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The Author Training Manual by James Scott Bell, Nina Amir

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Step #2Know What Your Book Is About and Why Someone Would Want to Read (Buy) It

Most aspiring authors think they know exactly what their book is about and why someone would want to read it, which, unless you plan to give your book away for free, means “buy” it. In truth, they typically possess only a general idea.

When I work as an editor critiquing manuscripts, proposals, and pitches at writers conferences, most writers who enlist my services spend at least three to ten minutes explaining their books’ subject to me. Novelists go into great detail about their main character, describe secondary characters, and reveal every single twist and turn of the plot. Nonfiction writers offer me the full spectrum of content they plan to include in their ...

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