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The Author Training Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Books That Sell Paperback – March 18, 2014
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"Among the myriad of books written about the business of writing and publishing, Nina Amir's The Author Training Manual is the first I've seen that combines all of the elements necessary to learn how to be an actual (rather than "aspiring") writer." - Brian Felsen, BookBaby
"This excellent book is loaded with practical, proven technique you can use continually to become a "high-earning" author as well as a top seller." - Brian Tracy, author of Unlimited Sales Success
"The Author Training Manual teaches you to produce a business plan for your book and to evaluate that plan through the lens of acquisitions editors--essential knowledge for any aspiring author." - Rick Frishman, best-selling author of the Author 101 series.
"The Author Training Manual is a must-read for writers who aspire to publish, and for published authors who want to publish more successfully. Successful publishing requires more than great writing. It requires a mindset backed by smart strategy and execution. Nina Amir's Author Training Manual delivers the secrets to successful authorship." - Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
"Nina Amir is on the leading edge of the changes in book publishing, and in The Author Training Manual she provides authors with the tools--and even more important, the thinking behind them--that every author will need to be successful today. This up-to-date manual should be in every author's toolbox. Highly recommended." - Joel Friedlander, author of A Self-Publisher's Companion
"In The Author's Training Manual, Amir offers aspiring authors a sure-fire way to evaluate themselves and their book ideas to increase their odds of producing books that attract both publishers and readers. She offers them a process by which they can tell if they have an idea that will stand up against the thousands of other books published every year--and if they, as authors, can stand up against the other authors willing to do whatever it takes to get their books out in front of readers in their market. In the competitive publishing world, aspiring authors need an edge. This book and the process it offers, provide just that." - Dan Poynter, author of The Self-Publishing Manual and 132 other books
"If you're aspiring to success in writing and publishing, Nina's guide should help hugely in developing an approach that's both realistic and professional." - Aaron Shepard, author of The Business of Writing for Children and From Word to Kindle
The Author Training Manual lifts the fog of confusion around getting published and illuminates every nonfiction and fiction writer's need to create a plan, keep on track, navigate all publishing options, tackle promotion, open possibilities for sales and, plain and simple, succeed as an author. This is the book I've been waiting for to recommend to all editing clients and writers." - Elizabeth Lyon, author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and Crafting Titles
"An extraordinarily helpful guide for writers who want to take control of their own career and destiny. This book is full of simple tips everyone writing a book can use." - Chuck Sambuchino, author, and editor of Guide To Literary Agents
Becoming a successfully published author requires a lot more than simply writing a book. The Author Training Manual provides the specific steps necessary for both fiction and non-fiction writers alike in an upbeat and empowering style." - Martha Alderson, author of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
"If you are serious about getting published, you will stand out from your competition by using all of the resources at your disposal to set yourself apart in the most positive way. Nina Amir's approach taps into your natural creativity and applies it to the important business considerations that will help get your book in the marketplace." - Sheree Bykofsky, Literary Agent and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, 5th Edition
"Finally a book that offers indie publishers a tool for becoming savvy business people. Fiction and nonfiction authors alike will benefit from The Author Training Manual, which shows them how to create a business plan for a book that can succeed in the marketplace. A good idea is great; a marketable one is better." - Jim Kukral, author of Attention! This Book Will Make You Money and founder of The Author Marketing Club
"One of the most important things an author can do for themselves is to prepare to become published and to succeed in this role, which takes more than just writing a good book. It takes a solid plan. If you want the tools to succeed no matter what or how you plan to publish, this is the book you want to read." - Penny C Sansevieri, CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., adjunct professor NYU and author of Red Hot Internet Publicity
From the Author
Someone on Twitter once asked, "Why isn't there a manual for authors?" At the time, none existed. Now one does.
I wish I'd had this manual when I started out as an aspiring author, but I'm so pleased to provide it to you so you can discover quickly what it took me so many years to learn.
If you've read How to Blog a Book, you'll find that The Author Training Manual takes you on an in-depth journey through what I previously called "the proposal process." In fact, I've written an entire book based on one chapter from my previous book. Why? Because what I now call "the Author Training Process" is such an important aspect of becoming an author and producing a marketable book. Indeed, used correctly, it does, indeed, train you to become a successful author--one who sells books.
I hope you'll purchase The Author Training Manual and do just that: train yourself to succeed as an independently published or traditionally published author. If you do, you will enjoy the opportunity to share your message or story and actually make a meaningful impact on readers' lives and a positive difference in the world.
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This is a fun approach that makes this relatable. She offers nine steps to be successful as you try to not only write a book but write one that sells. For instance, along with the "author attitude" you must #2, Know Your Book and Why Someone Would Want to Buy It. She really digs in to encourage you to #3, Analyze How Many People Really Might Buy Your Book, and check out what the competition is doing. Not only is this setting up a realistic outlook, it's giving you concrete steps to take to take action and build your platform. She offers strategies to help change your vision along the way if necessary in order to reach your goals, like #6, Decide If Your Book's Content Matches Your Initial Vision. Finally, she approaches how to find a good publisher. I found the author positive and encouraging while also realistic, which is really important. I think any aspiring author will find something to enjoy and benefit from in this book.
The Competitive Analysis and How It Helps Angle Your Book (starts on page 74)
Reading Resources (page 84)
Places to build your platform (starts on page 128)
Putting Promotion into Action (starts on page 142)
Sample of An Author Business Proposal (page 184) and more
comparing the competition And if your idea is unique And necessary pages 216)- the reason why I respectfully disagree with this Angle is because I read in Another book (A spiritual book but still published nonetheless) that two writers could be coming from both Angles And there was An implication of different levels of popularity but that both could still have the potential to provide writing with A purpose to their Audiences because they would be reaching out in different ways And through their perspectives. I understand that the Authors have only good intentions with this Advice; it is just that I felt the need to imply why what is on page 216 could be interpreted subjectively instead of just objectively.