist.

The Structure of Your Book

The following structure is suitable for most non fiction books:

Cover

Legal notices

Table of contents

Introduction

Chapters

Conclusion

What we’ll focus on in this post is the introduction through to the conclusion.

Now, lots of relatively short chapters help to make the book easy to read, and give it more bulk. And you may want to consider a relatively large font and perhaps quite wide margins to help pad out the book too.

You can download sample chapters from books in your subject area from Amazon to see how other authors are approaching this. Sometimes the word count per page on kindle can be surprisingly low.

And it’s well worth including an image at least at the start of each chapter (after the title), or even quite regularly throughout the text as appropriate. This is especially relevant if you’ll be including screen shots for a tutorial.

Remember that images on Kindle E-Ink display in 16 shades of gray so make sure everything looks as you’d like it to before publishing.

And these two resources can help you find a lot of great free images for commercial use:

http://www.pixabay.com

http://www.morguefile.com

There’s also Flickr Creative Commons but you generally need to include attribution when using those images. So somewhere in your book you would need to include a link to the photographer’s page on Flickr.

Planning Your Book to Speed up Writing

A vital step to help your writing go as quickly and smoothly as possible is to plan your structure at the start.

All you really need to do for this is to make a bulleted list that includes:

Your chapters

The sub-headings in each chapter

Bullets that list what you’ll be talking about under each sub-heading

For example:

Chapter Name

Sub Heading 1

Key point 1

Key point 2

Key point 3

Sub Heading 2

You may want to make the bullets short, or even quite detailed, and this process helps clarify your thinking and approach to the book, and makes writing it so much easier.

Options for Writing Quickly

Once you’ve mapped out your structure, if you’re a fast typist and know your subject, all that’s required is keeping the structure in front of you, and then writing your book as you turn one bullet at a time into a few sentences, or even a paragraph or two.

Do remember — the bullets are more of a prompt than a hard and fast structure so you may find as you write that the bullets get written out of order, or you may even combine several bullets into one paragraph.

But this ongoing prompt in front of you helps you stay on topic and focused, and helps avoid your book from meandering around the subject (which can be frustrating for readers).

However, most people can’t touch type. You may still be a fast typist just using a couple of fingers, but if your typing speed is going to become a bottleneck to your book getting written quickly, there are a number of alternatives…

Software That Automatically Transcribes Your Speech

Transcription software like Dragon Naturally Speaking that aims to turn your speech into text instantly.

The more time you spend training the software just after you’ve installed it, the more it will get to know your voice, and that should help accuracy of transcription.

Other factors that can make a big difference are quality of microphone, and how clearly you speak.

It’s also worth noting that unless you specify the punctuation as you speak, a lot of punctuation won’t be included, and sentences often run into each other. This can make the editing process rather slow.

But if you can get a demo version of this software (or similar software) it may well be worth you seeing how you get on with it, and whether it’s helpful to you or not.

Paying for a Transcription Service

Alternatively, if you have the budget (or a willing friend or family member to help you), you can have your structure in front of you while you simply speak out your entire book.

Of course, this may mean your book reads very conversationally and may need quite a bit of editing to alter the style a little so it’s more suitable for readers, but this can be an easy way to get a lot of text onto the page quickly. Also perhaps make sure you don’t ramble too much and keep your speaking focused.

Again, you’ll need to know your subject if you’re going to take this approach. And it’s important to realize that an hour of spoken audio at a normal talking speed is around 8,000 to 10,000 words.

This is why it’s so important not to ramble and go too off topic. If you find yourself speaking for more than three hours, the book may end up considerably more than 25,000 words. This is good in one way, but in another way it creates a lot more editing work, which slows the process down, which may make the 48 hour turnaround unrealistic.

Editing and Publishing

Once you’ve written the first very rough draft of your book, editing, more editing, and then finalization is required. And this is truly the part of the process you don’t want to cram into a 48 hour window, otherwise quality of final work can suffer greatly.

Once you’ve got your words onto computer, sleep on it at least once before you start editing. Editing the same day as writing often doesn’t work well.

So edit at least twice, with at least one night between each editing session. It’s even better if you can get someone else to take a look too. Either a professional editor if your budget stretches to that, or a friend or family member who’s well read and with a strong grasp of grammar, spelling and writing styles.

Then when you’re happy with your manuscript, format the text just as you’d like it to look, and then add further formatting like borders, page numbers, headers, footers, images, and whatever else is appropriate.

Next of course comes the cover image, some legal boilerplate text, and the table of contents. An index isn’t generally required for short books and could make a lot more work.

And at that point, everything is on the page. So have one more read through, get it edited, add changes to the design and layout, and then you’re all set to get it published on Amazon (and elsewhere too if you choose).

Now, as mentioned at the start, 48 hour turnaround is possible. But 48 hours of work over at least a week is a good rule of thumb.

Keeping that in mind will help focus you and avoid this book project stretching out for weeks and even months. Keeping a quick turnaround in mind does help to focus you and helps you to avoid attempting to create something that’s perfect, rather than good enough.

And again, there’s more benefits to being prolific than attempting to create one masterpiece. Plus, you can always upload an updated version of your book if you have something you want to update or expand.

Conclusion

There you have it! A quick start guide to quickly publishing non-fiction books in 48 hours.

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