Plan Your Book in a Weekend
for Business Owners
In this course, you'll learn strategies that will enable you to plan your book, in a straightforward, easy-to-access way. Most systems are far too complicated. With Plan Your Book in a Weekend for Business Owners, you'll learn techniques you can start using this weekend, like the Subheadings Method, to plan your book with confidence. After watching the course, and taking action on each activity, you’ll end up with a clear, carefully structured plan that makes the actual writing of your book a whole lot easier. You'll also get advice on the different routes to publication. So you can finally get your book written and out into the world.
Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up
In this easy to follow course, you’ll learn how to create a plan that works as:
1) a way of structuring your book,
2) a guide to writing it,
3) the basis of a publication plan.
Why the journey through the book is so important
Know where your readers are and where they want to be before you begin to write your book.
What you need to know in advance about your book's perimeters
Learn the eight questions you need to ask yourself before you start planning.
Create a user-friendly guide to writing your book
Learn how to keep revising and polishing your plan as you go so you end up with a workable and user-friendly guide to writing your book. This plan is more than an outline: it also turns into a task manager.
About Your Tutor
Louise Tondeur is a published novelist and nonfiction writer, author of several guides to the writing progress, and an experienced writing tutor. Lou has helped countless writers through editorial feedback and writing classes. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Literature from the University of Reading.
"I'm so proud of this course because it really does make the process of planning a book so much easier to understand. Remember these are accessible techniques that you can start THIS WEEKEND - simply by taking small steps. See you on the inside!' - Lou
From Louise's former students
My mind fizzed with ideas
"My mind always fizzed with ideas; a blank page became something not to be feared but filled. Perhaps more importantly I changed the way I thought about myself: I saw myself as a writer – that was the most valuable lesson and for that I’m extremely grateful.”
Don't wait for inspiration
"I don’t have to sit around and wait for inspiration to strike; I just have to pick up my pen, grab my notebook and begin writing, no matter how disorganised my thoughts may be.”
Novelists are actual people!
"I realised that novelists are not otherworldly creatures who only emerge to collect awards before disappearing into the ether again, but actual people, much like myself. To be able to put a face and a personality to a published author was inspiring enough, and to be taught by one was even better.”
Here's what’s in the course
Module 1: Getting Started
In this introductory module, you're going to brainstorm your ideas, go in deep by answering a set of questions about your book and think about your target readership.
Module 2: Content Planning
In this module, you'll work through a step-by-step process to plan the content of the book and design a research plan, positioning your book in the market.
Module 3: The Final Stages
In this module, you're going to turn your work so far into a smart version of your plan.
Module 4: Extras
In this module you'll get advice on what to do next and the different routes to publication plus a resources guide to download.
What makes this course different
All the small steps courses and guides are based on two principles. One, you can take any big project, goal or task - like writing a book - and break it down into smaller and smaller steps until it becomes doable. Two, if you take small but specific actions towards your goals regularly enough, they'll have a snowball effect.
That means this course gives you the techniques without any of the fluff. Writing a book won't be presented as incomprehensible or mystifying or baffling. The steps are simply laid out for you to follow. It's up to you how you use them.
This is a truly practical course. In order to get the most out of it, simply follow the small steps and do the exercises along the way.
Have questions? Read on...
No. You can take as long as you like to complete the course. Some people like to take their time to ponder the different elements and spend longer mulling over the questions about content. Because it's designed an intensive course, if you can't do a weekend, perhaps do an hour a day for a week instead, but it's really up to you.
While the course briefly covers how you can turn your plan into a selling document and gives you advice on the different routes to publication, it doesn't cover how to submit / prepare your book for publication. I have another longer course in development that will go into much more detail.
This course uses a version of classic narrative structure, which is commonly used when teaching how to plan a book. The Subheadings Method is something I invented to make this easier to understand. Focus on taking small steps and you'll learn the techniques you need without the extra padding.
This self-paced course is stuffed full of value
Because this course gives you 1) a workable plan for your book, 2) a (friendly) task manager so you feel motivated to get it done, and 3) advice on the routes to publication, and because it's as practical and down-to-earth as possible, it's stuffed full of value. You'll aslo get lots of downloads and resources to guide you through the process.