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Planning your book
Learn how to plan your book by studying mind maps of today's top books

Join Published & Profitable and you can download mind maps of dozens of leading nonfiction books

In Published & Profitable's member area, I've created mind maps showing the contents of leading nonfiction books.

When you view the mind maps, notice how the authors have usually organized the chapters of their books into logical parts, or sections.

The following books also teach important lessons about positioning books and choosing engaging titles.


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
MAPS 4 STUDY Barrett & Pulizzi's "Get Content. Get Customers"
MAPS 4 STUDY Barrett & Pulizzi's "Get Content. Get Customers" View an example of MindManager's ability to display complex topics at a glance. From the example provided, based on Newt Barrett and Joseph Pulizzi's Get Content. Get Customers, you'll get a better understanding of how a book with multiple chapters can be easily organized into logical sections. . . . Keep Reading
Examine a mind map of Jonathan Fields' best-selling guide to becoming a Career Renegade
Examine a mind map of Jonathan Fields' best-selling guide to becoming a Career Renegade A week after its publication, Jonathan Fields' step-by-step guide has become an Amazon.com bestseller. By studying the online interactive mind map of the Career Renegade's table of contents, you can gain a better understanding of why best-selling nonfiction books are often organized into sections, parts, or steps. . . . Keep Reading
MAPS 4 STUDY: Roger C. Parker's Design to Sell, a guide to Microsoft Publisher
MAPS 4 STUDY: Roger C. Parker's Design to Sell, a guide to Microsoft Publisher Design to Sell is both an introduction and tutorial to Microsoft Publisher as well as a marketing and graphic design primer. That's a lot of ground to cover, but you can see from the interactive mind map that sections organize chapters into a logical progression. . . . Keep Reading
MAP 4 STUDY: Simple Principles to Eat Smart and Lose Weight
MAP 4 STUDY: Simple Principles to Eat Smart and Lose Weight Study a mindmap of the content plan of Alex Lluch's and Sarah Jang's Simple Principles: To Eat Smart and Lose Weight, and learn how to simplify your writing create your own a "one paragraph per page" book. . . . Keep Reading
MAPS 4 STUDY: Janice Redish's "Letting Go of the Words"
MAPS 4 STUDY: Janice Redish's "Letting Go of the Words" Examine the contents of Janice (Ginny) Redish's guide to online content and notice the logical development of the chapters, and the way they build on each other. This book offers practical tips for merging design and content. . . . Keep Reading
MAP 4 STUDY: Brian Jud's Beyond the Bookstore
MAP 4 STUDY: Brian Jud's Beyond the Bookstore When you download, print, and carefully examine a mind of Brian Jud's guide to marketing your book through non-traditional channels, you'll appreciate the contribution that mind maps can make towards organizing information. . . . Keep Reading
MAPS 4 STUDY: Paul Gillin's "The New Influencers"
MAPS 4 STUDY: Paul Gillin's "The New Influencers" One of the things that you'll immediately notice when you download a map of Paul Gillin's book is the way, like many of today's authors, he organized his book into several, relatively short, chapters. . . . Keep Reading
MAPS 4 STUDY: Paul B. Brown's "Publishing Confidential"
MAPS 4 STUDY: Paul B. Brown's "Publishing Confidential" When viewed as a mind map, the table of contents of Paul B. Brown's Publishing Confidential becomes more compelling. Paul's a best-selling non-fiction author, New York Times columnist and blogger who candidly describes the real world of publishing. . . . Keep Reading
MAPS 4 STUDY: Bud Bilanich's "Straight Talk for Success"
MAPS 4 STUDY: Bud Bilanich's "Straight Talk for Success" As you'll see when you download and examine the mind map of his book, Bud Bilanich is one of the most organized authors around. He's organized his guide to career success in terms of 5 basic principles, each described in 3 chapters. . . . Keep Reading
MAPS 4 STUDY: John C. Maxwell's "Make Today Count"
MAPS 4 STUDY: John C. Maxwell's "Make Today Count" The table of contents map of this slim volume provides a new perspective on finding the time to write your book. You'll learn some of the habits to break, and some of the habits to cultivate in order to bring your book to life. . . . Keep Reading
MAPS 4 STUDY: Jill Konrath's "Selling to Big Companies"
MAPS 4 STUDY: Jill Konrath's "Selling to Big Companies" A glance at the MindManager map of Jill Konrath's Selling to Big Companies illustrates the importance of using sections to organize chapters into a meaningful sequence. Jill's book has received rich praise from publications like Selling Power, Sales & Marketing Management, Entreprenuer, and Fortune. . . . Keep Reading
MAPS 4 STUDY: Guy Kawasaki's "Reality Check"
MAPS 4 STUDY: Guy Kawasaki's "Reality Check" Get an advance look at the Mind Maps of the contents of Guy Kawasaki's latest book, Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition. study his use of sections to organize 500 pages and 91 chapters. . . . Keep Reading
MAPS 4 STUDY: Richard Bolles' 10,000,000 copy best seller "What Color Is Your Parachute? 2009"
MAPS 4 STUDY: Richard Bolles' 10,000,000 copy best seller "What Color Is Your Parachute? 2009" See how Richard Bolles used sections to subdivide his book into two logical parts, plus a third resource section. When you download the mind map of his book, notice how he has taken care care to choose chapter titles that clearly "sell" the contents of each chapter. . . . Keep Reading