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5 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Welcome to Class by Dr. Lisa Rusczyk

    • 2. Ideas for books

    • 3. Outline

    • 4. Finish writing your book

    • 5. Examples of Finished Books

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About This Class

This class has been created to help motivate you to take the ideas that you have for a book and bring them to a point of self publishing.  In this class we will talk about getting a journal, finding time to write, creating an outline, and finally giving the book to others such as an editor to get your book to the next step. 


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Lisa Rusczyk ❤️

Teacher, Author, Crafter, Blogger, & Ed. D.


I have self-published 300 books, have over 50 classes, and have many of my social media post gone viral. While I earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership, I love to teach online only on Skillshare while I am a Stay at Home Mom. I enjoy creating, reading to kids, and hanging out at my local coffee shop to play Settlers of Cantan with friends.  

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1. Welcome to Class by Dr. Lisa Rusczyk: Hi, everyone. My name is Lisa. Risk check and I am a book off there in this class. I want to show you how to take your book from some ideas that you have to a journal and then finally start creating an outline and getting your book ready to be published. So please enroll in this class and we'll get started. I have many books that I have written about 50 on Amazon, and I help others write books, too. And I have checked publishing, which is a publishing company that I've created, and I just want to help you get those ideas out of your head. I have written many books, Children's books, the Charlie, the Cavalier Book Serious, which there is five in the series now. Different books like Positive Things to Say to someone else Um, nighttime stories, 50 things to know before having a baby and the 50 things the notebook Siri's. So I just want now help you and excite you to get the information out of your head and actually in this classroom, I'm just gonna show you how to take the content and create content to publish a book. So please enroll in this class and we'll get started together. 2. Ideas for books: Okay, let's talk about coming up with ideas for new books. The thing that I do to come up with ideas is I write everything down in my journal, so I suggest going to get a journal, and this is where I just scribble things down when I play with, um, one thing I've been working on lately is Children's poem books. So when I play with my kids, I'll just run over, and I will, um, shot things down as I'm playing with them up. This is a drawing for my daughter, but, um, then, after I have, um, after I do this, I put it in my journal. I then take that information and I put it into a document on Google docks, and that's a free software. You could use its Google that docks, and you could just type it in. And then that's where I start taking. My information is putting it all together. So here you can see. After I take the information, put it in, I draw a Marco across it, and that just means that I've entered into the computer so I don't have to do it again. I try and enter my thoughts into the computer about once a week to start getting an idea of putting it in and and moving things around. So that's basically where I start ready things down. So just go over your everyday life. You might go to the coffee shop. You might watch a pot, listen to a podcast on a walk. You might just go on the Internet, maybe on Facebook. I see a lot of people write things on Facebook that I eventually taken right into my poem. So there. I think there's inspiration everywhere. You could also go to amazon dot com and see if you look in the top categories, like the top 10 or Top 20. You can look at an idea for a book that you might be interested in writing and write something similar. So thes air. Just all ideas that you can have to start thinking about what type of book you can write and what genre book you can write to. So I have switched genres multiple times but mostly nonfiction books. I've also worked with Children's books, so it's just what works best with you. So just, um, start taking those ideas that are in your head and actually getting them on paper, actually getting them on the computer, and then you could move to the next step. All right, let's go to the next video. 3. Outline: Okay, The next thing you're gonna want to do is create an outline. So you want to take all this information that you've put into your journals? And what I do is I put it into a word document. So I opened up a word document, and then I start kind of creating an outline or a structure where I want my book. So I rate 50 things to know books. So I have a template called 50 things to know I will share it with you. But you might have different types of books that you want to write, so you might have different templates in the 50 things to know book. There is an introduction than 50 tips to give someone. It also includes author information, dedication, information and reference information. So those things might be helpful if you have certain pieces, but not all the pieces. So what you do is you take all the writing that you've been starting to write down a my being here in your Google doc, and you want to put that start putting that into the structure. Kind of like the skeleton of the paper. I do have a doctor in educational leadership, and I had to write a dissertation, which was many, many pages along, and the only thing that really helped me it was kind of creating a structure. So, um, keeping things with, you know, heading one heading to and then paragraph. It really helps, because then on this side you can start seeing how the structure starts to grow. And with that structure, you can then continue to take your books to the next step. So I have a friend and he is an amazing writer. Amazing writer. He has a journal. He writes in it all the time, but he doesn't often take Theis writing and put it into a document. So put your writing on the computer, put your writing on the computer, put your right and the computer. But you're writing on the computer that will take the information that's in your head onto the notebook and into the computer, because if you just sit at your computer and say you're going to write, it's probably not gonna happen. But if you have sit down, for example, I will talk about my Children's problems so I write Children's poems, and if I would just sit down on my computer and look at a black work blank or document I would just not be able to write. But what I do is I write down as I play with my kids. What? I have have different things that we've talked about then I haven't nowhere documents. So when I have time, I just open up that document and I could sift through and move things around. And then finally a create little poems. So because I have all the steps to begin with, it makes it the steps a lot easier in the future. So take all of your writing and start putting it into the document, then you. When you come back to it, you go have a coffee, come back, and when you come back to it, then you can see the parts that are missing and just fill them in. So this way you know how far you are, how much you still have to do, and you can keep going. I think it's important to take sprigs. As a writer, I personally dio people write a different times of the day, so I'm just right at the right time of the day for you. All right. So take your work, put it in an outline, and then we're gonna move it to the next step. All right? Thanks for watching this video. 4. Finish writing your book: Okay, the last thing you're going to do is finish writing your book. I know you have it in you just write the last few things. Sometimes that's the hardest for me is just a finish. And after this step, you're going to actually bring it to an editor, so an editor could be a friend or someone that you could pay. I will include my editor below. I think she's really great. We worked together on many projects, including my dissertation and my Children's books, and I think working with an editor is great. You really know that everything's edited, but there's other places that you confined editors out there. Sometimes you can ask a friend or a family member to look at it. Or, you know, sometimes I have gone without an editor to I don't recommend that because usually you get negative reviews. But if you can mentally be okay without the negative reviews, you could do that too. Another suggestion I used my 50 things to know books is if people find mistakes, I have a it goes to a Google form and people can click on the Google form and enter the mistakes that they have found. So then I can go back and edit them that way. So, um usually, maybe even an editor might not be able to find all the mistakes. And this is just a good way. Teoh, stay up with editing. So your books air correct. So finally finished. That book means, you know, just completely finished the outline. Just just have all the text ready, and then you can start sending it to friends and different ways. You can share it with them on Facebook. You can send it in an email. You can print it out for them and hand it to them. I did that for my Children's problems. I just printed out 10 copies and I gave it to my friends. And I said, Which ones do you like? Which ones don't you like? And it kind of just help me mentally think, Hey, people are going to see this. I want to move this project on to the next step, and I think the important thing and publishing is to keep moving the book to the next step . I have a few books started that I, um I haven't finished. One is called like Thank you notes and brownies because I think is important. Teoh, help others. Even though I'm a stay at home Mom, I help others through thank you notes and Brownie. So well, guess what? I have started that book, but I haven't finished. So if I start putting it into a template, so then I can start seeing where the gaps are and fill it in that would bring it to the next step. Now, maybe my templates finished. And maybe if I handed to a few friends that would make me motivate me to keep going forward with this project. So I'm just so you know, not all your all your friends, maybe into your genre of writing, and that's OK. People say no and they don't want to look at it. You could just keep going to the next person. But normally I usually have one or two friends that are just so excited about one of the projects that I'm doing. It keeps me excited to move the project forward. So, um, getting your work out there just to friends or family is a good way to the place to start. Maybe they don't like your genre and you could send it out on a block or something like that to and see where you can go from there. So congratulations if you made it to this point, and I hope you can take this finish document and will move to the next steps of, you know, creating a cover, putting it on Amazon and, um, continuing to move forward with this product. All right, let's move to the next video. 5. Examples of Finished Books: everyone. This is Lisa Risk Check. And I just wanted to go over some of the books that are for sale that you could even purchased through me or purchase on Amazon and they make great Christmas gifts. So this person is Charlie. The Cavalier goes to the zoo is the 4th 1 in the Charlie the Cavalier, Siri's in this book. There's pictures of you could find the hearts in here and I wrote it. And it is illustrating but illustrated by Magdalena Tactic, which is in the Czech Republic. This is probably the newest and my favorite, Charlie, the Cavalier book. There's Charlie the Cavalier goes the amusement park, kind of after going with lots of kids to nobles, which was a lot of fun. And this has lots of colorful images in it to you learn lots of things, like house manners at an amusement park. So that's that. There is two other Charlie. The Cavalier books and Trial of Cavalier travels the world. It goes through a lot of world Landmark twist is fun to learn, and it's just rhyming and pretty short. Book Charlie The Cavalier travels the World and the first hole of the Devil your book, which is actually great for Skyping. And, um, it has a few songs in there, and there's jokes at the end. Charlie, the Cavalier begs for attempted. Okay, those were the four Charlie Books. There's some other things that go with Charlie Books. There's a knock knock joke for Kids Book, and it just has child friendly knock knock jokes that are pretty simple. That's that. And there's a Charlie, the cavalier coloring book, which I don't think I have with me, my daughter still like she wanted or a controlling it. All right, this one's for littler kids, but it's also a card game. It's called the Animal Game, and it basically goes like this. What animal I might a donkey be he habas, he hot buzz. And there's just all different animals that you have to guess what they are and to make this house that they would make it a cat pig. All right, uh, there's turn off the lights, which is just a quick book about, for example, can't stay blue J. C. Later, alligator. After why are crusted? I'll say a prayer polar bear, and it just has a bunch of those like that. There is 50 things to know before having a baby. This is my first self published book, and it just goes through chips that I would give someone like my sister, um, on having a baby. So they're just helpful. Tips 1600 positive things to say to someone else's literally that positive things to say That was imaginative. You make me feel great. I appreciate it when you're honest. So just there 60 100 of them. It's kind of just a fun book to give for any kind of gift. And finally, I created a positive things ago with this coloring book. So it's just a bunch of these freezes in a coloring book saving color these pages. And then there's other pages that have the words on it. So all right, there's air, the books that are currently for sale on Amazon, and if you want to purchase them for me, asked me and I can get them for you. All right, have a great day by