Get the structure of your book right

Getting the structure of your book right is critical to creating a book that works for your reader. When you get the structure right, your book will make sense, your message will be clear and you will find it much easier to write.

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What to do when your book structure falls apart

The revision stage is there for you to sort out glitches, move things around, delete things and add things. If you get bogged down in this while you are writing, you will never finish. Even if you end up deleting material, it’s fine. You can use that material as the foundation for another book, for articles or even for a related product.

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Publishing a resources guide

Although a book is less dynamic than a website, it is more stable. Also, a book presents its content in a far more structured way the information has been researched, verified and comes with the benefit of being recommended.

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Publish a book based on articles

If you’re not keen on doing a lot of writing and have a great network publishing a book based on articles written by a range of contributors is a great publishing strategy for you. The most you will need to write is a short introduction to the book introducing the authors and explaining your reasons for publishing this selection of articles.

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Using the hints and tips book structure

The hints and tips structure is similar to the quotations format, except that all the words are your own. You don’t need to go hunting for material as you will create it. You will need a number of hints and tips and a bold offer in your title to make this kind of book work: i.e. 21 Killer Tips on Optimizing SEO so You Get More Traffic Fast! That is a tempting proposition for a reader. It suggests they will get some fast fixes (tips are by necessity short and easy to do) for a complex problem that can be overwhelming and difficult to understand.

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How to use quotations to structure your book

One of the key pitfalls of creating books of quotations is to keep researching and researching to find one more great quote. To avoid this, decide on key topic areas you want to focus on and decide to get a specific number of quotes for each one.

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Using the ‘How to’ structure to organise your book content

If you have been struggling to come up with a topic, the ‘how to’ factor will help as it will focus your mind on what you can help someone to learn how to do or understand better. Using the ‘how to’ will bring some topics to mind and you will probably then begin to think of the steps or method you need to follow to achieve the result implied in the title.

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How to create a book from a list

We all value information that is delivered to us in an easily consumable format and lists are a great of doing this. They present information in an amazingly easy-to-digest format that makes the information accessible, simple to use and fast to review.

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5 Top Tips for a Great Writing Session

Writing your book is a job and one you can plan and get done in an organised way. Along with your book plan, your word targets will make getting the writing done far easier. Apart from anything else, you can plan the number of words you want to write each day and know when you have met that target. This is very motivating and will allow you to see progress each time you set out to write your book.

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Using the interview structure as the foundation of your book

Interviews are a great way to create a high-value book quickly. You have two options: You can ask someone to interview you about how you help your clients and get it transcribed into a book. You can interview someone who has a well-established business, process or reputation who has information of value that you can share with your readers.

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7 simple structures that make great business books

When book ideas for your business are difficult to nail down, you need to take a different approach. If you focus on the way in which you are going to deliver material, you will find that ideas start to flow because the topic will emerge from your research and preparation.

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Add content to your under-length book

Usually, we worry about writing too much but there are times when we write too little. This often happens when you begin writing without a plan or with a plan that lacks detail. You begin by thinking you have a lot to say, then find that you are repeating yourself. As a result, you start cutting to get rid of the repetition but then you end up with a very short book - too short!

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Check your book structure and key points

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get feedback, preferably from a professional editor Top Tip 2: Create a book plan so you know whether you have the right content Top Tip 3: Check the structure works by looking at the contents list Top Tip 4: Check your subject is right for your business and for you as an author Top Tip 5: Work out where this book fits within your business Top Tip 6: Make sure you are clear on your key points Top Tip 7: Create a new writing schedule so you can begin writing regularly again Top Tip 8: Finish writing before you start revising and editing Top Tip 9: Focus your book if you have too much content Top Tip 10: Add more detail if you have too little content Below are the details of the sixth tip on what you can do to get your book back on track. If you are struggling with your book, it’s possible you need to check your structure and make sure you are clear on your key points. Once you have a clear idea of your book structure you will find it far quicker and much easier to write your book. Top Tip 6: Make sure you are clear on your key points If you jumped into writing a book without a proper plan, you may come up against doubts and uncertainties about your key points. When you dive into the task of writing a book without a proper plan two things can happen: You may find that as you let rip with your creativity a really great idea...

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Get Your Book Structure Right

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get feedback, preferably from a professional editor Top Tip 2: Create a book plan so you know whether you have the right content Top Tip 3: Check the structure works by looking at the contents list Top Tip 4: Check your subject is right for your business and for you as an author Top Tip 5: Work out where this book fits in your business Top Tip 6: Make sure you are clear on your key points Top Tip 7: Create a new writing schedule so you can begin writing regularly again Top Tip 8: Finish writing before you start revising and editing Top Tip 9: Focus your book if you have too much content Top Tip 10: Add more detail if you have too little content Below are the details of the third tip on what you can do to get back on track with your book. If you are struggling with your book, it’s possible you need to look at your book structure. When you get your book structure right, it is much easier to get your point across. If the information you are giving is in the wrong order or is in chapter sections that don’t work, finishing writing your book is going to be a challenge. The third tip in getting your unfinished book done is to get your book structure right because when you do this, you can find that your writing flows again. Top Tip 3: Check your structure works by looking at the contents list Structure can have a huge impact on how effectively...

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Create a Book Project Plan

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Top Tip 2: Create a Book Project Plan Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get feedback, preferably from a professional editor Top Tip 2: Create a book plan so you know whether you have the right content Top Tip 3: Check the structure works by looking at the contents list Top Tip 4: Check your subject is right for your business and for you as an author Top Tip 5: Work out where this book fits in your business Top Tip 6: Make sure you are clear on your key points Top Tip 7: Create a new writing schedule so you can begin writing regularly again Top Tip 8: Finish writing before you start revising and editing Top Tip 9: Focus your book if you have too much content Top Tip 10: Add more detail if you have too little content Below are the details of the second tip on what you can do to get back on track with your book.  Top Tip 2: Create a Book Project Plan If you don’t have a book plan and a vision for your book, create one. You can use this to help you decide how to edit your content so you can move forward with your book. If you started your book with a plan, you would be miles ahead of most aspiring writers. Most authors only have a rough plan or idea of what they want to achieve with their book, but few have the kind of detailed book project plan that can pick you up when you lose your way. A plan can keep you on track because it...

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Get Feedback on Your Book

When you are stuck with your book, getting feedback is essential. Only another person can help you because only another person can see your book with fresh eyes. When you get feedback you access the powerful perspective of your prospective reader.

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