Gathering content; What goes inside my book?

Once you have your outline for your book, you can refine it and it becomes your table of contents. Once you have your table of contents, you have the structure for your book or ebook. All that’s left is what I call “filling in the blanks”!

I find it’s also helpful to create a structure for each chapter. If you’ve seen a “For Dummies” book, you’ll notice how each chapter has similar elements. For example, a typical structure for a how-to book would be…

1) Inspiring quote

2) Topic, lesson

3) Story, example of people living the lesson

4) More lesson

5) Action steps

How this would look in the example of our book on Overcoming Obesity would be:

1) quote: To say that obesity is caused by merely consuming too many calories is like saying that the only cause of the American Revolution was the Boston Tea Party.  ― Adelle Davis, author

2) topic: Discuss your views on the subject, your expertise.

3) story: Talk about your own experiences losing weight or those of people you’ve worked with.

4) topic: More lesson, comments on the story you just told.

5) Action steps: Buy a journal you will use throughout this book to keep track of your meals.

Look easy? It is! This is how you create content, by filling in your template.

Have you written articles, blog posts, white papers, brochures, web content? All of these may have content you can draw from to write your book or ebook. Gather all the content you already have and see what you need to fill in. You can get additional content from doing research, conducting interviews, talking and recording yourself then having it transcribed, or just sitting down and letting your brain empty out through your hands and onto the page.

As a professional ghostwriter, I provide a valuable service for people who can’t seem to get organized to write their book or can’t seem to pull the content out of their head. I have several ways of working with people, each customized to their needs. Call me for a 20-minute complimentary consultation if you find yourself stuck at this point. My specialty is getting you unstuck and moving toward your goal of being a published author!

Happy Writing!

Andrea

PS. Remember, if you live in the San Diego area, I’ll be speaking on Monday, May 23, at the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild. My topic is Turn Your Book into Your Business. The meeting runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and is at 3851 Rosecrans St. Visit www.sdwritersguild.org for additional information. Would love to see you there!


 

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