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How to Write a Non-Fiction Book & get it Published

Language:  English
Whether a beginning writer or an established author, this book offers information and advice on all aspects of writing, publishing and promoting your non-fiction book.
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Whether you are a novice or experienced writer looking for the best way to get your non-fiction book published or someone who would like to write a book but doesn’t know where to start, this book will help you achieve your goal. It includes how to write, edit, and submit your manuscript to a publisher as well as the ins and outs of self-publishing it yourself. Breaking through writer’s block, getting time to write, and the pros and cons of print and electronic publishing are also included.

About the author

Harold Taylor, CSP, president of Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd., and now operating as Taylor In Time, was a teaching master at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto, Canada for eight years before launching into the consulting business. He has now been speaking, writing and conducting training programs on the topic of effective time management for over 35 years. He has written over 20 books, including a Canadian bestseller, Making Time Work for You. He has developed over 50 time management products, including the popular Taylor Planner, which has sold in 38 countries around the world. He has had over 300 articles accepted for publication.

A past director of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Harold Taylor received their Founder’s Award in 1999 for outstanding contributions to the organizing profession. He received the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation in 1987 from the National Speakers Association. In 1998 the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers inducted him into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. And in 2001, he received the first Founder’s Award from the Professional Organizers in Canada. The award has been named in his honor.

Since 1981, when he incorporated the original time management company, he has personally presented over 2000 workshops, speeches and keynotes on the topic of time and life management.

  • About the author
  • Introduction 
  1. Is there a book inside you? 
    1. Overcome the initial inertia and the rest is relatively easy
    2. Don’t let your lack of writing skills dissuade you from writing
    3. Once you do the planning and research, the writing becomes easier
    4. Making time to write
    5. Know your topic – and your competition
    6. Become a note-taker 
  2. Organizing your material 
    1. Before starting the book, develop a system for organizing the information
    2. Collecting information
    3. Doing your research 
    4. Include personal research
    5. Interviews 
    6. Keep on track
    7. Telling stories is a great way to communicate
    8. ISBN, CIP and Bar Codes
  3. Writing the book 
    1. Always write to inform, never to impress
    2. Know what you want to say and you won’t have writer’s block
    3. Getting through writer’s block 
    4. Beware of plagiarism 
    5. Quoting other authorities adds impact to your book
    6. Choosing a title 
    7. A book by any other name is still a book
  4. When the writing is almost over 
    1. Editing the manuscript 
    2. Don’t fall in love with your material or you will never part with it
    3. Copyrighting your material 
    4. Asking for endorsements 
    5. Get a testimony from someone better known than you
    6. Designing the cover 
    7. If you can’t tell a book by its cover, it’s a bad cover
    8. Don’t let your back cover take a back seat
  5. Deciding whether to self-publish or go with a major publisher 
    1. The pros and cons of self-publishing
    2. Whatever you decide, your book can be a success
    3. E-Books might be the way to go
    4. Self-publishing is losing its stigma 
    5. Self-publishing is accessible to everyone
    6. If you self-publish, writing the book is just the beginning
    7. Print-On-Demand companies 
    8. Pricing your printed books 
    9. Pricing your e-books 
  6. Going the major publisher route 
    1. Suggestions for approaching the major publishers
    2. Selling a publisher on your book
    3. Writing a covering letter for your manuscript
    4. Don’t be discouraged by rejections
    5. Working with agents 
    6. Why I chose for my eBooks
  7. Promotion is a never-ending process 
    1. As the author, the responsibility for promotion rests with you. 
    2. Use the Internet and innovative approaches 
    3. Finding a Distributor 
    4. Contacting TV shows 
    5. Writing a press release 
    6. Become a media resource 
  8. Public speaking as a promotion tool 
    1. If they like you, they’ll want your book 
    2. Getting started as a speaker 
    3. Back-of-the-room sales 
    4. Speaking and books go hand in hand 
  9. Twenty-five ways to promote your book 
    1. Little things mean a lot – of sales
  10. Reference books 
About the Author

Harold Taylor