How To Write Non-Fiction: Turn Your Knowledge Into Words (Books for Writers)

Do you want to write a non-fiction book but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you worry that you’re not ‘the 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.

PART 1. Before You Write: Mindset

Why write a non-fiction book?
Can I write a book if I’m not the 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 and quality
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
Truth and perfectionism
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
The different formats for your book
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.


Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Curl Up Press (May 22, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 360 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1912105780
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1912105786
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.82 x 8 inches


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