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How To Write Non-Fiction: Turn Your Knowledge Into Words Hardcover – November 15, 2018
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Do you want to write a non-fiction book but don't know where to start? Or perhaps you worry that you're not an expert or have enough authority in your niche to write a book on it?
Are you ready to help other people and change your own life with your words?
The first non-fiction book I wrote changed my life. Sure, it helped other people, but mostly it altered the course of my life – so much so that 10 years later, I make a living with my writing.
In this book, I'll share everything I've learned along the way and save you time, effort and frustration on your author journey. The book includes:
Part 1. Before You Write: Mindset
- Why write a non-fiction book?
- Can I write a book if I'm not an expert?
- Originality. Or, “there are so many other books on this topic”
- Who are you? Personal stories and the writer's voice
- The day a non-fiction book changed my life
- Fear and self-doubt
Part 2. Before You Write: Business
- Types of non-fiction books
- Business models for non-fiction books
- Who is your book for? Identify your target market
- Decide on the topic for your book
- Decide on your book title
- Your author name and pseudonyms
- How long does your book have to be?
- How long will it take to write the book?
- Your perspective on time
- Writing a book proposal
Part 3. Writing and Editing
- Gather and organize existing material
- Research, interviews, surveys, and social listening
- Structure and organize the book
- How to write the first draft
- How to dictate your book
- Turn your blog/podcasts/videos/talks into a book
- Speed, quality and perfectionism
- Focus and shiny object syndrome
- Writer's block
- Co-writing a non-fiction book
- How to turn a boring book into an engaging read
- Elements of fiction in non-fiction
- Does non-fiction have to be true?
- Legal issues: Using real people, quotes, lyrics, images, and citing sources
- Self-editing a book
- How to find and work with professional editors
Part 4. Publishing and Product Creation
- Your publishing options
- Use different formats to create multiple streams of income
- Non-fiction book covers
- Book formatting for non-fiction
- Pricing your book
- Your book sales description
- Categories and keywords
- Turn your non-fiction book into a multimedia course
- Updating your books over time
Part 5. Marketing Non-Fiction
- Two models of marketing and the importance of mindset
- Book-centered marketing
- Paid advertising for non-fiction books
- Author-centered marketing. The power of a personal brand
- Build your author website
- Build an email list
- Integrate email marketing with your book
- Content marketing for non-fiction books
- My non-fiction marketing journey
Conclusion and your next steps.
It's time to (finally) write your non-fiction book!
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About the Author
- Publisher : Curl Up Press; Hardback ed. edition (November 15, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1912105020
- ISBN-13 : 978-1912105021
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.81 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I liked about this book are the many strategies to start up a book project from the ground up by someone who used her passion for writing and storytelling to launch her own writing career. While the voice in the narrative is authentic, it often felt like the author continuously and consistently directed the reader to her web site to cross-sell or expose other offerings. While I believe the web site, "Creative Penn" could be a valuable resource, it is cited so many times that it became annoying. Once per chapter is more than enough for us to remember where the website is located.
This is the perfect book for new authors and those (like myself) who have written fiction for years and now want to get into non-fiction but are unsure of where to start. This book lays it all out. Very helpful and I highly recommend this and any of her other Books for Writers. I am on my fourth or fifth one now and am taking notes like mad at all the things I want to implement in my own author biz.
The structure makes it an easy read and I appreciate how questions and resources are listed after each chapter.
Honestly, you can’t get much better than Joanna Penn when it comes to how-to and encouragement. I’ve been writing for 40+ years and I’ve gained new knowledge from this one book.
I found many layers of value.
The first layer is of the clear steps in writing a non-fiction book. There is every element needed to go from idea to publication mapped out for you.
The second layer of value is in the use of powerful questions at the end of each chapter. These questions help the reader to clearly assess their readiness for the next steps and provides a summary and reinforcement for the chapters’ key points.
Finally the layer I found most valuable is the authors’ personal experiences and her willingness to be vulnerable and share her stories. This made the entire book more relatable and the goals I’ve gathered from the actions more realistic. Her stories help me to see myself on the journey of writing my next non-fiction book.
In a breezy, hyperlinked style Joanna explains how to successfully get your nonfiction thoughts to publication. Furthermore, Joanna explains the work ethic involved in creating a career out of this.
I have some ideas for Kindle, and will refer to my highlights as I write. I will also recommend this book to others who should make the leap into writing nonfiction!
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Joanna Penn is always bang up to date with tech, so if you’ve ever wondered about dictation, finding editorial services, marketing channels etc, it’s all in here. A great help in cutting through the overwhelming options, straight to what’s most useful and current.
There’s plenty about writing craft too – how to pep up factual material, focus, drafting and editing - and also stretch topics such as co-writing. And if you’re completely new to self-publishing, the opening chapters about mindset and audience will ease you into getting started productively.
Joanna also goes deep into the specifics of marketing non-fiction. I particularly love how this breaks down the different kinds of business and marketing models, so you get the kind of overview you’d normally wouldn’t have unless you were a publishing insider.
In short: a meaty, up-to-date manual for anyone with a non-fiction book burning to get written.
I have been looking for a book about writing non-fiction and this is it. The chapters cover coming up with an idea, how to identify a niche, personal motivations, publishing, and product creation, right through to marketing the finished product.
Recommended reads and quotes are feathered throughout, and the book is well-written and easy to read in a direct and honest style. It's what Joanna does best!
If you are looking for inspiration and motivation for your next non-fiction, then buy this book!
Informative and interesting.
I originally borrowed a copy from the library, but found it to be so useful that I needed my own copy.