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The Road to Writing & Publishing Your First Book: How to Do It without going Crazy

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The Road to Writing & Publishing Your First Book: How to Do It without going Crazy

  1. 1. The Road to Writing & Publishing Your First Book
  2. 2. How to do it without going …
  3. 3. From the Big Idea to the Boring Details: Lessons learned on how to edit your book to Write it Better, Faster and with Less Misery Details! Details! Details! Details! Details!
  4. 4. What does it take to write?
  5. 5. The Journey and what you’ll learn •Who the heck am I? •How I did it wrong •A better way of doing things •Lessons Learned •Resources I like
  6. 6. Maybe you’re asking …
  7. 7. Writer & Photog right from the “get-go”
  8. 8. How a coin toss changed my life
  9. 9. Sun Valley, Idaho
  10. 10. Magazine Editor Newspaper Photographer & Photo Editor
  11. 11. Adventurer
  12. 12. Freelance Writer & Photographer
  13. 13. Silicon Valley Days • Webmaster • Web content developer • Information architect
  14. 14. Glaucoma – almost went blind
  15. 15. Went down the rabbit hole
  16. 16. A voice from beyond me said …
  17. 17. “Do Your Bucket List!”
  18. 18. #1: “Kayak down the Grand Canyon!”
  19. 19. It became “the book I had to write” That journey …
  20. 20. This is the book …
  21. 21. It won this contest …
  22. 22. “Round 1”
  23. 23. Listed the key points …
  24. 24. Aggregate key ideas together …
  25. 25. Had the perfect writing life … • House sitting • No wifi • Surrounded by Nature
  26. 26. I wrote …
  27. 27. And wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote …
  28. 28. And wrote and wrote and wrote … 135,000 words
  29. 29. It was a train wreck!
  30. 30. I Hit the Wall
  31. 31. What do I do now?
  32. 32. Help!
  33. 33. I have great friends …
  34. 34. She’s a famous author …Marcy interrogates me about my book
  35. 35. I decided to Start Over
  36. 36. Start with the Big Picture
  37. 37. Why are you writing your book? •Who’s it for … you or an audience? •Do you intend to SELL it? •Is it to help your business – to establish your credibility, etc?
  38. 38. Get very clear on WHY you are writing your book.
  39. 39. •Is it for you? •Is it for an audience? •If for an audience – WHO?
  40. 40. Create a Customer “Avatar” Describe that person as clearly as possible.
  41. 41. Why would they want to read it? • What’s in it for them? • What’s their takeaway? • How does it benefit them? • What do they learn? • What experiences do they get from it? • Is there a universal theme in your book that will appeal to them?
  42. 42. Who’s your competition?
  43. 43. Check out your local bookstore. Where would your book be located?
  44. 44. Research similar books on Amazon
  45. 45. • What else has been written? • What are the titles and subtitles? • How long are they? • What do the covers look like? • What do you like – and not like – about them? • Where would it go in the bookstore or on Amazon? Questions to research …
  46. 46. What the Market WantsWhat You Want
  47. 47. Merge it all together … • What do you want to write? • What does the market need? • What’s the opportunity?
  48. 48. Find your North Star, plot your course and WRITEFind your North Star, plot your course and WRITE
  49. 49. Big question – Where does it START and END?
  50. 50. Write the jacket copy of your book •First thing somebody reads about your book. •Answers WHY they should read it •Write it out!
  51. 51. Hard Copy Approach: Index cards, Post it notes, etc.
  52. 52. Software: Mindmapping, Scrivener, Word, etc
  53. 53. All your chapters should add up to the big idea
  54. 54. Name the chapters •They pull people in •Give them snappy titles
  55. 55. Write to the promise in each chapter •This will help keep your writing focused
  56. 56. Get that First Draft Out!
  57. 57. Don’t Stop Until You’re Done
  58. 58. Take a BIG break
  59. 59. Don’t be a draft dodger
  60. 60. Sometimes you ….
  61. 61. (And other times you don’t.)
  62. 62. Keep It Simple
  63. 63. Sometimes you need to do minor trimming.
  64. 64. Other times you need a chainsaw.
  65. 65. Let’s get tense! (and get it right!) 1.Know the Usage of each tense 2.Be mindful of shifting tenses 3.Know the verb's proper form for each tense
  66. 66. Details, details, details ….
  67. 67. “Arrrrrrr!!”
  68. 68. “Ahhhhhhh …. “
  69. 69. WHERE do you feel it? And WHAT is the SENSATION?
  70. 70. “She had a headache.”
  71. 71. “Hammers pounded her cranium. Snakes twisted, writhed and squeezed through her soul until she exploded.” “Hammers pounded her cranium. Snakes twisted, writhed and squeezed through her soul until she exploded.”
  72. 72. Do it with Sensory details
  73. 73. Get …
  74. 74. • It takes another pair of eyes to spot the errors you’ve missed • An error-free book makes a good impression to the readers • It is better to get a bad review from your editor than from your readers • There is always room for improvement • All the bestselling books have been edited professionally. It’s what readers expect. • You’ll lose credibility if there are errors.
  75. 75. Publish it as a Kindle first • Faster and easier to publish • There WILL be mistakes (Get over it) • MUCH easier to make changes • Continue to make corrections • THEN publish it as a book
  76. 76. Books on writing I’ve liked
  77. 77. Software
  78. 78. Microsoft Word Learn how to use “Track Changes”
  79. 79. What makes people tick? Enneagram

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