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

book project plan
A table of contents

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 reminds you why are writing your book, what you want to achieve, and how you want to achieve it in detail. Writing a plan now does not mean you are starting your book again. What it does is it helps you see where your plan and your book do not match up.

If you are stuck with your book and you haven’t got a book project plan you will probably find it helpful to create one. By clarifying what your book is about you will begin to see where you have gone off-track and start to put it right.

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Deborah Taylor
Deborah Taylor

Hi, I'm Deborah Taylor and I'm a publishing consultant and book-writing mentor. I work with established business owners who want to share their message by writing a book but are struggling to get started (or finished). I help them write, publish and launch a stand-out, attention-grabbing book that will raise their profile, reach more of their ideal clients and grow their business. I am a trained editor with over 15 years' publishing experience with major blue-chip UK publishing companies such as Hodder & Stoughton, BBC Books, Cassell and Pearson. I have produced books on every subject under the sun and with professinals and experts from a wide range of professions, from chefs and gardeners to life coaches and career consultants. I would love to help you write a book you love and that will raise your profile, attract new clients and bring you exciting new business opportunities.