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222 weeks ago, by Tim
Have You Written A Book?
Have you written a book on anything that you feel would put you in a position to offer me advice on doing the same please?

I currently have a 7,500 word eBook and I'm going to expand, but can see a 'proper' business book will take a different approach and a lot of careful planning so the end result makes sense, has a purpose, a clear message, is readable and useful.

Do I start writing and then name the chapters and chapter sub-headings or the other way round? Or will either approach work?
222 weeks ago, by Simon
My experience of writing my books has been that they've been fully formed in my head before I started to draft them. If you're struggling to work out the structure, it's not yet ready to put onto the page... okay that's over-stating it, but you get the drift.... :)
222 weeks ago, by Jackie
I think every author has their own way of structuring and writing their books. Some will prefer writing chapter headings first and then filling in the blanks, while others will prefer writing all the content and then structuring it into chapters. It's horses for courses, or whatever works for you.

While we're on the subject, here's an article I wrote about self-publishing my first book, in case it helps.

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Write-an-Amazon-Bestseller&id=5477401
222 weeks ago, by Tim
Thanks guys. I'm not struggling with the structure Simon, just asking what others' experiences are.
219 weeks ago, by Kris
@Jackie came across another self-publishing site which seems to be accredited by the Arts Council amongst others, and seems to be a little easie than your Lulu experience
http://www.feedaread.com
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I run my business from a High Street office in the Georgian seaside market town of Lymington on the edge of the New Forest. I've lived there since the age of 11 apart from a 6-year spell in Walton on Thames, Surrey.. I love music, food, boats and sport [see interests below for specifics] Since the age of 18 I have worked exclusively on my own businesses; from plans to launch an 80-van mobile car valeting franchise, that were scuppered last minute due to a 3 month emergency hospital visit, to importing Nissan vans from Dublin, my career has been a lot of fun. I have started businesses in transport, music, automotive, sales, franchising, catering, development land, conveyancing, tax and of course…unavoidably and unsurprising to me I have ended up where I knew I would one day... marketing. I know James Coakes [at a distance] and have eaten a sandwich in his office located a sausage roll throws away from my own HQ.
Professional:
BUILD UNQUESTIONABLE CLIENT LOYALTY FOR YOUR B2B SERVICE BUSINESS AT THE UK’S ONLY REGULAR MARKETING BASED WORKSHOP Business is about standing out & not blending in Implanting your company’s offer into the minds of your intended buyers should be your no.1 priority. Encouraging people to talk about your business in the way you want them to isn’t easy, but it’s vital. It is possible though. All you need to do is decide what do you want to be known for & how do you want others to describe you. Next, create your USP [your Utterly Seductive Proposal] and forcefully rubber-stamp it across the entirety of all your marketing. Your Utterly Seductive Proposal is the all-conquering headline by which you wish to be known by. It powerfully and succinctly conveys why your ideal target client should do business with YOU over any of your competitors. I run events in the south of England where the entire focus is on creating your USP. http://www.myusp.biz/events
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