How to write a simple nonfiction book plan

Does the thought of writing a nonfiction book scare you witless? It needn’t! With the right planning you can simplify the process so it becomes a series of manageable, do-able stages or layers if you like … rather than one mammoth and seemingly insurmountable project. (And this can even work for fiction, too.)

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Planning each chapter and section of your book is a little like pegging laundry out on a clothesline…

The beauty of devising and producing a plan of your own is that it’s tailored absolutely to your own needs. Another of its beauties is that you build it up slowly, step by step – this process always reminds me of hanging laundry out on a line: you keeping pegging clothes out in clusters until you have everything hung out neatly! (Well, I do, anyway, although these days I cheat and use a tumble dryer.)

So here’s how you start: [Read more…]

How to get your nonfiction book published – choices

If you want to choose a publishing route to take your book to market, this interview I did recently with Bookemon.com sums up my views pretty thoroughly.

Suzan St Maur on Bookemon.comHaving had 31 nonfiction books published so far – 20 of which were published traditionally with some subsequent ones self-published as eBooks, and the last one self-published in print and Kindle – I’ve learned quite a bit about contemporary publishing generally and was grateful to Bookemon for appreciating that.

Unlike so many non-traditional publishing businesses, Bookemon emerges as a trustworthy resource and although I have yet to produce a book with them, I believe that they do offer a credible and fair service.

Here’s how the interview went: you’ll find it helpful… [Read more…]

Writing a nonfiction book this summer? Get it right with these 10 Quick Tips

Summer is the season when many people get inspired to write that self-help or business book they’ve been thinking about for months. And given that you may well get some down time during July and August, this could be just the inspiration you need to get your book out there…

10 Quick Tips to help you write that nonfiction book

Help to write your nonfiction book from Suzan St Maur on How To Write Better

Is this summer your time to get that nonfiction book planned and written? Here are 10 Quick Tips that will help you achieve your goal.

Here are my key tips, based on the hard-earned experience (and mistakes) I’ve fumbled through over creating 31 nonfiction published books (so far!) [Read more…]

Book publishing scams – three stinky examples

How to avoid book publishing scams: updated January 2018 … If you are writing either a nonfiction or fiction book (or want to) and are thinking about how to get it published, here are some red light warnings of just three of the scams that abound in the book publishing industry.

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Tutorial: nonfiction book publishing 2014 – the skinny

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What has changed in nonfiction book publishing since this article was published early in 2013?

Here we take a look at what, if any, changes there have been in the last 18 months since I published an article called “Book publishing in 2013: easy, worthless, or worth it?” This originated from a my response to a question on LinkedIn about the state of book publishing at the time, and my own predictions for the future. Let’s now see what has changed and if any of my predictions have come true… [Read more…]

Writing a nonfiction book? Make sure you write the right title

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A title that really “does what it says on the label.” And it has been an Amazon top 10 best seller in the UK for the last 12 years, frequently hitting the Amazon #1 spot in all equestrian categories. Simple but powerful.

All book titles (fiction as well as nonfiction) are a very important part of the marketing of a book. With nonfiction and particularly business books, like every other piece of marketing communication should, the book title has to offer or at least suggest a benefit to the reader.

It’s the title people react to when they see a book displayed, whether that’s on a shelf in a bookstore or online. When people are looking through books you only have one chance to get their attention, which is why your title needs to be powerful enough to stop them in their tracks. [Read more…]

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