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About Jennie Nash
Jennie Nash is an evangelist for book coaching, which gives writers 1:1 support so they can write books worth reading. She is the creator of the Book Coach Certification Program at Author Accelerator and has trained more than 100 book coaches.
Visit Jennie at www.jennienash.com and authoraccelerator.com
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“Jennie Nash may just be the best nonfiction book coach around. She offers up a proven method that helps writers to find their voice, identify their readers, hone their message, and organize their thoughts. Jennie is something of a magician. Her clients consistently produce excellent proposals sure to garner attention from literary agents who can help them to land that coveted publishing deal. I will recommend this book to all my clients." —Joelle Delbourgo, President and Founder, Joelle Delbourgo Associates Literary Agency
Would you start a business without understanding your customer? Or launch a new product without studying the competition? Of course not, but this is exactly what many experts, educators, and entrepreneurs do when they decide to write a book: they leap over the fundamentals and go straight to putting words on the page. The result is a half-baked book that doesn’t capture their brilliance and will never get the attention from agents, publishers, and readers that it deserves.
Blueprint for a Nonfiction Book is a step-by-step process for defining your big idea, developing a compelling book proposal, and making the pitch to the industry professionals who can bring it to life. It’s where vague “I want to write a book someday” sentiments turn into “I love this book and I am writing it” proclamations. All you need to take advantage of the Blueprint is a book idea you want to share with the world, an audience you hope to reach, and the willingness to figure out the best way to pin that idea to the page.
Jennie Nash is the creator of the book coach certification program at Author Accelerator and has taught hundreds of book coaches and thousands of writers how to use the Blueprint for a Book system to help them produce their best work in the most efficient way. She is the author of Blueprint for a Book: Build Your Novel from the Inside Out; Read Books All Day and Get Paid for It: The Business of Book Coaching; and eight other books.
“This process saved me YEARS of bumbling about in the dark!” —Michelle Dempsey-Multack, podcaster and author of Moms Moving On: Real-Life Advice on Conquering Divorce, Co-Parenting Through Conflict, and Becoming Your Best Self
“Jennie's Blueprint system makes writing a lot less painful and a lot more productive.” —Michael Melcher, partner and executive coach at Next Step Partners and author of Your Invisible Network: How to Create, Maintain, and Leverage the Relationships That Will Transform Your Career
“Worth its weight in gold.” —Monica Holloway, instructor at the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension and author of Remarrying Michael: My Second Marriage to my First Husband
“The Blueprint showed me that it wasn’t enough just to teach my readers a new mindset and a new skill: I also needed to tell a compelling story.” —Dan Blank, founder of wegrowmedia.com and author of Be the Gateway: A Practical Guide to Sharing Your Creative Work and Engaging an Audience
“Jennie’s value doesn't just come from knowing the nuts and bolts of writing, it's from coaching ALL sides of what a book entails from her head and her heart. She brings out the best of both from the writer.
How to write a novel in the most efficient way by tackling the hardest part before you start to write, from top book coach Jennie Nash“This process makes me want to write, and it makes what I’m writing better. I read it before every draft. It’s that good.” —KJ Dell'Antonia, New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters
Whether you’re writing your first novel or your tenth, there is a temptation to pin it to the page before it disappears. It’s such a brilliant idea and you can see the whole thing shimmering in your mind, just out of reach. Maybe you do some work on character development and plotting, but you’re a racehorse at the gate, ready to run, ready to write.
This book is an argument to stop and define the foundational elements of your story before you keep writing – which means understanding your motivation as a writer, considering your reader’s expectations, and making sure your story has a solid structure that will hold up inside and out from beginning to end. This clarity is what gives a novel its power and a writer their confidence.
Jennie Nash is the creator of the Book Coach Certification program at Author Accelerator and has taught hundreds of book coaches and thousands of novelists how to use the Blueprint for a Book system—and the Inside Outline at the heart of it — to help them produce their best work in the most efficient way.
“This process makes me want to write, and it makes what I’m writing better. I read it before every draft. It’s that good.” —KJ Dell'Antonia, New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters
“Jennie Nash turned me into a plotter and changed the way I think about approaching any new project. I’m an Inside Outside outline fan for life!” —Alison Hammer, author of You and Me and Us and Little Pieces of Me
“If you are about to start writing or revising your novel – hold up! You need this book before putting fingers to keyboard. It’s a step-by-step design-your-novel manual that encapsulates the most important aspect of great story-telling: how to reach deep into your writerly heart and into the heart of the story you want to bring to life.” — Janet Fox, author of The Artifact Hunters
“I will sing the praises of the Inside Outline forever. It’s f*ing genius.” —Carla Naumburg, author of How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids
“The Inside Outline is making writing easier. I can focus more on the writing rather than discovering what the scene is about when I’m creating it. Why isn’t every writer using it? Instead, people are plonking down good money to be told ten key steps in writing dialogue or setting a scene. I’m so grateful I’m no longer one of them.” — Kate Kimball, first time novelist
"Jennie Nash is the SuperWoman of book coaches. She is bringing dignity and skills to this wild west profession and this book is one of her many stellar contributions. Set up your business with your eyes wide open and all the info and skills you need. As generous and smart as Jennie herself."
— Jen Louden, bestselling author and teacher
“Jennie Nash is utterly brilliant, scary savvy, and the reason my book coaching business is successful beyond my wildest dreams. Her advice is pure gold! I'll always be in awe of her — she rocks!”
— Lisa Cron, story coach, author of Wired for Story and Story Genius
"For years, Jennie Nash and I have had weekly private business strategy meetings where she shares the exact details of her business. Revenue, salaries, strategies, processes, all the secrets of how she grows and manages a multi-six figure business. To my surprise, she is now sharing these same things in a book that just anyone can buy. Read Books All Day and Get Paid For It isn't some vague pitch for how to be a book coach: it is an MBA for writers who want to understand how start a business from scratch. Honestly, I'm shocked at the level of details she shares in here on the process of book coaching, marketing, pricing, packaging services and so much more. What's more, she doesn't present it as one-size fits all, but instead allows the reader to personalize her advice in a Choose Your Own Adventure manner. It took me years and thousands of hours in conversation to learn from her total editorial and business genius. But you? You just have to spend a few hours reading the book, and then implementing her advice."
— Dan Blank, author of Be the Gateway: A Practical Guide to Sharing Your Creative Work and Engaging an Audience, founder of wegrowmedia.com
It can be a brutal business.
In The Writer’s Guide to Agony and Defeat, book coach and author Jennie Nash takes you inside 43 of the worst moments in the writing life. The enlightenment gurus say that you should “feel what you feel” and this book is designed to help you feel the gut-wrenching misery of the writing life – and then get over it.
Though she lives in the shadow of her legendary landscape photographer father, and is the mother of a painter whose career is about to take off, Claire has carved out a practical existence as a commercial photographer. Her pictures may not be the stuff of genius, but they've paid for a good life.
But when her father dies, Claire loses faith in the work she has devoted her life to-and worse, begins to feel jealous of her daughter's success. Then, as she helps prepare a retrospective of her famous father's photographs, Claire uncovers revelations about him that change everything she believes about herself as a mother, a daughter, and an artist...
In McCarthy-era New York, having the right idea for a book can lead to fame and fortune, but having the wrong idea can turn you from citizen to suspect. When the secretary of a prominent book editor becomes obsessed with the story of the world's most glamorous red lipstick, she becomes convinced that it was the book she was born to write. She struggles to overcome her belief that surrendering to passion of any kind is dangerous and to fend off the seductive attention of the editor's star author.Ultimately, she must fight the author for the right to tell the tale and for the right of an author to tell her own truth.
After five cancer-free years, April Newton should be celebrating, but instead she's restless. She feels her husband slipping away, and though the spectacular, stylish house he's building for her should be a fresh start, April finds herself wanting something more. As their move-in date approaches, she becomes obsessed with winning the right to buy the last bungalow in Redondo Beach, convinced that the quirky, lived-in little house represents comfort, completeness-everything she is missing in her life. And though her quest for the bungalow will take some surprising twists, it may put back together the pieces of her heart.
A photo of her sons. A doormat from Target. Twenty-three tubs of fabric. Somehow it comforts Lily to list the things she lost when a wildfire engulfed the Santa Barbara avocado ranch she shared with her husband, Tom. He didn’t make it out either. His last act was to save her grandmother’s lace from the flames—an heirloom she has never been able to take scissors to, that she was saving for someday…
As she negotiates her way through her grief, mourning both the tangible and intangible, Lily wonders about her long marriage. Was it worth all the work, the self-denial? Did she stay with Tom just to avoid loneliness? Should she have been more like her mother, Eleanor— thrice-married and even now, approaching eighty, cavalier about men and, it seems, even about her daughter’s emotions?
It is up to Lily to understand what she could still gain even when it seems that everything is lost. Someday has arrived…
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Some five years younger than the AMA-recommended age for mammograms, Jennie Nash insisted she be tested, not because of a lump but because of a hunch brought on by a friend's battle with lung cancer. Jennie was as shocked to discover as her friend had been that cancer knows no age limits.
From detection and surgery to reconstruction and recovery, Jennie gives readers a road map for a journey no one chooses to take. She details both the large and small lessons learned along the way: the importance of a child's birthday cake; the pleasure of wearing a beautiful, provocative red dress; how to be grateful rather than guilty when someone brings lasagne to the door; and that sometimes the only difference between getting to live and having to die is luck.
A celebration of survival, Jennie Nash's account transforms one of life's most harrowing experiences into a story of reassurance and enlightenment.
What were my kids born to do? That is the question I hope to help them answer. And because reading is the thing I love most, it's only natural for me to hope it will become something they love, too...The trouble is that reading is a particularly slippery passion to want to pass along because it's a skill most parents would agree their children have to master, to one degree or another.
--from Raising a Reader
Can passion be passed along from parent to child? Can you, in other words, make someone love baseball, ballet or books? Of course you can't - but that doesn't stop parents from trying. Jennie Nash was one of those parents - a parent so obsessed about getting her kids to read that her desire sometimes strayed into desperation; her hope often became an obsession; and instead of helping, her resolve got in the way. In the end, she found that, like so many of the things we do as parents, passing along a passion for reading happens in the push and pull of digging in and letting go, day in and day out, both because of and in spite of our efforts.
Nash shares stories and misadventures from the years when her young daughters were learning what it meant to have a relationship with words--and she was learning to let them. She reminds us how the magic moments happen in their own sweet time, by being together in the presence of good books and seeing each child as unique.
Each chapter of Raising a Reader ends with personal, practical tips and games that spring straight from the narrative. A comprehensive index discusses many of the books Nash has enjoyed with her children, providing a year's worth of titles for parents and their children to explore.