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The Author Training Manual

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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 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. Praise for The Author Training Manual
  4. Foreword by James Scott Bell
  5. Introduction
  6. MANUAL
    1. Author Attitude: The Essential Characteristic Necessary for Publishing Success
    2. How to Begin: Evaluate Yourself and Your Book for Success
    3. <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Step #1:</strong> Develop an &#8220;Author Attitude&#8221; and Plan Your Success Develop an “Author Attitude” and Plan Your Success
    4. <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Step #2:</strong> Know What Your Book Is About and Why Someone Would Want to Read (Buy) It Know What Your Book Is About and Why Someone Would Want to Read (Buy) It
    5. <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Step #3:</strong> Analyze How Many People Analyze How Many People <em xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Really</em> Might Buy Your Book Might Buy Your Book
    6. <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Step #4:</strong> Compare the Competition andDiscover If Your Idea Is Unique and Necessary Compare the Competition andDiscover If Your Idea Is Unique and Necessary
    7. <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Step #5:</strong> Examine the Structure of Your Book Examine the Structure of Your Book
    8. <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Step #6:</strong> Decide If Your Book&#8217;s Content Matches Your Initial Vision Decide If Your Book’s Content Matches Your Initial Vision
    9. <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Step #7:</strong> Discover Ways to Brand Yourself and Earn More Money Discover Ways to Brand Yourself and Earn More Money
    10. <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Step #8:</strong> Weigh Whether You Are the Best Person to Write This Book &#8230; Weigh Whether You Are the Best Person to Write This Book … <em xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Now</em>
    11. <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops">Step #9:</strong> Gauge If You Make a Good Publishing Partner or Indie Publisher Gauge If You Make a Good Publishing Partner or Indie Publisher
    12. The Final Steps: From Aspiring to Published Author
  7. SAMPLES
    1. Sample #1
    2. Sample #2
    3. Sample #3
    4. Sample #4
  8. TRAINING EXERCISES
    1. Step #1
    2. Step #2
    3. Step #3
    4. Step #4
    5. Step #5
    6. Step #6
    7. Step #7
    8. Step #8
    9. Step #9
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. About the Author
  11. Copyright