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Doing Business by the Book: How to Craft a Crowd-Pleasing Book and Attract More Clients and Speaking Engagements Than You Ever Thought Possible Paperback – November 1, 2008

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""Doing Business By the Book is a book you need to study before you write a book! It's a wealth of information that will save you massive time and energy to get your book published. Sophfronia Scott offers a step-by-step approach that will take the worry, stress and fear out of the writing and publishing process. Her book will help you understand ex -- Lee Milteer ""SUCCESS IS AN INSIDE JOB: SPIRITUAL POWER TOOLS FOR SUCCESSFUL SELLING""

About the Author

Sophfronia Scott has nearly twenty years of experience as a professional writer, most of it spent at Time and People magazines. When she published her first novel, All I Need to Get By with St. Martin's Press in 2004, one prominent reviewer referred to her as potentially ""one of the best writers of her generation."" Sophfronia holds a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard. In her current position as executive editor of The Done For You Writing & Publishing Company, she helps entrepreneurs and speakers to write books to promote their businesses. Sophfronia can be reached via her website, www.DoneForYouWriting.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Advantage Media Group (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599320932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599320939
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophfronia Scott grew up in Lorain, Ohio, a hometown she shares with author Toni Morrison. Her father was a Mississippi-born steelworker who never learned how to read and her mother was a stay-at-home mom who always made sure there were books in the house. She holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Sophfronia spent a big chunk of her career as a writer and editor for Time and People magazines where she developed the uncanny ability to create order out of chaos by whittling massive amounts of facts and ideas into a single cohesive form.

When Sophfronia's first novel, "All I Need to Get By," was published by St. Martin's Press in 2004 Sophfronia was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as "potentially one of the best writers of her generation." Her essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Saranac Review, Numéro Cinq, Ruminate, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Sleet Magazine, NewYorkTimes.com, More, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She's completed her second novel and a collection of essays.

Sophfronia lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut with her husband and son and where she continues to fight a losing battle against the weeds in her flowerbeds. She enjoys teaching on the faculty of Regis University's Mile-High MFA in Denver, Colorado and the Fairfield County Writer's Studio in Westport, Connecticut. She blogs at www.Sophfronia.com.

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Sophfronia Scott has collected her many years of insights and experience as a professional writer, and generously offered them to us in her new book.

She speaks to the fact that so many of us desire to write and publish books, and affirms that we all have a unique message to share, and a unique voice with which to share it. But she doesn't stop there. She also specifically addresses the many internal obstacles that prevent us aspiring writers from ever sitting down and putting pen to paper, with targeted strategies on how to work through such blocks.

One of the most valuable parts of the book is Scott's "Book Building Circle", which leads you step-by-step in creating an effective and compelling non-fiction book.

She also continually exhorts the reader throughout the entire process not to "give away control of whether or not you feel your book was a success," tempering all her platform-building and audience-reaching strategies with the reminder that ultimately, whether or not you see your writing and publishing experience as a success is up to you, and not the opinions of others.

Doing Business By The Book is a rich resource that writers will want to come back to again and again.
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I never have considered myself a writer. I love to talk and so I have just recently explored the land of getting myself out there with a book. Probably the biggest thing that scared me about writing a book was the paralyzing fear of the thought that no one would ever buy it. I know I have a lot of good things to say but the whole thought of marketing and getting my book out there was unbearably daunting.

Enter Doing Business by the Book.

What Ms. Scott has succeeded in doing is laying out a framework that makes marketing and writing your book seem effortless. She teaches you what to think about to ensure your book has both a target market at a purpose serving that target market. We all know that you cannot market to everyone and she distills this process down into an easy-to-follow system. She really took me by the hand and guided me in my thinking.

Her style is easy to read and motivating. It seemed as if she was standing there in the room, cheering me on and giving me all the tools I needed to be successful. Because she combines both the thinking process of how to market your book at the beginning -- before you even set pen to paper -- she saved me hours of heart ache and worry.

For anyone who wants to write a book for credibility and to attract more customers, I cannot begin to recommend this book highly enough. Ms. Scott is a master at taking the complex world of writing and publishing and makes it a simple process that just about anyone can follow

Buy this book if you want to write a book and get more customers.
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Sophfronia Scott tells us that in today's business world, a "published book is the near equivalent of a business card". A book brings the author both publicity and notoriety and becomes a platform from which to grow a business. This book details how to do the entire process of using a non-fiction book for business development. She takes us from the beginning of finding your unique voice through organizing the book, tips for writing, publicity, and where and how to sell the book. There are dozens of ideas included for using a book as a platform for business expansion; this alone is worth the price of the book.

This is also a book by an author to develop other authors. There is discussion of voice, theme, theory and even how to choose the right stories to illustrate the points of the book. "Doing Business By the Book" teaches how to make a well-crafted book - the exercise of completing the Book Building Circle will ensure the reader has all the elements for a successful book.

One of the themes of "Doing Business By the Book" is that the best non-fiction "delivers on the promise of a system" by taking the reader "by the hand and show them how to do something". Scott has demonstrated her own theory in producing a book which is a must read for any business owner who is looking for a powerful way to get their message out and grow their business.
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The book is "fair". The author has good energy and intentions. The content is basically common sense. I do feel that I got my money's worth. You can learn some things from the author, and it's a very quick read.
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At last, a "connect the dots" how-to for the would be business book writer! Thank you Sophronia for an easy to read, step-by-step guide to get your message on paper and out in the world. I highly recommend this book to anyone even considering putting their thoughts on paper. Doing Business By The Book will take "fear" out of the equation while inspiring you to make the leap from thinking to doing.

Doing Business by the Book: How to Craft a Crowd-Pleasing Book and Attract More Clients and Speaking Engagements Than You Ever Thought Possible
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"Doing Busness by the Book" takes the 'mystery' out of how to write a book. Sophronia has explained the creative process in a step by step and easy to read manner. After reading this book,anyone can write their own book and get published. And if you are a business owner seeking to promote your business, you MUST read this book. Sophronia explains why being an author gives you "authority". The book provides 'insider secrets' known only to those who have gone through the experience of writing and publishing a book. I now know that the only thing stopping me from writing a book is simple laziness. And Sophronia even has an answer for that in her "Done for you Writing and Publishing Company".
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