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      Write a Book in 30 Days


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      Your Personal Project


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      Tip: Book Length


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      Step 1


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      Step 2


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      Step 3


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      Step 4


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      Step 5


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      Step 6


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      Step 7


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      Editing Tip To Save Time


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      Step 8


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      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Make Your Book Project Become a Reality!

In this class, I'll share with you the 8-step formula that I use to write nonfiction books in less than 30 days. 

Your personal project for this class is to plan, create, and refine your book project. 

At the end of each section (video) in this class, you'll get clear instructions and tips to help you through this process. 

Whether you want to write a book…

  • As a personal challenge or project
  • To build a following
  • To build your authority in your field
  • To grow your business

This class will help you make your book project happen! 


My name is Emilie, and I’m an entrepreneur and a meditation instructor.

In the past two years, I’ve written three non-fiction books, each of them in less than 30 days, even though English is my second language!  I’m from Montreal, Canada (French Canadian), and did all my schooling and university in French. I was the worst in my English as a second language class through high school.

So, believe me, when I say that “if I can do it, anyone can”, I mean it. No kidding.


In this class, I’ll share the simple 10-step formula with you that I’ve used to write three books in a very short time.

This formula…

  • Makes writing a book easier and faster.
  • Produces books that are easier to read and that better respond to the readers’ needs to enhance the readers’ experiences.
  • Works to create any other type of content that’s information-based, so you can use it to produce other information products in the future.

You’ll see that by following this formula, writing a book is not only doable, but it’s not even that difficult.


In this course, you'll learn: 

  • How to incorporate your writing into your (already busy) schedule.
  • How to stay motivated even when the task appears to be difficult.
  • How to make the writing much more efficient (this tip will make you save a lot of time!).
  • How to write a book that people will want to read and that will sell.
  • And much more.

Join me in this class now and make your book project become a reality!

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1. Write a Book in 30 Days: Hi. Welcome to write a book in 30 days. If you've been thinking about writing a nonfiction book full in a while, but has been procrastinating, or perhaps you just don't know how to get started or how to go about it. This classes for you, whether you want to use this book as a marketing tool to grow your business or to build authority in your field and grew following or brash, just have an intense desire to share valuable information that could help others. Or maybe it's just a personal project. Their personal challenge. This class will help you make your book happen. My name is Emily. I'm an entrepreneur and meditation instructor and the author of three nonfiction books in this class All Shall We to the expect former Loaded I used to write nonfiction books in less than 30 days. The formula is an eight step process that not only make the writing of a book easier and faster for you was also produces better books. Plus, it's a formula taken used to create any other type of information based content, such as courses and workshops. Now, if you think that 30 days a very short time to write a book. Know that this timeframe isn't a requirement for this class. You can say the time that you want to write your book, but if you do want to write it in 30 days, I'll show you it's possible. In fact, if I could do it, anyone can do it as you can hear by my accent on French Canadian. So I did all my schooling in university and French and prior writing my first book. I have no substantial experience writing in English. So believe me when I said that if I can do it, anyone can. I mean it. I've made this class short and concise. I don't wanna waste your time with unnecessary details, but you'll get the exact blueprint that you need to take action and write your book. So it's writing a book has been a new bucket list for a while. Don't wait another month. Another year joined the class today and we'll make your book happen 2. Your Personal Project: your personal project for this class will be to plan, create and refine your book project. At the end of each video, I will ask you a few questions and give you some instructions and maybe recommendations of actions to take to help you move forward with the writing of your book. So I invite you to always have a note pad or a word document open in your computer to write your answers. I also invite you to share your project in your personal projects that below so me and others can see what you're working on and you can ask. Liza can also comment on others. Project and this way free all help each other. It's gonna just make that your any more fun. So now what I recommend you do is to go ahead and watch all the videos and then go back, toe each step of the process to each video and answer them questions at the end of each video. 3. Tip: Book Length: So before we get into the eighth formula, I just want to clarify something about the length of your book. Your book doesn't have to be 250 pages long, which is about 50,000 to 55,000 words. If you choose to self publish, if you want to be published by a publisher, then it's likely that they'll have a requirement regarding the number of pages your book will have. But if you self publish your book, your the boss and you can choose the number of pages that we have just noticed. The quality of a nonfiction book isn't defined by its length, but by the quality of the information it provides and how well it solves the readers problem with the nonfiction books. Readers want to learn something more than they want to be entertained, so it's better to provide information, provide a solution in the Morris, the most consigns and easy to digest format. Basically, you only need to write enough so that your message or the solution that you provide is well understood just to give you an idea. A 100 page paperback book is about 22,000 words. The equivalent of writing 700 words per day for 30 days. A 150 page book is about 33,000 words. The equivalent of writing 1100 words per day for 30 days and a 200 page book is about 44,000 words, the equivalent of riding 1500 words per day for 30 days. My first book was about 230 pages, the 2nd 1 a bit over 100 pages and the 3rd 1 about 150 pages. And let me tell you something. It wasn't the number of words that determine how long it took to write the books, but it was how well structured and detail their outlines were as well as the level of knowledge. I had a topic, and your book doesn't have to be 200 pages long to be good. Short books can do very well to I'll give you two examples of short books that have had a lot of success. So one of them is love yourself, like your life depends on it by Camel Replicant has 68 pages. Another one is Buddha and Blue Jeans by Thai. Sheridan has 31 pages. So to summarize, the quality of a nonfiction book isn't defined by excellent, but by how well it solves the readers problem, how well the information is organized and by the quality of the writing. I know that even if you have good writing skills, you should always hire an editor. For my first book, I hired two editors, but that's because English is my second language for you. One editor should be enough, So keep all this in mind, and in the next video, we'll begin with the eight step formula. 4. Step 1: to make anything happen, Whether it's going to the gym or starting a meditation practice or writing a book, we must make it a priority and block some time in our schedule. Friend, I personally always make sure that's a time when I have enough mental energy because creative work does require a sharp mind. I also make sure that's a time when I know I won't be disturbed. Then before writing, I think a minute or two to prepare my writing space and also get in the mood to write. So here's what my writing ritual looks like. First, I d rather my desk and I eliminate all potential distractions. Then, as I said it, I said, the intention of writing for X Minutes without going on social media, answering my phone or doing anything else. Not really it into writing the book. Sending a clear intention helps me respect my commitment. After upset my intention, I close my eyes and take 5 to 10 the breath focusing on the sensation of my breathing. This helps clear and relaxed my mind. It also help if, during that miniter to actually relaxing music that I like, I usually stopped the music when I'm ready to write, but you could let it play as long as it doesn't disturb your writing. If you do this every time before writing the cluttering your desk, taking a few deep breaths and playing the same relaxing music soon your mind will associate this mini ritual with getting ready to write, and it will become easier each time to get into writing mode. Now the first happy is to look at your calendar or planner. And if you don't have one, you can use a free tools such as Google Calendar and decide when you dedicate time for your writing. Will it be in the morning in the evening, on week days on the weekends. Highlight of time slots on your calendar planner that you dedicated your writing. You can do this at the beginning of each week so you'll know in advance when you'll be working on your book. Also, start thinking of your writing ritual 5. Step 2: The second step of this process is to define why you want to write your book in the first place. Is it simply as a personal project? Is it for personal challenge? Isn't because you're driven to help others by sharing valuable information with them? Is it to use the book as a marketing tool? So nonfiction book can be used to build authority new film or build a following to sell more of your products and services and to generate in in common aside now it's probably for all those reasons. But is there one that's predominant? Knowing your wife from the beginning will give you book project Higher sense of purpose, and it will help you stay motivated and committed to you. Gold Not right to Why on a piece of paper What you main reason for writing this book? Keep the piece of paper with your wise somewhere. You can see it often when you wake up in the morning as you're writing and before you go to bed this way, you'll be constantly reminded of the purpose of writing your book 6. Step 3: Now there are five million elements to consider when defining your topic. Your ideal reader, the specific problem that your ideal reader has and that your book will solve how you look will solve the problem. So that's the method or process that you propose the main benefit of reading your books. So that's the result, or the desire to help come and what makes you book different from the other books on the same topic. So know that this differentiation could reside in the way you solve the problem. So in the method, all those elements will overlap, but it's good to define them separately. So first, it's always good to have your ideal reader in mind as you write your book to ensure that you're better respond to his needs and solve his problem. Also, the connection that you create with your readers will be much stronger if they can relate to the examples you provide to illustrate and support the ideas in your book, For example, let's say I write a meditation book for entrepreneurs. I'll make sure that the examples that provide in the book or relevant to the field of entrepreneurship when we say a problem. We mean the motivation that makes a reader decide to read your book. It could be that they feel out of shape and picture book to learn how to improve their physical condition. Or maybe they would like to meet their soulmate but lack and off self confidence to ask someone out. So the problem then will be a lack of self confidence. So you book should provide admitted for technique or advice that will help the reader solve their problem. The biggest benefit of your book is how the readers life will be positively transformed after they have applied the solution you provided. That's perhaps the most important element to define. Lastly, there are most likely many books on the market about the same topic as your book. How will he differentiate you book from the others? Are you bringing a unique perspective or a new approach to the problem? Will you explain a new method that you've just discovered? Oh, will you share your own experiences with overcoming the same problem? I'll give you an example. If I wrote a book title. It's like the most effective meditation techniques to quiet the mind for entrepreneurs and creative workers. Those whose brain work. 24 7 My ideal readers will be intra preneurs and creative workers who have a busy mind. The problem is a monkey mind that drives them crazy. The solution is an effective meditation technique to quiet the mind. The main benefit is a common mind that can think clearly. This book could be differentiated from other meditation books because I'm also an entrepreneur and creator. Does I understand their reality very well. It could also be that the technique mentioned in the book is the one I believe will work best for them specifically for entrepreneurs and creative workers. Now it's your turn. The fund. Your topic. Considering these five elements your ideal reader specific problem, your book will solve how you will solve it. The biggest benefit there's reading your book. So that's the results or the outcome and what makes you different from other books on the same topic? Write your answers on the sheet of paper or in a word document so you can refer to it later as your right to book 7. Step 4: Okay, so now we're getting into the real stuff. Your books outline. This step is crucial. If done properly, it will save you a lot of time and energy and will make your life much easier. Not only will it make your life easier, but it also make your book better because well structured outline will lead to a well organized and easy to read book. So here's an overview off how I create my books offline. Think of it this way. A book is a bit like, of course, in a written content, so the chapters of the book are a bit like for lessons in the course. First on top of a Beijing, a word document on my computer. I ride the main benefit or result readers will gain from reading the book. Then I write everything the readers must know or learn to achieve This result. Then I look at everything I've written, and I tried to see FEC in groups, some ideas into main categories. For example, if I'm writing a book about meditation for beginners, some of the ideas I would explain our how to build a habit. How to sit, how to prepare the meditations base. When is the best time to meditate, techniques to improve concentrations or the benefits of meditation and check some of those ideas, such as the posture and the meditation space couldn't be grouped into one main category called How to Get Ready for Your Practice. So then each mean category. Each group of ideas will become the chapters. Then I played the chapters in a logical sequence. If there's one according to what the reader needs to know first, and I repeat the same process for each chapter, I write all the elements that must be covered to ensure that the main idea off the chapter is well understood. For example, in a chapter on how to get ready for meditation, I would have to explain the right posture. The set up, why it's important to avoid coffee before meditation, why it's important to wait a few hours after eating a big meal before meditation at Tetra. Basically, I would list everything against think up and tried to answer all the questions the readers may have related to this specific chapter. So you get fully grasps its main idea again. I would see if those elements could be placed in a logical sequence, and that's pretty much it. I can't emphasize enough how much this step has made the writing of my book so much easier . I've saved a lot of time by just doing this properly. Then all I have to do is just fill in the blanks with information and just always keeping in mind thinking of all the potential questions that readers may have. Now it's your turn. There's a two page PdF it stashed in the course description titled Outline, which includes a step by step process to create a not line. I've also added at the example of my first book, South Line. It's a marketing book for online businesses in case you want to see a real example. So go ahead, download the PdF titled Outline in the Course description and create the outline for your book. 8. Step 5: Unless you're the leading expert on your chosen topic, it's likely that you'll have to do some research to complement your own knowledge. After I created the outline of the book, I go through it and I highlight the elements for which I lack expertise and knowledge to answer all potential questions readers may have. What I do then is for each aspect of the book alike, knowledge or expertise for at least a few. Resource is where I think I could find the information to fill in the gap. Those sources of information can be people I know other books that I've read or know about blog's. But cast videos, documentary film, interviews with experts who are knowledgeable in and the areas where I lack expertise, etcetera knows that at this point I don't do the actual research. I just list potential sources of information. So I find that just by knowing where I can find information allows my mind to relax and prevent me from feeling overwhelmed. And of course, the more information and missing the longer you take to do the research and the more time only to write the book. Now look at your books, outline and notice where you may like knowledge or expertise toe. Answer the potential questions that readers may have. Make a list of some sources where you could find the missing information can be. People you know are the books blog's podcast. You do videos, documentaries, interviews with experts. Be specific. Mention which blogged or book or expert. It doesn't have to be complete. Just write down what you can think of off the top of your head for now. 9. Step 6: okay, This step is a fun one. It's about creating what Michael Port, author of Book Yourself Solid, calls a library off stories. This is basically a word document that will contain pieces of your personal experience and personal stories that will support the idea that you'll be presenting in your book that will make the reading of your book more enjoyable. You can also add quotes in analogies that can help. It was. Treat the concepts in your book. I know that those stories are what will allow readers to connect with your writing. So always keep your ideal reader in mind when you create this library of stories and try to choose example and stories that they can relate to. So take another sheet of paper or blank documenting right on the top of the page. Library off stories, look at your books, outline and write stories and anecdotes for each chapter that could support the ideas presented in the chapter. You may also right examples from other people's life people you know personally or people you've read about. Also fun quotes from other people who could use to support your ideas and think of analogies. You could use to better illustrate the concept in your book, people tend to understand better with analogies, so make sure to use analogies that your Stargate readers can relate to. Remember if I write a book meditation for entrepreneurs, I will use examples related to the field of entrepreneurship. 10. Step 7: for more efficiency. I usually do the research for my book by practicing a strategy of just in time learning or just in time we're searching. Instead of researching all the concepts of the book at the beginning, I find it's more efficient to do the research for chapter when I conduct research for aspects that will be tackled later in the book. I often don't remember the information when it's finally time to write about it. It's not as fresh in my mind. Have fun that I save a lot of time. If I do the research for a chapter, then write it before moving on to the next chapter. Now open a new blank document to write your book. Have you outlined near you? You may want to review it quickly to get the general idea where you're going. I also have a document in which you noted missing information that will require some research along with the sources where you could find information to fill in the gaps on. You can begin researching and writing your first chapter 11. Editing Tip To Save Time: when I say that I've written my books within 30 days, I wasn't including the editing. I usually take another week for self editing the book and then takes about two more weeks for an editor to polish the book. There are two main reasons why I believe anything should be done at the end, or at least not where we are. In the process of writing the book first, just after writing a section of the book, the brain isn't good at detecting stakes because it's so used to seeing those same words. This means that if you edit as your right, you'll work double because you'll have to do it again later anyway. That's why it's best to wait a week at least a week after writing a chapter before meditating, or wait until you're finished and edit the entire book and one goat. The second reason is that writing and editing require different approaches and parts of the brain one is created. The other one is analytical. When you constantly shipped from creative mode to analytical mode, you waste energy. It's counterproductive. What I usually do is that I write to chapters, then I go edit the 1st 1 Then I ride the third chapter and I go waited the second chapter and so on. So I'm always one chapter ahead. That's the process that has worked best for me. You'll find what works best for you, but just keep in mind that it's almost essential toe Wait a week. But I would save in two weeks. After writing a chapter before editing, it's. 12. Step 8: So the last step of this process is to define your book's title. So your book title is quite important, especially if you're using your book as a marketing tool to grow your business. Basically, your book title and subtitle plate. Two Main roles. First details. Potential readers, what your book is about and the benefits of reading it. Second, they also help your book be fun on publishing platforms such as Amazon. It's usually recommended to use a shorter, catchy title and then a subtitle that explains the benefits of the book. So here are a couple of book title examples. Seven. Healthy Habits titled How to Eat Healthy Feel Great, Get More Energy and Live a Healthy Lifestyle, by Steve Scott. So that was a subtitle. Another one. Work Smarter Title 500 plus Online resources. Today's stuff. Entrepreneurs used to increase productivity and achieve their goals. Subtitle. It's a book by Nick Loper. Then, if you use your book as a marketing tool, and especially if you don't have in is an existing audience to promote your book to when it launches that it will be a really good idea to include a key word in your title that's for living to your topic and had has a high search volume. Many Amazon customers use the search box to find what they're looking for, and it will be a smart idea to include one of those terms in your title to help your book be fined by people actually want to read it. The first thing you can do is to use the Amazon search box to know what terms or keywords Amazon's customers used to search for books or the products. For example, when I entered the keywords meditation Amazon search engine gives me some terms that are often used by other customers to find meditation related products. Then you haven't even better idea of the surge volume of different keywords. You can use the tools such as Google AdWords keyword Planner Merchant Words, which is a key word analysis tool for Amazon TDP rocket or Kindle spy. I know that the first word of a title has more weight in the search engines, so it's Bass African Place. Your keyword at the very beginning of your title now recall the main benefits that reader will gain from reading your book. Those benefits should ideally be finding your subtitle, Then make a list of terms. Keywords that could best describe your book have someone word and some longer more specific cures. For example, a one word keyword could be meditation, and the longer keyword could be meditation for healing or meditation for beginners. Then, using a Curie analysis tool, determine the popularity of each keyword of your list. You may want to keep all your keywords and their respective search volume in a word Off Excel document so you don't have to do this research again later. Here are the tools with mentioned earlier that can help you conduct this keyword analysis. Google AdWords Cable planter merchant words KDP Rockets and Kindle Spy Know that apart from the 1st 1 first told that three last ones are paid tools, then brainstorm ideas for your book's title, asked members of your target audience and also Facebook authors groups for feedback. There are many Facebook groups for altars, where members will gladly give you their opinion on your book's title. I've found that one of the most active group is authority, self publishing 13. Final Thoughts: I know how you have to do is to write your book, so don't overthink it. Just sit down and write a little bit every day. Writing a book has been perhaps one of the most rewarding things that I've done in my life . So I really wish you to experience the same. I would like you to share your project in their personal projects at below so me and others can see what you're working on. I hope this class was useful to you. And if so, please recommended daughters by pressing the thumbs up button just below the video and thank you for joining the class. And if you have questions, just write them into common sections so I can answer them.