2903, 2017

How to Frame Your Book

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Let’s say you’ve got an idea for your nonfiction book, but you don’t know exactly how you’ll write it. You need a framework to give structure to your book and help sell it, too. Although you can probably build a house by hammering boards together, it’s more effective and efficient to build the frame first and then include the walls before you fill out the interior.

The framework for the book is WHAT you say and HOW you say it. Here are some ideas to find the best way to present your book. The most effective way to find great ideas is to brainstorm them. If you need some help with how to brainstorm a book idea, or anything really, check out my post 6 Ways to Brainstorm Your Book.

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812, 2015

Content Editing Checklist for a Nonfiction Book

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After finishing the first draft of a nonfiction book, let the manuscript sit for a couple of days or a week. I know you can’t wait to get it done, but there is a reason. Waiting allows your brain to process and make sense of the information. You can distance yourself from the words themselves and get a clearer picture of the project as a whole. Editing nonfiction with fresh eyes reveals inconsistencies and errors you may otherwise overlook. The time away also allows you renew your enthusiasm and passion in an often arduous process of editing. So, catch your breath and then forge ahead.

Read the entire manuscript in as short a time span as possible to most fully connect with the tone and flow of the content. You are looking […]