In order for a new book to get traction on Amazon.com there needs to be a record of activity with the book. The activities that matter most are : how often the book title gets clicked on (e.g. the book appears in a search results list and a person clicks on it to go to … Continue reading How to leave a review on Amazon.com
For the past nine months I have been using a working title for the book: Distance Caregiving Simplified: How to manage your parent’s care from across town or across the country While the beta readers were combing through the manuscript, I turned my attention to the title. It is one of three critical components required … Continue reading Selecting a Title
In June I hired Matthew Gilbert to edit the manuscript. We worked at a quick pace over a two-week period and completed a full edit of the entire book. It was intense and I am proud of the end result! With the editing complete, part of me wanted to rush through the final steps of … Continue reading Beta Readers
I finished writing the first draft of the book on April 18. Over the next 6 weeks I edited the draft manuscript twice, my husband read it and gave feedback, and I prepared the manuscript to hand off to a professional editor. I am happy to report that I found a terrific editor who lives … Continue reading Hiring an Editor
I have been editing the first draft for about one week. Here are a few lessons learned and a before/after view of the table of contents to give you a sense of the changes.
Writing chapters is easy for me. My challenge is pulling all of the chapters together into a coherent whole that is easy for people to read and use. I will hire an editor to help me polish this book for publication but I want to take a first pass at it myself to be sure the message I want to convey is clear and makes sense. Here is the 6-question checklist I am using to guide the first edit.
Even a non-fiction book is selling something - an idea, a method, a change one should make in one's life. Such books are persuasive communications so why not use a copywriting approach? Here's one that worked for me - PASTOR.