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Plan Your Book Course

teacher avatar Maya Gobara, Spiritual Teacher

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6 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Plan that book Introduction

    • 2. Plan that book lesson 1

    • 3. Plan that book Lesson 2 Part1

    • 4. Plan That book Lesson 2 Part 2

    • 5. Plan That book Lesson 3

    • 6. Plan that book Lesson 4

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About This Class

This class will help you write a book that matters and sells. In this class you will learn:

  • Why you don't have to be an expert
  • How to do the background research and create a stellar book
  • How to outline your book like a pro
  • How to tap directly into your ideal reader

This class can be beneficial to fiction and non-fiction writers. 

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Maya Gobara

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1. Plan that book Introduction: Hello. I am Chetan Jones, the message midwife, A writing coach and life coach. This course is perfect for those of you who needs some help getting started with the process. You can't expect to find information that will help you jumpstart you're writing and that jump start your writing in terms of your content. But to first take a hard look at the things that need to be done before one sentence is even started of your book. I know that sometimes we have a tendency to want to start the writing process very soon. But there are some key elements that you could be missing. You don't have to learn the hard way because I'm going to help you get started the right way. I look forward to seeing you in this course, and I cannot wait to help you on your writing journey. 2. Plan that book lesson 1: Hello. Welcome to Day one of the plan. That book course lesson number one is that you simply do not have to be an expert. There's a common misconception out there that you have to be an expert on a topic before writing. This thought has kept so many of us from pursuing our dreams. You may have something that you really want to share with the world, but as soon as you begin writing or typing you second guess yourself. You begin to think about everything that you don't know about what you want to say. I am here to say Stop it. I'm a firm believer that we as people are inherently selfish. So whenever you get an idea to share something with the world, the idea didn't come from your own personal sense of morality. It's a divine idea, So if it's in your heart to share it, then it's because the world needs it and I don't care what it's about. Just don't allow your own self doubt and fear to keep you from delivering your message. I don't care if the message is about how to take care of your hair or how to get over heartbreak or how to manage your finances. There, someone out there that needs to read it. No one is born in that spurt. Also, to be considered an expert, you only have to know a little more than the person that you are teaching. Let me put this into perspective for you. A sense Greater is an expert to a kindergartner, and they haven't even graduated from high school yet. There is a message inside of you that's trying to claw its way out of you, and you keep beating it down. You have to stop getting in your own way. Your self doubt and procrastination are simply manifestations of your fear. Are you going to let fear win? I hope not. Life is far too short to second. Guess yourself. Trust me. Most of the books that you see out on the market, especially on Amazon, are not Litton by experts. In actuality, a lot off the self help books out on the market are written by ghostwriters. People like me, I have written books over Ah, large number of topics, and at the beginning of the project, I was far from an expert. Some of the topics I had absolutely no idea about. But I researched, okay, and that's what's going to leave me into my Nets points into the next lesson. But before we get there, let's go ahead and get all of the gunk out of your head. I am providing a time for you to write down your fears. Go ahead and don't be shy. Say it all because this is the last time that you ever say it again because you're about to be so over it. Please do not take this lesson likely. I know that since it's like, Oh, this is just a reflection or feels like journal E. You're right, it is. But it is a very, very important part of the process. I want you to see yourself. So what I need you to write down before you enter Lesson number two is a little prompt. So it starts out with. I am afraid of writing my book because if you like, I'm not really afraid. You know, it can be I'm uncomfortable with the writing my book. But whatever it is, I'm interested in you writing down what has stopped you from getting to that point. So why doesn't your book as this yet? Especially if you've been thinking about writing it for quite some time now. So write it all down. See you and lesson number two. 3. Plan that book Lesson 2 Part1: Welcome to lesson number two of the plan. Your book course lesson Number two is all about doing your research. So yeah, you don't have to be an expert about your topic as we talked about in the previous lesson, but I highly recommend that you research it. You can't talk about what you don't know about. It's not gonna her to seek out some information. So immerse yourself in the information regarding what you want to write. The best writers are readers. It's true. What was the last book that you've read? No one can grow in a vacuum. You have to be open to new information. If it's not in the form of a written book than try audiobooks, try seminars, tribe videos like the one that you're watching right now. Okay, that is the end of my mini rant. I usually recommend reading the books that you're reading twice the first time you read it for enjoyment in the second time you read it to critique it. However, I understand that most of us just do not have time for that. So instead of doing that method, you can do both at the same time. So grab a pen and paper and take notes. You will want to write down all of the things that captured your attention about the book you're reading. If there are sections that resonated with you, write them down and write about why they capture your attention. If there are portions that were boring and fail flat, right foot down to, you're not just looking for what they did. Great. You're also looking for what they did. That wasn't so great. Another way to do some real research on other books in your topic is to read the reviews. Look at the reviews that praised the book's look at the reviews that the readers have selected as the most helpful and read the negative reviews. With a little research, you can see what it's selling like hot cakes and in the category that you're intend on selling in. You can usually tell if the person writing the negative review is a jerk. You can tell if their distaste is valid by checking the tone of the review and the amount of information that is provided. You're already a few steps ahead of the books that you afraid because you get to see where their book has dropped the ball. If the negative reviews are all saying the same thing, then you can make sure that your book feels in that gap. You now have the opportunity to write exactly what you're talking, what your target audience wants to read. You're going to structure your book around what they are looking for. On Amazon, you can look up bestsellers by categories, so I encourage you to buy the top sellers and to read them in the category that you are interested in writing in. You can also purchase the E books. If it's cheaper and more efficient for you, read them and see what the hype is all about. However, I must warn you, don't be surprised if you're bit disappointed. Just because a book is selling well doesn't mean that it was written well. Sometimes it's all about the person who wrote it and the marketing and branding behind the title. So go ahead right now and I would love for you to write all about what are some of the jobless that you want to write in and also think about what you have to offer in these categories. If you were still a little bit unsure. Don't worry. I do have a part two to this lesson. And I am going to show you exactly what I'm talking about regarding how to research your books. See you in a lesson to part two by 4. Plan That book Lesson 2 Part 2: Hello. Welcome to lessen to part two of the plan. That book course. Remember I told you to do some research? I'm just going to take a brief moment to show you how I do it. So this is what we talked about in action. Okay, So first, I am going to go over to the department section and look up the books and just to make sure that I'm over here in the books So let's click here unless click here. Okay? Now, if your books show up that way, we can make sure that we're not getting any weird things that pop up. Okay. Oh, right now, let's go to our best sellers. And let's say that we want to look up in the self help section. I'm going to stay with this theme since I spoke about it before. So, as you can see, there are These are all of the books that are stacking up. OK, so we're have the five love languages we have the power of now. Of course, they're selling really well. Um, the habits sacking the four agreements and the five love languages. So and then we have this lovely title this upto art of not well, you know. So I want I'm actually interested in this one. Have it stacking 97 Small life changes because that is a book that I believe you can write rather quickly and just kind of put it out there. So let's see. Even if it's not 97 you could do 20. You can do, you know. So let's just take and it's only 130 pages. So let's just take a minute to do some research. So now, as you can see, look at how in depth this description is. It's a full blown cells page. Okay, um, discover how to add dozens of positive changes to your daily routine. I want to improve your life, but don't have enough time right now, you know, and it just completely goes into what this book is about. So it doesn't leave any elements of surprise, which is a good thing, Especially if you are not a multi bestselling author. This pretty much removes any doubts and answers each question that the person may have about this book because, you know, we all want to know what we're getting. Now let's go to town some more. Look at that. Look at this review. This book is essentially a long list of one page ideas to improve your life. The habits began on Page 27 in on page 102. The book itself is just, ah, 125 pages, making each of the habits about one page long each. I was suspecting a bit more than obvious things like drink a glass of water, remove distractions before working return calls and text messages. And as you can see from this post, he's very detail. So this isn't just someone who has a grape, right? Um, and then look, someone else's really upset. Are you kidding me? And then someone else is really upset and saying that it's nothing original. Those are the kinds of things that you will want to write down because those are the kinds of things that you will be avoiding when you write your book. So let's see here 3.9 out of five stars. So what you want to do is one. Just go to the five star reviews, and as you can see when you do that, this brings up the top critical review, which I already read. And then it also brings up the top positive reviews. And so this person is very, very happy with the book, and they're happy with basically all of the content that's there in the difference categories that this book covers. And let's see the best take away five minutes is enough to change your life if you So. This person is very happy with the fact that you're getting short, concise, common sense information. And then another person is saying, Hey, I knew this already. That's something to really think about. So now let's see. All 133 reviews, Nothing original, not necessary if you have common sense, a good a good starter guide not to revolutionary and a habit to routine. Where else could it go? Nothing. Groundbreaking, poor delivery, limited content. So as you can see, everyone is complaining about the same things about this book. So that's what you know not to do in your book. But then you can always look at the positive reviews and see like Look, I'm no longer overwhelmed. An indispensable tool for changing your habits. The best book of ever read on habits, a practical guide to better life habits. So my personal If I read this, I would consider actually condensing it right. So I would do maybe 30 small life challenges that take five minutes or less, and maybe even make it a challenge to, like, 30 days to changing your life in less than five minutes a day or something like that. And then I would just make sure that I added good information. That was a little simple, but at the same time it gave some complex information that people have never really heard of before. So I will add in some personal examples I would do some case studies of people who have made these changes. I would do a lot of research about simple changes that people have made to their lives, especially if they're really successful. And I would write about them, and I would do case studies and show why these simple things work. So that may be a way to still give people what they want, but also not be too simple and keep it to common. And that is all that I have to say for this lesson. I hope that it was a great help to you. I look forward to seeing you in lesson number three by 5. Plan That book Lesson 3: Hello, Walker to lesson number three of your plan. That book course, this is all about outlining your book. Picking up a pin and writing can be so tempting when a moment of inspiration hits us. We opened up a blank document and we type. I mean, that's how best sellers get written, right? I'm sad to tell you, but your high school English teacher was right. There was a reason that she was such a stickler for the outline before you turned your paper in. I used to hate that. By the way, I didn't understand why I lost points because I didn't turn in my outline. Now I understand it's terrible, but I used to write my outline After I wrote my papers, I would write my papers from beginning to end, then go back and construct the outline. Now that got me through high school and it even got me through college. But it whipped my butt on my writing journey. You can't cheat the system when you're writing a book. Oh, your book knows, and it will punish you. If you don't write an outline, your punishment will sneak up on you in the form of severe writer's block and utter confusion. You will get to the middle of your book and realize that you have written 20 pages about absolutely nothing. If I sound like I'm speaking from experience, it's because I am writing This way may work for some, but it will not work for most. Starting a book is always exciting. You feel a Russia's those first senses is hit the page and you're just full of all of that creative fire. You've been struck by inspiration, and you're finally about to write the book that you've been dreaming about there after you get about four pages in, their passion quickly fizzles, and the thrill is guard. B B. King did say it best. The Nets thing You know you're clicking on that little red X in the upper right hand corner of your screen, and another book has died in your heart. I'm being melodramatic, but it's true we live in an epidemic of starting and stopping. It's because we don't have a clear cut plan of what we want to do. Outlining its one of the main ingredients to finishing your book. There are several ways to outline your book. I get a feel for what my client's needs are, and then suggest the methods that work best for that. One of the tried and true methods is the one that takes it back to the basics. It's simple, and it will help guide your train of thought. Yep, I'm about to make your English teacher very proud. So here to outline methods that you can use, there are plenty more. But thieves will work wonders if you work them. So Method number one. Write down 10 huge points or questions that you want to talk about or answer with in your book, then bullet point as many brief explanations as you possibly can below each wine. Method Number two is all about getting a pack of index cards right out every point in your head that pertains to your book. Keep it to 1 to 2 sentences and Onley. Put one thought on each card. Keep writing. Do not stop after you're finished with your cards. Group the ones that are related together. You can have as many piles as you like. After you've done that, go into each pile and put them in the order that you want to talk about them now. Each pile is your chapter. It's important that you have the time and space to do this. I suggest doing this along while you are in a good but contemplate of mood and give yourself an unknown interrupted two hours. I hope that this has been of great help to you. I look forward to seeing you in lesson number four. 6. Plan that book Lesson 4: Hello and welcome to lesson number four off the plane. That book course Now you must create a reader profile when you're insulted business. One of the main questions less asked is. Who is your target market? You can't sell one product to everybody. You can't sell your services to everybody, and you can't write a book for every body you can try, but you won't do a good job. Have you ever caught fireflies? Far flies terrified me, but I still caught them because my friends thought it was fine. Yes, I know. I was a follower. It was almost impossible to catch one if you were trying to catch them all. The key to catching fireflies was to focus on one of them. You follow it with your eyes to see its flight pattern, and then you slowly cup your hands around it. That method was far more successful than right around a backyard, like a maniac trying to snatch all of them at once. Even Ash Ketchum could only catch one Pokemon at a time. He couldn't catch him all at once. Was that reference to 90 for you? Sorry about that. The same method applies here you don't want your writing to be all over the place, so you need to write your book for one person. Yep, I said it. One person. It is time for you to zone in on the one person that you were writing for. When you narrow your target market down, it increases the value of your book. You can either right about helping women in general turn their life around, or you can get specific and help single and struggling Mom's turn their life around. Which book do you think? Well, at most value. Which book do you think we'll at the most value? So get a pen and paper and right this Dale. So what is the title of your book? What is the subtitle of your book? You don't have to know it right now. You could always come back to those things Later. During this section, you will most likely end up pausing as you write down each category. Feel free to write each one down and go back to it later. Or just pause in between each question and write down your answer. But let's go to the surface level. What's the person's name? How old? Is he or she? Where do they live? What kind of background? What kind of friends? Where? This he or she worked. How much money does this person make on a typical weekend? What is here she doing? What is the leisure activity? What are some of the websites that he or she visits? What kind of TV shows do they watch? What about the celebrities that this person follows? What about the magazines? What are some of his or her pet peas? What do other people see this person asked. So what kind of person do they see this person is How does this person spend their spare time? So what about the emotional level? What does he is she secretly dislike? Especially about themselves? What do they despise? What are they secretly envious off? What did they stay up at night thinking about? What does this person keep breaking their own promise about? If this person won $10 million was the first thing that I would do Now, after you have reading all of these things down. Of course, if you're like me, you didn't do all of them. And that's okay. But now that you've written down the parts that you have wanted to write down. What is your overall target audience? It's time for you to give a bottom line description of this person and Onley 3 to 4 sentences. I know it's rough. I know to be able to condense. It is rough, but you can do it. So name. Let's give them a name, said what they enjoy, say with their have need of and give a description about what they want to read about. Thank you so much for taking this course. I hope that you have enjoyed this time with me. I look forward to helping you on your nets writing endeavor by