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Step 2: Write
Ideas, tips, and tools for writing your way to book publishing success

Published & Profitable provides a structured approach to writing your book as efficiently as possible

There are 2 aspects to writing your way to book publishing success. These are:

  • Getting started writing your book
  • Writing as efficiently as possible

Getting started writing your book

Getting started writing your book involves addressing 3 key areas:

  1. Content. Before you can start to build your author platform and begin to approach literary agents, you have to identify the topics you're going to be writing about in each of the chapters in your book. Start by thinking in terms of 10 chapters, with each containing 10 key ideas. We provide you with worksheets to help simplify the task.
  2. Title. Next, you must select a tentative title for your book. Titles must capture the prospective buyer's attention and immediately communicate the answers to questions like, Who should read the book?, Why they should read it?, and How does this book differ from others on the market?
  3. Time management. An author's ability to manage and make the most of their time is a crucial success factor in writing and book publishing success. Unfortunately, time management is rarely addressed in writing and publishing courses. Published & Profitable, however, provides numerous resources to help you choose the right topic, select the right title, and find the time to start writing your book.

Writing your book as efficiently as possible

Finishing your book on time, with minimum stress, involves creating a rhythm to your writing based on consistent progress and by taking advantage of the best writing tools.

Writing efficiency covers a broad spectrum of ideas, strategies, and tips, including:

  • Formatting. You must format and submit your manuscript according to your publisher's expectations. Otherwise, they'll return it to you for repair.

  • Hardware and software. Efficiency involves creating a logical system of folders and files as well as taking full advantage of the power built into your word processor.

  • Tracking & research. Writing efficiency involves keeping track of chapter elements, like graphics, and tracking your daily progress. Efficiency also involves making the most of your online and offline research.

  • Maintaining momentum. The best way to maintain forward momentum is to be able to recognize the early signs of procrastination or writer's block, and knowing what to do if they appear.

Published & Profitable's resources include articles, assessments, checklists, and worksheets to guide your progress and help you evaluate your work before you send it along to your publisher.

Moving on

When you've finished Step 2, you're ready to move on to Step 3 where you'll learn how to create a strong online author platform and how to approach agents and publishers with the book proposal materials they want to see.

When you join Published & Profitable, you'll be able to immediately access the writing resources identified below so you can get started in the right direction and develop the habits needed to complete your book as efficiently as possible.

Author Time Tracker Worksheet
Author Time Tracker Worksheet Time management plays a major role in writing and publishing success. Here's an easy way to plan your daily writing goals and track your time during the day. Both goals and actual time can be easily recorded throughout the day on a single, handy sheet. . . . Keep Reading
Sample Book Proposal: Jack Hart's Story Craft
Sample Book Proposal: Jack Hart's Story Craft Thanks to the generosity of Jack Hart, Published & Profitable members can download a copy of the actual book proposal that Jack Hart to secure publication of Story Craft: The Definitive Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction. . . . Keep Reading
2-Page Spread Planning Worksheet
2-Page Spread Planning Worksheet A Published & Profitable exclusive! The 2-Page Spread Planning Worksheet makes it easy for you to plan your book as a series of left-hand and right-hand facing pages. Now you can address both the content and the design of your book at the same time. . . . Keep Reading
6 Super Easy Content Tips for Self-Publishing Success
6 Super Easy Content Tips for Self-Publishing Success Get a new perspective on content creation for self-published brand-building books by downloading the handouts from a recent Super Easy Book Publishing program. Learn how to generate the content you need to self-publish a brand-building book or ebook. This shortcut to self-publishing success offers an easy way to master a 6-step process for creating the ideas, titles, and content needed for books and ebooks. Gain a new perspective by scrolling through these visuals. . . . Keep Reading
Build your coaching business by writing a book that engages your prospect's attention
Build your coaching business by writing a book that engages your prospect's attention Tips from Alyson B. Stanfield's I'd Rather Be in the Studio, that begins with an engaging title and is organized around the excuses that typically sabotage an artist's success. Get a new perspective on your own book by analyzing the lessons taught by Alyson's remarkable book. . . . Keep Reading
Download Patrick Snow's Creating Your Own Destiny book proposal
Download Patrick Snow's Creating Your Own Destiny book proposal Here's your opportunity to download the actual book proposal that Patrick Snow used to sell his best-selling Creating Your Own Destiny to John Wiley, one of America's top publishers. By studying his proposal, you can analyze the steps he took to engage and convince the editor of the project's viability. . . . Keep Reading
Author Guide to Case Study Research
Author Guide to Case Study Research Case studies can add specificity and story to your book. Case studies provide details to back-up your ideas and a narrative, or story, to keep readers engaged. Here's how to save time when researching case studies for your book. . . . Keep Reading
Author Small Steps Planning Worksheet
Author Small Steps Planning Worksheet One of the best ways you can launch your writing project is to begin by taking a series of small steps which build momentum and pave the way to efficient progress. The Small Steps Planning Worksheet makes it easy to prioritize & track your initial progress. . . . Keep Reading
Author Guide to Conducting Research Interviews
Author Guide to Conducting Research Interviews One of the easiest ways to write a book is to interview experts in the field, including other authors. Members interested in research interviews can access a 1-hour recording of a live teleseminar presentation and download note-taking sheets and a planning worksheet. . . . Keep Reading
Author Guide to Planning a Book Proposal
Author Guide to Planning a Book Proposal Your publishing success is based on your ability to prepare book proposals that attract and immediately engage the attention of "gatekeepers" like literary agents and acquisitions editors. This Author Guide includes two worksheets. . . . Keep Reading
Content Inventory Worksheet
Content Inventory Worksheet Many Published & Profitable clients and friends are pleasantly surprised to find they've already created a lot of the content they need to write their book. The Content Inventory Worksheet makes it easy to locate already written information in articles, e-mails, speeches, newsletters that can be used in a book. . . . Keep Reading
Author Guide to Writing with Others
Author Guide to Writing with Others Authors don't have to write every word in their books. Successful authors make use of a variety of writing resources to save time and get their book to market faster. Learn how to choose and make the most of co-authors, ghostwriters, and crowd-sourcing. . . . Keep Reading
Author Guide to Writer's Block
Author Guide to Writer's Block Writer's block can be prevented and--even if it strikes--it can be cured. Listen as I describe a 3-step process to avoid writer's block. Learn specific steps you can take. Members can also download the notes-taking sheet. . . . Keep Reading
Author Guide to Time Management
Author Guide to Time Management "I don't have the time!" is the most frequently mentioned reason for not writing a book.Yet, each year, hundreds of thousands of new titles appear? What gives? Why do authors find the time to write, while non-authors continue to put off their book? Here's a 3 step program for locating the time. . . . Keep Reading
Getting Started, Step 2: Write
Getting Started, Step 2: Write An introduction to the articles, checklists, maps, templates, worksheets, and videos provided to help you write your book as efficiently as possible. . . . Keep Reading